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See the decorated Dutch bar? That’s not something you see every day.
but July 4 is not an ordinary day. Just look at all those people at the land’s edge: “water-gazers” Melville called them, as you can read here with the last sentence of the second paragraph and go through the next two paragraphs. All wanting to see the decorated Dutch bar?
Marie J Turecamo brought a barge of pyrotechnics too.
Marion Moran–like Brendan Turecamo–brought a barge full to midtown, I believe.
. . . as did Doris Moran. Again, see the water-gazers fill the esplanade.
Other tugboats brought other gazers . . . sky-gazers soon.
like Kimberly Poling and .
Yemitzis, launched as a PRR tug in 1954. Click here and scroll to see her original look.
My goal at the fireworks on Pier 16 had been to get shots of Ambrose bathed in pyrotechnical light, but alas . . . without the right orientation of camera to boat to flashes . . . this is the best I got.
This photo from July 2012 was what I had imagined I could get. Well . . . it’s all about a lot of things, including location. See the different version of this shot of the left of this page and please let’s continue the discussion on the future of Pegasus.
Speaking of sky-gazers . . . from the back of the crowd on Pier 16, this is what I got.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
And if you didn’t see this article in the NYTimes about digital photography and ethics, check it out, even if you just look at the before and after photos.
While I was out documenting the excitement of the annual merfolk migration, there was an equal amount of excitement on all the waters that comprise the sixth boro. Of course, your focus is your choice. All photos here were taken by David Grill and used with permission.
The Liberty Challenge brought in racers from all over the watery parts of the globe.
Vintage and contemporary petroleum vessels populated the KVK.
Hats off to the passengers and crew of Pegasus and all the others out enjoying what makes NYC special .
It’s Gerry Weinstein, showing evidence of being in the engine room and
and Pamela Hepburn.
For the photos in this post, hats off for David Grill.
Below is one of my all time favorite photos of Pegasus, taken July 4, 2012. In fact, a print of this hangs over my dining room table. The boat that night was in her 105th year. Click here if you don’t remember life in 1907, when her keel was laid. If you are unfamiliar with her long and storied life, click here on the Pegasus Preservation Project site.
The Erie Lackawanna terminal in Hoboken also dates from 1907.
She received a visit from an even older Urger in July 2012.
An important announcement follows at the end of this post, so for now, enjoy these looks back.
She had a major dry-docking five years ago.
Meanwhile over the years, lots of people have fulfilled their dreams of “riding on a tugboat” aboard Pegasus.
Some will remember this trip for the rest of their lives.
“Tug Pegasus Moving On
The tug Pegasus is looking for new leadership, new ideas and ultimately a new home. After many years of hard work and hundreds of thousands of funding raised for capital improvements, the 1907 Tugboat Pegasus has been lovingly restored to a ship shape condition and is no longer in debt. Since 2001, under the care of the Tug Pegasus Preservation Project, the popular vessel has educated tens of thousands about the importance of the NY Harbor as a vital water highway. Tug trips and work programs taught youth about maritime jobs. Tug & Barge ports-of-call included tour visits to Hoboken, NJ and Brooklyn Bridge Park, Hudson River Park, Poughkeepsie, Kingston, Cold Spring and Hudson in New York.
However, after being awarded a berth at Hudson River Park’s Pier 25 in 2011, the organization continually experienced difficulty obtaining the necessary funds required to operate a historic boat as well as keep up with the high costs of insurance associated with getting the public onto the water. Regrettably, we are no longer able to sustain our operations.
Tug Pegasus Preservation Project is looking for exciting and creative ideas that will help transition the boat to a new leader or another organization that will continue the mission of getting the public out onto the water and informing them about vitality of New York Harbor’s maritime activity and it rich culture.
One thought we have is what the City of Baltimore has in a historic ships maritime alliance. Instead of each vessel having the arduous tasks of writing grants, raising administrative funds, insurance, etc., an umbrella organization spreads the costs and time requirements between a host of historic vessels.
As a positive solution is sought, the Board of Trustees of the Tugboat Pegasus Preservation Project welcomes serious individuals to present their ideas and proposals by contacting them at firstname.lastname@example.org. And while our hope had been to continue operations this summer, without funding, we will not be able to do so. We thank those who have supported our project over the years.”
While you contemplate that announcement, enjoy one more Pegasus photo. I’d be happy if this blog could serve as a discussion board of Pegasus‘ future.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Click here for previous “whitherward” posts.
Kodiak . . . is ex-Vane and Allied.
Hunting Creek is Maryland-built for Vane.
