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… it’s L. W. Caddell, which I believe was built at the yard a quarter century ago.

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A shipyard needs a small tug (loa 46′ x 16′) for lots of projects . . .

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with every job.

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And L. W.  . . .

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has an even smaller fleet mate, Jay Bee V, 1969

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and loa 38′ x 12.’

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

I got there JUST in time.  A few minutes after I arrived, lines were cast off, and the yard tug moved the bow into the stream.  What’s to comment . . . I’ll just put the times, to the nearest minute.

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Here the yard tug–L W Caddell is moving lines from the dry dock to Wavertree.

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And then it was lunch time.

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Here you see the dry dock “ballasting”  . . . or sinking.

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Note the “wet” portion of the dry dock as it rises, or “deballasts.”

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Note the size of the workers relative to the hull.

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The next step is pressure washing the communities that traveled on the hull from the East River to the KVK.

Here Wavertree will stay through the winter as she goes through a thorough and exciting transformation.  Become a member and send your own “bravo” to all the folks at South Street Seaport for all the strides in the right direction.  See here and here.

Tomorrow I hit the road for New England for a while. I will try to post, but my laptop has become quite uncooperative.

First, notice the Tugboat Roundup logo upper left?  Click on it for the schedule;  I’ll be giving an illustrated talk “1500 Miles on the Erie Canal”  Saturday and Sunday.

Also, if you are in Boston this Sunday, Maine Sail Freight will be at Long Wharf in Boston with pallets of products from farm and sea.  Click here for a link to other sail freight initiatives around the world.  Here’s more on that project;  a change is that schooner Adventure rather than Harvey Gamage will be transporting.

Here’s a list of previous Wavertree posts.  This post could be called Wavertree down rig, a slow and careful process that is best seen chronologically.

August 2.  The rigging remained this way through the morning of the 14th.

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August 14.  Birk Thomas took the next two.

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August 20. I got here while the osprey was still on watch . . .

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and looking in control of his realm, but

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a bit later, the riggers’ watch began and

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the osprey left his station to them, who undid his perch

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and on August 23, when I got there, el gran velero aka dirty dog aka Wavertree was stripped down and

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a lot closer to being hoisted in dry dock.

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I’m guessing triage of spars will happen and what goes back up will be refurbished before going back aloft.

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Thanks to Nelson Chin for the photo below, showing a sampling of spars, now all labeled, waiting to go back up next summer.

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Thanks to Birk for the August 14 photos and Nelson for the photo directly above;  all others by Will Van Dorp.

… John Jedrlinic, that is.  Jed has sent along quite a few photos, some of which you can see here.

I believe all these photos were taken in Baltimore in September 2011.  I’ve been to Baltimore, but I’ve never seen a Krause tug.  More of my photos from Baltimore here, and maybe I should head back.   Below is David M Krause built as LT 2075 in 1953.

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Theresa S. Krause, formerly James M. Witte, built in 1952.

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and JoAnn Krause, built 1944.

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Jed, thanks much.

 

Here’s the index of previous “names.”

I love surprises, but some pass almost unnoticed to most.  For example, did you know Ernest Hemingway visited the sixth boro a few weeks ago?  The Hemingway IMO 9295177.  Ditto Charles Dickens, earlier this spring.  Now I wish Thomas Pynchon would visit, given that he wrote about it . . . and tell me about it in advance.  Orange Ocean is in town, but please, no more orange rivers.  Alpine Mary is here now, but please no typhoid Mary.  YM Unicorn, yes . . . they exist.  And a really crazy one, a tug on Lake Ontario yesterday, Radium Yellowknife!  Wow!

When I saw on AIS that Buffalo Hunter was bound for sea, my tired brain thought Bob Marley and wondered which of his songs would be emblazoned on a bow and stern soon . . . Stir It Up, maybe?

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Then I realized the second word was “hunter” and not “soldier,” and the paint job looked neo-dazzle.

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Strange . . .

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So let’s get out front and look the vessel over again.  Unusual paint-on figurehead.

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What’s that around the upper railings of the house?

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Barbed wire!  Coils and coils of it.  Has the sixth boro gotten a nasty reputation?

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Seriously, I’m guessing it’s for some pirate-infected waterways elsewhere.  Anyone care to share more about the story?

Here was barbed wire mustache on a vessel in Cape Town a few years back.  Maybe this is a cheap-fix for better internet?

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

See that tug over there?   This photo comes from Asher Peltz, and I’m very grateful . . .

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because I was seeing the tow from this angle, quite backlit, but

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fascinated nonetheless, given the load

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on Marmac 300 . . . parts of the turbine bases for units 3, 4, and 5 of 5.   See the base for unit 1 here.  At the pace the tow is moving, it’s barely to Montauk as of this posting.  By the way, for scale, the tug is 97.7 ‘ loa.

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Here’s Stephen B in a logical though unlikely location.

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nestled between Manhattan Elite and Celestial.

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Dean Reinauer sidled over to my part of the Kills, and I got a good look.  Thanks.

