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Here was 1. Part of my inspiration here is Paul’s hawsepiper blog, sorted here by the topic of bunkering. Here’s bowsprite’s POV on this. Another part of the choice here–other than muggy August weather–is the appearance of this story in Professional Mariner, for which I took the photos. This post uses some of the other photos I took that cold, dark morning a half year ago.
Behold a problem of having a dripping water hose too close to the fuel inlet.
The crew of Capt. Log topped off quite a few tanks that morning, and
printed out a ticket a the end of each job.
Here’s the first post I did on Capt. Log, whose days delivering fuel as a single-skin tanker are numbered.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Hawsepiper Paul is writing about this subject all along, as you might expect since he lives most of his days on a bunker barge.
Indulge me a bit as I elaborate on these adventures, as captured in photos by Tony A, starting with this one. When does a New York port of registry seem out of place?
I’d say when it’s painted onto a vessel never or rarely seen in New York, and of course I know that with flags of convenience . . . anything is possible with arcane finagling.
To appear to digress a little bit more, Marcus G Langseth is to 2014 as Robert G Conrad was to –say– 1980. Conrad is a photo I copied from Seth Tane‘s archives a little over a year ago when I did the “fifth dimension” series on the sixth boro.
Anyhow, about two weeks ago Tony A and Patrick Sky got to deliver fuel to this international wanderer.
A little over an hour later, Patrick Sky, feeling much lighter, pulls away from this dock underneath Throgs Neck (which autocorrect insists should be spelled “throb’s neck,” but that would take us into adventures in spell auto correcting, which I’d much rather avoid.
I thought I had done a post called “pushing oil,” but I seem to have mis-remembered. The closest I can find is here, and looking at this post, it’s clear to me how much I’ve learned since starting this blog. Here’s another related one from last year.
Clearly . . . that’s not a tanker below. Thanks to Ashley Hutto for this fine photo of Captain Zeke doing a job that might have been done by small tankers a few decades or less back.
Capt. Log is one such small tankers, and her life doing what she does so well is winding down.
Here two Moran tugs–Brendan and Catherine Turecamo, I think–push a tanker into a berth on the KVK.
Davis Sea . . . once this would have been done by a tanker.
Ditto Dace Reinauer.
Thanks to Ashley for the top photo. All others by Will Van Dorp.
With apologies to Eugene O’Neill for the title, I rode a fuel boat around the sixth boro today. No matter that it was 4 degrees above zero (-15 degrees centigrade) this morning, vessels run with passengers and the “station” comes to the boats –some of them–in this realm. And if there’s ice like the facial features of Capt Davy Jones on the receptacle, it has to
be moved so that fuel can flow.
Enjoy these cold photos.
Here’s the fuel boat.
More soon. Til then, I can’t wait to look at these photo in July when the sweat is dripping off me and I’ll looking to chill.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Here was 7. In the past week, the sixth boro has seen lows to about 5 . . . like last Monday morning, and highs in the low 50s. And then there’s been serious fog, as bowsprite captures here. This morning was clear and mild, almost springlike. Here was the north end of the Arthur Kill today a little after 0700, Capt Log heading south for a load.
To the left, NYK Rigel prepares to shove off from Howland Hook. To the right, dredgers dig on. . . or diggers dredge on. James Turecamo heads north and east . . .
as Minerva Zenia makes her way under the Goethals.
I wonder how I’ll get used to the alteration of the classic form of the Bayonne Bridge.
Here’s the impressive assembling of equipment staging for work on that other bridge project. Glenn Edwards looks huge in the mix.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, just before the sun came up.
Here was number 6 in this series. It occurred to me this afternoon to rename the whole series “weather overwater,” as a tip of the hat to Dr. Jeff Masters and his site. His 18-minute TED talk at the link with his name on it is worth the 18 minutes. And what do you imagine happens on and over sixth boro water on a day like this . . . ?
Cheyenne consolidates scrap,
Susana S, in the same location here a year ago, takes on bunkers. . .
. . . along with Stavanger Breeze.
Fishing goes on, and pilots
do their thing no matter the weather since 1694.
More bad weather coming . . . so what. Not that it’s easy, though.
Here was 3 in the series. The sixth boro is indeed a huge fuel transfer port, and I need to make a more concerted effort to learn which transfers are imports and which . . . exports. Meanwhile, a look at the variety of vessels involved in just a few days shows Energy Century,
Aurora N with Crystal Cutler on the far side of a fuel barge in the distance,
Patrick Sky passing the bow of Summit Europe,
and finally, passing a Laura K. Moran docking SCF Pechora, it’s Diane B with barge John Blanche.
Cold and snow do not slow this trade; in fact, it’s when the temperature drops that this trade speeds up.
OK, here’s tomorrow’s post today . . . Wednesday’s news coming on Tuesday. The snow happened today, so let’s see it today.
Davis Sea–I believe–is practically invisible to the naked eye. Here was Davis Sea as a K-Sea vessel almost four years ago.
Scotty Sky passing alongside the aptly named Alpine Loyalty.
Brooklyn at the #9 buoy.
And Hoechst Express inbound from sea.
By late morning, the snow was slowing down in the sixth boro, here on the landside of Gage Paul Thornton and Thornton Bros.
Many thanks to Brian DeForest for the top three fotos; the others by Will Van Dorp.
Here was 3 with links to 1 and 2.
I’ve been so far unable to find the original use of this barge, but I haven’t expended much shoe leather either.
Click on the foto below from the July 21, 1977 NYTimes for an article on Michael O’Keefe’s barge restaurant opening. Anyone identify the tug?
Bulk commodities commerce needs some stretches of riverbank in the sixth boro. Crushed stone in; garbage out, as well as
scrap metal, petroleum,
desert scrapings aka road conditioner.
Products galore and more and
Places to park aka dock are vital also.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
I took these fotos Friday before the winds started.
Viking . . . . To see how she’s evolved over the past 41 years, click here.
Brooklyn was previously a fleetmate of Viking. For her history, click here.
Clearly, from the foto, to say commerce USED to happen on the Gowanus Canal . . . uses the wrong verb tense. Here, from L to R, it’s Shawn Miller, Samantha Miller, Miss Ayva, and Diane B.
Finally, and still in Gowanus Bay, it’s Discovery Coast and
Potomac and Hunting Creek.
Stay inside or at least firmly attached to something substantial.