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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.

 

Jack Ronalds took this photo of Ontario (Jeffrey K. McAllister) and Erie (Missy McAllister) in Canso back in August 2016.

John Jedrlinic took this in the sixth boro in December 2008.

I took the photo below a few months earlier in 2008, as the transfer from Normandy to Ross Sea was happening.

Grouper has been featured here many, many times over the years, but you’ve never seen this much of her out of the water;  it’s “draw-down” time on the Erie Canal near lock E-28A.  These photos come from Bob Stopper a few weeks ago.

 

From Bangkok, Ashley Hutto sends along photos of a decidedly pastel Thai tug

with two barges

on a hawser.

Thanks to Jack, Jed, Bob, and Ashley for these photos.

 

I see this tug light so infrequently that I didn’t recognize her at first.  A clue . . . some years ago she was painted red.

That’s Bouchard Boys distancing, but can you name the approaching vessel?

This one may almost be close enough to read.

And this one has the biggest give-away colors . . . .

Evelyn Cutler used to be Melvin E. Lemmerhirt, which I remember as a noisy boat.

Ross Sea I first saw in NYC’s sixth boro as Normandy, not

the current Normandy.

McKinley Sea first appeared here as Annabelle V.

And to round this out, Foxy 3 used to be a fleet mate of Lemmerhirt, mentioned above.

All photos on a windy day last week by Will Van Dorp.

 

Here was 4.  Of course, many more than seven Seas exist and work east, south, and west of the United States.

Let’s start with Irish Sea, which was called something before that . . . .

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taken September 2009, with Iona McAllister in Brooklyn Navy Yard

 

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taken February 2016

Siberian Sea, before it was called that.

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taken in 2007

 

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taken in 2009

 

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taken in 2013

 

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taken in 2015

Barents Sea . . . .  anyone have news on her?  She too had names before it became Barents, although I suspect Barents Sea will be her last name ever.

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taken in 2015

Mediterranean Sea, which  originally painted green.

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taken in 2015

McKinley Sea, and I hope you get the point that all these boats had previous names.

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taken in February 2016

Ross Sea, which actually shows its Thoma-Sea heritage. If you don’t know what I mean, look at the string of vessels built by Thoma-Sea just after Ross Sea was launched in February 2003. Thoma-Sea here actually makes eight seas.

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taken in 2015

 

All photos 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.

3 Barges Panorama

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.

 

I’ve no idea why some days a single fleet seems to predominate among boats coming and going past my various offices along the KVK.  By the way, “offices” just means anyplace from which good fotos can be had; peaceful places all but low on creature comforts.  Yesterday snow-white and orange was all I saw.   All but the first two fotos, which come compliments of Jed and Allen Baker, respectively,  were snapped in less than an hour and a half yesterday, with no other moving boats in sight.

Below, from left to right:  Ross Sea, Greenland Sea, and Lincoln Sea–all featured here before.  I’ve seen Ross and Greenland in their previous lives as Normandy and Emma M Roehrig, but Lincoln Sea in “robin’s egg” blue predates my tugster life.  For a description of Lincoln’s Sea first appearance, read this 2004 article by the stellar Staten Island foto/scribe, Don Sutherland.  I’m speculating that Greenland Sea was once robin’s egg blue as well, given her former life (pre-Emma M)  as S/R Providence.  Can anyone confirm?

Here’s Taurus profile and

stern view as she worked her way into the notch yesterday.  By the way, tanker in the foto above is Jose Stream.

Here’s Lincoln Sea stern view.

Baltic Sea headed for the fuel dock as

Bering Sea and Houma (left to right) leveraged

a barge into a dock before heading back

west over behind Shooter’s Island

separately.  By the way, Bering Sea must have previously worn maroon paint as Stacy Moran.  In the distance is the waterfront of Elizabeth, NJ.

And while we’re dealing with Seas, Ashley Sea over by Stapleton.  Uh . . . this might be a different fleet.  By the Way, Ashley Sea was built at New Century Shipyards in Zhangjiagang, China (fish farm country up the Yangtze River from Shanghai) in 2007.

