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I’m back, with lots of gallivanting to catch up, but first . . a whole lotta fotos from this morning in the sixth boro. Any ideas what’s going on here? What is that gray blur in the center of the foto and why are the gulls so frenzied? Be forewarned . . . this post has so many twists/turns . . . it’s divided into parts, even though I took all these fotos in the span of less than an hour.
Answer: It’s how over three million cubic yards of sand is being added to Rockaway Beach . . at least for a while. Here’s what the NY Daily News says about it. Here’s an article and video from Dredging Today.
And here . . . off in the Rockaway Inlet are the machines mining and pumping the sand, seen closer up in this recent tugster post.
Part 2. Notice the piping coming from the stern of McCaskill.
I could not resist wondering about these birds whose name rhymes with “lovers.”
Part 3. Follow this sweep of fotos as I turn to the left.
An Atlantic City billboard on Far Rockaway? Is a mixed up sense of geography part of Sandy’s legacy? I keep turning left.
See the silvery cars of the A train? It’s a Boardwalk Empire set in the wasteland of eastern Rockaway Beach . . . . I was hoping to buy some of that food at those prices!
Of course, I had to look behind.
I half expected to find some Aral Sea boats back here too.
Part 4. Once back on the boardwalk, I saw this fishing boat about a quarter mile from shore. I’m guessing it’s unrelated to the sand piping and pumping, but . . . who knows.
All fotos today by Will Van Dorp.
River traffic travels in all weather and times of day. So at first I was dismayed to be without my camera, but fortunately Elizabeth had hers when Timothy McAllister came past and got
really close. Thanks to the crew, whose demonstration probably inspired some young’uns to want to grow up and be mariners.
Earlier Madeline had moseyed past, checking out Gazela and all else along the PA side while
Captain Harry did the same on the NJ side.
While the rain fell, Caspian Sea headed out as
Teresa McAllister headed upriver.
as did Reid McAllister.
You’ll be thrilled by the paintings and the biographical materials.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, except the first two by Elizabeth Wood, who had a charged phone.
This is NOT Rockaway or Queens or any other boro of New York City. This residence is a post-hurricane structure. The location will be identified at the end of this post.
For the previous installment in this series . . . Sandy to Nemo . . . from four months ago, click here.
Here’s a March foto taken by Barbara from her 7th floor terrace, showing water/land edges in southern Queens. In fotos farther down, you’ll see this reinforced building now painted greenish yellow.
Early April 2013.
The rest of these fotos I took today at sea level. Note the lifeguard on duty, bundled up for morning 60-degrees beach. In the foreground beyond the fence is one of the concrete supports for the boardwalk Sandy peeled away. Maersk Denver, anchored on the horizon, will serve as a reference point. When Nemo happened, this vessel was in port in Taiwan.
And now in situ are the bathrooms that Ashley send a foto of about a month ago here. Foto looks roughly north.
Same bathrooms, looking roughly south.
Beachside view of the bathrooms and yellow structure housing life guard offices/concessions-to-be . . . looking northeast.
Click here for more info on the artwork created from portions of Sandy-splintered boardwalk.
Where once a mosaic covered cetacean I dubbed “rockawhale” resided,
construction trailers now stand. A geodesic dome marks the intersection of Shore Parkway and Cross Bay Parkway.
A closer look showed it to be part of another artistic response to Sandy’s devastation. I wonder what will happen after June 30.
I took the top foto in this post in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, where the Make It Right project is attempting to do just that. I hope we make it right too.
Here are some more fotos by Seth Tane in the late 1970s /early 1980s.
Foto#1. Princess Bay just south of the Old Bay Draw, placing her about a mile of her place of construction. Anyone know what happened to her, last known as Mabel L? She was launched from Elizabethport the same year as Coral Queen.
Foto #2. Jet Trader heads for the Arthur Kill. Today Jet Trader has a new life as . . .
reef, among sunken NYC subway cars and army tanks off Atlantic City. Here’s a foto of her last voyage on the hip of Taurus. Click here to see fotos of motor tankers, subway cars, and army tanks being reefed. Have you or someone you know had the experience of diving on these reefs and care to share the experience?
Fotos 3 and 4. Mystic Sun waited in the Morris Canal for its last voyage to the scrappers in Kearney. Click here for fotos of some of the Sun fleet including Mystic Sun in better days. Can anyone identify the tugboats here?
