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I take photos of machines that don’t float and have these to share. I used to have a Class 1 driver’s license. Hmmmm.. maybe this blog needs a new name and focus?
Harry Milkman took this photo; I’d seen a boot truck like this once but on the opposite side of I-95.
This Oshkosk was south of 30th the other day although I forget the street number.
These many wheeled configurations were in Savannah port.
This amphibious jeep was in New Orleans. Trucks have real potential for a blog of their own.
DAF Kromhout was near Rotterdam.
I love the range of challenges the operators of this truck will take on.
This International has been parked in the kudzu not quite long enough to be cocooned.
DonJon has trucks as well as tugboats. I’ve seen a Kirby truck on Richmond Terrace and can pull that out of the archives in future posts. The soil seems fertile enough if I switched focus on this blog.
This looks like an original woodie by the spokes as well as the doors.
And this . . is unique. So . . . retooling this blog I will
NOT. It is April 1 and I thought I’d entertain the idea. But then I could do a blog of wanted posters and call it thugster, one of short-muzzled dogs and call it pugster, one about a central Swiss city would be Zugster, and one for folks who fix software problems called buster. Of course, buster could also work on entomology. Plugster for plumbers, jugster for fans of moonshine, and the list would be so long I’d be paralyzed.
So I’ll maintain course and speed. Thanks to Harry for the LL Bean bootstermobile.
Santa Marta harbor . . . sees HR Recommendation arriving in port, from Houston, methinks.
Ditto Thor Energy.
Dole Chile is likely there to pick up tropical fruit to ship north, to our ports.
Stern to stern here, Dodo with a stern bridge, and the other with a less common bow bridge.
Industrial Faith . . . quite the winner as a name.
At sea . . . it’s a hull down Houston.
Alessandro DP . . . at sea.
And in Curacao, facing Caracas Bay, it’s Stena Discovery . . . for a spell now under port arrest.
At sea . . . Hafnia Taurus. Maraki also . . . is back at sea.
And finally . . . in the Rotterdam area, the 2014 Vietnam-built Lewek Constellation, deep sea pipe layer.
Many thanks to Maraki and to Fred Trooster for these photos.
This is the series with tugs from all over. So let’s start in Miami last month with photos by John “Jed” Jedrlinic. Miss Niz was in the sixth boro some time back.
Also from Jed . . .it’s Akashi Maru in Yokohama, 2008. He has more photos of Japanese tugboats.
Darrin Rice sent along this photo of the classic Hercules, built at the John H. Dialogue yard in Camden NJ but having worked its entire career on the West Coast, which it arrived at by circumnavigating the southern tip of South America. The Camden yard of John H. Dialogue also built these classics.
Previously, Darrin sent along some photos of decaying classics here.
From Jan Oosterboer via Fred Trooster . . . what appears to be a just delivered (March 2015 just!) German-flagged tug FairPlay IX operating in the Netherlands.
Brake is also an almost new boat.
And . . yes, I do get out and take photos myself . . . here is Robert E. McAllister passing RORO Grey Shark . . . which it towed in from sea half a month ago after the RORO experienced mechanical difficulties. Beyond the dry dock buildings is Quantum of the Seas.
Here Freddie K. Miller passes Robbins Light. This vessel first appeared on this blog going on nine years ago here!
And last for today but certainly not least, from Rich Taylor, it’s Chale, a classic tug at the half-century mark.
Thanks to Rich, Jan, Fred, Darrin, and Jed for this look at a diverse set of vessels all referred to as tugboats.
. . . I haven’t figured out what the shakers are yet. But of course, people are the primary movers, even for movers of people like Martha’s Vineyard Express.
There are silt movers like Stuyvesant.
And of course all manner of movers of fluids to be respected like Loya and
Red Hook and
There are movers of boxes like Vega and
Josephine K. Miller, who can do local moves for cargo boxed or bundled or . . . other.
There could be a category of movers of movers like this and
direct movers and
Maybe I should spend some time today trying to figure out who the shakers are. All photos recently by Will Van Dorp, who was being given a tour of traffic in San Francisco Bay and noticed this interesting assemblage of names of movers.
Today’s photos come from Xtian Herrou. See the tug over there, the one the sailor in red must be looking at? By the way, I’ve posted Xtian’s photos here and here before. The rigging that dominates the photo below propels a vessel that will be making a stop in the sixth boro this coming summer. Any guesses? Her name–or rather the translation thereof–is a matter of some difference of opinion.
There’s the tug, Abeille Bourbon.
