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Interstates feel like rivers, all be they hard and inefficient compared with watery ones. Approaching this truck, nothing seemed unusual until
We got alongside. Live fish!
On all those East Coast trucks, I’ve never seen a “dead fish” sign.
Fotos taken near the Virginia/Tennessee border by Will Van Dorp. Anyone know the name of the truck line? I was too absorbed taking the fotos to register the
name. Here’s a “how-to” publication from Kentucky State University’s Aquaculture Research Center. I still wish I’d caught the name of the shipper.
It’s that time of year. The blog will resurface at the mouth of the Cooper/Ashley watershed, I hope, just before 2011. As final post from the sixth boro for 2010, then, here is a motley set of fotos and disjointed thoughts.
Collaboration . . . I love it. This foto of Golden Elpis comes from John Watson. Given my imagination-driven eyes, I read the ship name as Golden Elips and thought “elips . . . give ekisses, not wet urgent ones.” In 2011, I want more real passionate kisses and fewer ekisses. About this ship, I saw it in New Haven recently and read the name as Golden Elvis. I really need to get my eyes checked, maybe patented.
You heard it here: one of the things I adore about this city is that it finds itself among those places where you hear and see other languages daily, unidentifiable ones. MSC Mandraki sent me here.
To go somewhere and see a retired politician’s name on a research boat like this . . . all pols should be so lucky.
Endeavor . . . yah!
More marine eyecandy called Dominique, launched 1937. “Eyecandy” actually is a crass word for beauty. May 2011 bring beauty into all our lives.
Clingstone House . . . staying there with a dozen like-minded friends . . . that’s something to organize in 2011.
Probe forward. I suppose some things I’ll encounter in 2011 will push back hard, and I’ll deal with those. Others . . . will bring unexpected pleasures and treasures. I wish you all the same. Before parting, a story.
Call it one of my 1001 stories . . . actually, it’s not a story but an email I got recently from someone I’ll call “Joe.” I’ve “tinkered” with identifying info in the letter, lest the company in question object.
<<<I’ve been a fan of your web site for a long time. So when I saw a guy sitting on the rocks of the KVK near [a certain location], Sunday, October 3rd, I said to “my captain,” “See that guy over there shooting pictures, I’ll bet that’s the Tugster.”
The captain said, “Where,.. what are you pointing at? That looks like a bunch of Richmond Terrace winos sitting under that tree.”
“No sir, not the mooks sitting under the trees, the guy crouched up like a seagull on those rocks shooting pictures of the dredge, I’ll bet ya that’s the Tugster.”
“What the hell is a Tugster, is that something like a hernia?”
“No Cap, the Tugster is an aficionado of all that is New York Harbor”.
“What kind of fish did you say he was fishing for, a fish-ah-what? What the hell kind of fish is that?”
“No Cap, He chronicles New York Harbor in photographs and posts them on his web page. Hey, I’ll keep an eye on his site and see if we show up in any of the photo’s.”
Now it was the Captains turn to give me the fish eye, as if, I might be looking at, “other less prurient pages,” on the Internet. “Yeah sure, let me know what turns up.”
Today I went to your site. Imagine the joy when I discovered that, yes the bearded individual crouched on the rocks like a kid with bad diarrhea, truly was the Tugster. Wow, in a city of Ten Million people! Who could imagine?
Naturally, I’ve emailed your web page link of flattering photo’s to all of the [company X] folks. This is particularly great because the guys working on the [vessel in question] are from [a faraway state outside the Northeast], haven’t been home for awhile and can share the pics with their families. Nice.
If you are interested, perhaps I can bribe, blackmail and use threats and innuendo and scurrilous gossip to arrange for you to visit the [vessel in question, again]. No guarantees, but I can ask the big shots that run the show, if you’re interested.
Thanks again for a great web site.>>>
Wow! Thanks. I could NEVER hope for a better gift.
I’m headed inland for a spell and a gallivant, and hope–as I said earlier–to emerge about 750 miles south of the sixth boro.
Even though she glowers at me whenever I say it, the six-eyed bowsprite IS perspicacious. As she hops from cliff to cliff and down along the ledges near water level, she misses no detail. She sent me these fotos to share. What is the orange sheet dangling from the yellow frame suspended from the 532 crane?
A nutrient-rich bedding for oysters?
Part of a future underwater moving sidewalk?
A riverbed loom for a seaweed weaving project?
Habitat for sturgeon and plesiosaurs?
A diversion intended to lure bowsprite down from her cliffs?
Preparations for next year’s Red Bull Air Races?
An attempt to recover aliens and their secrets from the wreck site of an OVNI?
Ichthyosaur survival training drill?
blamed on credited to bowsprite, whose narative goes like this:
“09h20 Virginia and Elizabeth go upriver to bring mats and crew to the crane Weeks 532. The engines roar, smoke comes out, the spuds are dropped, the crane lifts the yellow loom-thing and splashes it into the drink. A lunchtime crowd gathers, asking each other what’s going on. They say ‘I think they’re dredging.’ Or ‘I don’t know. Been here a few days.’ Or ‘What’s your guess? They talk, they speculate.
Back on the barge, The loom comes up sans the orange mat. Men with stepladders go around and weave on the next mat. Spuds go up, engines roar, smoke again, winches drag in the white buoy, and the whole barge setup moves farther into the middle of the river. Later another mat is laid down just a bit east of the last one.”
