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Who else greeted Wavertree on the rest of the way home? John J. Harvey is always in on celebrations.
Lettie G. Howard was there,
Pioneer accounted for
herself with crew in the crosstrees.
Pioneer and Lettie teamed up at times.
Wire showed up.
newest vessel Virginia Maitland Sachs, about which I’ll post soon.
Melvillian throngs came down to the “extremest limit of land” on Pier 15 and 16, for one reason or another, but who were about to be treated to some excellent ship handling.
Rae took the lead, showing the need for tugboats of all sizes.
The larger tugs pushed and pulled as needed to ease into the slip
until all lines were fast and
and the shoreside work needed doing.
Bravo to all involved. If you want to take part in a toast to Wavertree, you can buy tickets here for the September 29 evening.
If you haven’t read the NYTimes article by James Barron yet, click here.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who hopes I left no one out and who as before is grateful to the South Street Seaport Museum and the photographers’ boat provided by US Merchant Marine Academy and crewed by a set of dedicated cadets.
Often folks ask how one can learn about the harbor or is there a book about the sixth boro. Volunteering at South Street Seaport Museum is a great way available to all to get access to the water, to learn from like-minded folks, and to start on a journey of reading the harbor and its traffic for yourself. Each volunteer’s journey will be unique, and willing hands make institutions like this museum survive and thrive.
Almost exactly 16 months ago, Wavertree left Pier 16 for a lot of work at Caddell Dry Dock. Here was my set of photos from that day, and here, subsequent ones at several month intervals. Yesterday she made way, back to Pier 16.
Here’s looking back west. Compare the photo below with the third one here to see how much work has been accomplished on the Bayonne Bridge during the same 16 months.
Yesterday, Rae helped, as did
Dorothy J and Robert IV.
The combined age of Rae, Robert IV, and Dorothy J is 139 years, whereas the beautifully restored flagship they escorted in is 131 years old.
And as the tow approached the Statue, John J. Harvey joined in.
These photos all by Will Van Dorp, who is grateful to the South Street Seaport Museum and the photographers’ boat provided by US Merchant Marine Academy and crewed by a set of dedicated cadets.
For some interesting history on Wavertree and info on a fundraiser on board on September 29, 2016, click here. For the story of how Wavertree came from Argentina to New York, read Peter & Norma Stanford’s A Dream of Tall Ships, which I reviewed here some time ago.
More photos of the return tomorrow.
Paris this springtime has seen new waterfronts, quite miserable for anyone wedded to the old margins. Click on the image to read the story.
But I’m not focusing here on “paris,” but rather “pairs” that have been “pairing” around the sixth boro. And that appears to be Flinterland over beyond the warehouses just arrived from Paramaribo. Both Paris and Paramaribo are on my list of “gotta got there soon” places. In the foreground and eastbound on the East River, it’s Foxy 3 and Rae.
I caught Marie J Turecamo and Mary Turecamo doing the do-see-doe allemand left recently just off Caddell.
The background margins seemed to be trying to add a script.
With the Turecamos, the background served as a record of change on the Bayonne Bridge.
And Mary appears to have just had a makeover.
Are there pairs in those boxes? Yes, I know these are the flocks of pigeons that are said to create art when they fly. Here though in daylight they look like Joseph Perkins boxes with living creatures in them, mimicking a microcosm of the residents of NYC.
But I’ve somehow gotten myself off topic, but no matter, it’s springtime.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who took a break from catfishing and stumbled onto an answer thanks to the site naturalareasnyc.org. According to them, NYC includes over 76,000 acres of open water, i.e., the sixth boro. That number of acres converts to about 119 square miles (mi2). Manhattan, in comparison is only 23 mi2.
Here are the other land boros’ areas:
Bronx, 42 mi2
Staten Island, 58 mi2
Brooklyn, 71 mi2
Queens, 109 mi2
And size matters. It’s time for the 119-acre-boro to have its own official name and status.
OK, I’ll hand this back to the robots and reel in my catfish.
Sorry if I confused a few of you with the acronym GHP&W. You see how it expands above. I suppose this is a sixth boro gunkhole of an upscale sort, and I’ll let you guess where at first. And given the date today, my misleading clue is “turkey sailboat.”
I’ll use relative cardinal directions: looking north,
And five minutes later . . . looking west,
and east. That’s Brooklyn over on the far side.
And . . . while staying in the channels, you could get to a Manhattan dock in less than 20 minutes from our initial photo.
Here’s a chart view and here’s
more context. See the two green diamonds at lower left of this image? The lower of the two is Teal Bulker, which you saw above. The blue diamond down there is a NYWaterways boat, just 17 minutes from Pier 11. And just north of the complex is a beach that might hint at what sixth boro coastlines once were.
All photos by Will Van Dorp. Oh, and that clue intended to distract, here it is, and it has nothing to do with Thanksgiving.
On a personal note, I’d like to thank all of you for reading tugster and contributing in so many ways. To everyone that I’ve crossed paths with in the past year and the foregone 2950+ posts, thank you.
Happy Thanksgiving today and every day. Life is precious and unpredictable.
Ocean Tower passes the tow of Wavertree, aka “ocean wanderer.”
At the east end of Caddell Dry Dock.
Joyce D., no longer the newest Brown boat.
Between Atlantic Salt and Caddell.
In the Morris Canal.
At the southwest end of Shooters aka Mariners Harbor.
On the Shooters Island end of the Bayonne Bridge.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
A video of the welcome of Half Moon now in Hoorn.
