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I had something different planned for today’s post, but when long-time reader and contributor Michele McMorrow sent along this photo, I was intrigued. It’s cable layer Ile de Sein, which I’d noticed on AIS off Belmar NJ for some time, but . .. as they say, I had other fish to fry, or roast.
It turns out Ile de Sein was involved in an interesting if sad project back in 2011. So a question for the day . . . what’s it doing off New Jersey these days?
Click on the photo below and you’ll see it and lots more on Alain Quevillon’s interesting Flickr page. I put up the next photos because of a response I got to the posting about CCGS Tracy being for sale. Ken Deeley wrote that so is CCGS Alexander Henry, and for a price lower than you’d pay for Tracy. It seems the maritime museum in Kingston, ON included it for a time in their collection but then the museum, in financial distress, thinking to reef it in the deeps of Lake Ontario, learned that it would cost at least $420,000 to do that. As an alternative, the big red boat will be towed to the Lake Superior port of Thunder Bay ON, near where it was built, to be part of a maritime museum there. Current, the boat is docked in Picton ON–near Kingston on Lake Ontario–as its fate becomes clear.
Ken also sends along the photos below, taken from the defunct museum’s website, he says.
This outdoor telegraph looks in fine condition when this photo was taken.
Many thanks to Michele, Alain, and Ken for these photos.
The tale is here . . . transporting fuel to northern Quebec by a very long flexible hose. Go to Leo Ryan’s story on p. 74. I’ve recently added Maritime Magazine to my blogroll.
Here’s the previous post by this title.
Beat the heat . .. by imagining change: well, eastriver suggested the sixth boro annex the Conch Republic. Hmmm. Since the sixth boro is an archipelago like the Keys, maybe we could confederate the American archipelagos (besides the two already mentioned, we’d join with the Thimble Islands, the Thousand Islands, the Channel Islands, the Salish Islands, and maybe establish diplomatic relations with all archipelagos smaller than . . . Long Island, giving us many of the Antilles, a smattering of Pacific nations, the Aeolian Islands and Greek Islands. I know I’ve left many out, but it’s already sounding like good company in my heat-addled brain.
Or defocus on the scorching temperatures by looking at fotos below?
First one is a “tugster-sighting” just north of the sixth boro snapped by Joel Milton. Tugster is on the foredeck of Patty Nolan (1931) sans figurefigure as she tows sailing vessel sans-servingsails Lickity-Split some weeks back, here passing the Englewood Cliffs boat basin, I believe.
Answer comes from Les Sonnenmark, longtime friend of the tugster blog: it’s a cable-laying barge operated by Calwell Marine. Info on the barge can be found in this pdf . . . starting on the unnumbered page 6ff. In fact, this barge may be related to the work of Dolphin III in the sixth boro last summer: click the link to “marine contractor” above the last foto in this post you find here.
Foto by tugster near the Chesapeake City Bridge as 2011-launched Mako ensures Penn No. 81 makes
and Matthew Tibbetts (1969) both high and dry at Caddell Shipyard in Staten Island.
the numbers on the stern, I’ve found no info on this type. Fotos by tugster. Orange bow on the right side of foto belongs to C-Tractor 13.
Only tangentially related: For info on YTB-832, previously based in Mayport and now possibly in Greece by way of Italy, click here.
And an even less tenuous tangential connection to these fotos of vessels of La Guardia di Finanza, which sounds like what our government is supposed to do but actually refers to something quite different . . . . What it is can be found here.
More fotos will be forthcoming from the Conch Republic, a possible future residence.