The sailing vessel is L’Hermione. Here’s the name matter as described by Xtian: “There is a fault in her name because of the English speakers who removed L’ as it means the but with the French navy for some ships the Le- La or L’ is really part of the name. The apostrophe does not really exist in English, and on AIS her name is Lhermione to be correctly alphabetically placed at L. Furthermore, the Association name is wrong as Hermione, and the mistake was discovered too late . A similar difference exists between the French La Fayette and the English Lafayette, which, given my last name (Van Dorp or Vandorp or van Dorp), I understand clearly . . .
Rick “old salt” did a post here about this some months back. I especially enjoyed the discussion in “comments” section.
Here’s the index to all the preceding posts in this series, and I’m grateful to all for sharing.
If you suffer from perfect photographic memory, then the ferry in the middle distance under the bridge will serve as a clue to the location of this shot; it’s a water bus, an efficient conveyance of passengers along the waterways that make up the Rhine delta in greater Rotterdam. You saw it here . . . scroll through to the sixth photo. The tug in the foreground is Broedertrouw 4.
Here’s Lekstroom V, Broedertrouw 4 and a bow.
Tailing is Broedertrouw XIV. And if you click here, you’ll see the same vessel towing what HAD BEEN the largest yacht to date built in the Netherlands, Symphony. But in this series, you’ll see an unfinished project that promises to be 8.5 meters longer than Symphony . . . a full 360′ loa for this new project!
the unnamed, project number 714 for now. Oceanco is the manufacturer, and here are many smaller yachts.
The yacht does not move me, although I’d love to tour the project as the different specialized craftsman complete the job.
I’d love, however to work on these inland tugs for a while.
Many thanks to Jan Oosterboer via Fred Trooster for these photos.
Here are the previous posts by this name.
June 2014 . . . not quite 100 miles west of Albany.
March 2015 high, dry, and cold maintenance time on Staten Island.
Same time and place as the first photo above. Actually leaving lock 19 and headed east.
Again . . . winter maintenance.
Outbound Oswego harbor, June 2014.
And more Staten Island, March 2015.
Hustling hither and yon along the waterways since 1958, if she could speak,
I’d love to hear the stories.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
McAllister Sisters is back there somewhere, on the windy side,
not the sunny side where crew keep watch on
Atlantic Trader. If you’ve forgotten what Sisters looks like, click here on a post from over a year ago.
Much more conspicuous is Bruce A.
James Turecamo assists in Vega.
And finishing this post out, it’s Pelham.
Of course, the rooted talent in this post is of course Robbins Reef Light.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Here’s an index of previous posts with this title.
And a lot of photos of small craft. Given recent temperatures, it’s notable that all these vessels would NOT be able these days to navigate waters much north of the sixth boro or on the Great Lakes, because of ice conditions. Given the significant clues, can you identify the vessel and location below? Answers follow.
Here’s Julia, a sturdy all weather boat out with McKinley Sea.
Here’s Julia a few weeks ago–when the whelp of Hudson River ice still went out into the Lower Bay–
retrieving personnel from NS Lotus.
Taking the stern of Kimberly Poling . . . a small USACE I don’t recognize.
See the small unidentified boat beyond Mako‘s stern. I believe it’s the Vane crew boat, not
to be confused with Grace D.
ABC-1 was out with supplies a few weeks ago, no matter the single-digit temperatures.
These temperatures could kill, but small fish boats like Pannaway are out there.
And if I’m reading that right, Pannaway is registered in a New Hampshire, my home state as you can read on the “about tugster” page.
Harbor Charlie is out with the small NYPD boat.
Now, let’s mix things up a bit. Seth Tane took this photo in the sixth boro back in the late 70s or early 80s. Can anyone identify this boat, Karen L? I ran a lot of photos from that era by Seth in a series here almost two years ago. In this case, Karen L seems to have just returned four jolly tars back to their ship in the anchorage as another crewman watches from the rail.
Rich Taylor took this photo recently off St. Lucia, four different very balanced tars in a long narrow boat.
This photo comes via Fred Trooster in Rotterdam showing line handlers there. Here’s a post I did over three years ago of line handlers in the Kills.
And this somehow returns us to the mystery vessel at the top of the post: Knight Rider following the FDR just north of the United Nations, the blue flag in the top photo being the clue.
Thanks to Rich, Seth, and Fred for the photos already attributed. All others by Will Van Dorp.
Here was 33.
My friend Tony A shared these photos with me. He said they’re in the public domain, but they show up nowhere in google searches.
So here are my questions: Were these only experimental? What is the approximate vintage of these photos? What has become of the boats? A hydrographic survey company used to have at least one such vessel in their Staten Island yard . . . are they the same boats?
I’m just full of questions this morning. Many thanks to Tony for sharing. Enjoy the beautiful sunny spring morning. Here is an index of previous tugster posts with NYPD vessels.