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What have you seen cruising or visited, served on or help build? Many admirable reasons to like a ship.

The ballet put on by the DND ship from Esquimalt was impressive, it spins pretty fast for a ship that size, in basically one boat length. https://www.nauticapedia.ca/Gallery/Firebrand_YTR562.php

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CFAV_Firebrand_(YTR_562)

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Eric posted a great link to the Duwamish fire boat and that got me thinking about a new thread.

Category:Duwamish (ship, 1909) - Wikimedia Commons

This is the most oldest active fireboat in the world. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_M._Cotter_(fireboat)

Highlights of it's service record.

" In 1978 USS Little Rock, a retired United States Naval guided missile cruiser on display at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park, began taking on water and listing. Edward M. Cotter and several Buffalo Fire Department fire engines pumped water out of Little Rock for five days keeping the ship afloat and level while repairs were made.[11] Edward M. Cotter also assisted the disabled United States Coast Guard cutter Ojibwa during the winter of 1983. Ojibwa, while on Lake Erie, had lost her steering and was taking on water. Edward M. Cotter towed Ojibwa to her base in Buffalo and helped keep her afloat while repairs were made.[11] Another rescue occurred on July 31, 1984 when Edward M. Cotter towed the Polish tall ship Zawisza Czarny off a sand bar during the ship's visit to Buffalo.

It is loved by many, especially the Polish. Dyngus Day, April 9, 2007

 

Any commercial ship admirers out there? Seen something out cruising? Had a sub surface in front of you?

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IMO the single best looking commercial ship ever was the Nuke powered Savannah. Better looking than even most yachts.

La Merced... I admire shipwrecks. This one is in Anacortes. https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/overgrown-ship-hulk

You can't fool us. We can tell those pix are from Australia.

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I haven't seen a sub surface, but one was anchored off Annapolis and they had to have RIB run around it at night. They had an anchor light on the conning tower and one on the rudder and pitch-black between. I think more than one boat would have "gone between the anchored boats" absent the RIB.

 

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Here are a few pics I have taken.

The First is the CCGS Pierre Radison.20190924_150414.jpg.9a96b73a515d37118108c4b906bb5cff.jpg

The Algoeast, chemical tanker.  She is displaying the red Bravo flag.  "I am taking in or discharging or carrying dangerous cargo".

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Thousand foot ore carrier on the Great Lakes.

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Then there is Beach Boy, a custom Garden log salvage boat. This pic was taken after 40 years in that very hard service. I saw it when new and was spellbound - it looked better than most yachts.

 

 

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22 minutes ago, TBW said:

Here are a few pics I have taken.

The First is the CCGS Pierre Radison.20190924_150414.jpg.9a96b73a515d37118108c4b906bb5cff.jpg

The Algoeast, chemical tanker.

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Thousand foot ore carrier on the Great Lakes.

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That's a long ship to be sure. And they talk about Hunter's flexing...yow

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11 minutes ago, SloopJonB said:

Then there is Beach Boy, a custom Garden log salvage boat. This pic was taken after 40 years in that very hard service. I saw it when new and was spellbound - it looked better than most yachts.

 

 

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That windlass on the foredeck looks like the biggest Lewmar money can buy...

Nice lines for a work boat.

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2 hours ago, SloopJonB said:

IMO the single best looking commercial ship ever was the Nuke powered Savannah. Better looking than even most yachts.

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She is on the hard in Baltimore right now. The big motoryacht design is pretty, but can't be that efficient at packing in either people or cargo.

PA ALERT! Just think we had a 0 carbon ship and gave up on the whole idea!

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3 hours ago, SloopJonB said:

IMO the single best looking commercial ship ever was the Nuke powered Savannah. Better looking than even most yachts.

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When i was a kid, i lived for several years in the Netherlands - in Den Haag.

The Savannah came into Rotterdam, and we had a school field trip to tour the boat and see the reactors - i was probably about 8.

it was an amazing experience.

 

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9 minutes ago, us7070 said:

When i was a kid, i lived for several years in the Netherlands - in Den Haag.

The Savannah came into Rotterdam, and we had a school field trip to tour the boat and see the reactors - i was probably about 8.

it was an amazing experience.

 

I had a model of the Savannah that my father bought me.  He was trying to nudge me into the business.  He grew up in Alaska and was in the Seattle to Alaska shipping business from the late '40s.  He was probably portrayed in Michener's book Alaska. . . it was a tough business then.

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45 minutes ago, kent_island_sailor said:

She is on the hard in Baltimore right now. The big motoryacht design is pretty, but can't be that efficient at packing in either people or cargo.

PA ALERT! Just think we had a 0 carbon ship and gave up on the whole idea!