Last eight fotos by Will Van Dorp.

More color changes coming soon.

Related:  Do any West Coast readers have fotos of K-Sea’s Tiger?

Related to “Night Light” post of a few days back . . . a 200-foto profile of the Gowanus Canal from this morning’s NYTimes submitted by readers.

Also, check out this restored 1910 tug on a blog called Peregrine Sea.

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.

This post gets dedicated to a site I recently discovered called Oil-electric.  I’ve just added them to my blogroll.  Connections with Robert McDonald of Oil-electric were made with the carfloat post I did with Paul Strubeck a few days back.

Yup . . . it’s time for another set of random tugs.  Allen Baker sends along these shots of the brand spanking new Dublin Sea with DBL 185 that lists port of registry as Seattle.  Dublin Sea left its builders–Marinette Marine— in Marinette, Wisconsin in early November 2009.

If you’re traveling from the Great Lakes, where Dublin Sea was built, to the Pacific Northwest with such a unit, you need to go east to get west.

Also from Allen, Ross Sea (ex-Normandy).

And since this set is called random, here are two fotos from a few weeks back taken on the Delaware in Philadelphia:  Lucky D and

Petrel.

Cheers, and keep your eyes seeing.

As I hiked along the KVK today, it seemed for a while that half at least the boats were  K-Sea white with red and mustard trim.  Of course, I’m known for the gift of selective vision.  Not all the fotos below were taken today, but the enjoy the fotos.

First sea:  Greenland Sea.

Nathan E. Stewart (2) nearer and (I believe) Lincoln Sea (3) farther off at the dock.

Nathan E. passing aframax Eagle Beaumont escorted by Marjorie B. McAllister.

Volunteer (4) on the far side of panamax Sanko Venture.

at the dock in Bayonne last week, and

back on the far side of Sanko Venture today.

Check out the color-coded piping on the barge Columbia.  What word do I fail to make out on the hull:  looks like S  –  A  –  U . . . .

Slinging the barge around today was Baltic Sea (5) .

Sixth sea is Houma . .  although it’s not Houma Sea.

And the seventh sea

is Ross Sea, definitely  surfing a sloping KVK today.  Might it have been camera operator inclination?

So I’ve stopped counting.  Tasman Sea.

and in Philadelphia last week, moving The Recycler down the Delaware was Falcon.    Recycling what?

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Related:  Here’s a list of all the seas as well as which ones figured in what different people called the “seven seas.”

Final shot:  a color-adjusted (but not Warholized) foto of Davis Sea.

So through the magic of blogging, let’s turn time back and shift camera position, kind of like the movie Groundhog Day.  Or “TR 2008  . . . Take 2.”  The crew of W. O. Decker–the only tug in the harbor taking paying passengers–coordinate to rope a bollard.  By the way, W. O. took first place in best mascot . . . and guesses what it was?  Answer follows.

Truth must out . . . these fabuous fotos were captured by Brian, also intrepid captain of Puffin.  Below, Charles Oxman pushes around Rosemary . . . until Rosemary turns on all her 6000 hp.  The Oxman takes my first prize for the most unusual house design AND best namesake.  Bravo Vinik!

Brian gets a prize for catching the drama of nose-to-nose gladiating (I’m sure that’s not a word til now) with Edith Thornton, who saved all its grit for this, twisting it up with St. Andrew.

Best-looking tug in the harbor . . . Matthew Tibbetts.  Anyone know its namesake?

And one more shot for today of “sturm und drang” as portrayed by speed winners, Ross Sea and Maryland.

Oh . . . about the best mascot:  beating out a disqualified tattoo queen, a ferret, a large dog and a puppy, and some very happy clams . . . winner was an East River spider crab.  Does it have a name?  A special snack for winning?  Check back later.

Daily News reports the news here, even dragging in some Yankees-RedSox causality.

OK . .  last addition for today, thanks to Bernie of the Working Harbor Committee, someone who loves spinach . . . although I still suspect it’s seaweed.  Either way, he’s gonna grow up strong.

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