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I missed Josephine Reinauer (actually I saw her but couldn’t get a clear shot)  when she visited town recently, but I did catch Jacksonville, the latest Vane machine in the harbor.

For some reason I expected her to look different, but it’s an Elizabeth Anne class tug, which’ll look a lot like most of the rest of the Vane fleet.

Eric and the other McAllister escort tugs have been quite busy recently.

Ernest Campbell has been here about a half year doing bunkering, I believe.

Trevor usually works as a dredge tender, focusing on the Jersey shore this fall.

Brooklyn was called Brooklyn Service when I first discovered the sixth born.

Daisy Mae is just over a year old.

Normandy came to the sixth born from Colombia a few years ago.

Rowan has been working in the sixth boro of late.

In fact, almost seven years ago, it was Rowan that brought Patrice McAllister into the boro after the tragic fire during her delivery from the Great Lakes to this salt water.  These days, Patrice is looking great.

All photos by Will Van Dorp, who has heard about but not yet seen Hunter D.

 

Faber Park aka the swimming pool has become one of my favorite places to watch the behemoths pass.The next set of photos I took in about 10 minutes.

I’m in awe of the skills involved . . . navigation and communication.

This is a tight turn.

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Four tugboats–Ellen, Rowan, Capt. Brian, and Eric–keep it in the channel and the track such that two of these ships can negotiate the turn.

 

And they make it look routine.

 

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

Since W. O. Decker may soon be seen albeit briefly in the sixth boro, let’s start with this photo from July 2008, as she chugs past the waterfall under the Brooklyn Bridge, thanks to an Icelandic-Danish artist named Olafur Eliasson.

Reinauer had some of the same names as now assigned to different boats here a decade ago but now no more on this side of the Atlantic, like Dean.

Some names have not (yet) been reassigned like John.

Now for some that are still here, though some have different paint and names:  Juliet is now Big Jake.  Matthew Tibbetts is still all the same, externally at least.

Stena Poseidon–a great name– is now Espada Desgagnes, and Donald C may still be laid up as Mediterranean Sea.

The long-lived, many-named Dorothy Elizabeth has been scrapped.

Rowan M. McAllister is still around, but the Jones Act tanker S/R Wilmington has succumbed to scrappers’ tools in Brownsville TX.

Falcon has left the sixth boro for Philly and Vane, and Grand Orion, as of today, is headed for Belgium.

And finally . . . June K here assisting with Bouchard B. No. 295 . . .    she’s still around and hard  at work as Sarah Ann.

All photos by Will Van Dorp in July 2008.

 

I’m working on some tougher posts, but here’s an easy one.  Let’s flip the calendar back approximately 10 years, give or take a month.  Then it was Barents Sea, not Atlantic Enterprise.  Rowan M. McAllister is still around, although in Charleston SC.  And the container ship under the “un-raised” Bayonne Bridge is Zim Qingdao, currently eastbound across the Atlantic.  The other McAllister tug I don’t know.

Melvin E. Lemmerhirt, now Evelyn Cutler, eastbound toward the Brooklyn Bridge  . . . well, all’s quite changed about all this.

Maryland –I’ve yet to see her as  Liz Vinik–was bunkering the brand new Queen Victoria.

Peking was then–as now–out of the water, although currently her dry dock is in Germany.

Penn No. 4 still goes by the same name, but it’s now a Kirby boat.

George Burrows was never a regular here, and I’ve no idea of her current disposition.

All photos by Will Van Dorp, who hopes you enjoyed this backward glance.

 

The season comes to the east coast in late summer.  New York’s 2013 sixth boro race is 12 days away, but you can get tickets to watch it from a boat already by clicking here.  Be patient  . . . it may load slowly.

This is NOT a foto from NYC.  Can you guess where you’d see this original OSV design?  OSV here means “offshore (lobster) supplying vessel,”  which I confess are my first love in workboat design, dating from back when I lived in New Hampshire.  All fotos in this post come thanks to Birk Thomas, a force behind this site and its Facebook version, which generates a lot of pics  of workboats from all over.