Yes and pulled from service just tow years before OPEC would have made her viable:

"The Maritime Administration placed her out of service in 1971 to save costs, a decision that made sense when fuel oil cost US$20 per ton. In 1974, however, when fuel oil cost $80 per ton, Savannah's operating costs would have been no greater than a conventional cargo ship"

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2 hours ago, SloopJonB said:

Then there is Beach Boy, a custom Garden log salvage boat. This pic was taken after 40 years in that very hard service. I saw it when new and was spellbound - it looked better than most yachts.

 

 

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Reminds me of a kids book I haven't read for fifty years.  I think it was this one:

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As much as I recall, a teenager gets exiled out to a quiet backwater farm out on Marine Drive in Portland (!! Remember when it was that, anyone?) And they do a little salvage logging on the side.  And have adventures.  But it might have been another book like that.  

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2 hours ago, Norse Horse said:

That's a long ship to be sure. And they talk about Hunter's flexing...yow

Ya, took these pics crossing Superior a bunch of years ago, when pictures were still printed.  This was a Seaway sized boat, 730 ft by 75 foot beam by 27 ft draft.  This is pretty typical weather for autumn.  You could20190924_174932.thumb.jpg.565c444525793ac2e04f51794cf27da5.jpg see the flexing in the waves, especially down in the tunnels.

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Fog.

 

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3 hours ago, us7070 said:
6 hours ago, SloopJonB said:

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When i was a kid, i lived for several years in the Netherlands - in Den Haag.

The Savannah came into Rotterdam, and we had a school field trip to tour the boat and see the reactors - i was probably about 8.

it was an amazing experience.

Didn't have the model but I looked at it and considered getting it, back in my model building days.

But yeah she is a good-looking ship, in person too. I also did an engine room tour decades and decades back.

- DSK

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6 minutes ago, SloopJonB said:

Is that the old Maui Lu (RIP)?

That fantail has to be the best place for a party that one could find.

El Primero.

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We were married on Thanksgiving, so our friend who owned the Szechuan Restaurant catered our dinner on board. Turkey with gravy and very hot sauce. Dessert was Mars Bars and Crispy Crunch Bars. It was epic.

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6 hours ago, impetuous_donkey said:

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The "Captain Conner" a ferry from the Island I grew up on. The heaters on this and the "Steilacoom" put out such a nice warm feeling that took out the cold of the NW winters

I see a preservation society has it now. http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2177425

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3 hours ago, Ishmael said:

We chartered this one for our wedding...

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Helluva good time.

Wow 1893 build.http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=1957068

" The first steam yacht on the west coast of the United States, EL PRIMERO was built at a cost of $250,000 for railroad heir Edward W. Hopkins of San Francisco. In 1906 it was sold to Chester Thorne of Tacoma and brought to Puget Sound. Thorne subsequently lost the vessel in 1911 to Newspaper publisher Sam Perkins in a game of poker. During these early years, the yacht hosted four US presidents, William Howard Taft, Teddy Roosevelt, Warren G. Harding and Herbert Hoover. Following a stint of service with the US Navy during World War II, the EL PRIMERO was passed to Perkins' heirs in 1955 following his death. In the years since the vessel has passed through various owners and been repowered with diesel engines. The current owners are assessing options to restore what is now the only remaining steam yacht in the western United States."

Seen moored at the Foss Waterway Seaport on Tacoma's Thea Foss Waterway.
 

 

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15 hours ago, toddster said:

Reminds me of a kids book I haven't read for fifty years.  I think it was this one:

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As much as I recall, a teenager gets exiled out to a quiet backwater farm out on Marine Drive in Portland (!! Remember when it was that, anyone?) And they do a little salvage logging on the side.  And have adventures.  But it might have been another book like that.  

First glance at the cover of the book and I thought "Dang, they certainly don't like swimmers!   Beating him with a logging tool, with a dog ready to follow up and finish him off.

Must have been a jet skier..."

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20 hours ago, SloopJonB said:

IMO the single best looking commercial ship ever was the Nuke powered Savannah. Better looking than even most yachts.

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She was mothballed in the harbor in Baltimore.  Every time we raced or cruised up there, spotting her was one of the big joys of that day.  We last saw her on Labor Day weekend, and I believe she has since been towed to Philadelphia for further decommissioning. 

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8 minutes ago, Lex Teredo said:

 

She was mothballed in the harbor in Baltimore.  Every time we raced or cruised up there, spotting her was one of the big joys of that day.  We last saw her on Labor Day weekend, and I believe she has since been towed to Philadelphia for further decommissioning. 

For a long time in the 70s she was moored at the wharf on River Street in Savannah, GA. just east of the old US17 bridge. I always admired her as we traveled that way 3-4 times every year from my home in Brunswick, GA to SC to visit my grandmother in SC. She looked good back in those days, I wonder how much she's deteriorated. 

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1 hour ago, Ajax said:

I had never heard of Savannah until this thread. Absolutely fascinating!

