Elapsed time from the first to last foto in this batch is five minutes . . . what it takes to travel from the Erie Lackawanna terminal south to the old NJ Central Railroad Station. Know what this gray vessel is? Doubleclick enlarges.
For a sense of what the Jersey City waterfront looked like a half century ago, see wavz13′s fantastic set of flickr fotos here. The yellowish cube on the right side of the foto (stern of vessel) is a Holland Tunnel ventilator. A matching vent on the Manhatan side of the river can be seen on wavz13′s foto.
All these fotos come compliments of bowsprite; I’ve always felt blessed to have her eyes on the sixth boro at times and in places mine are not.
Carrying the Hyatt here is LCU-2011 Chickhominy, the number NOT indicative of the year of launch/delivery, which was late September 1990.
Click here for close-ups of the vessel.
Where it was headed that day–mid-September I don’t know. My guess is that it started in West Point, but that’s just a guess. Google shows it in various places along the Atlantic seaboard in the early months of 2011.