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All fotos here from yesterday . ..

Liberty Service as you may never have seen her.  Here (third foto in this link) she was four years ago.

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Ditto Huron Service.  Repainting on Huron seems farther along than that on Liberty.   Here’s how Huron Service looked a year and a half ago.   Get ready for Genesis Energy. 

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In the past year, this Pegasus has sprouted an upper wheelhouse;  compare with here.

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Welcome to the waters around Houston.  Well . ..  I do mean the 118,000-barrel barge married to Linda Moran.  Uh . . . do tugs and barges ever get divorced?

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Trucks on the water pushed by Shawn Miller.

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I realized only later that–had my conveyance lingered here–I would have seen Catherine C. Miller push past with FIVE trailers/tractors on a barge.  See her in the distance there beyond the bow of  RTC 83.

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Reinauer Twins waits alongside RTC 104 with a faux lighthouse in the background.

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Lucy Reinauer–earlier Texaco Diesel Chief built in Oyster Bay NY–is the push behind RTC 83.

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DBL 29 pushed (ok, will. . .  open eyes.  thanks for the correction.)  moved alongside by Taurus.  See some of my previous Taurus fotos here and here.

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And thanks to wide-eyed bowsprite, a vessel I’ve not seen before pushing stone.  It’s Patricia.  She reminds me of a vessel I spotted along the road a few years back . . . Hoss.

So, this is the “plus” in the title, the group-sourcing request portion of this post:  what company is operating Patricia?

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And another question . . . from an eagle-eyed upriver captain.  Notice the weather instruments on this channel marker just off Bannerman’s Island (I am planning to do another post on this unique location north of West Point.) And . . .

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here are more weather instruments on this federally-maintained channel marker off the Rondout.  Questions:  who’s responsible for these and is there a website where  the data collected can be monitored?

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp, except for the last three, which come from bowsprite and Capt. Thalassa.

Speaking of bowsprite, today she’s running Radio Lilac and I’ll be there tending bar.  Here’s something of the inspiration.  Come on by if you have the time.  Teleport in if you’re otherwise out of range.

Forecast for the morning after the Oscars was for some sun, which I sorely needed.  And who’s out . . . William Oscar aka W. O. Decker, for starters.

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CCNI Aquiles and Dallas Express at Global . . . and a Moose boat racing toward us.

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I couldn’t quite figure out what Sorensen Miller‘s load was.   In the background, that’s the Newark Bay Bridge, which doesn’t make it on my fotos much.

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Virginia Sue was fishing off Clermont.

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John P. Brown moved nine (?) railcars from Brooklyn to Jersey.

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Clipper Legacy arrived here yesterday.

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Shawn Miller‘s pushing trucks around again, this one  all ready for the mid-March holiday.

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Taurus light moves past Christine McAllister.

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And . . . let’s conclude with another shot of William Oscar, wherever it may be heading.

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All fotos this morning before the clouds moved in . . . by Will Van Dorp.

From a moving vantage point in the center of the Upper Bay, I look south and see Shawn Miller pushing a deck barge to facilitate some trucking on the sixth boro.

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To the north, it’s Gabby L Miller crossing with 1WTC in the background.  At Blue Friday plus

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80 days (i.e., 80 days since that day after Thanksgiving Atlantic Salvor brought antenna segments into the harbor), this is what the top of 1WTC looks like.

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The new Curtis Reinauer lay at anchorage.  Here are a few shots of the old Curtis . . . now working in West African waters.

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Joan Turecamo, one of the last upstate NY Matton-built vessels, heads to Gowanus Bay.

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Finally . . . it’s Rae, moving a recycling scow probably back to Newtown Creek.   Rae’s my age!.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Unrelated:  Here’s a foto and article from today’s NYTimes about dead ship Triumph.  The caption mentions that USCG tugs are towing the vessel into Mobile.  Predictably, the alleged tugs are not identified.  For info on the tugs, click here.

Petroleum products make up a large percentage of barge cargoes in the sixth boro, but other loads exist, like supplies/services here

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bottom sculpting remnants (how’s that for a euphemism?)  moved elsewhere  as towed here by Atlantic Coast,

a four-wheeler moved by this unidentified “be-spudded vessel,”   (Anyone identify it?)

paper for recycling down at Visy aka Pratt Industries escorted by the venerable James Turecamo,

metal for recycling moved by the “recycled” tug Herbert P Brake , and

finally, the most important liquid of all . . . potable water, carefully shepherded by Nathan E. Stewart.

