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Here was 17, a reminder of what this series is about: I’m avoiding the word miscellaneous.
First, from Birk Thomas . . . a closer-up of another Blount this week. Doesn’t it share some spirit of 1960 Ford blue?
From bowsprit, who wanted to know why a scalloper was headed southbound along Manhattan the other day, the windy day? Well, I’m resisting the chance to set up an April Fool’s post . . . it was actually in the sixth boro to escape the stormy seas and 30′ PLUS waves out where it normally works. Endurance is no timid scallop boat . . .
I’ve been eager to share this assemblage of old calendar, baseball card, and mermaid bottle openers from Greenport, a place with a distinctly New England ship-building history feel. Are any of these anywhere still extant? Click here for a photo of a City Island, NY yard that once built them.
Anyone know which sixth boro regular is a triple screw? Answer follows.
Here’s Bayou Dawn getting some new skin a few weeks back.
I’m putting up this post with my apartment windows open . . . spring has vanquished winter . . so it’s time for a few photos of winter’s recent oppression. Ever wonder how the loader gets to the bottom of the hold of a bulker?
Odigitria came here with salt a few weeks back and those holds that were then filled with gleaming white minerals might now be filled with dull black stone now.
As summer gets cooer, I’m imagining doing some research on these boats and the larger tenders. When I see a buoy boat, I imagine an Elco in industrial disguise.
I took these photos less than six weeks ago, and my finger are only just now thawed out.
Thanks to Birk and bowsprit for the first two photos. All others by Will Van Dorp.
Let me know what you think that triple screw is.
Time to clear the decks for spring!
By the way, did anybody catch a photo of DSV Joseph Bisso coming through the KVK this morning?
There are birds . . . . like (?) this winter plumage loon and
this common merganser male. And
there are birds . . . here. The rest of these photos come from Brian DeForest.
What I’d still like to see this winter is one of these, though.
Many thanks to Brian DeForest for these photos.
Cape Henry at arrival . . . drawing between 12 and 13 meters with its holds
full of salt to render area roads safe and savory.
At departure for sea and points east yesterday afternoon . . . she drew less than 6.
She was assisted out by Marjorie and
All photos except the third one by Brian DeForest, whom I thank. I took #3.
I first had a photo of Eastern Welder here in a post from almost 7 years ago. And I had the photo below all lined up back on the first day of the season, but I snapped it after my subject had left the frame. Oh well, I put this here to show what the salt pile looked like–all tarped–before the ice season began. Hundreds of thousands of tons of salt have moved in and out there since. The white hulled vessel is Dutch Girl. Here and here are more sixth boro fishing posts.
And here’s our subject. The photo above and below were taken on December 1, 2013.
And the rest of these I took this past Sunday.
It’s hard to believe the New York Bight can be so glassy smooth sometimes.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Here was 29.
The photo below is used with permission from “secret salt.” What appears strange about the photo or the ship?
The photo below shows three tugs and one ship. The green line track of the ship gives a clear hint of the problem in the photo below. One of those tugs is Orcus, as shown here. If anyone got a photo of Orcus towing Darya Moti to get a new rudder, I’d love to see it. Oh . . . and the repair facility might be in the Bahamas.
Compare this photo of Medi Osaka with the previous one here. In a day of unloading salt, the ship is almost 20 feet LESS deep in the water. The vessel leaves today after an additional three days of unloading, and I wish I could be there to photograph it empty for comparison, but . . . inland works interferes.
For scale, see the crewman on the whaleback of this MSC–not Military Sealift Command–container vessel.
MSC Lorena carries a whole block of reefers just aft of the house.
As MSC Martina heads out to sea past Minerva Julie, notice the wings
along either side of her stack.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Here was 7 in the series.
BB 163 . . . is a still used antique, up on the Canal that connects the Great Lakes with the sixth boro. Some day, when it’s warmer, I hope to learn much more about these BBs, buoy boats. I’ll do more on BB 163 later. For now, I can’t look at this and NOT see the flag of Colombia or Ecuador.
Gabby has been featured here many times.
Miller Boys is a crew boat.
But really the focus here is the line boats operated by Ken’s Marine.
It might be 5 above zero or 5 below 100 F, these crews are shuttling lines from ship to shore, negotiating with crews on a vessel as well as crews on shore.
Note the ship line handler chief watching the line boat and signaling to his crew to pay out line.
Once the line boat gets to the shoreline, the shore crew takes over. Given the ice I know is on those rocks, this is a job requiring concentration and sure-footedness as well as strength.
