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Happy 2020, so let’s go a decade back, and see a selection of photos from January 2010.

Ross Sea escorts Rebel eastbound past Atlantic Leo in the KVK.

Lucy Reinauer, bathed in morning light, approaches Howland Hook in the AK.

Miss Gill and Lucky D head for the smaller Bayonne Bridge and Goethals Bridge, off to the west.

Athena is way out of Block Island Sound, here doing winter work in the sixth boro.  Little did I know back then that I’d soon be taking my first ride to Block Island aboard Athena.

North Sea is on the hard in Kingston NY.

My favorite winter harbor fishing vessel passes Robbins Reef, leaving

the rest of the fleet farther to the NE in the Upper Bay.  Note how different the skyline of lower Manhattan was then.

Doris escorts a tanker into the KVK.

Davis Sea crushes her way into the Rondout with a load of heat.

It was, as all these “retro sixth boro posts,” only a decade ago, but so much has changed.

All photos in January 2010 by Will Van Dorp.  Happy 2020.

 

First, thanks to Joseph Chomicz . . . it’s Rebel and Dolphin over by the Philadelphia Navy Yard   . . .

Quo vadis, Rebel?

And the second batch comes from Ingrid Staats with likely the most unusual backstory ever on this blog . . .  Ingrid took the photos from a room in New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where her healthy baby was born. She writes, “We had an amazing view of the East River and for four days as Mom & babe recuperated. I amused myself by capturing as many tugs as possible.”    Congratulations to all and here they are:

Sea Lion above moving recyclables and and Evelyn Cutler pushing petroleum product.

TJ and Catherine Miller . . . and is TJ really doing all the work here?

And finally . . . Navigator light and Gulf Enterprise pushing a petroleum barge westbound.

Many thanks to Joseph and Ingrid for these photos.  And I’m happy to hear that one of the next generation of tugboat watchers has been born.

 

More than half a decade ago, I got these photos of Rebel juxtaposed with Ross Sea.  Rebel, with her inordinately wide upper house base,  is one of the largest tugboats in the oil trade through the sixth boro. Might she be under matched here with DBL 102?

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So it made my day to catch her yesterday as she headed into the Kills.

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A couple of weeks ago, I caught her northbound but was no closer than this.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

I realize that snow days occur here every year, even though not as frequently as they might farther north, but the movement of a squall across the boros rewards with interesting photos in spite of the cold.

At 0925 the other day, Maersk Edgar was in the clear although a squall concealed the lower Manhattan skyline.

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Here’s zoomed in closer because I hoped to confirm the unit to the left as Kirby’s Rebel, which I’ve not seen in ages. I hope I see her close up before she leaves town.

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Corpus Christi was clear.

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At 10:00 Weeks’ tugs Thomas and Shelby moved in to retrieve a crane as soon as they completed the salt pile job.  That’s Dreggen in the background. Nearly eight years ago Thomas and a crane were involved in a job that involved fishing out a certain geese-ingesting aircraft  from a forgiving North River.

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Red Hook moves a barge past a snow-cloaked IMTT.

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Emerald Coast heads out at 11:37.

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Peking appears from the edge of space.

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And here by noon, I was disappointed in my hopes to get a photo of Hyundai Pluto, entirely invisible beyond ACL Atlantic Cartier.  The port may have been closed around this time because Hyundai Pluto had arrived inside the Upper Bay, then spun around–not a lightly undertaken feat–and headed out to the Long Beach anchorage.  Atlantic Cartier anchored in Gravesend, and Atlantic Conveyer did the same off Stapleton, not a common occurrence for a containership.  Or maybe I just misunderstood what what going on, my perception beshrouded from myself.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Random means random, and I challenge you to come up with a more random set . . .

Let’s start with a Gmelin photo from 1930.  I’ll give the name of the tug later in this post so that all experts of arcane sixth boro history can play.  Since today is the V-Day, let me mention that Herbert Hoover was POTUS, and not very popular at that time, post-crash, in spite of his 1928 campaign slogan “A Chicken in Every Pot and a Car in Every Garage.”  Well, that did not work out so well.  A few things impress me about Hoover though, like . . . in what language would he and the First Lady–Lou–converse privately when guests were in the White House.  By the way, why is the 2nd Tuesday in November Election Day?  Answers at the end of this post.