And the answer to Whatzit: the truth is out there, or in here.
I chased the moon this morning, and lost. By the time I got away from my high-horizoned, building-intensive lair, the solstice moon only recently eclipsed, had slipped beneath the New Jersey highlands, but in spite of the cold . . . . I was not disappointed.
First I caught the sixth-boro newby Crystal Cutler pushing
Then MSC Mandraki headed past with
Mermaids emerge on the summer solstice and draw the crazy out in me and some of my best friends. I MUCH prefer THAT solstice, now only a half year away again.
All fotos here by Will Van Dorp.
Unrelated: check out these fotos of the Crowley barge on towmasters.
Here’s a foto of a foto taken at Fort Wetherill. I couldn’t make out the name of the vessel, but can you identify the objects on the dock in the foreground? Answer follows.
met Thalassa Desgagnes when she arrived. Thalassa is an apt name for a vessel.
Here’s a close-up of Northeast Pilot IV, a product of Narragansett Bay’s own Gladding-Hearn.Here’s Northeast Pilot V, which I presume is
a newer boat.Also based in Newport is Tiger Shark,
Hidden away here is the stern launch small boat.
Back to that first pic . . . those are mines.
Does anyone know the name of that mine-laying vessel?
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Last time I posted a foto of WLV-612, the year 2009 had just begun and she was docked in North Cove in Lower Manhattan. Now she’s on the Newport waterfront; I’ve no idea the identity of the huge sloop at Nantucket‘s stern.
Narragansett Bay is a ria (never heard that word before today) Pell Bridge (below) between Newport and Conanicut Island, and Jamestown-Verrazano Bridge (who knew?) between the Island and North Kingston
Lobsterboat Shamrock here passes Rose Island, between Newport and Jamestown. Rose Island Light is a B & B.
Entering the Bay from the north around Castle Hill Light and accompanied by the pilotboat, it’s
Leaving the Bay and passing the same park, it’s 34-year-old general cargo vessel Danalith, here outbound for
the Republic of Cape Verde?
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Here along the edge of the Delaware, inverted reflections of Olympia and Moshulu get transformed in this basin. Suggestions of past and future lurk there too.
await discovery . . . along with other surprises, be they finny, spiny, toothy, and slimy.
Trailing edge of continent or leading edge of ocean, or both, extend without clear definition, like the
What’s visible today wasn’t yesterday or won’t be tomorrow; when new vistas appear, they surprise us with
unexpected edges of propinquity.
Edge of darkness, chaos, or creation . . .
and then not, if
you brave the edge of dawn, of wonder, and find the way to your conveyance. Some edges suffice for one environment, whereas
another more buffered suit another.
This single exposure . . . . of bowsprite’s not-for-navigation chart above my desk drew me into the edge of unreality thanks to the apparition of a curvedness of mermaids speaking to a diver.
Edge of another year . . . season.
A thought from Anne Morrow Lindberg about some of the edges above: “The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach – waiting for a gift from the sea.”
A cold day’s sizzling thought from Molly M: “I respect boundaries,” she said, “vigilantly. And I love to play right up to the edge of them, see how close I can get.” She smiled, slyly, like one who could never drown. Edges. Places where one thing stops being itself and becomes something else. Places where one thing washes over another and changes it. Edges, where you can fall over, tumble in, be washed away. Hard edges that cut. Soft edges that overlap and enfold. Permeable boundaries that let me flow into you and let you flow into me. Impenetrable borders that keep us apart.”
Guest fotographer #1 here is John Watson. He caught this foto of Orange Sun with my favorite cargo last week, less than an hour before I stopped by the Kills; Laura K provides the assist. Some previous orange juice vessels have appeared here and here. And here’s my first, Orange Star.
John has been shooting sixth boro ships much longer than I have, and I look
Richard Wonder sent along the fotos of YM Efficiency from the Bayonne Bridge last week. Here he takes a turn at
MOL Paramount, getting a turn around Bergen Point with
appeared here countless times. That’s Port Elizabeth in the background. Click here for a foto of MOL Paramount mounted high and dry in a floating drydock.
It sounds like the green stuff some bunnies and humans like to nibble on. It can be organic when it relates to crystals, but not much more. No, EO’s Yeoman Brook is not a snow-making operation at Staten Island’s most frequented ski slope. And yes, that four-bladed clover is the most organic shape here besides the white dunes.
Here’s a veritable lattice garden. That’s drill vessel Apache approaching, an unidentified Moran tug over by the bridge. No, that’s probably not a moveable bridge (Sorry, Brian) or a removable bridge. In silly conversation recently, a friend and I concluded we preferred removable britches to removable bridges.
Railings galore and flat plating.
Racks and railings and vessels and arms . . . straight lines encasing a very few curves. What you’re looking at here is a Reinauer barge foreground with a chemical tanker beside the hose rack.
More of same on CSCL Sydney. Note the focus on the face of the man in the middle window.
Parting shot for now . . . Emily Cheramie, Apache, Yeoman Brook. Other shapes soon, more organic ones . . . less lattice and more . . . tomato.
A silly post with fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Click here and scroll through for a several years old article about drillship Apache in New York harbor.