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All these photos were taken in the second half of January 2013.  This 1973 livestock carrier Falconia was in the Brooklyn Navy Yard getting some work done.  I’d love to see a cargo layout for the vessel.  Also, just back from the foremast, those are large bales of either hay or straw for the livestock.   What would you guess her disposition in second half of January 2023?  Answer follows at the end of this post.

The tanker here is today in the Gulf of Guinea on a run between Gabon and Netherlands.  Kristy Ann Reinauer was scrapped in 2015. 

The green tug Mary Gellatly was transformed into the very busy CMT Mackenzie Rose. 

The behemoth Rebel has become Ken Vinik, awaiting a makeover in the Arthur Kill. 

The name of the hull–we’d spell it “Sovkomflot“–is one you will not see in the sixth boro these days, and it seems the icebreaking tanker is currently

anchored  where it has been for at least the past six months in Murmansk. 

The Penn Maritime Coho has become the Kirby Coho, currently in Savannah. 

Note the ice and snow on the boats above and below;  January a decade ago was frosty!  Barbara McAllister has become Patsy K, which I’ve never seen.  She’s in Panama City FL right now. 

It’s clamming time in the boro, and many of these clam/fish boats come out of this creek in NJ.  More Dutch Girl tomorrow. 

Grey Shark may be a dead ship or even a scrapped one by now, last recorded in the DR. 

And finally, Megan McAllister is alive and well, busy as Charles James.  

All photos from January 2013, WVD.  

And the answer to the question about the current disposition of Falconia:   she’s renamed Dragon and in Midia, Romania on the Black Sea, flying the Togolese flag, and still working, having just arrived in from Libya. For a tour of a much newer and sophisticated purpose-built livestock carrier, click here. More on this category of vessel here, and Dragon specifically on page 49.

For a disturbing report–if you choose to followup here–google Queen Hind livestock carrier, which capsized in Midia in 2019  and resulted in the “lost cargo,” i.e., death 14,000 sheep. 

 

 

 

Guess the locations here and . . .

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here?  Answers follow.

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This one should be obvious.  What’s the Philly-bound tug?

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It’s Lucky D.

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Here’s Chesapeake Coast, probably North River and then Hudson River bound.

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B. Franklin Reinauer is Sound-bound.

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And some light tugs . . . Elizabeth,

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Joan Turecamo,

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Chesapeake,

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Megan McAllister, 

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. . . Margaret Moran and Pegasus.

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The top two were . . . locations were Chao Phraya River in Bangkok and the Staten Island side of the Narrows, with tug Gulf Dawn outbound.   Click here for some Thai tugs from almost seven years ago.  Thanks much to Ashley Hutto for the first photo.

After a low of nearly single digits a few days ago . . . today temperatures came close to 50, and I felt invited to ride across the harbor.

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New to me . . . landing craft Jennifer Miller.

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Grey Shark, loaded and waiting clearance to leave the harbor?  Here and here are previous fotos of Grey Shark.

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Lined up like chorus girls in a Radio City Music Hall revue, it’s Freja Dania, Miss Lucy, and Sti Ruby.

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How can I fail to mention Megan McAllister . . . .

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All fotos taken this foggy afternoon by Will Van Dorp.

Easter Sunday morning, do I need better fuel to sort out a rough night than a stroll along the chilly North River with no company except voices in my head and a sunrise-drenched-red Melvin E. Lemmerhirt alongside?  But aside from my stuff, I wonder who’s Melvin’s namesake  and what preoccupations fill the  wheelhouse besides concerns about paycheck and health?

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Tax Day 2009, I feel drained as a cold wind whips out of the east and spray atomizes over Megan‘s bow  as she drag races a small boat.

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And wintry gusts nearly strip the flag off Maryland, pushing against tide and spray and past jade-green Sea Raven with its unique high stacks.

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They shuttle the KVK

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while I postpone getting to work.

Photos:  WVD.

A friend whose thoughts I value highly says she finds searching for a specific vessel daunting on this blog, partly because I post so often and also because I use titles that don’t always help, like “random such and so.”  I grant those, but I’ve not found a better way to capture the myriad vessels that pass my various vantage points.  Further, the search window functions well, and  you can search by category if you click on the blue words that follow the date right under a title.  Nonetheless, I welcome criticism even if I seem not to heed it and continue unrepentant in my ways.

Catherine Turecamo (built in  Louisiana …1972, ex-Gulf Tempest) passes at Howland Hook,

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appropriate to “Year of the Ox” Taurus,  (Louisiana …1979)  bunkering APL Virginia,

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Chesapeake (Louisiana …2006) here northbound in North River,

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she who sometimes speaks with an Old World accent,   Megan McAllister (Louisiana …1985, ex-Arthur F. Zeman),

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Gramma Lee T Moran, (Maine …2002)

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Weeks’ Thomas (Louisiana …1976), involved in the salvage,

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I’ll lay off a bit on the random collections, although all these fotos were taken last week by  . . . Will Van Dorp.

These fotos document an interval of two hours–albeit edited–along KVK last Friday.  Davis Sea westbound,

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Brendan Turecamo eastbound past a Bouchard and a Reinauer in the background,

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Taurus westbound,

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Falcon eastbound,

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Marie J. Turecamo (farther) and Turecamo Girls westbound,

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Megan McAllister westbound with Labrador Sea in distance.

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What a revitalizing way to spend a few hours at week’s end, recuperating from the fury of a work week.  If I could bottle that energy and sell it, I could luxuriate as CEO of a snake oil company!  All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Note:  Type “random tugs” into the search window to see all the previous tugs randomly.  Quotes aren’t needed.

Hoboken, 43′ loa, and never been anything but Hoboken living on Frank Sinatra Drive, launched 1963;

Meredith C. Reinauer, a pin boat since launch in 2002, 123′ loa;

Megan McAllister, ex-Arthur F. Zeman Jr., 77′ loa, launched 1985;

Penn No. 4, ex-Morania No. 4, 1973 and 120′ loa;

Penobscot, ex-Wm J. McPhillips, 99′ loa, launched 1959, and registered in Boothbay;

After bunkering Nowegian Dawn, here’s Solomon Sea, ex-Brandon C. Roehrig and Diane E. Roehrig, 89′ loa and 1964;

Paul T. Moran, 138′ loa and since 1975 dba Ocean Venture, S/R Golden State, Exxon Golden State, and Eliska;

and Java Sea, ex-Patriot, 1981 and 110′

and the oldest is . . .  Penobscot.  What?  I already said that?  Just back from self-assigned project weekend.  Details will follow.  Welcome back too–you know who yous are.

Photos, WVD.

or a few hours on the KVK. First . . . she almost wouldn’t be here, Linda Moran delivered August 2008 after the W&D fire, towed from the flames by a lobster boat.  Is Linda currently the newest vessel on the sixth boro?

Ocean Tower ex-Gulf Falcon.  1978.  Does it “tower” rhyme with “power” or “lower”?

Sea Raven ex-Dixie Commander and Star Providence.  1980.  Why does it have such long stacks?

Thomas D. Witte ex-Kendall P. Brake, Reliance, Tammy, Matty J, June C  1961. Is scrap metal the boro’s greatest real export?

Megan McAllister ex-Arthur Zeman Jr.  1985.

George Burrows. 1981.

Escort.  1983.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp, late September 2008.

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