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These photos I took back in September 2011.

This boat became Bouchard Boys and is now in Red Hook waiting to be repainted as Stasinos Boys.  She’s 100′ x 31′ and 3900 hp.

North Sea has had many owners;  currently she’s Sause Brothers North Sea out of Portland OR.   She’s 120′ x 34′ vessel with 4200 hp moving her.

Growler used to be one of my favorites during the years I went to the Hudson River tugboat races.  She’s changed hands several times recently and last I saw her she was in the Arthur Kill.  She’s a 1962 Jacksonville-built WYTL, as the others, 64′ x 19′ powered by a 300 single Cat D-375 V8, or once was.

How about another shot of another attempt . . .  with Maurania III and Ross Sea looking on.

Since coming off the ways in 1979, Miriam Moran has worked in the sixth boro of New York under that name.  From my outsider’s perspective, she has paid off handsomely.  At 99′ x 32′ and with 3000 hp, she has just assisted Seabourn Sojourn into the passenger terminal.

Sassafras then was three years old;  she’s since been sold out of the Vane fleet and now wears colors of Norfolk Tug as George Holland, at 90′ x 32′ and 3000 hp.

Thornton Bros. here was just a few years away from the scrapper;  she began life as John E. Matton at the shipyard in Cohoes in 1958.  Her long run is profiled in a tugster post  here. The “shipyard” link is a couple hours’ good history reading, including a surprise about a well-known naval architect who once worked for Matton.

As part of the 10-year commemoration of 9/11, USS New York came back to the sixth boro after having made her inaugural visit here two years before.  The yellow/brown water reveals the aftermath of Hurricane Irene that gorged all the streams upriver.   USS New York has a FB page here.  Escorting her here is Ellen McAllister.

Yacht Black Knight made an appearance passing the tip of Manhattan while passing from the Sound to the North River in mid-month after theb hurricane. She’s a 1968 product of Goudy & Stevens, an East Boothbay ME yard that has done a wide variety of vessels.

I’ve got a few dozen pics from this month in the archives, but let’s call this the end of this post;  all photos, WVD.

 

 

I did a post about a scrapping before . .  in early 2007 here.  Warning:  Disturbing images follow.  This post focuses on a tug built in Matton Shipyard,

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one of four tugboats that were originally christened John E. Matton, not the one below.

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It could get confusing, but vessels were launched as John E. Matton in 1939 (which seems to be this one and still afloat as Atlantic 7 although I’ve not found a photo), in 1945, in 1958, and in 1964.

Below are photos of the 1958 John E. Matton.  The first one is from 2007, when it was known as Thornton Bros.

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It changed names–and colors–after 2007, and that’s confusing too,

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but by 2012 it again was Thornton Bros.

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But earlier this year, time had run out, and I got some pics as it awaited the scrapper.

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The following photos–taken while I was up on the canal–come compliments of Gerard Thornton, to whom I am grateful.

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As I look at these, I’m eager to get into canal related archives to see what photos exist of the area around the Matton yard in the 1940s and 1950s.

 

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And might there be photos of steel sheet and rod transported by canal from the Great Lakes steel plants to the Matton yard?

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Again, thanks to Gerard Thornton for the last four photos.  All others by Will Van Dorp.

By the way, the John E. Matton (1964) became one of the vessels named Helen J. Turecamo and sank in 1988.  Does anyone know details about that sinking beyond 1988 and that it happened near Norfolk and involved a submarine? I get nothing from googling.

 

Going, going . . .

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working . . .

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standing by,

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heading to the next job,

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waiting,

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traveling to the next job,

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looking good in green . . .

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, who . . . yeah . . . was running out of text today.

 

Non-random  . . . because well . . . they’re not.

Sabine, for example, I’d never seen before taking these.

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. .  here escorting in Zim Texas.

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Ditto Ironhead, which has to be one of my favorite names.

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I don’t know much else about this boat.

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And this one, Thornton Bros . . . this may be the last photo I post of her intact, as this Matton boat mutely awaits the reaper.

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Oh the stories others could tell of her.  Here and here are previous photos of this fine old boat.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Here was the first in this series.  And from this morning, what spring cleaning and repainting is this

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being done with such high spirits?

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Here’s the former Roger Williams getting a springtime makeover.

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To me . .  it looks like an Edward Hopper green  . . .

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Click here for the transitioning tugboat now Eric R. Thornton in ruby light a few weeks ago.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

OK, here’s tomorrow’s post today . . . Wednesday’s news coming on Tuesday.  The snow happened today, so let’s see it today.

