Hannah van Hemmen's blog
Welcome M/V "Molly Pitcher", the newest addition to NY Waterway's fleet.
Alan Colletti from our office provided new vessel construction oversight services while the vessel was built at Yank Marine. Here's Arthur Imperatore during the boat's christening, thanking Al for being such a worrier!
For this week's Throwback Thursday, check out the Martin & Ottaway engineering staff circa 1992. Four of these ten guys are still around - can you identify them?
Harry Ottaway, past President of Martin & Ottaway, getting his balance on the SS SEA WITCH in drydock (stern section), August 2, 1979.
Watch a cool video produced in the 1940's by the US Navy on the salvage of the SS Normandie (USS Lafayette) here. Frank A. Martin of Martin & Ottaway valued this vessel for the US government before the fire/capsize.
Bethlehem Steel, Key Highway
Encounter with ice floe
Antarctica, March 1976
In 1954, my great-grandfather, Hendrik Fokko van Hemmen, was Chief Engineer on the M/V Prins Frederik Hendrik of the Oranje Lijn, and my grandfather, Henk van Hemmen, was deck engineer on the Dutch flagship, the SS Nieuw Amsterdam.
A photo of the damaged SS Florida as a result of its collision with the SS Republic in 1909 hangs in our office.
On the back is an article from an unknown source (I'm betting that one of our consultants decided to look up the story one day). The story reads as follows:
Today's Throwback Thursday is one of the most famous shipboard fires, and is especially well-known in our area because the vessel was beached for several months in Asbury Park, New Jersey, not far from our current headquarters. While the SS Morro Castle disaster of 1934 tragically killed 137 passengers, it directly resulted in numerous shipboard fire safety improvements (including fire alarms, improved fire drills, and the use of fire retardant materials), saving countless lives in the future. Martin & Ottaway attended at the vessel on September 10, 1934 - almost 80 years ago - to determine the extent of damage. Our field survey now hangs in the office:
Since 1764, Lloyd’s Register has published annually what is basically the definitive list of ocean-going vessels in the world. Our office – and many other maritime offices worldwide – use these “registers” regularly, since they contain valuable, authoritative information on ship size, carrying capacity, age, builder, and equipment, to name a few. We keep our old Lloyd’s Registers, since they can serve as a valuable reference for name changes, retrofits, prior owners, or scrapped vessels in our valuation and forensic investigations. It’s interesting to see the change in style, and in size, of the Lloyd’s Registries over the years.
But my personal favorites are our 1940s Lloyd’s Registers: