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I’ll start here for a reason. This 1941 vessel built in Stamford, CT, was originally YTL 169, 61′ loa. In November 1997 she was called Spuyten Duyvil and used to transport the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree from Stony Point to the East river. I’ve mentioned this before, but although I’ve searched high and low, by letter, word-of-mouth, and electronically . . . I’ve located NO fotos of that event. None!! Can this event have completed eluded the photography crowd? If you know of a foto, please get in touch. Click here for a foto of this tug–I believe–I took almost 8 years ago now.
Ever Decent . . . foto taken 10 days ago, here being passed by Evening Star, is already well into the Pacific Ocean.
Turecamo Girls, here in the KVK, was waiting on the outside of the Amtrack Prtal Bridge last week, but of course I didn’t have a camera.
Amy C McAllister slings in a Bouchard barge, and
McAllister Sisters does the same with a Reinauer barge.
Bering Dawn moves another dredge scow out to sea.
Bob-tailed B. Franklin heads back to her barge, and
Eastern Dawn heads west into the Kills.
So, does anyone know of a foto showing Spuyten Duyvil with the 1997 Rockefeller Christmas tree heading south from Stony Point?
All fotos except the top one by Will Van Dorp.
But first, an orange digression leaving the Narrows this morning under the tow of Michael J. McAllister, with Resolute alongside. Is it
Senator John J. Marchi or Guy V. Molinari? These years maintenance is done in Virginia, and here are fotos from just under a year ago of Marchi at sea. Is special ballasting need to facilitate better towing of a ferry? What other preps happen before a tow like this?
The juice in this post is here, my reason for getting out at daybreak.
She and escort passed Discovery Coast at the east end of the KVK.
Turecamo Girls throws on some extra anti-skidmark gear as she escorts the juice ship.
The juice ships are my favorite, although I prefer the lines of the previous Orange Star to this newer vessel. My fotos of Orange Star fleetmates include Orange Blossom, Bebedouro, Orange Wave, and Orange Sun. I don’t believe I’ve gotten a foto of Orange Sky. An unexpected detail about these tankers is that they are managed/operated from the peerless maritime nation of Switzerland.
All fotos this morning by Will Van Dorp.
For some great fotos of lakers laid up about 500 miles from here in Sarnia, check out tugboathunter here. He found some frozen-in tugs there too.
Freja Pegasus, Turecamo Girls, and Arctic Bay . . . the previous cargo post begs this one, so I spent three hours looking around the sixth boro yesterday. If you click on the link embedded in each large vessel name, you’ll get a sense of their range by reading the section “port history.” What’s NOT listed there is the land-scape (as depicted yesterday) cargoes travel to get to the ports and seas.
Tverskoy Bridge and Peter F. Gellatly. The tanker is bunkering before heading for the Bahamas.
Stolt Sneland and Linda Moran stern and
areas around the bows. A name like Atlantic Rose make me imagine a fleet mate named Atlantic Fell.
OOCL Britain and McAllister Responder, I think.
Here are two of the 109 daily trips the Staten Island ferries make daily. Vessels are JFK and Molinari . . . I think.
Tverskoy Bridge again as darkness ends my ability to use the camera.
An AIS screen capture is not that photogenic, but I find the names fascinating.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Here’s a followup on SS Badger: the coal-fired steam ferry gets a reprieve because of the trade in wind power!!! Who woulda thunked!!?!
And finally, here’s a note I’d like to reiterate for anyone connected with the Gwendoline Steers‘ sinking of a half century ago: ”My name is Loary Milanese Gunn, you can see my posts on this Tugster blog re: the Gwendoline Steers. Steve Knox and I have since created the Facebook Page in Memory of the GS. We are having a memorial wreathe-laying ceremony to honor the 50th year of the sinking. I want to invite all of the crewmen’s family members. Would you please forward your email to me so I may extend to you and your family a proper invite? Loary “
I know not everyone does FB. You can contact Loary through tugster.
On a different note, check out this video of a flotilla headed up to the tugboat roundup a few weeks back.