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Here’s a photo from my archives, Surrie Moran (2000 built) assisting with a big south-bound Crowley barge El Rey (1979) in June 2013 on the Delaware River.  I was shooting against the morning sun.   You see a little of Cape Henry (1967) on the stern also.   Any guesses which Crowley tug was towing?

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And another photo from 2013, January,  in the KVK.  It’s Rebel, built 1976, with her odd hull.  Is she now scrapped?

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So now a few from the past week . . . James D. Moran (2015) passes the KV buoy heading for the North River.

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Genesis Victory (from 1981) heads into the Kills.

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The 2002 Labrador Sea comes in from somewhere out east.

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And over on a waterway I don’t get to see that often, I stumbled onto the 1940 Ireland,

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1958 Bergen Point, and

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the 1947 basic Harbor II.

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And since a lot of things are cyclical, we’re back at the mystery tug.

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With my magnifying glass, I read enough to make me think this is Richard J. Barrett, which would have been 11 years old in 1930.  Here’s Birk’s info. The ship is the 1925-launched MS Gripsholm, significant as the first transAtlantic liner powered by a diesel engine.

And Hoover and his wife spoke Mandarin for their secret asides when guests were in earshot.  I’m impressed.

And towing El Rey, here’s Sentry  (1977).

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And we have our 19th century agrarian roots to thank for the 2nd Tuesday being election day . .  . here.

 

 

Entering the KVK from the east . . . it’s the tallest tall ship sailing the sixth boro.

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At about the same moment, entering the KVK from its west gate, aka the Bayonne Bridge, it’s Rebel, followed by Nicole Leigh Reinauer.

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Clipper City, launched in Florida in 1984, is a replica of a wooden schooner that operated on the Great Lakes during the second half of the 19th century.

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The schooner is only 20′ longer than Rebel.

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Clipper City is headed for a haul-out.

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Later I catch the stern of Rebel westbound back to the yard.  I believe the near-twin of Rebel in the distance is Yankee.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

In a recent post, bowsprite put up a message, which set me off in search of omens and other signs of the times, starting from the one in green below, which sounds vaguely like a line from a hostage situation.  “Ok, my hands are raised over my head and I’m really trying to cooperate.”

SCF is a Russian company, which makes me wonder about a chicken-or-egg question here:  Safety Comes First is clever.  I would not advise complying with the order to “tug” though near the base of the ship’s ladder.

Propellor warnings are common

enough, although not all look the same, which I like.

Some signs can be lengthy, whereas others

are short.  Or is this a command?  I wonder.

Some just make you wonder.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.    If you’ve seen any good signs–whether they augur ill or well–lately, please send them along.

It’s been a while since #2 in this series, but seeing Rebel this past week prompts a new installment.  What first drew my attention was the sound;  Rebel roared as it backed a light barge out of IMTT.  Double click on foto to enlarge.

The superstructure was one I didn’t recognize.  Huge she is: 138′ x 46′ x 22′ deep draft with air draft of 82′ and 7200 hp.  Notice how small Ross Sea (ex-Normandy) seems in spite of her 95′ x 32′ x 14′ and 3400 hp.  I wonder if Rebel‘s air draft is with antenna down.

Given the sound and the ease with which the barge extracted from the dock, I was surprised that Rebel has not more than 7200 hp.  Notice Nathan E. Stewart with potable water barge Aqua passing on the far side of KVK, and a

few minutes later, that’s Rebel and Ross Sea pursuing Taurus, nearing the KV buoy.

In comparison, here’s Christian Reinauer: 124′ x 40′ x 22′ with air draft of 85′ and also 7200 hp.  Christian came into service in 2001, whereas Rebel has worked as Toya Alario and  Patricia E since 1976.

In comparison with the two above, here’s a shot of Vane Brothers Brandywine from this weekend:  launched in 2006, Brandywine’s dimensions are 123′ x 38′ x 22′ deep.  Here’s a foto of the house interior for Brandywine, and youtube of launch of Christiana, Brandywine‘s twin.    I’d love to see an interior shot of Rebel and Christian.  Anyone help?

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

PS:  For sights we don’t see in the sixth boro or anywhere out east, click here for Fremont Tug, running out of the Puget Sound.  I like the stories and the fotos, especially ones of  Seaspan Commodore and the log barges, as well as the adventures of Stinger and Dixie.

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