Charles A has carried at least four previous names.
Specialist, I believe the oldest in the set today, . . . has low sleek lines for an almost 60-year-old vessel.
When this Pegasus came into the sixth boro, she lacked the upper wheelhouse.
And finally, for today, it’s Eric McAllister passes Ultra Colonsay, discharging salt over at Atlantic Salt.
All photos over the last few days by Will Van Dorp.
Here was my post two years ago, and here are some photos I took on and around the first CoWD. Peter Stanford, several decades back, organized an annual Sea Day, which I think is a better name. Squint your eyes looking at the photo below and you almost imagine a planet of water. Almost, right?
I’m happy that summer and winter brings sightseers onto the water using these vessels.
Squint again and from this perspective the boro of Manhattan looks a bit like the bow of a vessel, WTC1 being the stem post. Fireboat Harvey and the rowboat are much near New Jersey, though, than the city of NYC.
It’s the city of Hoboken water day?
It’s actually the sixth boro water day . . . with land activities on boros, islands, and cities in a neighboring state. Below, it’s Village Community Boathouse rowers past Pier A.
Meanwhile, in the midst of it all, work goes on along the front of the inimitable Manhattan skyline, Sassafras here with DoubleSkin 39.
And here as the day starts, the iconic Pegasus . . . and crew . . . reporting for duty, getting those who signed up for free tours on
the primordial boro.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who leaves with his red passport tomorrow for the north country. Posting will happen when possible.
So it’s appropriate to lead these NYC Municipal Archives photos off with tugboat Brooklyn.
Next in an icy North River (?) . . . . . . Richmond.
Launches Bronx and
Passenger steamer Little Silver, which ran between the Battery and Long Branch, NJ in the first decade of the 20th century.
And finally . . . John Scully, a very classy Dialogue (Use the “find” feature to search) built built tug
And the connection . . . here’s what boats of this vintage look like today in “disintegration experiments” in waters everywhere. I took these in August 2011 while Gary and I filmed Graves of Arthur Kill.
Some boats of this time, of course, still operate like Pegasus (1907) and Urger (1901)
while others try to stave off time so that they might once again like New York Central No. 13 (1887).
Do you recognize this ship?
Well, actually, Petroleum Producer is a barge, not a ship. And Galveston is a 12,000 hp tug.
And in port she needs assistance . . . here Freddy K Miller (I think . . . on starboard) and Pegasus.
This generation of ATB units replaces ITBs that were still in the sixth boro when tugster started to pay attention back in 2006. Back then, there was a fleet of ITBs, now waiting the scrapyard. Click here and here for closeups I did of one of them, ITB Philadelphia, last known to be laid up in Great Bitter Lake in Egypt. Anyone have followup news?
The last time I caught closeups of Petroleum Producer and Galveston it was here (scroll through) in the Cape Fear River over two years ago.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Unrelated: Check out this 450’+ mutation here.
Iron Mike . . . 1977 and 53′ loa . . . has lots of character
although I don’t know what engine/horsepower moves her. Anyone?
If we were talking birds, Pacific Reliance (red stacks) would be called an exotic, not common to this habitat. Pacific Reliance . . . built in 2006 and 121′ loa uses 9280 hp to move her payload. Alongside is Quantico Creek, 90′ loa launched in 2010 and rated at 3000 hp.
Brooklyn, 76′ loa, launched in 2000 with 2000 hp has had lots of identities in her 14 years of service.
And finally . . . dwarfed by the Lower Manhattan skyline in February, it’s Pegasus.
Built in 2001, 75′ loa and rated at 1900 hp.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, yesterday, thanks to mobility by New York Media Boat. Check them out here.
Guess the locations here and . . .
here? Answers follow.
This one should be obvious. What’s the Philly-bound tug?
It’s Lucky D.
Here’s Chesapeake Coast, probably North River and then Hudson River bound.
B. Franklin Reinauer is Sound-bound.
And some light tugs . . . Elizabeth,
. . . Margaret Moran and Pegasus.
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.
Here was 3 with links to 1 and 2.
I’ve been so far unable to find the original use of this barge, but I haven’t expended much shoe leather either.
Click on the foto below from the July 21, 1977 NYTimes for an article on Michael O’Keefe’s barge restaurant opening. Anyone identify the tug?
Bulk commodities commerce needs some stretches of riverbank in the sixth boro. Crushed stone in; garbage out, as well as
scrap metal, petroleum,
desert scrapings aka road conditioner.
Products galore and more and
Places to park aka dock are vital also.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.