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If you guessed Portland, Maine . . . this is the pre-race lineup for the MS Harborfest.

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I’m pretty sure this foto was taken from Andrew McAllister.

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And it’s push-off time.

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So in New York on September 1, whether you ride the boat or watch from the pier . . . I hope to see you there.

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Although the September 1 race in NYC is the 21st annual in the current series, the races date back to before I was born.  See fotos of the vessels from the 1952 race here.  Back then, an international lifeboat race–rowers came from whatever cargo ships were in port at that time–was part of the festivities.

Again, many thanks to Birk Thomas for these fotos.  And if you do Facebook, check out tugboatinformation there.

Unrelated first:  trimaran Zamna . ..  was identified by Soundbounder‘s Matt Housekeeper, foto’d by Bowsprite’s magic lens in September, and posted on asleep-at-switch tugster twice… most recently two days ago here (scroll to the end).    Here’s Zamna’s own site.  Is anyone who took fotos of it close-up at Chelsea Piers willing to share them here?  . . . apparently it’s currently sailing to Greece.   I’m especially curious about the figurehead.   Now back to stacks.

It appears a “stacks” series could go on a long time, but within a given fleet, stacks differ in shape, number, and relative size.  These fotos go back two or three years, so I don’t know whether all these boats still carry the red-and-white rings.  One is a trick:  it does NOT carry the McAllister name although it may belong to a subsidiary fleet.  Clues exist in the fotos, so I won’t give the names until the end.  See how many you can guess.  Remember, double clicking enlarges.

Single stack, squat but rounded and trapezoidal.  A single large tube protrudes.

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Single and tall, like a stoogie.

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Two of them, squat but rectangular and again trapezoidal.  One wider and two thinner protruding tubes in each.

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Single oval cylinder rising just slightly above the top of house, with two protruding pipes.

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Quite similar to the previous.

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Ditto the first foto:  Single stack, squat, rounded and trapezoidal.  But two large tubes protrude.

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Like the previous but flanked by ladders.

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Paired but really squat relative to the house.

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Paired and flanking a companionway.  One large pipe protrudes quite far from each.

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Paired with a dividing companionway, flanked by ladders, and more acute angle in the protruding tubes.

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From the top,  the boats are:  Colleen 1967, Amy C 1975, Charles D 1967, Ellen 1966, Elizabeth 1967, Fournier Girls 1968, Helen 1900  [!!], Justine 1982, Marjorie B 1974, McAllister Girls 1968, Rosemary 2008, and Rowan 1981.

Charles D and Justine are both ex-Exxon boats:  Exxon Bayou State and Exxon Carquinez, respectively.  Elizabeth is ex-Fournier Boys and ex-J. A. Witte.  I’ve not seen Elizabeth in the sixth boro for quite a while.

And from yesterday’s post, why DOES Iona have only one “l” in its McAlister.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Study this vessel a few seconds. I’ve included fotos here and here. Scroll through in both links. How would you describe Barents Sea, in contrast to other tugs?

 

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By way of comparison, see Barents Sea juxtaposed with Rowan M. McAllister, launched in 1981, five years after Barents Sea. Also, see the crewman on the afterdeck of Barents in both pix above.

 

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A friend–you know who you are–calls Barents Sea sexy, an apt description since the design is exciting in its difference.

 

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Barents–previously known as Pete and Mr. Pete–used to wear McAllister colors. She’s large: 135′ LOA, 40′ beam, and 15′ draft; almost 6500 horsepower. Unlike most East Coast tugs, she sports a raised foc’sle bow. Wonder how long she’ll be around the the sixth boro and the Northeast.

Added link here but scroll about 3/4 thru:  Someone suggested calling it the Chukchi Sea since it worked up there once.

Photos, WVD.

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