Got other barge cargoes?  Send them along.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Happy Labor Day!  An often forgotten fact about this holiday is that it stems from labor disputes.  President Grover Cleveland (former governor of New York),  115 years ago, put together  a proposal for this celebration to make reconciliation with Labor after the Pullman Strike, in which 13 strikers were killed.  The suggested formula for celebrating Labor Day included “street parade to exhibit to the public ‘the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations,’ followed by a festival for the workers and their families.”

What better time then than now to devote some space to some Jones Act issues that affect working mariners in the Gulf of Mexico.  Since I’m out of my depth in specifics, I’m ceding this link to a maritime lawyer who has launched a petition drive to save American seafarers’ jobs.  Check his homepage here. Read the link here and sign the petition if you so feel moved.  It seems relevant to me, since the marine job market is a national one.  Fotos of some of these vessels can be found here.

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Videos follow at the end of this post, but the tugboat race (Technically called  “17th annual Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition”) quite well fits the description of “festival for  the workers and their families.”

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What a day to introduce families to the working water,  to teach curiosity, to

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feel solidarity, to join

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in the rewards, to take time off with

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fellow students as well as sister and brother vikings, and

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just scud across the sparkling waters.

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Ellen McAllister made it down the nautical mile in six minutes and seventeen seconds;  watch the abridged version below.  Countdown starts at about T minus twelve seconds.

After a glide past by the most beautiful 108-year-old ever in the sixth boro . . . Urger–with Jack, Rick, and crew–no doubt serving the function of “urging” the tugs to shove away, push matches ensue  featuring Ellen McAllister, Nathan E. Stewart, Meagan Ann, and Pegasus. Enjoy.

See old salt blog’s fabulous shoreside coverage of this event here.  Bravo Rick.  I love the horns, hoots, and whistles!  One group Rick’s video captures is a set of PCV’s, “population control volunteers,” commingling their wake with those in the middle of this race, seemingly determined to do themselves in.  See them at the following times:  1:14, 1:24, and 2:05.  What’s not funny is that had there –please no please no–been an incident, somehow others might have caught the heat.

Fotos and videos by Will Van Dorp.

Again, if you haven’t voted yet, consider casting one for Cornell for the “People’s Choice” award at next week’s Waterford Tug roundup here.

Thanks to Matt Perricone, I witnessed the 17th annual tugboat race from an up-close platform, kind of like watching the Kentucky Derby from hind edge of the jockey’s seat.  Cornell won the best vintage tug award today, and if you haven’t voted yet, vote for Cornell for the “People’s Choice” award at next week’s Waterford Tug roundup here.

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And they’re off.

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Fastest tug and winner of Class A (over 2000 hp) was Ellen McAllister.  She also won “best-looking” and a member of the crew had

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“best tattoo.”  Find the text here; scroll down til you see “The Last Watch.”

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Fastest in Class B was Megan Ann, whose very hospitable crew also won another award, to be shown later.

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It was 1901 Urger for the Class C speed award.  To get some sense of Urger‘s first life, appearance and function, click here.

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Nathan E. Stewart, second fastest overall, also won the line throw.

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Now which award might this be?  Best Viking award maybe?

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Karl, fearless Cornell crewman, didn’t win the spinach eating award, but gave the most intimidating pre-contest show.

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The “lil toot” award went to Lt. Michael P. Murphy, named in honor of the Navy Seal?

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“Best spirit” award went to all the Miller Launch boats, here from left to right:  Susan, Catherine, Shawn, and Gabby L.

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After a competition, all is forgiven and affectionate.

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My award for “best decoration” goes to Growler, who counted a Viking among its crew as did Megan Ann although Growler’s Viking identity shifted during the morning.  Growler comes from the USMMA at Kings Point.

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My special award goes to this gentleman–Antonio Alcaraz Arbelo–who traveled from Spain for the race today.  Boluda is a Spanish tug company.  Antonio’s blog is fotosdebarcos.com , great pics even if you don’t read Spanish.  Antonio and Samuel, welcome to the sixth boro.

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More fotos and video soon.    Please inform me if any information is wrong.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Ruby M, towing a cement barge (cropped out) here, seems from out-of-town. I’ve seen her and sister Allie B only once each. Help me identify the fleet and I’ll post a foto of Allie B.

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Niz Gisclair hails from Louisiana. Fred aka “tug44” has good pix here.

 

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Quenames, pushing oil eastbound on KVK here, is another I’ve seen only once and have no info on. Anyone help identify?

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And here’s another Millers Launch pushtug, Shawn Miller. More info here.

 

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In the distance off the stern, that’s Hoffman Island, an artificial island named for a former governor.  Suppose in 2107 there’ll be new artificial islands out here?

Photos, WVD.

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