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Here are some previous ones.

I caught TS Kennedy anchored in Stapleton yesterday, and

soon thereafter she heaved up anchor and headed for sea . . . for home.

Meanwhile, FS Primauguet, allegedly from Reykjavik, arrived, maybe to check on the current status of this monumental French gift to the people of the US. This is an anti-submarine frigate with a towed array sonar.

She got this far sooner than I had expected.

A few weeks ago, I caught USCGC Seneca (WMEC-906) off Orient Pointe . . .

All photos by Will Van Dorp, who chalks these up to just documentation.




The photo above was taken 19 years ago. I didn’t take it. Info about the shot follows at the end of this post.



Black-tipped red stack(s) with two white rings . . . that’s McAllister Towing. Captain James McAllister, an immigrant from Ireland’s County Antrim, started the business 143 years ago in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Here Ellen McAllister, a recently rebuilt tractor tug, escorts Sun Round, container ship, outbound from KVK.



McAllister Responder and Charles D. McAllister dock a tall ship at Pier 17 Manhattan in 2006. By the way, Charles D. is undergoing upgrades as you read this. Notice a Gemini theme going here.



Here’s a recent shot of Responder standing by, waiting to assist with docking.



Work’s here. Notice the sheet about to drape between the Responder‘s rubber fender and the white hull of cutter Seneca.

The 1988 foto was taken by Daniel Hormann. You can contact him about a $15 CD with dozens of vintage 1988 NY harbor photos at danielhormann (at) comcast (dot) net.

All other images here, Will Van Dorp

Here’s another installment in this series.



This blue vessel coming west on the East River enjoys a second life. T/V Kings Pointer, its current name, began life as an ocean surveillance vessel. See particulars with the navy here and the specs here. Example of spec info? Fuel capacity…



…almost 230,000 gallons. This vessel, which replaced an earlier Kings Pointer in 1992, distinguished itself in 1999 when it arrived first on the crash scene of EgyptAir Flight 990.  Kings Point, by the way, is the Long Island location of the US Merchant Marine Academy.



A year older than Kings Pointer, here’s USCG medium endurance cutter Seneca. Read through this article on some of her accomplishments. See crewman using a gun in a rescue here.



Here’s USCG ice breaking tug Penobscot Bay headed for the Verrazano Bridge; I’ve used this shot before, but for a good look at its icebreaker hull, see this link.



Based in Bayonne, as is Penobscot Bay, USCG small harbor tug Hawser has a set of siblings with similar names. See here.



Finally, here’s Corps of Engineers converted tug Gelberman. For another shot, click here. It’d be interesting to see government boats from other large ports. Any senders?

Photos by Will Van Dorp.

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