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It’s the shadow of the gangway as Laura K. sidles in for contact on the vessel with the illustrious name . . . Great Eastern, practically panamax 150 years ago.
Check out the light exactly two years ago . . . here. And my first greetings this morning came from the Easter ducks, who’d heard about an egg hunt, I believe. Mergansers passed too, but dove each time to hide bright colored bills.
Norwegian Gem, her bow painted like a post-modern Easter ovoid, sailed into a harbor entirely tinted with the rosy fingers of dawn, ending a passage from Cape Canaveral.
And two last beasts . . . unicorn and Oliphant . . . round out our marvelous menagerie
Meredith C. Reinauer (2003, 7200 hp) and Kristy Ann Reinauer (1962, 2000 hp)
Coral Coast (1970, 3000 hp)
Bohemia (2007) sprints her way through a race of sail.
Specialist II (launch?) waits at a scow.
It’s late and the sixth boro has claimed me for a whole glorious day. Some quick fotos, mostly from today. Check this one out: Sarah Ann (ex-June K) has experienced an identity crisis . . . her genuine orange self has begun bleeding through?
Is this the same Miss Yvette as the one here three and a half years ago?
And unrelated to the sixth boro but exciting nonetheless, Elisabeth (launched 1925) was named “tugboat of the year” (“sleepboot van het jaar”) at the National Tugboat Day 2011 in the Netherlands! Congratulations, Maarten. “Felicitaties!”
Unrelated: For a series of the fotos on the tug (En Avant 5) that got flipped /tripped yesterday in the Netherlands, click here. Thank, John.
Imagine a tugboat with a bowsprit, at least some of the time? See the link at the end.
First from Robert Apuzzo . . . Crow (1963) in the East River, and
Susan Miller (1981, ex-Uncle Ned) in the Bronx River. Speaking of the Bronx River, here’s its namesake tug and some info on doings in the Bronx River this summer. By the way, you saw Bronx nearly lost in the lush bow pudding of Cornell here last September… scroll through a bit.
From John Watson, the newer (Feb 2011) and bigger (630′) orange juice tanker Orange Stararrives escorted by Laura K. Moran.
A distant sound like a train whistle Saturday morning . . . that was the aforementioned Cornell.
Like Eagle Service, Greenland Sea was originally built as a Bollinger-built Candies boat. . . Grant Candies (November 1996) and Doc Candies (December 1990).
Buchanan 12 (1972) heads into the East River. See her light here.
Thanks to Robert and John for sharing their fotos.
Unrelated: Here are some fotos from the Seattle Maritime Festival, tug race and more, from yesterday. Wish I’d been able to go. Here and here are some Seattle water fotos I took last summer. For updates on Coot, the tug in W. O. Decker colors, click here. Scrolling through you’ll also find some great tugboat names as well as the hull–high and dry–of a supertug under construction.
Also unrelated but . . a two-minute video honoring WW2 vets. Watch it all, please.
No . . . I’m not misspelling the name of that French city that enthralls all those singers like . . . PaperMoon. I mean sixth boro ”p-a-i-r-s,” which that French city just re-enacts, right? Pairs here like Siberian Sea and Stolt Invention, this latter featured in yesterday’s Hoops post; or
small fishing boat and Stephen Scott Reinauer, or
the unmistakeable Lincoln Sea and the –is it–Eastern Dawn?
More pairs in springtime would include North Sea and Katherine G (the jack-up vessel way over beyond Liberty Island) as well as all the architectural and monumental pairs here.
Nicole Leigh and Franklin Reinauer, and
McAllister Girls and Buchanan I.
Is it Ellen Bouchard here with Evening Light?
another shot of Katherine G with a pair of crewman sitting forward,
and . . . upcountry in farmland New York, a pair of megalithic Steiger tractors, compared with Larson and Lucas. . . tillers from today’s NYTimes.
More “pairs in springtime” tomorrow.
You can see your own pairs and triplets, etc. on a tour with Working Harbor Committee, starting next week.
Thanks to Fairlane and Ben for pointing out an example of “you travel far away to find what you left behind” : shipbuilders in southern New England labored to create vessels like Cayo Largo (2008) , below and here (fotos 6 and 7). In fact, Cayo Largo displays front-and-center on the Blount Boats Shipyard site here.
The same Blount workers built Isla Grande (1976) and Cayo Norte (1995) , and if you want graphic evidence, look at this shot of Cross Sound’s Caribbean Ferry (1972) that despite its name never left New England, I don’t think. They built Isleno in 2004. (third foto down) and La Princesa (2009) (fotos 2 and 3).
As you enjoy these “walk-around” shots of Isla Grande, some of you
Other Blount boats already depicted on tugster include the following:
Twin Tube (1952)
Bergen Point and Vulcan III (ex-Bethtug I and Bethtug III, respectively. 1958)
Scotty Sky (1960)
Miss New Jersey (1991) and bunches of other Circle Line boats.
Mister T (2001)
Labrador Sea (2002)
I’m sure I’ve missed some Blount boats that I’ve seen. The one I’d really like to know the disposition of . . . is Kasai (1960) and built for the rivers of the Congo, where I worked from 1973 until 1975. Anyone know? Here’s a story of a ferry disaster on the Kasai River just a few years back.
Unrelated: I’ve looked high and low for fotos of Asso 22, the tugboat seized yesterday off Libya. See story here, with fotos, of course, of politicians.
Bowsprite hears and transcribes memorable quotes from VHF chatter on the sixth boro; I need to upgrade my radio before I get such plums. So I’ll listen in using other sources.
That’s a very lonely Bohemia among all those barges.
“I prefer winter … when you feel the bone structure of the landscape – the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.” Andrew Wyeth
From left to right: Bluefin, Robert Bouchard, and Brandywine.
“Winter is the time of promise because there is so little to do – or because you can now and then permit yourself the luxury of thinking so.” Stanley Crawford
McAllister Responder and Maurania III escort Nordatlantic into Global. ”Winter is the season in which people try to keep the house as warm as it was in the summer, when they complained about the heat.” Nice observation from an unknown author
Buchanan 1 departs barges hanging on a mooring near a virtually invisible Bayonne. ”The color of winter is in the imagination.” Terri Guillemets
HNSE 211 scrap barge, pushed by an bright blue but invisible Crow, heads for export in the hold of a salty bulker. Over on the Brooklyn side, see the yellow crane of Cove Island. ”In a certain faraway land the cold is so intense that words freeze as soon as they are uttered, and after some time then thaw and become audible, so that words spoken in winter go unheard until the next summer.” Plutarch
OK . . . some humor on the way out: ”I was just thinking, if it is really religion with these nudist colonies, they sure must turn atheists in the wintertime.” Will Rogers What Will Rogers conjures up is the realization that the mermaid parade 2011 is only about four months away. Seems soon. Mardi Gras is over 30 days away. Seems far.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who enjoys winter as much as summer and all the dozens of other seasons we experience in the sixth boro.
Unrelated: To see what happens in Essex, MA, when sleet or snow is flying, click here. Hey, schooners await their appointment with launch.
What happens in the harbor as the sleet flies? The same stuff that always happens. Here Barbara C lighters a tanker aptly named Winter. Off Winter‘s stern, container vessel NordAtlantic arrives, bound for Global. Doubleclick to enlarge and see these today.
Gramma Lee T Moran and Kimberly Turecamo escort bulker Thalassini Axia into Red Hook. And Miss Callie stays fishing.
Here’s a closer-up of Linda Moran framed by the fossilized cranes over by the Red Hook Ikea. Click here to see what was replaced by Ikea’s parking lot . . . ok . . . I should just forget about it maybe?