ships in the night – II

I hear them first, the vibration of their motors, cutting through the night. Then, as they approach the Colgate clock, they will identify themselves on 13 (bridge to bridge) if southbound, or on 14 (Traffic) to check out by the vents, heading north. Tonight, the sounds of their motors are drowned out slightly by the heavy sound of falling rain on the new leaves of the trees below. But, those tugs do rumble when they go by.

erieservice1above: 2 apr 0135 – Erie Service, speed: 10.7kn

maryturecamo1above: 2 apr 2116 – Mary Turecamo, course 210˚/speed 1.7kn



13 apr 2254 – BBC Konan
Ship Type: Cargo
Year Built: 2000
Length x Breadth: 126m X 20m
DeadWeight: 7172 MT
Speed recorded (Max / Average): 13.6 / 13.6 knots
course 11˚ / speed 13.2kn
Flag: United Kingdom
Destination: Albany



19 apr 2200- Sea Service
Ship Type: Towing
course 12˚/ speed 8kn
Length x Breadth: 33m X 8m


20 apr 2018 – Ross Sea
Flag: USA
Ship Type: Towing
course 18˚ / speed 9.1kn
Length x Breadth: 30m X 10m



20 apr 2337 – Dredge 51 (this makes me think of fruitcake at christmastime)
Flag: USA
course 22˚ / speed 3.3kn
Length x Breadth: 115m X 31m


21 apr 2137 – Erie Service
course 195˚ / speed 9.3kn
Length x Breadth: 45m X 12m
Draught: 5m


21 apr 2307 – Brendan Turecamo
T: “Turecamo, to the (name unclear)…you pulling up the hook and headed to the Kills?”
X: “Yeah, but I haven’t started pulling yet.”
T: “I’m headed to MOT”
X: “Ok…You should be ok.”


6 may 2005h – Maryland
Flag: USA
Ship Type: Tug
course 183˚ / speed 9.3kn
Length x Breadth: 33 m X 10 m
Draught: 5 m


6 may 2012 – Melvin Lemmerhirt (background)
Flag: USA
Ship Type: Tug
course 190˚ / speed 6.9 kn
Length x Breadth: 40 m X 10 m
Draught: 18 m

Taurus (foreground)
Flag: USA
Ship Type: Tug
course 12˚ / speed 8.5 kn
Length x Breadth: 24 m X 8 m
Draught: 3.5 m


6 may 2155 – Comet (behind, in the notch)
Ship Type: Tug
course 193˚ / speed 10.1 kn
Length x Breadth: 33 m X 9 m
Draught: 4 m
Destination: KMI Staten Island

Solomon Sea (foreground)
Ship Type: Towing
course 192˚ / speed 9.6 kn
Length x Breadth: 29 m X 10 m
Draught: 4 m
Destination: Yonkers Anchorage


6 may 2357 – Nathan Stewart
Ship Type: Tug
course 14˚/ speed 6.9 kn
Destination: Albany


7 may 0429 – Doris Moran
Flag: USA
course 12˚ / speed 8.5 kn
Length x Breadth: 160 m X 24 m
Draught: 7 m
Destination: Albany


Tandem blogging! tagging Tugster, who here does Boats in the Day. As look for his beautiful posts on Onrust and her call for hands as she prepares to join ships in the harbor!

(All views are taken from battery park, manhattan: 40.7096N, 074.0185W. The view is of North River, also known as the Hudson River, with Jersey City as the backdrop. Thx, Jed, for course/speed corrx, à la Navy!)

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  1. bowsprite said, on 2009/05/18 at 22:12

    tugster said, on 2009/05/07 at 05:58
    lovely . . . . the night has so many moods. and the differences in atmosphere /clarity of the lights makes such variations in the atmosphere/ emotions evoked by your fotos. loveit . . . i see some “turner-does-fruitcake” work coming up maybe??
    bowsprite said, on 2009/05/07 at 07:31
    Fruitcakes, wedding cakes and dancing women. Tugster-does-Bacchus!

    Michael said, on 2009/05/07 at 15:05
    I’m particularly looking forward to the watercolor of the fruitcake boat.
    Also I’m a sucker for pagan ceremony…

    Boats in the Day « tugster: a waterblog said, on 2009/05/07 at 19:35
    […] she recently did “Ships in the Night 2,” and since we strive to be, among other things, the yin and yang of sixth boro […]

    Ken Beck said, on 2009/05/08 at 17:49

    Jeff Anzevino said, on 2009/05/09 at 10:59
    The light makes the river look silky smooth. I especially like the Maryland. And the Nathan Stewart– I photographed her the next morning under the Mid-Hudson Bridge the next morning.

    O Docker said, on 2009/05/10 at 23:44
    Any photographer will tell you dawn and dusk are the ‘magic’ times – daylight is just balancing with other light sources, and the balance changes, literally, from one minute to the next. The light takes on colors then that don’t happen at any other times. The Maryland shot is a great example. In my photog days, one guy I worked with would wait in the office until a half hour before sunset, then head out, hunting for his light. It can be an elusive quarry.

  2. Maritime Monday 204 said, on 2010/03/07 at 23:53

    […] Ships in the Night – II […]

  3. Miss Bacchus said, on 2012/09/24 at 21:39

    Very few cities compare to New York at night!

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