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This is a repost of the 4th photo in the post from two days ago, showing General Humphreys.
I repost because Dan Owen responded as follows: “General Humphreys was rebuilt into a conventional tug in 1950, 76 x 18.2 x 6.6, reportedly had two GM 6-71 diesels, 330 hp., which would have made it away under-powered. Data is very sketchy but I have a photo taken at Levingston Shipbuilding Co., Orange, Tex., which is undated but may be where it was rebuilt. I am sending this photo as it is the only one I have showing the SARAH R. II as an operating tug. This is a contact photo made from an original negative and is starting to turn yellow with age, hence the fading, but if the photo was made in 1950 at the time of rebuilding.
Many thanks to Dan Owens for his quick follow up and permission to post these photos. Hats off to all of you out there working today, like Taft Beach.
Here was the previous installment. And here were the cargos and places of summer. And if you missed it previously, here’s an article about Seaway Supplier I published in Professional Mariner last year. The first six photos are used with permission from Seaway Marine Group.
Trucks like the ones with the white tanks transport stocks of fish from hatcheries to water bodies, in this case Lake Ontario. Here’s the first time I noticed one of these trucks on the highway.
Off Oswego, it’s ready, aim,
Elsewhere at sites determined by the DEC . . . fish are brought in.
and the truck returns to shore for the next load.
The photos below all come thanks to Cathy Contant, who
works in the inlet and bay where I learned to swim almost 60 years ago. Back then, when a coal ship came in here, everyone had to get out of the water. But I digress.
How could I not recognize the lighthouse AND Chimney Bluffs way in the distance.
Here’s what Seaway Marine writes on their FB page: “We have transported 40 trucks, via 6 port locations stocking over 500,000 fish into Lake Ontario aboard our USCG certified landing craft, Seaway Supplier.”
Many thanks to Jake and Cathy for use of these photos.
If I read the nameplate right, this is the number Uno! According to barrel, it was built by the Corps Design Center. Was that then in Neponset MA at the Lawley yard? See June 1943. Anyone know the details of its loss?
DPC 66 was built in Decatur AL, and later was briefly a Pauline L. Moran before sold to Portugal where she was Mafra or Mafro.
DPC 70 and 71 were also produced in Decatur in 1944.
General Humphreys was a product of the Charles Ward Engineering. She was sold in 1946 and became Sarah R, but no further info.
Here’s another photo of Mateur, which appeared here about a month ago. At that point, Dan Owen’s comment refreshed my memory of these vessels and the vital “Catfish Navy.”
In spite of all the specific dates and numbers here, I have no clue . . . except that Tulagi appears to be on the namebaord. The date suggests that the vessel now known as Bloxon would have been here at this time as well.
Tunis was DPC 617, and
Casablanca was DPC 616, both more catfish navy.
And let’s end on something contemporary . . . George C. Grugett, near Memphis this very morning.
Many thanks to barrel for giving me something to work on over coffee this morning.
Unrelated but very interesting, a 49′ x 12′ boat is found under a house in Highlands NJ. But I was appalled that it appears to have been cut up.
This collage of orange and blue indicates that something unusual approaches . . .
0846 hr . . .
Atlantic Salvor might have been headed out on a long range mission, but
at this point, I realized this mission would begin in the Lower Bay of the sixth boro along with
lots of other vessels, although
something new this year was the escort of four commercial tugs: Sassafras, Miriam Moran,
Atlantic Salvor, and Normandy. 1150. I was happy to find someone to talk to.
It’s fleet week NYC. Welcome all.
It’s USS DDG 96,
HMCS D 282,
HMCS MM 700,
HMCS MM 708,
and LSD 43.
At 1216, Eric McAllister joins the welcome party . . .
An E-2 flew by too.
The message on the port wheel well ((?) amused me.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Here was last year’s arrival.
Click here for previous photos from Jed. Click here for a photo of John W. Brown when she housed a high school in the sixth boro, pre-1988. Jed took these photos while he was onboard in Norfolk this past weekend. Click here for info about her September 2016 visit back to her place when she was assigned to the NYC Board of Education.
For the rest, I’ll let Jed’s photos speak for themselves.
Many thanks to Jed for these photos. NYC should be seeing its own wave of gray arriving today.
Below is a photo taken on June 10, 1946 showing dozens of Liberty ships anchored between where the TZ Bridge would be built (BF is correction thanks to Tony A’s comment) and Haverstraw. That looks like Ossining in the distance. This photo and hundreds of others can be found in the Digital Collections of the NY State Archives here. Who knows, Brown could actually be anchored among the others.
Aleksandr sent me these photos about a month ago. He took them on April 20 passing Vlissingen and headed generally northward. And I’m somewhat stumped. What does Flintercoral look like to you?
To me it looks like a new build, going elsewhere for completion.
