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Since noon it’s been raining, but the sunrise brought this sequence: CSAV Romeral outbound for Baltimore and one of the most beautiful work vessels of the sixth boro inbound. Also, that’s Vane’s Magothy in the distance. And for outatowners, way in the distance is Coney Island, home of the mermaid parade on the summer solstice.
Pilot No. 1 New York first splashed into the waters in May 1972.
She’s 180 feet loa, gorgeous, and “related” to a good dozen varied regulars in the sixth boro.
Here she passes between European Spirit and Fort Wadsworth light. Given that New York comes off a Great Lakes shipyard
in the tiny town of Marinette, Wisconsin . . .
she shares that Green Bay/Lake Michigan place of origin with
Vane’s Brandywine and three Staten Island Ferry vessels (Spirit of America, Marchi, Molinari). See tugster posts features the following Marinette constructions. Katherine Walker, Apache, Jennifer Miller, and Ellen McAllister. Here’s Marinette’s current website. Here’s Strong, another Marinette product I never expect to see, but clearly a forerunner of the Brandywine type tug.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who would love to see contemporary fotos of the vessels built in Wisconsin that made their way into the navies of Vietnam, Ethiopia, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
Here’s my post-Sandy New York Pilot No. 1 foto.
Unless otherwise credited, fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Previous pilot boat fotos show vessels of Interport Pilots here, Chesapeake pilots here, Charleston harbor here, Newport here, and New York areas ones here. Below, Sandy Hook Pilots vessel Yankee heads out two months back when Blue Marlin lingered in the harbor; on or about August 4 Blue Marlin will return.
The white speck in front of the Yonkers sugar plant is a Hudson River Pilot, operating out of Station Yonkers. Universal Amsterdam offloads sugar while the nearer vessel, Ocean Titan, prepares to accept a pilot as it heads upriver .
St Johns River Bar Pilot heads out to meet an incoming container vessel CSAV Loncomilla.
Vessel Biscayne returns to the station between Miami Beach’s South Pointe Park and Fisher Island.
Vessel below was docked on the Key West waterfront; this is all I could find on pilot boats here.
Vessels of Schaefer Pilot Transfer Service–Miss Kitty and Betty S--tie up at the shack under the Rte 213 bridge over the C & D Canal.
Scroll thru to see fotos of the launches in service near the end of this link.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Here’s a 20-year-old article about Sandy Hook pilots from the NYTimes.
And here’s a whole blog devoted to pilots.
I give thanks for the doomed ships getting a (maybe temporary) reprieve, although there’s no denying that Olympia does NOT rise and fall with the tide. Here she clearly rests
Crew of SKS Tyne fotograph each other as they leave Philly and
Pilotboat Overfalls heads south, and
no matter the day, the harbor beat goes on.
All fotos, Thanksgiving Day, by Will Van Dorp.
Soon afterward, I went out for a Thanksgiving lobster. Speaking of, read this great article about the Pilgrims and their Thanksgiving eels.