A fun 8-minute 7-day trip from the Hudson River to the Thousand Islands via the Erie Canal, with ALL the locks!
A less-professional video of the arrival of Half Moon in Hoorn, but showing music by the Musiek Boot, delightful man of the waters, Reinier Sijpkens, (click here and scroll) who entertained here in the sixth boro six years ago.
This post shows the second leg of what felt like an epic journey, but first let’s back up about 10 minutes. See the small blue vessel just off the bow of Wavertree?
It’s a King’s Point vessel, and leaning out of the house, it’s Capt. Jonathan Kabak, formerly master of Pioneer, Lettie G. Howard, and other vessels.
So let’s resume . . . the tow travels west of Caddell and rounds up against the tide, ever so
gracefully–to my eyes–making its way to the dock. Thomas J. Brown and later Rae working the port side.
it took a full quarter hour to spin Wavertree 180 degrees and inch it across the KVK, but then the heaving line flew, followed by the dock line.
Thomas J. and Rae worked this side in coordination with Pelham–invisible all this time from my perspective–on the starboard side.
Lots of money will be spent and sweat expended before the NEXT leg of the journey.
The 2001 (or earlier??) photo below comes from Mike Weiss, SSSM waterfront foreman. It shows a more complete rig.
Also from Mike’s FB post, the photo below shows Wavertree in her Argentina barge days. For the saga of Peter Stanford’s efforts to get this hull from Argentina to the sixth boro, read A Dream of Tall Ships starting from p. 221. Actually, the whole book makes an excellent read.
All photos except the last two by Will Van Dorp, who is eager to see Wavertree‘s transformation in the year to come.
From gCaptain, here’s a good explanation of National Maritime Day, yesterday.
But first, many thanks to Bjoern Kils of New York Media Boat for the enjoyable ride aboard his RHIB Amundsen. I’ve decided to divide the photos into two posts. These cover the first 15 minutes (!!) of the trip to the yard.
Bartholdi was finishing up his copper creation a year AFTER Wavertree began its career as a bulk carrier of jute.
I was thrilled to see the tugs that did the tow, starting with Thomas J. Brown. This tug has appeared here many times, but here’s probably my favorite.
On starboard side was Pelham.
This post covers only 15 minutes, but it seemed like ages, watching this highly unusual tow traverse the Upper Bay.
Now if you were on Rae yesterday, you might be feeling left out at this point, but here’s the beginning of your part. I first saw Rae more than 10 years ago , when she was still Miss Bonnie. Click here and scroll.
In the hard hat here and in the rigging earlier probably with the NYTimes photographer who took this photo, it’s Mike Weiss, South Street’s Waterfront Foreman.
Waving from the shrouds here it’s Capt. Jonathan Boulware, now executive director of SSSM.
If there had been a salt pile in the late 19th century, Wavertree could have transported it, as it spent its last years before the 1910 dismasting in the tramp trades . . . Maybe someone can help with specifics here, but I recall reading that Wavertree called in the sixth boro before 1910.
Here’s a closeup of Rae now in Fox colors, and click here for one from five years ago.
And we’ll pick up here tomorrow.
All photos by Will Van Dorp. Many thanks to Bjoern of NY Media boat for the ride and to Mike and Jonathan of SSSM for the advance notice of the transit.
From a moving vantage point in the center of the Upper Bay, I look south and see Shawn Miller pushing a deck barge to facilitate some trucking on the sixth boro.
To the north, it’s Gabby L Miller crossing with 1WTC in the background. At Blue Friday plus
80 days (i.e., 80 days since that day after Thanksgiving Atlantic Salvor brought antenna segments into the harbor), this is what the top of 1WTC looks like.
The new Curtis Reinauer lay at anchorage. Here are a few shots of the old Curtis . . . now working in West African waters.
Joan Turecamo, one of the last upstate NY Matton-built vessels, heads to Gowanus Bay.
Finally . . . it’s Rae, moving a recycling scow probably back to Newtown Creek. Rae’s my age!.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Unrelated: Here’s a foto and article from today’s NYTimes about dead ship Triumph. The caption mentions that USCG tugs are towing the vessel into Mobile. Predictably, the alleged tugs are not identified. For info on the tugs, click here.
Here was installment 2. Look carefully at the first foto . . . from back four years ago. An update follows, but . . . first, a foto from Chris Williams and the Erie Canal, it’s Kalyan Offshore‘s 450 hp Lil Joe.
An equal number of hours driving north of the sixth boro gets you to the dredging of PCBs from the Hudson riverbed near Fort Edward. A version of the story can be found here. Scows move through the locks with a small tug at each end . . . like here Turning Point has the apparent bow and
Champlain the stern.
Here, below the lock, Washington moves a scow upriver.
And here’s what I was referring to at the top of this post: the other day, much to my surprise, who emerged from the fog . . . . the indomitable Helen Parker. Almost exactly a year ago (October 13) she capsized and sank near Pier 84. The story is here, fourth one down.
Fair winds and smooth waters!
Was it my imagination, or did I see Rae appear on AIS the other day? I’m keeping my eyes open for her. Compared with these truckable tugs, she’s huge at 46′ loa. And as for the term “truckable tugs,” after the trek of Alwyn Vintcent, the definition of the category is greatly enlarged.
It’s the shadow of the gangway as Laura K. sidles in for contact on the vessel with the illustrious name . . . Great Eastern, practically panamax 150 years ago.