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Summertime . . . and today I’m lazy after finishing two projects that’ve been transfixing me all month.
So how about some sail . . . in the evening, like Aquidneck,
a moth . . .
a Fathead (?),
a classic catboat,
Aurora (1949) with tanbark sails,
The Blue Peter . . . unfortunately AFTER she had dropped her parachute spinnaker.
and finally Black Watch . . . built in the Bronx and a veteran of World War Two.
I’ve been to the Narragansett Bay before, but I need to spend more time there in summer.
But first, I hear there’s some big sail coming to the sixth boro. Last but not least, all photos by Will Van Dorp
Sheila Kaye and Josephine,
J. M. Westcott II,
R & R,
I wonder if there’s ever a chance of getting a higher horsepower class to arrive some year as well . .. like Ken Boothe Sr., Everlast, GL Ostrander, Samuel de Champlain, Jane Ann IV . . . and their size.
While I was out documenting the excitement of the annual merfolk migration, there was an equal amount of excitement on all the waters that comprise the sixth boro. Of course, your focus is your choice. All photos here were taken by David Grill and used with permission.
The Liberty Challenge brought in racers from all over the watery parts of the globe.
Vintage and contemporary petroleum vessels populated the KVK.
Hats off to the passengers and crew of Pegasus and all the others out enjoying what makes NYC special .
It’s Gerry Weinstein, showing evidence of being in the engine room and
and Pamela Hepburn.
For the photos in this post, hats off for David Grill.
You might remember the story of the tragic sinking . . . December 2012 and the immediate aftermath. Baltic Ace was only five years in service and part of a huge fleet. The MOL Ace’s often serve the sixth boro as well, as seen in the top photo from a tugster post here from three years ago.
Here’s the story of these photos, taken by Jan Oosterboer via Fred Trooster. I leave the account in the machine-translated English: “Friday morning June 19, 2015 is about 0600 hours, the tug VIKING with the SMIT BARGE 2 the Waalhaven entered. The SMIT BARGE 2 is loaded with the bow of the wreck of the BALTIC ACE. The BALTIC ACE came on December 5, 2012 in collision with the containership CORVUS J. The BALTIC ACE sank immediately. Of the 24 crew members, survived 13 the accident. The wreck of the autotransportschip BALTIC ACE is about 65 kilometers from the coast of Goeree-Overflakkee.”
This photo is flipped. . .
. . . as is this one.
Thanks to Jan and Fred for these photos, which I find very moving.
Please contact me if you have photos of the recent raising of Sea Bear.
USMMA Foundation vessel Tortuga needed hands for a transit from Kings Point to Newport RI, where it is serving as support for Warrior Sailing program races this weekend. I didn’t wait for a second call. I just needed to get there by 0250. No problem, since this IS my favorite time of “day.”
Many thanks to Chris.
Many thanks to Jonathan Kabak for the invitation. All photos here by Will Van Dorp, and I have many more.
All these photos were taken last weekend in the port of Rotterdam by Jan Oosterboer and used via Fred Trooster. Notice their size:
MSC Regulus . . . 1200′ x 156”
Margrethe Maersk, here tailed by SD Shark, at 1309′ x 196′ . . .
a Maersk Triple E class container vessel, capacity of 18,000 teu’s, and
in service about three months now.
CSCL Atlantic Ocean, 19,100 teu capacity, 1312′ x 190,’ and on her maiden voyage from Asia.
And finally, Berge Stahl, nearly 30 years afloat, 364, 767 tones DWT. Her dimensions are only 1122′ loa and 206′ beam.
And why are ships getting bigger, other than because they can, and the population is growing? Well, we need more stuff. Compare these family photos of household and possessions.
Many thanks to Jan and Fred for these photos.
I’d love to know more about this launch . . . in terms of engine and performance.
“Launch” is what the pilot service calls this.
And this is the PSV (pilot station vessel) Polaris, which has operated off the Port of rotterdam for three plus years now.
Many thanks to Freek Koning via Fred Trooster for these photos. Freek, a few years ago, asked me to try to discover the disposition of this former Royal Dutch Navy tugboat. My letters to various addresses in the USCG in reference to the lost tug went unanswered.
Deer do it. So do . . . whales, dragonflies, eels, and more . But the annual mermaid migration, I find, is as magical to me as it is to the young girl watching for the first time, taking photos, and one of the princesses of the sea came over and blew some sparkles all around.
When the mermaids migrate in, they bring entourages of music,
like samba, and
loud marching bands and
shrillest of pipes.
The mermaids feted some old-timers like daddy-oh!
They brought in some commercial land folk with adaptations.
They even engaged in some unexpected commerce.
They commandeered a “fruits of the sea” sacrifice bearer.
Of course, there were some humans who felt they needed to “administer” the event, BUT
otherwise, the sea creatures just emerged, checked their makeup, and
and exuded their legendary grace
much to the delight of all the photographers or just admirers.
