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Weeks 533 has credibility: she lifted the USAir Flight 1549 Airbus A320 out of the Hudson back almost 11 years ago and more.  So the other day when I was on my way to “yon” and saw her “hither” and she was working with Susan Miller, I decided to linger and inquire.

That’s when I noticed the pier 11 Wall Street float was partially submerged, and a heavy lift crew was aboard securing cables.

Besides that crew, one tug and Susan Miller, even the Green Lady was craning her neck overtop the ferry and over in my direction, paying attention.

 

When I managed to board a conveyance and get to the middle of the East River . . .

I saw there were actually four tugs involved,  two Dann tugs and another Miller tug.

Once the landing barge was lifted over the spuds and large pumps installed–I think that’s what I saw–Susan Miller whisked the barge away to be repaired, rehabbed.

 

All photos by Will Van Dorp, who calls this another feat for Weeks 533.

Lots more tugster cranes here.

I’m not shifting the focus of this blog to photography–although it’s always been photo driven–but it’s fun to shoot what the light allows, which in this case somewhat obscures the identification of the tug in the foreground and highlights in profile the construction over by the Goethals Bridge.  Also, I’ve not forgotten a realization of a few weeks back about there being nothing random;  context here is recent sixth boro.

Anyhow, name that tug?

Meanwhile, north of the GW, it’s Joan Moran (1975) with a coal barge, from what I could tell.

Farther downriver, it’s Atlantic Coast (2007) with a dredge scow.

On that same dredge project, Shannon Dann (1971) stands by with GL 602.

Wye River (2008) waits over by the Palisades,

Sea Wolf (1982) holds steady over by –is that?–Edgewater.

Barry Silverton counts down for an appointment with Fight ALS,

Brendan Turecamo (1975) hangs with Connecticut, and

that brings us back to the first photo, now benefitting from a different light and easily identifiable as

Doris Moran (1982).

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Random and a little of everything.  Fotos look better enlarged, so doubleclick on them.

Let’s start with Viking’s  Dolomite II (1978) from Verplanck, NY.

If we follow the push knees back down in the sixth boro, then here’s the shape-shifting Odin (1982).

If we follow low clearance, we get to this unusual arrangement on James Turecamo (1969) with house down.   Foto thanks to Allen Baker.

Random . . . well, assisting Liberty Service (1983) and Energy 1104 out to sea, here’s Shannon Dann (1971), and a few minutes earlier the crossing of

Laura K. Moran (2008)  and Mister T (2001) with Danish product tanker  Nord Goodwill (2009)in the background.

Thanks again to Allen Baker for James Turecamo, house low, foto.  All other by Will Van Dorp.

Click here to see posts for the week before the race in 2008.

Below, and occupying the notch, Lincoln Sea, participant with all 8000 horses in the 2006 race here.  I don’t know if Lincoln Sea (ex-S/R Everett from 2000)will be free to compete next week.

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I don’t recall either Joan Moran (1975) or Gramma Lee T taking part in years I’ve watched.  They showed fantastic torque yesterday spinning Andre Jacob on her axis.  Interestingly, see the last foto here a year ago with Andre Jacob then bearing the name Margara!!   Some vessels disappear to Alang;  others disappear but reappear hiding in plain sight with new names.

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I also don’t recall Hornbeck boats like Liberty Service (ex-Mac Tide 63 and Jaramac 63 from 1983) taking part.

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Or Witte boats like Thomas D. (from 1961 and formerly holding such names as Kendall P. Brake, Reliance, Tammy, Matty J, and  June C) , fotoed here at the Salt Fest yesterday.

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Ellen McAllister (1966) may have.

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I don’t recall Dann Ocean Towing boats, like Shannon (ex-Alice H and Chelsea from 1971) here,  competing.  That’s Captain Log off starboard and Houma off port.

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Greenland Sea (ex-Emma M Roehrig, S/R Providence, Tecumseh, and Doc Candies from 1990) I don’t recall.

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Or Great Lakes Dock and Dredge boats, like McCormack Boys (1982) here.

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I have friends who, when “talking” baseball or football can pull the most arcane details and statistics out of the air, as if they’d spend hours memorizing the stuff.  I hope someone following the sixth boro tug races has a  better grasp of statistics than me.

Bowsprite fotoed the vessel below a few days back from her cliff.  I’m intrigued.  Can anyone identify this yacht?  It’s Atlantide!!

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Remember,  Working Harbor Committee annual Tug Boat Race & Competition will be held on Sunday, 6 September from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Pier 84 on the Hudson River.  Here’s a note from them: “In addition to selling tickets on our spectator boat (a Circle Line 42 vessel) we are offering 12 tickets for sale to be in the race on a tug TBD.  The price of a ticket is $250 per person.  The number of passengers is limited to 12.  Please email Meg Black —   meg@workingharbor.org — to purchase tickets.”

All fotos except the last one by Will Van Dorp, who waits with bated breath for Flinterduin.    Get your cameras ready; she arrives in the next 24 hours.

It felt like spring this past week along the Arthur Kill, where Sarah and Shannon Dann gathered, maybe their crews spoke of fleetmate Allie B now approaching Gibraltar.  But the the boats, what secrets might they have shared?

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Responder was light and downbound;  Rowan M in pushgear upbound.  When they met, I heard a hailer and Responder turned 180 and followed Rowan M back toward the east.

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Later, Shannon, awaiting orders, stayed fast to barge Prysman 1 , while in the distance, Sunny and Rolf Williams, just forward of an unidentified K-Sea tug, delayed, as if asleep in a double bed.

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Meanwhile this amorous couple weren’t waiting for anything . . . in March, things could turn too quickly turn cold again.

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Maybe Cupid really did operate from the unidentified boat that sped past.

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Unrelated:  see this article from the University College of London on mermaids assisting seismologists detect potential earthquakes on the seabed.   Really!!!  Mermaid, in this case, expands to Mobile Earthquake Recorder in Marine Areas by Independent Divers.  Now spring, pairings, Cupid, and deep earthquakes . . . might they actually be related?

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

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