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Here’s a photo from a friend who works for a naval architecture firm.  Guess the function of the completed vessel below.

Here’s a rendering.

To the gentleman from New Zealand from the William C. Daldy Preservation Society who recently inquired about functioning steam tugboats in the US, I can’t think of any.  Can any reader here?  Here and here can get you info on steamer Daldy.  And all that smoke was photoshopped in, I was told.

Christiaan Brunings was built in 1900 as an icebreaker home-ported in Dordrecht NL, in the Rhine delta.  She survived two world wars that happened all around her.  I took this photo in Dordrecht in 2014.  For more photos of smoky Dutch steam tugs, click here.

If coal was the fuel of the past, then wind will make up a share of an increasingly harnessed renewable sources of energy.  Susie S was at the the Damen Den Helder yard back in 2014, same trip.

Even more variety is  here, the reason I put this post in the “line locker” group . . .   tugs on the highway . . .

and the boat ramp, and

sometimes nearly getting away . . .  once they enthusiastically take to water.  Well that tug, formerly know as Atlantic Hunter has changed hands and is now Little Giant.  Neptune himself was consulted about the deal and he approved.  Keep your eyes peeled.

And further rounding out this post . . .  On July 14, 2017, Peking was floated out of Caddells by the tagteam of Dorothy J and Robert IV to

be slipped onto the back of Combi-Dock III for transit over the Atlantic.  See the full story here.  Today, September 7, 2020, it arrives fully restored at its new museum in the port of Hamburg.

After more than three years of work, Peking will be arriving here today.  The FB site is shown there. If you don’t do FB, I have permission to copy some pics and paste them in a future blog post.  To the Hafenmuseum, where I wanted to be today . . .  Herzlichen Glückwunsch zur schönen Restaurierung!

Back to those first two images, that is a state-of-the-art Russian factory trawler called Captain Sokolov, one of six identical vessels being built at the St. Petersburg Northern Shipyard.  Here’s more on the design of these vessels with a capsule hull.  Dimensions are 268′ x 51′ with a cold storage capacity of 1200 metric tons. Here’s more on Norebo.  The design is by Knarr Maritime Consortium of Iceland.

The first two images thanks to Aleks, number 3 is from seapixonline, and the others, WVD.  Many thanks to Rembert for reminding me that today is the day Peking in Hamburg goes public.

Finally . . . it’s Labor Day, which I learned is a good day to work.  But if you want to stream some good music on a Labor Day theme, try this from Bread and Roses, where I used to go when I lived in the Merrimack Valley of MA.

 

 

I am now back in the place formerly known as New Amsterdam trying to sort out the sights of what is still the original Amsterdam and environs . . . from the Maas to Den Helder.  A little self-disclosure . . . because I was born when my parents were still learning basic English and therefore spoke Dutch before I started English in school, I still speak fluent but broken Dutch.  I also have lots of relatives in the Netherlands who indulge my interest in tugboats and other workboats.

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Watchstander on Mahu M880 is occupied by someone with a sense of humor.

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Radio Veronica has been transformed into an eatery as has

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REM Island.

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Live on the water and want to grow your own salads?

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No problem and you further insulate your home.

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The canals of Amsterdam and many other waterways in the country have floating housing, although this style of vessel–some built in the US after WW2–are NOT

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out of service.  Here binnenvaart boats service cruise ships in the port of Amsterdam and

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Rotterdam.

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Given the water in the Netherlands and old low bridges, tugboat technology and design evolved a unique set of vessels called

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Amsterdammers.

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Lara dates from

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1926.  DAF powers this vessel.

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Greta is just beautiful . .  or mooi, as my relatives would say.

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Telescoping portions of vessels can be seen everywhere like on Egalite,

 

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Bonheur.  Odin, formerly of the sixth boro and now permanently fixed in place, would have fit in nicely here.

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This river cruiser has a wheelhouse on a scissors jack, and this

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Seajacks Kraken defies all telescoping.

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Here and here are some articles about the brand-new Damen built Susie S, the first of at least three Windwave vessels I spotted.

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There’s so much moe to unpack, so let me leave it here . . . more Dutch invention and reinvention.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, who will soon head north with my red passport.

 

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