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The photo below comes via Russell Skeris, who seems to have gotten it from Fred Miller II . . . to keep credits where they belong.  Click here for two previous posts Russell contributed to.  I’m curious where this photo was taken, given the US/Canadian flags on the mast.  And when?  It would have to be 1998 or prior, given the stack.  Anyhow, Russell writes, “It was a nice little surprise to log onto tugster this am and see the pics of the Frances. It put a smile on my wife’s face ( little Fran [the namesake. She misses her mom who passed in 2014. I thought you might like this pic probably from the 70’s that appears to have been taken on Kodachrome film.It was also before the sun visor had gotten all banged up like in many of the pictures that I’ve found . I’m going to send some older black and whites of Frances being launched in 1957 at Jakobsons in Oyster Bay.”


Also, he writes, “The weathervane we had made some years ago for the couple on Fran’s house. She really was surprised when we gave it to her and connected her to her past.


The life ring is a real relic and has hung in the wall in the kitchen for as long as I can remember.”



Thanks, Russell.   Sorry it took so long to post this.  I guess it’s good that I go away now and then so that old unused posts finally see the light of day.

See the name clearer of the stern here than the bow?  See the distinctive tender?


Marie J. Turecamo, taken April 2015

This vessel with the unique davits and radar is not the same vessel.  And the woman in black with a bow in her hair at the stern, she is the namesake for both boats.  The gray, black, and white photos, complements of Russell Skeris, were taken in 1952, when this Marie J. was new.  Previously, Russell sent along the lead photo in this post here.


And here, the gent forward most on the bow is Barney Turecamo.  In the background is Jersey City.


I’m not sure what “platform” these shots were made from, the the landmass in the background here looks like Staten Island as seen from off Red Hook.


It turns out that the 1952 Marie J. Turecamo is now DonJon’s William E., and unfortunately I do NOT have a photo of William E.   Anyone help out here?  Here you see some shots from Birk’s site.


Marie J. Turecamo, built 1968, photo taken 2015. 

Many thanks to Russell for his photo and to Birk and crew for his informative site.   2015 photos by Will Van Dorp.

More gray tomorrow.

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