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or peazey-teasey?    Tamesis— thanks to Brian DeForest for this photo–was built in 2000.  And what is Tamesis?

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Topeka, with a slightly different design, dates from 2006.  In the Topeka series, there are at least 10.

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Here Topeka has the stern ramp down in Bayonne.

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Turandot dates from 1995.

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Tortugas, seen here Pacific bound on the Panama Canal, began service the same year as Topeka.  This series is powered by a 17750 hp Mitsubishi plant that looks like this.

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To see how this design has evolved over the better part of a century, click here.

For previous tugster posts showing PCTCs, click here and here.    And see Tortugas leaving coastal Colombia here.

Thanks to Brian DeForest for the top photo.  All others by Will Van Dorp, who dedicates this post to bowsprite, who offered this version of a Tortugas’ sister here in December.

 

Here was 2.  Floating ice has started to arrive in the Upper Bay, where I might get to tomorrow, but in the Kills . . . it’s clinging ice.  The vessel beyond the #9 is Asphalt Eagle.

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A Vane unit travels eastbound on the KVK.

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Tankers of sizes from BW Amazon to Capt. Log go about their business.

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Note the ice clinging to the Brooklyn shore and to Ellen’s flanks.

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Beyond Ellen, Topeka, and Ron G, I think I can spy some floating ice just west of the Battery.

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Robert E. McAllister looks to have even more icy cling than Ellen did.

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And . . . with mention of ice floating in its direction, BW Amazon seems to have decided to head out to sea.

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All fotos today by Will Van Dorp, whose fingers are now thawed out.

To paraphrase the line about the chanteuse grosse and something “being over,”  I couldn’t really feel

that I was back until the

the fat lady came into port, then the big orange PCTC must be she.    Topeka entered the sixth boro this morning, here escorted by Gramma Lee T Moran and Margaret Moran.

It turns out that Topeka and

Tortugas, which I saw just over two weeks ago in Panama, could not be more similar.  Both were built in Nagasaki in 2006, registered in Southhampton, and have a car-carrying capacity of 6354 automobiles!

Topeka’s itinerary for March is as follows:

2012 March 30th, 10:00:09 UTC New York
2012 March 28th, 08:30:29 UTC Halifax
2012 March 18th, 01:00:53 UTC Southampton
2012 March 15th, 22:00:24 UTC Zeebrugge
2012 March 13th, 23:00:50 UTC Bremerhaven
2012 March 11th, 13:00:27 UTC Zeebrugge
2012 March 6th, 05:00:54 UTC Barcelona
2012 March 4th, 22:00:49 UTC Voltri
2012 March 1st, 19:00:17 UTC Izmir

Tortugas‘s for the past two months is as follows:

2012 April 7th, 06:00:56 UTC Yokohama
2012 March 26th, 01:00:23 UTC Tacoma
2012 March 22nd, 07:30:45 UTC Port Hueneme
2012 March 12th, 13:00:30 UTC Manzanillo
2012 February 29th, 02:45:56 UTC Southampton
2012 February 27th, 10:00:16 UTC Zeebrugge
2012 February 24th, 15:00:35 UTC Bremerhauen
2012 February 5th, 05:00:55 UTC Brunswick
2012 February 2nd, 18:00:15 UTC Newark Berth 17
2012 February 2nd, 05:00:23 UTC New York

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

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