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The last milestone was the 1000, but this one, post 1280, goes up exactly four years (well, I’m three days late, actually) after my first ever post. Since then, I’ve spent countless hours of free time educating and entertaining myself, touring other folk through the sixth boro,
Baltimore (and many other places …) and more I hope to come. Thanks to all for your tours and advice and feedback.
Meanwhile, I’m enjoying this blog more than ever, learning to see, fishing
(sometimes in extreme conditions) for
flights of fancy and
all manner of lore and historical info about the sixth boro and all the waters connected to it.
Like yesterday, I was reading about Alice L. Moran, her marvelous feats, and wondering if she’s still called Amsterdam and working in Bahraini waters. And I was reading about PY-16 USS Zircon (later a pilotboat named New York and previously a Pusey & Jones steam yacht Nakhoda), predecessor of pilotboat New York.
I’ve enjoyed these first 1280 and will be continuing. Meanwhile, here’s another interesting thing I stumbled upon yesterday on page 12 of the Spring 1966 Tow Line magazine. I hope no one is irked by my printing a screen shot here. Enjoy. Letter 1 with request on left and response on right.
Meanwhile, a few words about the MWA Waterfront Conference tomorrow: “
New York, NY: On Tuesday, November 30, senior officials and representatives from over 14 government agencies will join over 500 waterfront advocates, educators, and planning experts for the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance’s 2010 Waterfront Conference at Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York, the George Gustav Heye Center.
Dozens of agency officials, politicians, and other experts will be on hand to offer their perspectives on the future of the NY-NJ Harbor, including: NYC Deputy Mayor Robert Steel, Bob Martin of the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, Col. John R. Boulé II of the US Army Corps of Engineers, Capt. Linda Fagan of the US Coast Guard, Peter Davidson of the Empire State Development Corporation, David Bragdon of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning & Sustainability, Adrian Benepe of the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, Amanda Burden of the NYC Planning Commission, Cas Holloway of the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, and Seth Pinsky of the NYC Economic Development Corporation.”
Thanks to Pat Folan of Pelican Passage . . . a new Cutler boat? See another foto at the end of the post.
Also thanks to Pat, a new Vane Brothers boat . . . Quantico Creek. See fotos of the launch of the 3000 hp tug here.
Odin, seen here many times before
Finally, as promised, another view of the first vessel: Crystal Cutler, a 1600ish hp newbuild rcently arrived in the sixth boro. Welcome!
For more of Pat’s great fotos, click here. All others by Will Van Dorp.
See you at the MWA 2010 Waterfront Conference on Tuesday. For details, click the icon on left side of page.
I give thanks for the doomed ships getting a (maybe temporary) reprieve, although there’s no denying that Olympia does NOT rise and fall with the tide. Here she clearly rests
Crew of SKS Tyne fotograph each other as they leave Philly and
Pilotboat Overfalls heads south, and
no matter the day, the harbor beat goes on.
All fotos, Thanksgiving Day, by Will Van Dorp.
Soon afterward, I went out for a Thanksgiving lobster. Speaking of, read this great article about the Pilgrims and their Thanksgiving eels.
Note: Doubleclick enlarges.
Thankgiving, and snowfall on the Delaware, and what it brings–with 9000 hp and San Francisco on its stern–
Pilot! It’s a Crowley’s tug on
La Princesa, the triple-deck 580′ loa barge that runs between Pennsauken, NJ and San Juan, PR.
Just over a year ago, I saw fotos of La Princesa push ashore by the storm named Ida near Virginia Beach, VA, and I read it was big, but here Grace Moran and
huge the barge is. See it in the St. John’s River, FL here.
3 pm Thursday they headed upriver under the Ben Franklin Bridge, and
as of noon today, they were still docked at Pennsauken, and I had to move on. More La Princesa fotos here. More Delaware River first snow fotos soon.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Sometimes stories get told wrong, again and again. Like the one about Thanksgiving. How many pilgrims can you name?
You know the name of the ship they sailed/chartered, but who was the captain? Were they headed for Massachusetts? Can you name one of the “Indians” or their tribe? When did it become an official US holiday?
Read at least a few paragraphs here, enough to learn about Capt. John Hunt, Tisquantum’s time in the Mediterranean, his time in Newfoundland, and the fact that his time of slavery (ironically) actually lengthened his life a bit.