They stayed the day, rainy as it was, before taking flight until the next time.
I’ve missed only twice in the past decade: here are posts from 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 . . . and you can find more just by scrolling way down to the archives . . . lower left and searching June each year around the 21st.
All photos here by Will Van Dorp.
About lobster migrations, click here.
And about animals in parades, the NYTimes this morning had this great story on a swimming/patrolling beast from its Brazilian bureau chief . . .
Here are some more Harley tugs, thanks to Kyle, who sent along all the photos AND text for this post also.
“MILLENNIUM FALCON built by the Marine Construction & Design Co (MARCO) at Seattle, at used for long-haul fuel barge tows on the Pacific coast. OLYMPIC SCOUT was built in 1976 in-house for Pacific Towboat & Salvage Co of Long Beach, CA as AVENGER. In 2004 she was purchased by American Navigation Co and renamed PACIFIC MARINER, then sold to Harley in 2007.
KESTREL was built in 2012 by Halimar Shipyard and is based off of the design of Vane Brothers Sassafras-class tugs. She is currently used for operation in Southeast Alaska.
JAMES T QUIGG was built in 1971 by Houma Welders as BRETT CANDIES for the Otto Candies company. Later owned by White Horse Marine of Norfolk as PEGASUS, Portland Tugboat & Shipdocking of Portland, ME as FOURNIER BOYS and American Workboats of Honolulu as AMERICAN CHALLENGER. Purchased by Harley in 2001.
MICHELLE SLOAN is Harley’s newest delivery, built by Diversified Marine of Portland, OR. Based on a design by Robert Allan Ltd of Vancouver, BC, she is used for shiphandling around LA.
Another shot of MILLENNIUM STAR
ALYSSA ANN, built in-house in 1966 as J.V. ALARIO for Nolty J. Theriot Offshore and participated in the North Sea oil boom in the late 70’s/early 80’s, pictured with ERNEST CAMPBELL, built in 1969 by Southern Shipbuilding as GATCO FLORIDA for Gulf Atlantic Transport Co of Miami. Later owned by Mobile Bay Towing as MOBILE PRIDE. In the background, the brick clocktower belongs to the headquarters building of Starbucks. You might have heard of them… The building was built in 1912 as the West Coast catalog center for Sears Roebuck.
EMERY ZIDELL is a newly-delivered ATB unit, built by Conrad Shipyard and partnered with the barge DR ROBERT J BEALL.
Another shot of LISSY TOO, this one compliments of Seth Tane.
TIM QUIGG, pictured in the Port of LA, is a predecessor to MICHELLE SLOAN, built by Diversified Marine in 2004 and also used in the Port of LA/Long Beach.”
And who is this Harley? Click here.
As to the small sixth boro contingent of Harley, I miss the bow puddings I first associated them with more than half a decade ago.
Kyle, again . . . many thanks.
Unrelated: my mission today is to see if the mermaid parade brings any tugboats; of course, I’m likely to get distracted. See you there, maybe?
This post is a serious whatzit, an attempt to find out more about a tugboat in the photo below. I use the photo courtesy of the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse. If you have not been reading this blog very long, I spent five months last year working on a historic tug on the Erie Canal. Type erie canal into the search window and you’ll find hundreds of photos from then.
The photo appears to be taken in Rochester, nicknamed the Flower City, although as a kid, I had thought it was the “flour” city. I guess it’s both.
So I went to the Monroe County Library image search site here and used the search term “boat,” and found a lot of fascinating stuff–like excursion boats now derelict, steam ferries, a seized bootlegger boat, yachts from a century ago, docks, and canal barges. To whet your appetite, I include a few here. Go to the website to read captions on reverse. I know nothing more about Lorraine or Cowles Towing Line, but the “barge” it’s towing is currently known as Day-Peckinpaugh, which will gain some attention later this summer. Photo is said taken on June 13, 1921.
Taken on November 22, 1921, this is steam barge Albany, which raises more questions. Go to the MCLS site for the info on reverse of the print.
The photo below is also said taken on November 22, 1921 by Albert R. Stone. I’d like to know what the name of the darker tug alongside the starboard side of the end of this string of barges. So maybe these are the grain barges that broke away?
Again, a Stone photo, date uncertain, showing tug Henry Koerber Jr.
One more Stone photo, said 1918 . . . tug Laura Grace aground off Grand View Beach . . . Greece?
And all of this returns us to the mystery photo from the Erie Canal Museum . . . my guess is that it was taken by Albert R. Stone, but it was not included in the Monroe County local history photo database. Anyone help?
Many thanks to the Erie Canal Museum for passing this photo along.
If your appetite is really whetted, enjoy these unrelated old and new photos of Urger–ex-State of NY DPW tug–and Seneca, currently a NYS Canal tug but previously a US Navy tug.
Click here for an index of previous “whatzit” posts.