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Here’s the post I did the day my season on the Urger ended. The boat seriously needs a reboot now, a rewind, since it will NOT been operating season of 2017. None of the photos here have been posted before, and there’s a surprise at the end of this post, stemming from a conversation last night I am grateful for. Here’s Urger approaches the guard gate at the top of E-6 on the last day of the 2014 season.
Here the morning of that last run, she’s docked above E-11. May she not grow into the bank the way that fence has been consumed by the tree.
The entire four-person crew fits into this shot at E-14.
As the sun clears the horizon, Urger‘s out and running east, here under the onramp to the Thruway below E-17.
A few seconds earlier, she exited E-17. Note the 17 at the top of the lock frame.
Bathed in the warm October sunrise, Urger waits for the guillotine door to raise before exiting the chamber.
Here’s the boat on the wall in Little Falls in midsummer 2014.
A month or so back while it was still winter, I returned to E-17, and there was ice on the wall and in the chamber, and I put my camera away quickly so that my hands could return to the pockets where I’d stuffed chemical heat packs.
This would have been the 25th season for the 1901-built Urger as an ambassador/educational vessel. This role for her was created –as I understand it– through a private/public partnership fronted by Schuyler Meyer. Here’s some more of the story of the boat and the program, which was initially operated by SCOW, State Council on Waterways, which appears to have had its last event in 2009.
At the start of this post, I mentioned a surprise. Last night (finally) I uploaded to YouTube here a half dozen short recordings I made of of Urger underway, with closeups of her Atlas-Imperial engine. Crank up the sound and enjoy them. Please share widely. The program and the boat are too precious to be permanently lost. Here is a post I did when Urger last visited NYC’s sixth boro.
All photos and opinion entirely by Will Van Dorp. Thanks, MB, for the conversation.
The venerable Frances came past to greet me first . . .
Lots of digital ink has been devoted to Frances on this blog. I even toured her once at the Waterford Tug Roundup.
I watched Potomac and Double Skin 59 made fast alongside Afra Willow as she slowly swung on her hook with the tide change.
Wicomico was outbound with a barge on the wire as
Patapsco had come in
with Double Skin 59 earlier.
And finally, this unidentified truckable tug came in. When she was way out, I imagined her a sailboat.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who really should spend more time at the Narrows.
I think today is a holiday. Somewhere. If it weren’t, it just should be.
Actually it’s Children’s Day in Turkey. And the Feast of St George at the Vatican and in England. Slay-a-Dragon Day somewhere. International Talk like Shakespeare Day . . . I could go on. Feadship’s Casual Water is headed upriver, if not uptown.
Others are going in all directions . . .
Grande Mariner was westbound on the East River to get southbound to the River City. Know that place?
Some are Sound bound, and
others like Ma Belle are headed La Belle Province.
I can’t keep track of Elizabeth.
Flowers are blooming and
it’s great out. Make time to enjoy the holiday. Oh . . . River City starts here.
All photos in the past few days by Will Van Dorp, who did the first “spring giddiness” here.
Recall the BOLO post? Well, today out of the fog she arrived, albeit with an errand to run upriver first.
After a six-week run from Shanghai, of which about five days has been northbound from Colon, Panama, she checked into the Ambrose Channel this afternoon.
Dangling anchor means she’ll probably anchor before proceeding.
Unless I’m proven to have a fake story here, in the next few weeks we’ll see
float onto this long cargo deck.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
This post follows in the spirit of What Rip Saw 1 and 2. And the Emma in question is she who wrote the New Colossus. Her ghost whispered to me yesterday as I looked south from the Battery and saw among other things the muddy tinge to the waters, a hint of freshet from upriver.
She reminded me that Le Grand Bleu had been here before here (scroll) and here, as well as craft of the same type like Topaz and Luna. And something about mischief associated with yachts like Alicia . . .
Then Emma’s voice became clearer . . . “I have to revise it,” she said, and then trailed off a bit, almost a mumble, but
what I caught was
“From whence this storied pomp,” cried she
With averted eyes. “Spare me your pompous, your show-offs,
Your superrich, your oligarchs of energy.