Here’s the bow of Mystic Sun. Here’s a detailed history of Sunmarine. Mystic Sun started life in 1944, launched from East Coast Shipyards in Bayonne as AOG 38 and was scrapped in 1981, dating this foto. Here are other AOGs in dazzle paint.
Last foto, #5. Mary Gellatly, the tanker incarnation. Click here and scroll for a recent foto of the current Mary Gellatly in the sixth boro. Who was the long-revered namesake? And anyone know the details of the launch and demise of this tanker?
Many thanks to Seth Tane for these fabulous fotos of sixth boro history.
Here is just one of the many posts I’ve done on Janice Ann Reinauer, now working in Nigeria under new ownership. Here’s a post I did featuring her and siblings about to leave almost exactly two years ago, high and dry on Blue Marlin. Of course, the skyline in the background shows that here–about 30 years ago–she was getting some attention at the drydock over in Jersey City just north of the Morris Canal.
Here’s a closer-up of the yard tug on the shoreside of the drydock. Can anyone fill in more info on this fairweather vessel?
Here are two shots looking at what is now a very different Jersey City bank.
Only the lettering Bert Reinauer II offers clues here. Anyone know the vessel to the left? Bill Lynch speculates it’s pilot boat New York (1972), and I’m inclined to think he’s right.
And finally, a repeat foto from yesterday . . . in addition to the identification sent through comments by tugboathunter and jeff s, here’s what Harold’s eureka moment came up with . . . revealing a bit of his process: “ I finally cracked the case on that green unidentifiable tug. I looked at that photo, got away from it several times after tearing my hair out, and finally went back. Saying to myself, ’That boat looks familiar. I’ve seen it in the last few years painted a different color. The Tug Races, that’s it, the Tug Races.’ ” Interjection: here’s a post I did in 2007 showing what Harold remembers.
Harold continues: “She was built in 1959 in Norfolk, Va. (yard unknown) as SHRIKE. She was later renamed SALLY, and then BILL MATHER (that’s where the MATHER comes in from my observation). I couldn’t make out the name BILL. She was MONAHAN before becoming LONG SPLICE. Her owner in 1993, as MONAHAN according to Carl’s records was Monahan Towing Co. I looked in a 1978 MERCHANT VESSELS OF THE UNITED STATES, under BILL MATHER, and found her owners as Tug Leasing Corp., Delaware. A final look in a MERCHANT VESSELS OF THE UNITED STATES 1965 under SHRIKE shows her owners as Southern Tug Corp.”
Again, all these vintage fotos, which allow this time travel, come compliments of Seth Tane. Click here for his current endeavors.
Finally, I’ve written to folks in Nigeria to attempt to get fotos of boats there formerly here . . . still to no effect. Anyone help?
In May six years ago, I posted these fotos of a relatively new NCL vessel called Norwegian Spirit. Yesterday morning at 0615 . . . l’amiga caught this view of sunrise looking over toward Jersey City.
It’s Breakaway‘s inaugural entry into the city . . . Here’s an article about some of the related welcoming events.
Here’s the full monty, and about twelve hours later, here she
exits as captured by John Watson from his cliff over on Staten Island.
Thanks to l’amiga and John Watson for these fotos. Here’s an article about building this vessel; this series on building her goes all the way back to 2011. Anyone explain why it’s called Breakaway?
I’ll try to catch her entering the Narrows one of these days.
After these were taken down from along the paths of Central Park eight years ago, it was reported they were “industrially recycled.” I’d not til now thought to ask what recycled meant, but yesterday I saw this:
do you suppose . . .
reused was the solution . . . ?
All these were on a single outbound ship yesterday . . .
Ohio, here escorted around Bergen Point by Gramma Lee T Moran.
Top foto by Elizabeth Wood. All others by Will Van Dorp.
What is this tow . . . eastbound on the East River? Clues: The year is 1948 and that’s Brooklyn Bridge, South Street Seaport, and lower Manhattan in the background. Also, the Staten Island ferry has operated a +1100-passenger vessel since 1986 named in honor of the builder of this tow, former resident of Opossum Acres, and built of this tow out of available flotsam and jetsam.
Answer: It’s John A. Noble’s houseboat, featured in a tugster post here a year ago. And there’s a party/fundraiser at Sailors Snug Harbor in his honor . . . details below. Click on the foto/poster below for more info on Sailors Snug Harbor.
