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A few days ago I stumbled into a rabbit hole and enjoyed it down there.  I won’t stay in 2008 for too long, but evolution I found in the ship department intrigued me, change change change. It also made concrete the reality of the scrapyards in  the less-touristed ocean-margins of the globe. Take Orange Star;  she’s scrapped now and another Orange Star delivers our juice.  But what a beauty this juice tanker is,

with lines that would look sweet on a yacht. Laura K has been reassigned to another port.  This  Orange Star was cut up in Alang in October 2010.

Ditto Saudi Tabuk.  She went for scrap in November 2013.  The tug on her bow is Catherine Turecamo, now operating on the Great Lakes as John Marshall.

Sea Venture was scrapped in January 2011.

Hammurabi sold for scrap in spring 2012.   She arrived in Alang as Hummura in the first week of summer 2012.

Some D-class Evergreen vessels have been scrapped, but Ever Diamond is still at work.  Comparing the two classes,  the Ls are 135′ longer and 46′ wider.

Stena Poseidon is now Canadian flagged as the much-drabber Espada Desgagnes, which I spotted on  the St. Lawrence last fall.   Donald C, lightening here, became Mediterranean Sea and is currently laid up.

And let’s end this retrospect with a tug, then Hornbeck’s Brooklyn Service and now just plain Brooklyn.  She’s been around the block a bit, and I’ll put in a link here if you want a circuitous tour. I caught her in Baltimore last spring in her current livery.

All photos by Will Van Dorp, who wonders what the waterscape will look like in 2028, if I’m around to see it.

Tomorrow–Columbus Day–I’m launching a new blog called Henry’s Obsession.  Henry refers to Mr Hudson, and obsess he did!.  For the next year or so,  bowsprite and I will use research and imagination to get inside the head of the first European to travel up the river that bears his name.  We plan to post twice a month, or “halfmoonthly.”  Shouldn’t we celebrate a Hudson Day in September rather than a Columbus Day in October?

Take one container vessel —Saudi Tabuk– northbound in the Buttermilk against an ebbing tide and heading for sea.  Bring on Moran tugs Cape Cod (portside of Tabuk) and Kathleen Turecamo.

As they approach the Brooklyn Bridge, Cape Cod drops back to Tabuk‘s stern

Kathleen Turecamo no doubts shoves the bow toward Manhattan and Cape Cod presses the stern to Brooklyn.

Plan continues until the ebb tide assists Kathleen, and Tabuk rotates counterclockwise.

The ebb is unstoppable,

and Tabuk

pivots her 814 feet quite dramatically

leaving no room for error.

Soon Tabuk has steering

outbound toward the Narrows and

bound for the Red Sea

but not for Tabuk, an inland desert city.

Photos, WVD.

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