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Here are some snows days in the sixth boro from previous seasons.  Yesterday’s saw crews on duty doing what they always do.  Cielo di Milano was outbound, as was Peney, a practically new ship, emptied of her Mejillones safety product.

09:50  My thermometer registered 23 degrees F, and a squall was passing over Manhattan but not here.

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10:15  In less than a half hour, the snow squall has intensified on the KVK.

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10:15  Portside watch reports on distance already away from the salt dock, where product was trucking out the gate.

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10:18  That’s Jonathan C at starboard and Margaret on the bow.

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10:20  JRT heads westbound after an assist in the harbor.

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11:42  See the juice carrier, Orange Blossom 2, Jonathan C, IMTT, and WTC1?

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11:42  Here’s what the unaltered version of the photo above looks like.  I enhanced color in the version above.

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11:45

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11:46  All were cautious but moving.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.  More tomorrow from the same Saturday morning snow squall.

 

I’ve seen other Grimaldi Grande vessels, but never Grande Senegal.

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So not matter that it was a gray day, I was happy to see this vessel calling in NYC’s sixth bork for the first time.

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Grimaldi is the parent company to ACL, whose unique new vessels have appeared on this blog here.   Click here to see Grande Senegal at her original shipyard back in 2010.

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Unrelated here, but I wonder if vessels passing under this bridge will appear smaller once the soon-to-be-obsolete lower roadbed is removed.

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I’d love to see what tugboats assist the Grande— ROROs at port calls along the West African coast.  Anyone out there can help?

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Ellen McAllister and

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Resolute and all the other escort boats and crews keep shipping in the groove around Bergen Point.

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All photos yesterday by Will Van Dorp.

 

But first, from less than two months ago . . . this photo taken by O. Nonimus Bosch shows Fells Point, Sassafras, and Pocomoke temporarily immobilized.  Here and here are parts of the story.

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Recently in t-shirt weather in the sixth boro . . . it’s a classic, Thomas J. Brown.

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Ellen S. Bouchard,

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Resolute with a Bouchard barge,

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and Evening Star, also with a Bouchard barge.

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Elizabeth McAllister light,

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Robert E. McAllister,

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Ross Sea, 

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Eric McAllister,

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and finally Ellen McAllister shifting

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Cielo di Roma . . .

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Thomas J. Brown . . . enjoy another look at this classic.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.   And in the post above, subtracting the three tugs in the O. Nonimus Bosch photo, you have over 25,000 horsepower, of which 1000 of those ponies are generated by Thomas J.

 

To pick up where yesterday I ended . . . Chemical Transporter is not a ship.  Rather it’s the barge married to–or at least in a relationship with–ATB Freeport.

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This Workboat article makes clear the circuitous and costly ($91 million !@#@!) route this 150′ tug followed from keel lay to launch.

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I’d love to see the interior of this 2007 vessel.

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R. L. Enterkin is a tug I’ve seen on AIS for a long time, but the other day,

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I finally got a close-up as she went out to pick up a “tail job” at sunrise.

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At the head of the tow was Layla Renee.

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Click here for many posts I’ve done on Resolute.

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Thomas D. Witte–here passing off Wall Street– has carried many names since 1961.

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Zachery Reinauer was launched nearly a half century ago at Matton Shipyard . . . up above the Federal Lock in Troy and right across the river from the boyhood home of Herman Melville.

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Ellen . . . focus of countless tugster posts… as

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has Brendan Turecamo.

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HMS Justice–NOT this one–debuts on this blog with the photo below, which almost makes it appear she’s equipped with her very own drone…. but there must be an illusion happening there.

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And to close out this post . . . from M. McMorrow . . . the most intriguingly named tug of all . . . Tug of War.

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The last photo from Mike and Michelle McMorrow, who’ve contributed photos here before.  All others by Will Van Dorp.

 

Here was 14.

And in the photo below, dozens of people occupy  the vessels, mostly invisible even as the weather starts to warm up.

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But some work is done outside . .  like preparing to retrieve a docking pilot, whereas

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others, after a time at sea, feast their eyes on details of a foreign port . . . one that might NOT look like the legendary port they are entering,

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looking at the south side of KVK and thinking, “This is New York?”

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

This first foto is by a secret salt . . . showing Dory (1978) and Captain Zeke (1980) tandem towing  beach-lounging 125′ deck barge back onto the water.