Here was 3.  And another snowy post.  The first three fotos here come compliments of Brian DeForest.  Here, hanging on the wall are Hunting Creek and Coastline Bay Star.

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Davis Sea–I believe–is practically invisible to the naked eye.  Here was Davis Sea as a K-Sea vessel almost four years ago.

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Scotty Sky passing alongside the aptly named Alpine Loyalty.

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Brooklyn at the #9 buoy.

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And Hoechst Express inbound from sea.

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By late morning, the snow was slowing down in the sixth boro, here on the landside of Gage Paul Thornton and Thornton Bros.

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Many thanks to Brian DeForest for the top three fotos;  the others by Will Van Dorp.

Snow is snow and not the same is ice, but cold weather makes me want to keep a watch on this site for the Hudson River Ice Yacht Club, which always has the news on iceboating in the Hudson Valley.

Random . . .  all fotos taken in the past week, and  . . .  let’s start with a tugboat that’s NOT mostly painted white, the 1958 Thornton Bros.  This foto, courtesy of William Hyman, also shows the color of foliage on the New Jersey bluff across from upper midtown.

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2000 Brooklyn, which also has had a long list of previous names.

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1979 Margaret Moran

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2002 Gramma Lee T Moran

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1974 BF Jersey

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1966 Gulf Dawn

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1979 Patrick J Hunt

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And some fotos of vessels operating by night.  ..  1983 Escort

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1969 Robert E McAllister

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1976 Atlantic Salvor.    Notice the tallest building in the distance . . . that’s WTC1.  Eleven months ago, I took these fotos of Salvor steaming int the sixth boro with segments of the antenna that are now assembled and in place atop the tower.

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And once again, the green 1958 tug that started out this post.

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Thanks to William for the first foto;  all others by Will Van Dorp.

Wow!  It’s been over three years since I last used this title.  Here’s S 15.

A few hours this morning evoked the sense of the sixth boro as a place for the likes of  Harbour First and Charles D. McAllister, larger vessels from larger organizations,

as well as

others . .  like Thornton Bros.  Guess which of the five smaller tugs here is the oldest?

Or Maria J,

John P. Brown,

Gage Paul Thornton, here beside the resplendent Maria T barge,

0r Iron Mike?

How about another look at each . . . .  Thornton Bros,

Maria J, 

John P. Brown, 

Gage Paul Thornton, with the beautiful stained wood door,

Iron Mike, 

or . . . to throw in another,

Durham?  That’s John P. once again in the distance passing the globe-trotting, Suez-transiting Advance Victoria . . . .

And you were right if you guessed Gage Paul Thornton, ex-Coastline Girls, launched 1943.  Launch dates for the others, to the best of my info, are as follows:  John P Brown 2002, Iron Mike 1977, Maria J 1971, Durham 1964, and Thornton Bros 1958.

On the southern end of Arthur Kill lie in barely perceptible disintegration two tugboats launched one year later than Gage Paul Thornton . . . namely ATR-89 and LT-653.

Unrelated:  It looks like I’ll not be able to salvage Ryou-Un Maru . . . .

Thornton Bros and Edith Thornton, the latter possibly not named for the actress, take a weekend break along the KVK. That’s Shooter’s Island and Port Elizabeth in the background.

 

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Edith is the ex-Tamaqua, built in 1951 in Camden for the Reading Railroad. I never noticed until now how much the Marine Steel white-diamond logo resembles the old Reading Railroad logo. Tamaqua is a Pennsylvania coal region town.

 

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The above foto is related to the Thorntons only in the color, green. Would you believe a barge full of emeralds transported to the gem district? No? Actually, this is a pile of broken recycled bottles used for . . .

sandblasting. Read the references in Props 1 and 2 to “green” material at the bottom of the dry dock holding Orion; yes, this is the sand. Glass is made from sand, right? April is environmental consciousness-raising month. This just makes sense.

Photos, WVD.

Thornton Bros has appeared on this blog before but never such a close-up.

 

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John B. Caddell has maybe a dozen appearances already,

 

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A different shot of this still-unidentified tug stuck in March canal ice was here last week. Any identifiers? Near Lock 28B.

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This is Dania‘s debut, although I’m unable to learn much about this tanker with a fairly common name.

 

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and when Clearwater is included in this list, who’s greenest of all? And yup, happy that day! Cheers.

 

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