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This Dean has been at work for just over two years.  Click here to see–along with some other departed vessels– the previous Dean Reinauer, currently in Nigeria under different ownership.

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Bluefin appears to have just been painted, as the lettered Kirby logo has not  been applied.

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The last time–I think–Bluefin was on this blog she was still gray.

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Here’s Robert Burton in yesterday’s strange pre-rain light and here

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at dawn yesterday interestingly backlit though not quite.  A couple of years ago, I caught her down in Morehead City.

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All photos taken yesterday.  Thanks to Asher for the lead photo here.

I first thought to call this PBB 5, following on 1, 2, 3, and 4 from last year, taken from a harbor area in “north” Amsterdam called “place beyond belief.”.  But sometimes straightforward is clearest.

Check out Half Moon, gone over the Ocean and now leading a parade  . . . hanging with the likes of Grace Kelly.

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Gotta sing.  Remember the armada that traveled up the north River six years ago?  They traveled with their own song leader, Reinier Sijpkens, who got them going at night.

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Big in the middle ground, it’s Kruzenshtern.

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And in this batch of photos sent along by Fred Trooster and taken by Fons Tuijl, I can see converted trawler  Pedro Doncker Polish training vessel Dar Mlodziezy

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retired Dutch research vessel Castor,

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pilot boat Polaris,

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the nearest one here frigate Shtandart,

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Indian training ship Tarangini,

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Colombian training ship ARC Gloria–who wow’ed in the sixth boro here a few years ago,

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Portuguese training vessel Sagres–recently in Greenport NY– and repurposed minesweeper Naaldwijk PW-809.

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Of course . . . so much more, but I wasn’t there yesterday.

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Again, many thanks to Fred and Fons for these photos.

For more shots, see gCaptain here.

 

Jay Michael  comes thanks to Bjoern Kils of NY Media Boat.  I’m not sure why I’ve “deep freezed” these photos since April.

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I caught this photo of Lynx leaving for the Commonwealth a few weeks ago.

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Notice the curved panel atop the front of the wheelhouse?

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It’s an open upper nag station.  Check out the controls.  Ever used?

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Her tow had an interesting name for a barge.

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Recognize this boat from the mast?

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For something really different, here are two clips from youtube.

First, on Chrysler Sea Mules . . . anyone have experience with them?  Are there any restored versions?

And second, on Kettenschleppers, toueurs or chain tugs  . . .  the video is not English but you can get the drift in two minutes or less.  They’re used in long unventilated tunnels which would fill with fumes if combustion engines were used.

 

 

How about cold pics today, like these first two of Line.   For the story, click here, an article that never got paper published.

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What floats in the Hudson here is like what floats in my tea all day.   I recall that the crew I interviewed here told me I should try to see one of these in dry dock to understand how the design of the hull makes these small tugs great for breaking ice.  “It has an ice pick,” one person said.

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Well, finally I got to see Swivel high and dry.  Swivel is no longer owned by the USCG.  It may belong to an entity called GIPEC.

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Anyhow, this is about WYTL design.  See the ice pick?  The bow rides up on the ice and the perpendicular notch saws through.

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I’m glad I finally got to see this, and I hope you too are chilled by thinking of icebreakers and the beautiful season shaping us a half year from now.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Here’s an index for the previous in the series.

I got this photo in July 2003 in Oswego, the 1943 Bushey tug  WYTM-71 Apalachee.  I haven’t seen it since, although it was at one time in Cleveland.  Anyone know if it’s still there?

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Here’s another Great Lakes tug, for now.  This photo of James A. Hannah was taken by Jan van der Doe in Hamilton harbor in late May 2015.  I posted it here then in this larger context.  And here in February 2012, thanks to Isaac Pennock.  Now I knew that James (LT-820, launched July 1945) was a sister to Bloxom (LT-653) and that the Hannah fleet had been sold off in 2009 in a US Marshal’s sale, but I hadn’t known until yesterday that the CEO of the Hannah fleet–Donald C. Hannah–was Daryl C. Hannah’s father!!  That Daryl Hannah!  But it gets even better, there once was a towboat named Daryl C. Hannah!  Anyone know what became of it?  Last I could find, it was on the bank of the Calumet River used as an office.  Updates?

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As you can tell, this photo was taken in the East River.  It was July 2009 that Marjorie B. McAllister escorts Atlantic Superior as it heads for sea.  Any ideas where Atlantic Superior is today?   Actually, I know this one . . . after a long and eventful life, she powered herself over to China this year to be scrapped.

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I haven’t seen Bismarck Sea here in quite a while, but last I knew, she was operating in the Pacific Northwest.

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King Philip . . . went to Ecuador around 2012; Patriot Service is still working in the Gulf of Mexico, I believe.

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And to round out this glance back, here’s a list of WW2 vessels still operating at the time of its compilation.  Many thanks to aka Fairlane for putting it together.

Thanks to Jan van der Doe for the Hannah photo;  all others by Will Van Dorp.

By the way, it was rewatching The Pope of Greenwich Village that got me to wonder about Daryl Hannah.

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