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Samantha and Susan Miller position the barge before the spud, lowered to the bottom of the harbor by a barge crane, pegs it in position. The Miller vessels operate as a pair although this fishing is not pair trawling.
Here’s a close-up of Samantha,
and Susan and part of the crane
and a close-up of the ladder. Ladder? And a diver (bent over) preparing to descend on the prey.
So, just what might they be trying to fish out of the East River? Something large and metallic mayhaps, like a surface vessel turned submarine? Here’s the complete fishing rig.
Unrelated foto below . . .
Some freshwater tugs like Capt. Mel get hauled out.
By the way, some scale . . . I used to dive off the far side of the pier; in summer it’s about 10 feet from pier to water, now quite masked by the ice build-up.
Not far away at Lock 28B in Newark, this unidentified tug has quite a few weeks to wait before the east-bound lock opens. Can anyone identify the tug?
I’d forgotten how different winter looks upstate.