(Note: Doubleclick enlarges.) The title . . . those were the exact words John Watson emailed me last night. If the message had been “hawk is down” . . . or “condor …” it would have alarmed me, but instead I charged my camera so that right after work I could zoom over to Fort Wadsworth for these shots. By one, I found Alert loaded onto barge BFT No. 38, which
was already on Swan. Gabby Miller was present, of course. Lined up on the Brooklyn side was a cast of characters identified as
Cavalier, Pioneer, and Mars . . . in custody of Charles D. McAllister.
The three Crowley tugs glided onto Swan‘s back, extending beyond the hull on
For outatowners, that’s Manhattan in the distance looking across most of what’s called the Upper Bay. The Lower Bay is behind me, as is the Verrazano Bridge. On the right is the boro of Brooklyn. The red tugs are Charles D. McAllister and McAllister
If you wonder about my shifting POV, the tide turned from ebb to flood during loading, and with it a bank of fog crept in and out, several times.
Next on board . . . Socrates, who in spite of the fog, found
a place midships, starboard.
This left space for
Heron! It’s not quite Noah’s ark, but I’m hoping Bowsprite will find a spare moment to drawing this vessel with its cargo almost as diverse as that of Pi Patel.
Loading completed, Susan Miller glides by. No doubt Swan has already begun to deballast to rise back up, and tomorrow the menagerie onboard Swan will be high and dry. After that, next stop, Nigeria.
I include this foto for outatowners. The vessel farthest left and most distant is Swan; I took it on the ferry about halfway back to Manhattan. Land to the right of King Emerald is Staten Island.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Some related posts include Mighty Servant loaded last December, Blue Marlin loaded a year ago, and Socrates last summer . . seventh foto down.