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Alpine Loyalty and an eastbound vessel . . .
a westbound one and
a freshly painted Marjorie B McAllister.
The westbounder is Valencia Bridge, one month out of Shanghai, here escorted by Resolute, both
seeming headed blithely toward not only the Bayonne Bridge but also another container ship.
Really though–with Resolute and Marjorie B– there never was a dangerous
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
As I scrambled away from the train, Meredith C. Reinauer ruffled the glassy calm of the river at the Rondout Light. Here long ago the Delaware and Hudson Canal completed its 108-mile journey from coal country to what was then the fast river transport to sixth boro coal market.
And here waiting for me was my flesh-and-blood sister and brother-in-law and their Maraki, which they sailed around the world in the 1990s. See their newly-inaugurated blog here.
This was an opportunity, to rediscover the Hudson Valley with them, after all we never see or step into the same Hudson twice. I’ve seen Esopus Meadows light many times before, but
have never passed the volunteer boat.
When last I saw this “castle,” it was a Redemptorist retreat center, but now it’s something different.
Maraki and Grande Caribe had last crossed paths on the Erie Canal. More large sightseeing vessels on the Hudson soon.
Maraki had sailed under this first bridge when it was still a disused rail structure.
!@#@! ? pirate canoe club?
OK . . I had to put up another foto of Patricia.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Here’s my response to bowsprite’s post on Albany-bound ships . . . she drew a TEN tanker called Afrodite, but when I came looking–more on that later–I saw only Apollon, not necessarily Albany bound.
I saw MOL Encore, again bound for Asia.
I found Maersk Memphis . . . until very recently Maersk Kwangyang.
I noticed C. Angelo passing Explorer of the Seas.
I noticed workers walking the cables of the
VZ Bridge . . . .
Then I had obligations and headed over to Staten Island and caught Dalian Express passing Maemi II.
I was there when Hanjin Nagoya headed underneath the Bayonne Bridge, as did a pack
of Moran boats . . . .
And only later did I find Mischief–S/V Mischief, or I think that’s her, sailed by Harry and John. But that’s when I found . . . if not more mischief then misfortune.
the Bayonne Bridge walkway/bikeway . . . is now closed!! I wish they’d put up a re-opening date . . . 8/5/15? 8/5/16? Until then, there’ll be no more fotos like the last seven here.
All fotos today by Will Van Dorp.
The sixth boro has its KVK with businesses providing vessel maintenance. Rio has its strait just south of Ilha do Caju, within Niteroi, where Thor Supplier is now exiting. The large yellow letters on the hillside to the left say “estaleiro maua,” a shipyard since 1845 and recently reborn thanks to the petroleum industry in the Campos Basin.
Thor Supplier heads for an opening in the eight-mile bridge. In the distance beyond Thor Supplier is Pelicano 1, a huge floating crane.
Since I arrived here, Hai Yang Shi You 278
has offloaded and sailed off to parts unknown.
I’m enjoying this time travel back to the late 70s–early to mid 80s, and I hope you are too.
Foto #1: Between Yonkers and Hastings, lightship is No. 84, Camden-built 1907, the one that later did bottom duty in Erie Basin, until the Ikea development made it disappear. Can anyone identify the white vessel north of the lightship?
Foto #2. Today Mathilda rests on the north bank of the Rondout in Kingston, as I photographed her almost exactly five years ago. I never knew she also crawled out awhile on Pier 94.
Foto #4. James Turecamo looked like this when she carried Turecamo colors.
Foto #6. Listing perhaps? On a sandbank near LaGuardia perhaps? Frances Turecamo holds station to staboard. I can’t identify the tug to port.
Foto #7. Anyone know anything about a sunken lounge/restaurant once known as Drifters I?
All fotos taken by Seth Tane about 30 years ago and used with his permission.
This gateway to the sixth boro dazzles at dawn, with out traffic or with.
Here are the specs for the 12-year-old vessel going under the almost 50-year-old bridge.
In the distance, that’s the Newark Bay Bridge, located north of Ports Elizabeth and Newark.
Inbound . . .
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who finally watched Saturday Night Fever for the first time, because of the bridges scenes. It turned out to be a much better movie than this non-discoing blogger ever imagined. See it if you haven’t, for a throwback to Bay Ridge (mostly) back in 1977 . . . which started with a president named Ford , new computers were Commodore PETs and Apple IIs, and the Concorde started to fly to NYC.
It has been over six years since I first used this title, yet a bridge appears as header for every post. And just in case you’re wondering, I will keep that version of the header no matter what gets announced the day after tomorrow. The VZ Bridge is our Arc de Triomphe. An April morning in 2008 I caught this foto of the QM2 arriving here for the first time. Foto taken from the northwest (NW) side of the Narrows.
