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This post shows the second leg of what felt like an epic journey, but first let’s back up about 10 minutes. See the small blue vessel just off the bow of Wavertree?
It’s a King’s Point vessel, and leaning out of the house, it’s Capt. Jonathan Kabak, formerly master of Pioneer, Lettie G. Howard, and other vessels.
So let’s resume . . . the tow travels west of Caddell and rounds up against the tide, ever so
gracefully–to my eyes–making its way to the dock. Thomas J. Brown and later Rae working the port side.
it took a full quarter hour to spin Wavertree 180 degrees and inch it across the KVK, but then the heaving line flew, followed by the dock line.
Thomas J. and Rae worked this side in coordination with Pelham–invisible all this time from my perspective–on the starboard side.
Lots of money will be spent and sweat expended before the NEXT leg of the journey.
The 2001 (or earlier??) photo below comes from Mike Weiss, SSSM waterfront foreman. It shows a more complete rig.
Also from Mike’s FB post, the photo below shows Wavertree in her Argentina barge days. For the saga of Peter Stanford’s efforts to get this hull from Argentina to the sixth boro, read A Dream of Tall Ships starting from p. 221. Actually, the whole book makes an excellent read.
All photos except the last two by Will Van Dorp, who is eager to see Wavertree‘s transformation in the year to come.
From gCaptain, here’s a good explanation of National Maritime Day, yesterday.
But first, many thanks to Bjoern Kils of New York Media Boat for the enjoyable ride aboard his RHIB Amundsen. I’ve decided to divide the photos into two posts. These cover the first 15 minutes (!!) of the trip to the yard.
Bartholdi was finishing up his copper creation a year AFTER Wavertree began its career as a bulk carrier of jute.
I was thrilled to see the tugs that did the tow, starting with Thomas J. Brown. This tug has appeared here many times, but here’s probably my favorite.
On starboard side was Pelham.
This post covers only 15 minutes, but it seemed like ages, watching this highly unusual tow traverse the Upper Bay.
Now if you were on Rae yesterday, you might be feeling left out at this point, but here’s the beginning of your part. I first saw Rae more than 10 years ago , when she was still Miss Bonnie. Click here and scroll.
In the hard hat here and in the rigging earlier probably with the NYTimes photographer who took this photo, it’s Mike Weiss, South Street’s Waterfront Foreman.
Waving from the shrouds here it’s Capt. Jonathan Boulware, now executive director of SSSM.
If there had been a salt pile in the late 19th century, Wavertree could have transported it, as it spent its last years before the 1910 dismasting in the tramp trades . . . Maybe someone can help with specifics here, but I recall reading that Wavertree called in the sixth boro before 1910.
Here’s a closeup of Rae now in Fox colors, and click here for one from five years ago.
And we’ll pick up here tomorrow.
All photos by Will Van Dorp. Many thanks to Bjoern of NY Media boat for the ride and to Mike and Jonathan of SSSM for the advance notice of the transit.
I got my spot early, and had some surprises . . . like this medium endurance cutter heading OUT to meet the fleet.
There were also these four yard patrol craft doing the same,
and this tropical architecture (!!?) under the palm-tree grove over by Fort Wadsworth. What’s going on? It’s Cuba at the Narrows.
Just before 10 a.m. the fleet was in sight coming up the Ambrose.
The YPs 704, 705, 707, and 708 led the fleet in,
DDG-55 Stout the first larger vessel in,
followed by DDG-52 Barry and
Here’s a schedule of events for the public and the fleet this week.
Enjoy your stay, all.
See the name clearer of the stern here than the bow? See the distinctive tender?
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.
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.
If you think the sixth boro has a wide variety of tugboats, you’ll agree it’s also surrounded by a variety of land–boro–scapes.
from obscure to iconic.
Here’s the Brooklyn passenger terminal and
the anchorage in mid-Upper Bay,
Brooklyn Navy Yard,
east end of Wall Street,
entrance to the Kills showing the Bayonne Bridge and obvious modifications to the bases,
and finally the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.
All photos this week by Will Van Dorp.
Here’s the index for previous Twin Tube posts. This freight vessel is 64′ x 19′ x 8.5, and I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that it is one of the first Blount built vessels ever, launched in 1951. Here’s the index to all my previous Blount posts.
This is how I imagine her, but recently . . .
the boom has been missing. I don’t know the story, but I’d like to.
Most larger cargo vessels provisioned by Twin Tube have their own on-board cranes, so maybe the boom was removed to avoid having to negotiate the dock lines as she had to here in a blinding snowstorm back a year and a half ago.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Unrelated but important: If you are local, free and have the slightest inclination to make merry, there’s a soiree on Lehigh Valley 79 THIS Friday night, as a means to consolidate doubloons to keep the barge afloat. Details here. See you there, if my best approximation of pirate hood. Here’s a post I did nearly five years ago. And one more.
You saw it here back in October as well as here just almost exactly a year ago at the start Summer Sea Term 2014. More info on the itinerary here. The first five photos come thanks to Jonathan Steinman and Rand Miller.
Hell Gate does not often see vessels of this size and style. For a vessel past the half century mark, TS Empire State VI has classic lines.
Here she leaves the top end of Roosevelt Island to port.
The rest of these photos I took.
One of the two assist tugs–I’ll include more photos of the assist tugs later–was McAllister Brothers.
The East River is spanned by eight bridges. These two are the Brooklyn and the Manhattan Bridges.
She traverses the Upper Bay,
stopping only briefly as Rosemary Miller comes alongside, before
heading through the Narrows and
out to sea. The plan to to drop the hook off Montauk overnight to do some drills before heading for Delaware Bay, the C & D Canal, the Chesapeake, and then Chareston SC before heading across the Atlantic.
There are calls for a newer training vessel for SUNY here.
Many thanks to NYMedia Boat and Sean Shipco for conveyance. Have a great summer at sea, cadets. And again, thanks to Jonathan and Rand for photos from the “east” end of the East River.
Note: This morning I noticed that wordpress has automatically added a captioning space below each photo, so I’ve decided to use it. What unifies this set of photos is the fact that it shows three of the most powerful NYC-based tugs that primarily assist powered vessels into and out of the port.
I think the last time I used a photo of Amy C McAllister was here, actually not that long ago. Here’s a comparison of the three boats featured here by horsepower.
Eric McAllister–5150, Laura K–5100, and Robert E–4000. I suspect the sixth boro will be seeing a new Moran vessel with 6000 horsepower by mid-summer.
Let me know what you think of the use of captions.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
The first four photos come with many thanks to Bonnie frogma, the intrepid “river rat” who’s currently devoting lots of time to preparations for arrival to the sixth boro of Hokule’a. I know nothing about this particular Lil Toot.
Bonnie took these photos on Jamaica Bay. Note the cliffs of Manhattan in the distance.
Emily I believe is the 1961 built 35-footer. Bonnie first posted photos of Emily here.
I took this photo last weekend. I’ve seen 70′ Wollochet on AIS, but here’s my first view of her crossing sixth boro center stage.
What this appears like notwithstanding, I think the local boat under 40′ is called Miss Julia.
Here’s one of the half-century-plus-old WYTLs on the far side of Robbins Reef Light recently, one of the tools the USCG chooses for ice-breaking in the wintery Hudson. Click here and scroll through to see a WYTL making ice cubes a half decade back.
Mako III is a 45′ tug the same age as I am.
Last but certainly not least, Allan Seymour sent this along from the Miami River, and I have no idea about a name or a story. Anyone help out?
Many thanks to Bonnie and Allen for some of these photos. If you’ve wondered about the name frogma, read this.