What follows is the press release. Consider participating in some way.
On Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 8 PM, the museum will host a birthday party and premiere the new documentary, Tides of 100 Year: Remembering John A. Noble, by filmmaker Michael McWeeney.
On Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 2 PM, the museum will host a free public reception that will include two showings of the new film and refreshments.
The Saturday evening celebration will also mark the opening of a biographical exhibition, with family memorabilia, photographs, and art that describe Noble’s career. Rare pieces, including plein air drawings he did from his rowboat while studying New York Harbor, as well are formal drawings, photographs, and paintings, will highlight it.
Eccentric features of his former home at 270 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, will shed light on Noble’s personality and many talents. His basement workshop and the interior of his home, with maritime artifacts and tools he collected and lamps and furniture he made, have been recreated.
Noble and his wife Susan Ames Noble decided to “burn their bridges,” and devote their lives to his artistic career, and the exhibition focuses on their single-minded devotion to it. “No teaching. No retreat,” was their philosophy. Susan was Noble’s advisor, agent, secretary, and companion on his explorations. “It took Sue and me about 10 years to know New York,” Noble said. “We rowed, we walked, we bicycled—about ten years. Then we had a little fundamental idea of the vast thing.”
The birthday party, which will take place on the eve of Noble’s St. Patrick’s Day birth in Paris, France, in 1913, will feature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and dancing to the music of Queen Tipsy and her band. Tickets are $100 per person, $90 for museum members and seniors.
The Sunday afternoon reception will include two showings, at 2 PM and 3 PM, of Tides of 100 Years: Remembering John A. Noble, by Michael McWeeney.
Funding for the exhibition was provided, in part, by the Trustees and members of the Noble Maritime Collection, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. Michael McWeeney is the recipient of a DCA Premier Grant from the Council on the Arts & Humanities for Staten Island (COAHSI), with public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
The Tides of 100 Years exhibition will remain on view through 2013. The Noble Maritime Collection is located at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden and is open to the public Thursdays through Sundays from 1 until 5 PM. Tours of the museum and school programs are welcome weekdays as well.
Unrelated but similar to the top foto, click here for a tugster post from almost three years ago.
Three years ago when I visited Cape Ann, I returned obsessed with ideas about edifices and erections . . . no no not what you think. For a spell I toyed with efforts to grow ideas of erecting lights in the sixth boro like this . . . until I concluded–at the time–that our fair harbor already has its light. . . yet I’m ambivalent about the finality of that answer.
I like Gloucester’s unique reinvention of the tradition of a tree with lights, a genuine community effort, building the tree while building a community.
Evidence of community building showed elsewhere too . . like here.
The inscription barely visible in the foreground says “Step into my shoes and feel inspired,” and I did and was. Fitz Hugh (or Henry) Lane‘s work is truly a memorial framing past.
Gloucester’s Harbor Walk has to be one of the most amazing ways to marry state-of-the-art technology with a means to memorialize the past. Here’s an article on its genesis and funding, and the home website for these 42 “stations of the port.”
A stone’s throw from the water . . . a shrine to Gordon W. Thomas, author of one of my all-time favorite books.
Here’s another memorial at the Portuguese church.
Actually, I was there in part to build a personal memorial, although I hadn’t known that when I first arrived. Standing in Fitz’s shoes was inspirational.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
The 96-year-old tugboat below, Furie, was centerpiece of a Dutch TV show called Hollands Glorie from the late 1970s. I once watched an episode of the show with my grandmother in the Netherlands. Here’s a youtube–all in Dutch–that does a great job of showing the towing industry museum (Sleepvaartmuseum) in the town of Maassluis, where Furie is docked. Foto comes thanks to Jan van der Doe.
So here’s my question: recently on Netflix I watched a 1965 movie called Morituri . . with Yul Brenner and Marlon Brando. The following are screen grabs. Anyone know where and using which vessels it was filmed? I don’t. This was supposedly port of Tokyo during WW2. The cargo ship, representing an Axis-friendly freighter attempting to run the Allied blockade all the way to Vichy France, was called Ingo at the start and
Christina later in the movie. Here a Japanese submarine approaches to transfer survivors of a torpedoed vessel to the freighter. Note: if you doubleclick on the foto above there’s a “W above a T” on the stack of the tug. ??
This seems mighty obscure stuff, but who knows? It was an okay movie, by the way.