Multratug 27 takes the bow and
Multrasalvor 3 at the stern.
So I guess here’s the story: it was completed as a container vessel, and although it has a Flinter- name, Flinter- never took ownership because the yard had gone bankrupt beforehand. It seems then that some time later, the ship was purchased by Necon, and converted into a semi-submersible. Necon, it seems, has only this vessel. But why it was under tow a month ago is a mystery.
My experience with Flinter is from 2009, when Flinterduin brought the Dutch sailing barges to the sixth boro, and then Flinterborg picked them up in Albany and returned them to Dutch waters.
The same day, Aleksandr caught Smit Sentosa on its arrival from a one-month passage in from Capetown.
Many thanks to Aleksandr for these photos. Previously his photos and drawings have appeared here. Vlissingen (origin of the name of the NYC area called Flushing, settled in 1645) is a quite old port in Zeeland.
So here was 1 and in it I said I would answer a question in a few days and now a few weeks have passed. The question pertained to the device mounted on the stern of vessel
Husky. Congrats to Seth Tane, who guessed correctly. Here’s what Xtian writes: “It’s a plough. In French we talk about “nivelage” [leveling], which means after dredging the bottom of the sea is like a field that has just passed a plow. This tool cuts the bump to fill the gap. It’s also used in the rivers where the “alluvium” or the mud stays in always same places because of the current and built like “bottom hill” there. And it happens also in some harbour (like ferries’ harbour) as because the ferries always doing the same maneuver and raise the mud that still lay at the same place.
More of Xtian’s photos follow, like this closeup of the captain of Smit Cheetah,
Fairplay 24 and 21,
Union 11 passing the Mammoet headquarters,
Pieter (?) towing Matador 2,
and finally the recently completed Noordstroom.
Many thanks to Xtian for these photos of another watershed.
Yesterday was National Maritime Day. At the edges of the Upper Bay, people associated with the maritime industries gather for a memorial.
at Marisol Escobar’s American Merchant Mariners’ Memorial statue.
Two of the newest tugboats in the sixth boro–Fort Schuyler and Kings Point, named for two area maritime academies–stood off.
Service and sacrifice were honored.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Here was the first time I used this title.
America II looked resplendent bathed in a last burst of late afternoon sun yesterday.
She was one of several sail vessels out; here Pioneer seems headed over to a new loading point.
On a meteorologically different afternoon a few weeks ago, I caught Lettie G. Howard out headed for the Kills. Here was another spring when I caught Lettie under very bare poles.
No words . . . no gilding the lily!
Pioneer heads back to the dock.
Anyone know where Mary E is sailing from these days?
Thanks to Claude Scales for use of his Topaz photo. All other photos by Will Van Dorp, who has used the title “autumn sail” much more frequently. And if you have not yet read my article about sailing to Cuba last winter, you can read it here.
A few years have already passed since I posted the first in this series, which I should have called and I’m still in search of a photo of the ITB Major Vangu back in 1973 and 1974. But I was thrilled to open my email the other morning and find these photos taken in 1992 by Matt Schoenfelder. Check out his impressive range of galleries here.
The huge pusher tug in the photo below is Colonel Kokolo, recently refurbished and returned to service on the Congo River. Click here for a map of key waterways in the Congo; upper center, I lived west of Basankusu for two years teaching at a high school.
Matt writes, “I was looking through the web for some images of the Onatra barge from the Congo River and came across your site and read that you had traveled up the Congo River some years ago (my note: 1973-4). In 1992, together with a German man I met in Kisangani, I bought a dugout canoe and the two of us paddled 4 weeks down the Congo River to Kinshasa. Needless to say it was the adventure of a lifetime! Anyway, I have just recently scanned some of the old fuzzy and scratched film and thought you might appreciate a few images. From Kinshasa I wanted to get to Zambia and the “best” option available was to get back on the river and travel by barge to Ilebo, where I could take the train down to Lubumbashi. Well it sounded nice on paper but turned out to be an ordeal (as was ANYTHING in Zaire at that time!!) After the 4 weeks on the canoe I then spent another 13 days moving slowly upstream to Illebo on the river (tug and ) barge, which was supposed to be 5 days. The 3-day train trip from Ilebo to Lubumbashi took 30 days…walking would have been quicker! I added that last bit as I will include a few shots from the river barge I took to Ilebo. The images are far from high quality but you may find them interesting nonetheless.
I doubt I would ever repeat that journey but it was perhaps the most incredible chapter in my travels. Hardly a pleasure but fascinating and exciting nonetheless.”
I remember from my experience that riding on the tug was considered first class; the folks on the barge in the photo above . . well, they would be traveling second class.
Many thanks to Matt for getting in touch and sharing these photos.
Some of my scratchy old Congo photos can be found here. And yes, that person below was me as a mere young manster.