Send instead your strivers, tempest tossed to me;
Otherwise my lamp matters no more.”
Then, Emma was gone, flown off with the wings of a gull.
All I have is this set of photos and a recollection of her thoughts, her voice, to share.
Here’s more to keep a lookout for this summer.
Here are previous installments focusing on background.
Sometimes the partial reveal and the juxtaposition highlight what’s on the shorelines, like those triple deckers in Bayonne that would blend in perfectly in many 19th century mill towns.
Or the hugely forgotten Singer plant in Elizabeth, hugely forgotten by most residents of Elizabeth, that is. Imagine, if someone could turn the clock back on that one, 10,000 people would have manufacturing jobs . . . either sewing machines, or
weaponry of all sorts.
But one detail on the bank over by the NJ-side of the Bridge caught my attention. So I thought these beams would be trucked from the disappearing bridge to a scrapping yard. How surprised I was when the crane lifted the beam off the truck not 1000 feet from where they’d been on duty for decades and
one after the other
to what might be a series of trucks below. I can’t quite see what becomes of the beams on the ground at Bergen Point. And I think that’s the Passaic small boat. ??
All photos by Will Van Dorp. Keep your eyes open and stay safe.
This glossy is not great in itself, but it’s in color and is time stamped, which makes it fantastic.
Here are more of these great photos. I’m not sure what the ship below is, but the others
Lebanon, built 1907 and scrapped 1967 . . .
and Diamond Alkali, 1917 to ??
Now this person looks like he had a clear vision and a firm hand on that tiller.
Many thanks to Harley R for sending these photos along. And let’s hope this is a rejuvenating year for the old faded red tug in Lyons.
On a weekend with the theme of rebirth and such, how can Grouper not come up. She certainly needs someone with a clear vision to hold a steady hand on the tiller…
I took these photos about two months ago, and winter looked like it’d hold everything in place forever then,
Here she was hibernating on the Great Lakes several decades ago …
But go back even farther . . . she had an illustrious past working with classic vessels . . .
that she outlived. Click here for a 9-minute video that starts on SS South American’s last day of service in October 1967.
What a smart boat! Triage catches up with everything eventually, but for for the 1912 boat originally called Gary, it’s not time yet, I hope.
Thanks to Harley R for the vintage photos. There are more to come.
This photo of Godfather should catch someone’s eye, but I’m going to direct that attention then to Paul Johnson’s wonderful site, which if you have an hour to kill, will make that go by in what seems a minute. Thanks to RG, my brother-in-central-African-1970s-experiences for passing this along. As to Godfather, she’s by a year or so an older sibling of the boats currently known as Atlantic Salvor and Atlantic Enterprise. Currently, she’s called Crosby Enterprise.
Here was a surprise . . . Petrel in the sixth boro. I haven’t seen her in quite a while, since I’m not in Philly much any more.
Here’s a head-on view of HMS Justice.
Thanks to Jed, here are some photos from last year showing the mighty Bluefin.
with photos taken in Virginia waters.
Jan van der Doe has recently returned from a trip to the Netherlands and sends along photos of these tugboats. Given the stack logo, I’m guessing this one below is a live aboard, and
Alphecca was built in 1913, converted to diesel in 1959 and you can click here to see and hear the engine running.
Below, it’s FairPlay 23, which has appeared on this blog before.
Unrelated: A reader wrote to ask this question: “Could you help me find info about a little tug named the Ali M. My friend SK owned and operated her out of Bayonne for a while and sold her before his passing many years ago. I believe he had her at the Atlas Yacht club. I was curious what ever happened to her.” I don’t recall ever seeing a tug named Ali M. Anyone help out here? Anyone have a photo?
The reader is also looking for any info on the vessels shown below in a painting by his father from the 1990s. Thanks for any help.
Thanks to RG, Jed, Jan, and Peter for sending these along. And be careful out there.
Petrel and HMS Justice photos by Will Van Dorp.