Just the facts, then? You can read the links to Thanksgiving yourself here: passenger list for that voyage of Mayflower, Captain was possibly Christopher Jones, their destination was “North Virginia” aka Hudson River Valley, they first encountered Nausets, later an important liaison became a Wampanoag named Tisquantum, “thanksgiving” is a fairly universal sentiment that (as a single example) gets mentioned in the Old Testament coming from Jonah (Yonah or Junus), Lincoln (prompted by Sarah J. Hale) set the first US national Thanksgiving Day as November 26, and FDR made it float to the fourth Thursday each November. And for UAINE, Thursday is the national day of mourning . . .
Hey . . . everyday should be Thanksgiving in my estimation, but please tell someone about Tisquantum the (reluctant) sailor today. But avoid calling heron a cormorant.
Related: on the left side of this blog, an icon for My Babylonian Captivity appears, my account of a time exactly 20 years ago in Iraq as a hostage. Read this segment for the details of the Iraqis efforts to mount a Thanksgiving meal for us.
If you’re around my age, you remembered this yesterday, 47 years before.
I’m guessing it all seemed easier today–no matter what else difficult was going on–the mild weather made it just a bit easier.
All fotos by will Van Dorp.
I’ve written here and here about bow puddings, and some of those have since seen the shears. Little Bear is a delightful small tug (1952 launched and under 50′ loa) that you might expect to show some pudding, but
the new fur on the block (or in the boro) is Resolute, who wins as the new James Garfield or Rutherford B. Hayes of the sixth boro, from a hirsute perspective.
If Little Bear‘s namesake lived in the frozen north, then
leaving the small red tug bare and possibly sunburnt.
Is Resolute predicting a cold winter? Maybe we’ll be back on the ice soon?
Seriously, I love the Little Bear‘s lines and color as well as Resolute‘s puddening.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Thanks for these fotos to Dave Williams, who took them in Burlington, VT. I dedicate these to all the birds who will lose their heads this week.
Raymond C Pecor Jr launched from the ways of Eastern Shipbuilding in Panama City, FL and made the journey northward to Lake Champlain. Only problem: the wheelhouse of this (non-orange) car ferry needed to be removed to clear a low bridge north of Waterford.
Dave caught these pics as the wheelhouse
was being reattached. Raymond C Pecor had another problem: see what happens when slippery new hull paint hits the water at launch on this YouTube video.
I don’t know if any of my confederates caught Pecor traveling northbound through the sixth boro and up the Hudson, but I missed it. Now, you can see the LCT 216-car ferry up on Lake Champlain.
Dave was previously behind the scenes on my “safe travel with your house” post. Thanks, Dave.
On the left, check out the info for the 2010 Waterfront Conference happening in about 10 days in Lower Manhattan.
Unrelated: You’ve probably seen the video of a ship being decapitated by a bridge lowering over the Welland Canal, but if not . . . watch this in horror.
… er …short sea shipping (Shortsie Shipping) should save significant stress and other things. Read my two previous posts here. Shortsie is long-sighted: imagine the foto below as about 100 trucks you don’t have to follow on the roads this morning. And one tug–Catherine Turecamo–puts much less stuff into the air than 100 trucks.
The two engines here–Catherine Turecamo and Little Bear–move the goods of 100s of trucks, and fire red Little Bear is way cuter than any single truck. More Little Bear soon.
this one moved by Thomas D. Witte, dozens fewer trucks in your traffic lanes. Thanks, Shortsie. Anyone know of good websites on sixth boro and Hudson River efforts to promote Shortsie? Bowsprite has been exerting many tons of bollard pull there herself: check it out.
Notice the Empire State Building blimp mooring in the background?
All fotos today by Will Van Dorp.
9 a.m. ... Wanderbird coming through the Gate? (Remember… doubleclick enlarges.)
Well, I knew it wasn’t, given all that capacity up forward.
but a little over half an hour later, she wandered in. Wanderbird was built for capacity, too, and from 1963 when the Jaczon family launched her, until 1990, she fished. Here’s a link for another Jaczon beam trawler operating out of Scheveningen (and you should hear me pronounce that town name in my best dialect).
The bridges making up this immediate entry to the Gate are (farther and pink) the Hell Gate Bridge and
Solomon Sea (ex-Brandon Roehrig) with its string of scows led
The candy-striped stacks belong to Big Allis
over beyond Roosevelt Island in Ravenswood, Queens.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.