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Everyone has a white whale, something to obsess about.  On the canal, that might be a bridge, famous enough for its low bridges since 1825 that songs have been spawned.  One person’s white whale might be the abandoned rail bridge  known as E-93 . . about 16 feet.   We made it although the radio antenna sprang twice.  I wonder why it’s not removed and recycled.

 

Many thanks to John Skelson for sharing these photos . . .  and I’ll leave you guessing for a day or so.

Notice the vessel westbound in the background.  In the foreground, that’s Caddell’s with an Erie Lackawanna tug and a dilapidated ferry.    The mystery vessel is what’s in the background.

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The bridge needs no identification although the Bayonne shore in the background looks opener than it currently is.

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The number of tugs is just fabulous.

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And to return some color to the blog, here are Gary (right) and I sharing a beer after the show last night.  Thanks to all who attended and to the crews of five interesting documentaries.   I hope to see more of the festival Saturday and Sunday.

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Again, thanks much to John Skelson for sharing the mystery photos.  Now . .  please weigh in.

 

It’s the summer station boat and a training platform for pilot apprentices.  Recognize the location?

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The station boat is on the East River just east of Hell Gate.   From near to far, the bridges are the Hell Gate and then the RFK.

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Here she passes the Astoria Generating Station on its way to the channel

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between the Brothers.

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Frequent contributor Ashley Hutto caught the No. 2 westbound later in the day, here passing the bridge I’d be happy to sell you.

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Click here for a story of a visit to the No. 2 station boat by Kristina Fiore.

Thanks to Ashley for the bottom photo.   All others by Will Van Dorp, who took photos of Peacock–an unusual pilot boat here not quite a year ago.

From midday . .  til dusk.  Here between Morris Canal and Battery Park City, Gabby heads south.

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Mister T mightily pulls six scows here between

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the Williamsburg and the Manhattan Bridges.

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Near midtown on the East River, there’s an eastbound unit and a westbound one.

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Westbound, it’s Cheyenne moving crushed cars, and

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and–eastbound– Captain Zeke with petro product.  By the way, Captain Zeke was moving faster than the uncrushed cars on the highway in the distance, probably because of some unintentional crushing that had happened.

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From near Hell Gate now, looking back at Captain Zeke, what a moody city!!

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Newburgh-Beacon Bridge, late October 2013.

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Same bridge February 4 2014.

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WYTL 65611 Line and Doris Moran passing under that same bridge  February 4 2014.

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Looking south toward Bannerman’s Castle late October 2013.

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From not as close . . . but that’s Bannerman’s slightly off to the left.

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Northside of Bear Mountain Bridge in October 2013 and

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yesterday with Stephen Reinauer with RTC 80  north bound and

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and Stephen-Scott with light barge RTC 20.

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Doris meets the train.

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Here’s looking south from Newburgh dock mid November a few years ago, and

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here’s the same view from earlier this week.

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All fotos of two of the faces of the Hudson River by Will Van Dorp.

It’s referred to now as Left Coast Lifter, I Lift NY, Ichabod Crane, and others.  But I call it arrived and on a glorious if frigid morning.

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Touchdown!!

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And Lauren Foss is the clear MVP.

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Bravo to all the crews and people behind the crews!

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.  More soon.

Here and here  she was at the southernmost arc of the voyage.

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.

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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 . . .

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as Minerva Zenia makes her way under the Goethals.

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I wonder how I’ll get used to the alteration of the classic form of the Bayonne Bridge.

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Here’s the impressive assembling of equipment staging for work on that other bridge project.   Glenn Edwards looks huge in the mix.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp, just before the sun came up.

David Hindin alerted me when this voyage started on November 8 . . . departing San Francisco, sixth boro bound.  I’m very happy to share some folks fotos of Tradewinds Miss Lis‘ arrival at the Narrows this morning.   Many thanks to Peter Michael Patrick Codd, who sent the first two.

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Here  . . . as seen from the Brooklyn side.

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John Skelson caught these next ones.  Click here for larger versions on his Flickr photostream.

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Note a new-to-NY assist tug here . . . Pelham.  I hope someone on Pelham got some good pics.

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Many thanks to Peter and John for letting me share their fotos here.

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And David . . . while I was driving my way back to NYC through central NJ, he got this record of the last mile of the voyage . . . image thanks to marinetraffic.com

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This bargeload is support equipment for the herculean  (oops . . . that’s just a storm?) Left Coast Lifter now heading south from San Francisco to the Panama Canal to work on the Tappan Zee bridge project.    Here’s a link to Tappan Zee Constructors.

Notice a few cranes near the TZ Bridge,  as seen from MetroNorth train.  Click here for the project website including cameras.

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A passenger in my car took the next two.

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The one above and the next three were taken from a southbound boat.

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Here’s a link to info mostly on the existing TZ Bridge.  Here’s a link to the old borough of Tappan.

And here’s the news in this post . . . December 22 Left Coast Lifter (LCL) finally departed San Francisco Bay bound for the Hudson River.  Here‘s video of the towed  LCL departing SFB.

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Will it be renamed TZ Lifter?  .  Towing it were Lauren and Iver Foss.    And before it reaches the Panama Canal, no doubt Miss Lis (scroll thru) will arrive in the sixth boro with its TZ barge.

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Click here for an article in the Journal News about the crane.   And from May 2013 San Jose Mercury News, more info . . . including a line that says New yorkers are free to rename the crane/barge.

Many thanks to my friend David Hindin for coordinating the SF views.   Join me in wishing David a prosperous 2014.

Finally, a relatively close-up foto of Katherine.

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Bruce A. McAllister pushes through the snowflakes, as do

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Blue Fin . . . still gray,

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Brooklyn and Patapsco,

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and finally Pegasus.

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And finally . ..  escuse the poor quality, but these are cam-captures of Miss Lis at the Gatun Locks last Thursday, six days ago.  Although it’s not legible here, the container at the bow of the barge reads “FLUOR.”  Let’s keep a watch for this tow at the Narrows in the next few days . . .  from the Left Coast and headed here for the Tappan Zee project, I presume.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

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