Each year representatives of the fleet pass –here USS Nitze–under, with added moisture added by FDNY. Foto from the SE.
Dozens of vessels pass beneath the structure daily. I recall how thrilled I was to drive my boat underneath . . . in 2003, as I was moving it to the Great Lakes and myself into the sixth boro. Aside from its symbolic and logistical value, the VZ is beautiful–here seen from the NE.
It’s most beautiful at dawn.
But the other morning as I caught this, I wonder why the bridgegreen version of navygray was chosen as its color. I think of the Golden Gate, the Purple People Bridge, the yellow bridges of Pittsburgh.
What prompts this post is a sight I saw from the SE a few weeks ago . . . what looked first like a high-hanging fruit hanging west of the Brooklynside tower. I wondered if it’d always been there but somehow I’d missed it.
Zooming in, though, I saw it was a paint crew, at least five painters. Putting on camouflage or daubing antirust?
Maybe preparing to change the color depending on the results of a horse race?
Or prepping for a new VZ Bridge color in honor of the bridge’s jubilee . . in about a year and a half?
Happy May Day . . all fotos by Will Van Dorp. Anyone know why the official spelling of the bridge does not match that of its namesake?
Click here for an ice post from two years and two months ago, featuring the very same tug–Kimberly Poling–with a slightly different paint job. Know this bridge?
Here’s a closer up shot of the tug/barge. Our destination is the top of the cliff on the far side. Know the name?
Here’s looking north from below the bridge. Freight travels on the west side of the Hudson, although this particular CSX train
The east side of the river has AmTrak and commuter passenger lines and
here a New York Naval Militia vessel.
By the time we’re ready to start the serious climb, Kimberly is about ready to make the right turn around the base of Dunderberg Mountain.
Here’s our destination, Anthony’s Nose, as seen with a long lens.
And as seen from the top looking west and
looking south. By the time, we got up there, Kimberly was already beyond Croton Point. Here’s a previous tugster post from Croton Point. The land directly across the river from the base of the flagpole is Iona Island.
and approaching Tappan Zee Bridge, not visible.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Here’s a tugster post from 2.5 years ago showing the Bear Mountain Bridge–the bridge featured here and located about 40 miles north of the Battery– from underneath. . . scroll through. Climb Anthony’s Nose soon . . . before the leaves happen.
Surprise, lunacy, and freebies commingle in this post. At one point, my perspective shifts a half dozen miles also.
0859 . . . as seen from the “swimming pool” aka Faber Park, Staten Island-side just east of the Bayonne Bridge. That’s Shooters Island (see a then/now post I did here) off the bow of Zim Qingdao. Here‘s something to know about the place Qingdao.
that looks like a kid! Could this be a contemporary Zim Family Robinson . . . sans the shipwreck of course!!
0940 . . . I’ve jumped onto my horse and raced over to the Brooklyn side of the Narrows. What directed my attention to the Brooklynside base of the VZ Bridge was ships’ horns: one long blast . .. danger! Is it this? At least six “smokers” . . .
I was half expecting these invulnerables-whose engines will never stall maybe– to jump the bow wave . . . . NYTugmaster links to a WSJ article on “playing in urban commercial waters” here.
Unrelated: Want a free boat ride on Saturday, tickets are available here at 7 pm today. Actually, there are no truly free boat rides; support historic vessels of your choice.
If you’re looking for a thriller to read this summer, try The Ship Killer. Bonnie gave me hers . . . after I’d noticed in prominently displayed at my local Barnes & Noble. There’s info here, and I agree with the first review there by Jim A . . . except I’d go farther and say it’s like Moby Dick . . . but you get inside the whale’s twisted mind just as you get inside Ahab’s lunacy. I was predisposed NOT to like it, I didn’t BUT it was a thrilling ride.
And speaking of thrillers . . . here’s an American jetski adventure stopped by Russian tanks and helicopters, from a blog yesterday.
Maersk Kentucky turns at least 90 degrees to starboard after passing under the Bayonne Bridge. Beyond Shooters Island lies the city of Elizabeth, NJ. More close-ups of Maersk Kentucky–eleven years running and a fifth of a mile long– tomorrow, but for now, she draws more than 30 feet max . . . and notice the mud trail she stirs up.
Here’s a satellite view of Shooters Island; I believe the vintage foto of Shooters I posted the other day was taken from midway between the A pushpin and the New York ramp of the Bayonne Bridge. Click on the satellite foto to see where things lie in relation to Manhattan. Most of the container traffic through the port of “New York” operates through Port Elizabeth.
Related: See Johna and Vladimir’s homage to the Bridge here.