Once lines are on, the line boat stands off until they get snugged. Then there are lots more lines to get on.
“All fast” needs to be done quickly and thoroughly. Not long after this vessel was snug, two container ships passed between Medi Osaka on this side and UACC Masafi on the other side, creating tremendous lateral pressure on all vessels, straining the lines.
But all fast is all fast. Bravo, guys.
All Fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Just before 0700, Medi Osaka rounded the bend, low in the water as a galleon from the Andean mines. Only two hours before, under darkness, Medi Osaka‘s soon-to-be berth was still occupied by Global Success, which had just completed discharging its payload of road salt, at least the part of the load gong to Atlantic Salt.
Many media reports notwithstanding, there is road salt around. Not all suppliers have been out.
This clam shell has been steadily emptying out holds.
Granted the salt has been leaving almost as quickly as it has arrived, but
count the trucks . . . a dozen and a half waiting here . . and more.
For JS and others who know the place, yes, I’m atop the salt pile looking down on Leidy’s . . . not far from Sailor’s Snug Harbor.
The trucks are there loading salt from Global Success even before Medi Osaka docks.
There’s 36 feet of water here and then some.
Note the crew watch the vessel inch up to the docking barge.
The next post will show the linemen ferrying the lines to shore crews running them up to the bollards.
Meanwhile, temperatures were almost to 50 F by the time I left here.
What’s this? Answer follows.
Ice . . we love it in some drinks. but on rivers and roads, it’s a nuisance. Ice breakers try to keep strategic waterways open, and on roadways, salt is the weapon, but when the storehouse floor looks like this and
and this, then you pray for another replenishment. By the way, the top photo looks down into this hold from the exterior.
Geography and time are impediments, but so are well-intentioned regulations, as explained in this article. We’re still a month from the start of spring this year, and according to the article embedded in the previous sentence, the state of NJ–I don’t know the info for NYC or NY–has used 1.5 times the amount of salt used all last winter.
Many thanks to Brian DeForest of Atlantic Salt for all the photos in this post.
These photos were taken on M/V Rhine last week.
Currently the next vessel has arrived and . . . more are in the offing.
Many thanks to Brian for these photos.
It’s high time for me to reread Kurlansky’s Salt.
Here was the first time I used this title, which clearly needs to be used again.
Let me start here at 13:38. Note from far to near, or black hull to black hull . . . Cartagena, Four Sky with Lee T Moran, Red Hook, and Genco Knight.
Twin Tube slides through the opening between Bow Kiso and Genco Knight.
Even the bow of Genco Knight is crowded as their vessel prepares to dock and resupply the salt depot.
Kimberly Turecamo works the bulk carrier’s stern as Evening Star passes with B. No. 250.
Add McAllister Girls in the foreground and Ellen McAllister in the distance against the blue hull, which will appear a bit later.
McCrews heads westbound and Four Sky now seems to be doing the same.
Are you out of breath yet? Only 10 minutes has elapsed.
Linehandler 1 cruises blithely through it, supremely self-assured.
Cheyenne adds color.
Another line handler boat scouts out the set up . . . as a new blue hull arrives from the west, as
. . . does Charles D. McAllister.
Crew on the blue hull–Nord Observer–stows lines as they head for tropical heat, escorted
by Catherine Turecamo although
at the turn on the Con Hook range they meet Mare Pacific heading in with Joan Turecamo and Margaret Moran. At this point . . .
14:12 . . . the mergansers decided to hightail it . . . or at least follow their crests. And I hadn’t even turned around yet to see the congestion on land behind me.
All these photos in a very short time by Will Van Dorp.
My thanks to Brian DeForest and Atlantic Salt, whom Genco Knight was arriving to restock.
Rhine is currently in port offloading salt given the reported shortage of the material.
Lines were made fast Monday midday, just after Balder had left.
In the past six days, Balder had come and discharged its dozens of thousands of tons of the stuff and gone. As Corey Kilgannon reports in the first sentence of his recent NYTimes article, “Pass the salt, please” describes the business plan here.
This is what international trade looks like, whether it be Islandia heading out under a leaden-gray afternoon or
these unidentified vessels departing recently at dawn. In the photo above, the dry-docked vessel in the background is USNS Pomeroy, T-AKR 316.
The first three photos are used with permission of Brian DeForest. The others are by Will Van Dorp. And obviously, none of these photos were taken today, as another type of white stuff descends upon the harbor.