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Uh . .  any guesses which creek that might be?

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It’s still the sleek lines of the GUP carrier once so familiar to folks paying attention to sixth boro traffic.

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Newtown Creek is now going up a waterway for the last time and what a waterway this is.  From here, she’ll be further

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dismantled before she’s gently laid to the sea bottom for aquatic growth and diver’s enjoyment.  Atlas is likely the one from 1985 shown here (and scroll).

Many thanks to Mike Hatami for sending these photos along.

For some news from the Miami River, click here.  For two stories about a vessel on that River, click here and here.  With the latter, you’ll need to translate the Spanish.

Unrelated and sent along by barrel, an interesting “second life” conversion here, although I believe the headline was written by someone who does not know a container ship from an OSV, maybe not a creek from a brook.

 

Geertruida van der Wees  (1979) . . .  with a telescoping wheelhouse . . . I wonder how that six-syllable name gets abridged for radio transmission?

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Kaikoura (2014) seems to have “towing pins.”

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En Avant 7 (1981) and 27  (1960).

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Norne is 2011 built.

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Gepke III, believe it or not, dates from 1957, and is operating with its third name.  I love the elegant lines of the house.

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Now we move to a different watershed . .  that of the mysterious Miami.  And I need some help here.  Anyone know the vintage of Manati I 

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and this looks like Manati II and an unidentified fleet mate.

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Elizabeth H (1962) and Pablo IV (??)

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Jean Ruth (1976) and Atlas (1985)

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OK . .  there’s much about the mighty Miami that I need to go up close to study.

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The Dutch tug photos–taken in “the Rip” aka “het scheur“– come thanks to Jan Oosterboer via Fred Trooster, who says folks are already waiting on the seawall of Hoorn for the arrival of Traveller with its deck load of Half Moon.  And for the Miami photos, thanks to Allan and Sally, who also provided the photos here and elsewhere.

Get your Miami River Rat hat here.

 

Quick . . . name the fourth largest port in Florida?  The answer is here.  And I’ve long wanted to visit it, and my our good fortune is that recently friends–Allan and Sally–who are excellent photographers did, and here are some they share.   Click here for a photo of Cangarda they took and here for some of disintegrating ferry Binghamton.

The closest thing to Betty K VI in the sixth boro is Grey Shark.  And once I noticed Lygra, but only once.  Betty K VI–built in then-Serbia in 1988– measures barely over 200 ‘ loa.

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About the same size but Danish-built in 1974, La Flecha.  She was originally Patricia S, changed in 1985 to Patricia Star, 1992 to Patricia S, 1993 to Sea Chariot, 1994 to Patricia Star, and 1998 to Sara Express, when it became La Flecha!  I wonder what the real stories are.

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Ditto the much changed but inadequately painted Borocho, although I had to look

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to the bow to decipher that. Borocho is even smaller than two previous, built in Japan by Honda Heavy Industries in 1977.   She was originally Yamato Maru No. 12 until 1993, then Pai Chang until 1996, then Quininde until 1998, Floreana until 2000, Genovesa until 2008, Niaski until 2012, and for now . . . Borocho.

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A similar vessel is the better-painted, old design Wave Trader, here at the stern of La Flecha.  I haven’t been able to locate much more info about Wave Trader.

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Lady Philomena, Norway-built in 1956,  has born 10 previous names, which you can read for yourself here.  As I write this post, she is underway from the Miami River for points southeast.

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Directly forward of Lady Philomena when Allan and Sally took these photos was Eva. Built in Norway in 1968, she has been Marina Dania, Erik Boye, Katla, and Miss Eva Ii before her current designation.

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A giant and a youngster, Miami Super dates from 1992 and measures just over 275′ loa.  As of this writing, she is in the approaches southwest of Santo Domingo.

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OK . . . I need help with this one.  Maybe it’s deliberate obfuscation?

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Family Island . . . sounds like an amusement park, but it’s a LaPaz-registered 1978 Danish-built small freighter, previously known as Ardua, Atlantic, and Queen Sea, in that order.

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One more and this photo taken by Rich Taylor off Barbados, it’s the vessel currently known–so far as my info serves–as Rudisa Global.   Built in Spain in 1970, she’s since been called Manchester Merit, Manchester Merito, Fortuna, Kathleen, Kudu, Cement Two, Fortune R, and Libera.   Rudisa Global has recently been embroiled in some drug issues.

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Many thanks to Allan and Sally as well as Rich for these photos.  The Miami River intrigues me more than ever now that my appetite has been whetted.   I’m happy to see commerce persisting until some of these may end up as memorials on a beach somewhere like this one.   Or this.  Maybe then covered over like this.   Or never to be seen again . .  very deep-sixed.

And if these pics create a hunger for stories, some of this might be satisfied by Alvaro Mutis’ Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll.

 

Count’em . . . three!  Becky Ann and two of Ken’s boats.

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Click here to see a post I did a few months back on crewboats exclusively.  Miami River shuttles in here past Charleston in drydock.

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Becky, Doris, and Maria T.

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Wolf River has returned to the sixth boro after some time away.  Brazil maybe?

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A few weeks ago, here’s Julia assisting as Freddy K Miller prepares to move a construction barge away from Governors Island.

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Miss Ayva in the straits of Gowanus down under the BQE is one of the workhorses . . . work ponies of the harbor, not unlike

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this unidentified vessel off Happy Dynamic‘s stern and

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Gabby . . . here staying ahead of Sarah Ann and her clutch of barges and

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Julia fearlessly speeding out the flat Narrows to run someone out to Gravesend Bay.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

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