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And  . . . attributed by the watermark . . . fotos from last week before Janus chilled the town,  Atlantic Conveyor gets an assist from Charles D. McAllister (1967).

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Shelby (1978) also worked in the January fog.  Thanks, Brian.

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And the rest of the fotos are mine:  the seldom-seen Specialist (1956?), here close and

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closer.

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Two Coasts . . . Chesapeake (2011) and Emerald (1973).

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Resolute (1975) about to pass Düsseldorf Express (1998),

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And from Philly . . .  High Roller (1969) with The Recycler (1989 . . . from THE George Steinbrenner’s yard in Nashville, TN.  Here’s some history on The Recycler and its twin.

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Many thanks to the secret salt and Brian DeForest for their fotos.  All others by Will Van Dorp.

I love snowy mornings . . . like this one 48 hours ago.

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As of this writing, APL Pearl--Oakland registered–has just docked in Savannah.    I also adore surprises:  it turns out I took fotos of APL Pearl docking in Howland Hook four and a half years ago, when the vessel was known as Hyundai Voyager.

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Resolute follows–well, resolutely–waiting to retrieve the docking pilot.

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And what’s on the boxpile?

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As I said, I love snowstorms.  That’s when the most interesting fotos seem daring someone to snap them.

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All fotos snapped by Will Van Dorp.

Here was 24.

It’s T’day, and one of many things I’m thankful for is readers who write back and send fotos like these.

First foto, it’s Tilly!  Stephen Freer sent this from Key West, where he seeks investors to get this 1943 vessel built in the sixth boro operating as a tug co-operative using waste vegetable oil for off-grid island fishing and farming co-ops.  He plans to equip a work-barge  with cast-off engines, bikes, and equipment for solar/wind/organic.  Tilly‘s crew are co-op shareholders.  Stephen says there’s some urgency to get her out of her current location.  You could use this blog to get in touch with Stephen.

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The next three come from Frank Garvey, who wants folks to see “his” pretty docks in  Port Jefferson.

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It’s Resolute and Evening Star.

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Next, thanks to Jim Browne, this foto from two months ago,  9/20/2013 at Point Lookout, NY, headed east in Reynolds Channel just west of Sea Dog Creek.  Jim says the people he works with are still pulling  tons of Sandy-debris per week, and will be doing so for some time to come.  I’d love to know more about this “pastel-yellow”  tug.  Pastel yellow?  Might I need my color-correcting lenses replaced?

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And finally, from a Captain Nemo working the holiday, this foto yesterday of Fiesta Mail from Port Everglades.  I’d never heard of this Bahamas-Florida vessel, Tianjin China-built 2002.

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Happy Thanksgiving to all, how ever you spend the day.  I’m grateful for the naked bird in my kitchen somewhere in size between a plucked hummingbird and a yanked ostrich.

Many thanks to Stephen, Frank, Jim, and Nemo for these fotos.

And finally, Wendell sends along a business site.

These fotos come from Phil Little, who took them from Weehawken.  They complement the ones taken by bowsprite and published here a week ago.  A strong ebb tide appears to be moving the big gray New York very quickly toward the Intrepid pier, but

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the dance of three coordinated tugs makes the departure a study of efficiency, although–as Phil suggests, “there may have been some brow-mopping after they got LPD-21 straightened out” and proceeding southward bound for sea.

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And here, thanks to my sister on Maraki, two landing craft exit a lock on the Erie Canal a few months back.  Does anyone know their story?

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Thanks much to Phil Little–showing closer-ups of Robert E. and Ellen McAllister and Resolute, here’s a differently cropped version of foto #1–

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and the Maraki crew for these fotos.

What on earth–or on the river–could cause all these NYWaterways ferries to stick so close to the terminal?  Like fish in a weir . . . must be something big around . . . although I see no vessel between Resolute and Robert E. McAllister on AIS . . .

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Praise the day!  Bowsprite–who loves gray or otherwise stealthy and can sometimes clear away the miasma and draw them, if you ask her nicely– ascended to a rooftop yesterday to see what MIGHT lurk between the two aforementioned tugboats.

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Here is the current bearer of that name, but there’ve been at least six prior iterations.

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She passes the clock–now being restored–and the light

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but I was not there.  So here’s my chance to place another government boat in the proximity of Robbins Reef.

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Bowsprite, my favorite harbor illustrator,  snapped all fotos except this last one above–of USACE Hayward–which I took.

For another of her ink renderings of sixth boro details, click here.

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