You should read about the design brief. She was designed to be T-boned in the engine room, sink, and not leak any radiation.

Of course now in 2019 some $3/hr third world type would be turning random valves to see what happened :o

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15 hours ago, Norse Horse said:

I see a preservation society has it now. http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2177425

Man, almost wish I hadn't clicked on that link. The staff and even the inmates always took pride in keeping the boats in good shape. It's sad to see it see it there like that. 

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11 minutes ago, impetuous_donkey said:

Man, almost wish I hadn't clicked on that link. The staff and even the inmates always took pride in keeping the boats in good shape. It's sad to see it see it there like that. 

Sad when they get forgotten.

I joined the local historical society here at home to volunteer at the museum and build stuff for them. We have model ships but nothing bigger.

I could see doing that for a good nautical cause or join their society so they can use the money for preservation efforts.

I am a member of the NWMC in PT for example and I support the work they do there.

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3 hours ago, Al Paca said:

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was a deck hand on this in my youth. WWII coastal minesweeper. Single screw. Air start. 400 HP @ 850 rpms

Two tone hull works nice. Love those anchor protection patch details.

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3 hours ago, monsoon said:

Spent some time on each of these. JOIDES Resolution:Image result for joides resolution

USCGC Glacier

 

I never heard anybody describe the JOIDES Resolution as an admirable ride, much less the name, but there are whole aisles in the library filled with the data that came off of her. I even have a shelf full of those volumes down in my basement. 

Data is so much less visceral, when it lives in the cloud.  Although it’s easier to work with, and nobody can hit you over the head with it.  https://iodp.tamu.edu/publications/PR.html

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13 hours ago, MisterMoon said:

For a long time in the 70s she was moored at the wharf on River Street in Savannah, GA. just east of the old US17 bridge. I always admired her as we traveled that way 3-4 times every year from my home in Brunswick, GA to SC to visit my grandmother in SC. She looked good back in those days, I wonder how much she's deteriorated. 

I saw it at Patriots Pt Naval Museum at Charleston SC in the early 90's. At that time it was one of the display ships and was partially open for viewing. Obviously the reactor areas were sealed up, but there was one catwalk open in the engine room. The deck and holds were open. It was set up to carry passengers and had  a nice lounge area. 

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On 9/24/2019 at 9:16 PM, SloopJonB said:

IMO the single best looking commercial ship ever was the Nuke powered Savannah. Better looking than even most yachts.

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She was a technology demonstrator for "Atoms for Peace".    Not enough holds to make money hauling cargo and not enough passenger space to make money hauling passengers.   Definitely designed with style.

Just think of a cruise ship with a reactor,

Passengers: "We want to get off for a shore excursion!!!"

Captain:  "We will stop for our next refueling, after our tenth completed circumnavigation.   Back to the shuffleboard tourney...."

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9 minutes ago, austin1972 said:

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That was a scene played out many times in BC as well with landings all up the coast. :)

Thread drift. I found a sailing pic from way back on that lake. https://www.onekama.info/portage-point-resort

 

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8 minutes ago, Norse Horse said:

That was a scene played out many times in BC as well with landings all up the coast. :)

Thread drift. I found a sailing pic from way back on that lake. https://www.onekama.info/portage-point-resort

 

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Man, Angel's Slide looks so different now and the Casino is back left from the original spot in this pic. My uncle started the PLYC.

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2 hours ago, IStream said:

A beauty. Wood hull, I presume?

Yes, a beauty. 

I believe that all minesweepers of that vintage (plus or minus a few decades) were wooden hulls:  less likely to set off magnetic mines.  

I don't know what current minesweepers are made from (or even if anyone makes minesweepers any more).  

Keep up with these great photos!  

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Now you're making me feel old. The "Nadon" was first of the class and I helped with the design in my early days. One is now tied up at the Vancouver Maritime Museum as a retired museum boat!

They are awesome boats. After sea trials we got a call from them somewhere near Hecate Strait. They had to slow down to 27 knots - because the seas were over 6'. We had to gently explain that was a wee bit beyond the design sea state/speed and please back off on the throttle.

 

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1 hour ago, Zonker said:

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Now you're making me feel old. The "Nadon" was first of the class and I helped with the design in my early days. One is now tied up at the Vancouver Maritime Museum as a retired museum boat!

They are awesome boats. After sea trials we got a call from them somewhere near Hecate Strait. They had to slow down to 27 knots - because the seas were over 6'. We had to gently explain that was a wee bit beyond the design sea state/speed and please back off on the throttle.

 

The Simmonds has been out of service for probably 10-11 years now too.  I think she went up for auction on crown assetts, would have made a nice yacht for some one maybe.  I think she had a tough early service life out of Newfoundland.

Wasn't the Nadon the one that completed the Northwest Passage?

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