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I manipulated the fotos, squeezing out some of the darkness, enhancing the little light in the original. The stem bitt in the lower right belongs to tug Cornell, attempting to get Kristin Poling unstuck from the ice. What does this look like to you . . . other than the obvious ship stuck in chunk ice?
I get competing thoughts and associations: like a submarine scene from a Jules Vernesque sci-fi movie, or
a vessel trapped in polar ice. No disrespect for the family or vessel name . . . but “poling” could be a verb referring to exploration of the top and bottom parts of the planet . . . as in “Peary left the sixth boro in the summer of ’08 aboard Roosevelt, headed north to go poling. . . .” My eyes could easily be convinced that the venerable Kristin P here is “poling.”
Imagine this stretch of the river six months forward or backwards. A deck in that location could be an idyllic spot to stretch out, enjoy summer heat, watch stars, and think of love or whatever you wish; a fit swimmer could slip into the water and drift or make for shore. However,
in January like this, the Hudson seems as inhospitable as the poles. Frederick Cook, Peary’s physician in the 1891-2 “north poling” expedition and later a challenger to Peary’s claim to have reached the North Pole first, said this about being in the frozen north: ”We were the only pulsating creatures in a dead world of ice.” I can imagine the crews of Kristin Poling and Cornell thinking that . . . at least they and the reliable engines in the vessels.
Cook was a founder member of NYC’s Explorers Club.
Again, many thanks to Paul Strubeck for the fotos, which you may have seen in different format on Paul’s facebook page.
A general thanks for people sending me fotos. Blogging allows some stupendous collaborations.
Thanks to M. McMorrow for sending. Notice the cruise ship, the Intrepid, several sizes and types of tugs, as well as the Concorde! Unfortunately, the blimp–on its way to the tennis tournament–had just escaped from the foto.
Thanks to Stephen Sisler. Any guesses who’s atop the wheelhouse?
Do you recall that Cornell struggled in a pushing contest with The Bronx? (That’s “struggled” to restrain all forward movement.) The next two fotos come compliments of Jim Levantino, who saw that struggle from The Bronx having the pleasure of getting buried
deep within Cornell‘s … er … whiskers.
Here’s my foto of the very same moment, as recorded from high atop the house.
Thanks to Elizabeth … it’s a blogger fotografing within the confines of Troy’s Federal Lock.
And going back to late August, thanks to Eric Graybill, crewman on Bold (See 6th foto down.), who sent these fotos of Gazela making
her way, motorsailing
up Delaware Bay. Recognize anyone on deck Gazela? Gazela will be returning through the sixth boro in mid-October on its way to the oysterfest. Keep your eyes peeled; this blogger will await them at the Narrows or –near the “Gate” in the East River.
All fotos as credited. Only the fifth foto by Will Van Dorp.
Details today, delightful ones like the house of Crow,
stern of Margot in front of portside and rope fender Governor Cleveland,
stern of The Chancellor in front of Margot,
stern of Wire and Governor Cleveland,
lots of stacks,
bow wave of Wire,
W. O. Decker downbound in Federal Lock,
bows of MV Bear and Seahorse (from Ontario and Connecticut, respectively),
and bow of Hestia in front of Crow.
The Roundup had two music stages this year: New York Canal System tug Grand Erie and Lehigh Valley barge 79 . Enjoy these snippets from a group called Tug Bitts.
Capt. Walter E. Hughes joined Tug Bitts on stage for this unlikely Johnny Cash piece.
The Roundup begins with a parade between the Port of Albany and the wall below Lock 2 at Waterford. Waterford is the easternmost point on the Erie Canal. From wherever they find themselves, crews and vessels begin to gather around mid-day Friday. Benjamin Elliott headed south from Waterford,
Cornell saved fuel, waited at the wall, and met the parade just below the Federal Lock,
Crow joined in at its place of work,
Governor Cleveland, Grand Erie, and W. O. Decker traveled down from the Waterford wall,
some traveled in pairs like Chancellor and Decker,
Grand Erie and Decker,
and Gowanus Bay arrived from the south.
Some folks and boats worked en route in one way or
Lots of folks and some vessels worked during the Roundup. The fireworks barge would not have been in place without the efforts of Mame Faye.
Wind roar, spray, hiss, deep pitched throb, horns tuning up, whistles, pipes, percussion, more horns, and whoopnhollering of the crowd on Saturday night.
Fotos and video by Will Van Dorp.
More from the Roundup tomorrow.
Related: World Canals Conference starts next Sunday in Rochester, NY.
Just back from the Roundup, but before I can relax, I want to download my fotos and put a few up. Below is a lineup as seen from the 2nd Avenue Bridge to Peebles Island.
Another lineup, as seen from the fotog boat–Tug 44–loitering just north of the 112th Street bridge. Many thanks to Fred and Kathy.
Left to right inside the Federal Lock, the Erie Canal’s largest and newest tugboat, Grand Erie (ex-USACE dredge tender Chartiers, 1951!!) and Urger, (1901!) a frequent focus of this blog. Type Urger into the search window.
Throngs crowded the waterfront in Waterford this weekend all day.
Just after dawn on Saturday fog rises from the calm waters.
W. O. Decker won the “people’s choice” vote.
Empire wins my prize for the most altered color from last year.
My thanks to the sponsors. I appreciate your sponsorship.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp. More Roundup fotos and videos this coming week.
A week ago Lehigh Valley 79 closed up business at the dock in Brooklyn, keeping a weather eye open but eager to begin its gallivant northward on the hip of Pegasus. Ultimate destination for 79 is the Roundup in Waterford, or as some say … Waterchevy. Waterwärtsilä?
By Friday morning Earl had weakened, veered, and gotten delayed; both captains’ word was “Travel with the tide. Cold Spring would be destination for day 1.”
We steamed past familiar landmarks and
under the Tappan Zee.
By the time we approached the Bear Mountain Bridge, the only accommodation needed was to prepare
the towing lights.
<<I guess this stowaway took that as signal to come up for fresh air .>>
By nightfall, barge and tug were secured in Cold Spring, and despite
gale-force gusts funneling down past Storm King all night, all was well at dawn.
From here, Pegasus returned to the sixth boro, and Lehigh Valley 79 was passed like an enormous baton carried on the nose
The bottom foto comes from Paul Strubeck. All others by Will Van Dorp, who hopes to be at the Roundup soon.
If you were leisurely drifting down the river on your air mattress and you saw this, how concerned might you be? (Doubleclick enlarges.)
But that just wouldn’t happen. Better to see this sight from an even faster boat. What’s this? It’s the race, and again, thanks to Captain Matt Perricone of Cornell, I enjoyed an upper deck view of my favorite Labor Day event. And without much ado or text or research, here are some fotos.
humbles and inspires awe.
of stunt drivers.
All fotos taken by will Van Dorp.
Vessels included (in no particular order … and correct me if I missed one) Cornell, Atlantic Salvor, Bronx, Mary H, Maurania III, W. O. Decker, Vulcan III, Sea Wolf, Cheyenne, Meagan Ann, Catherine, Susan, and Shawn Miller. Viking took part in the pushing contests but not the race. More fotos tomorrow.
So if you’re not tied up with your labor on Labor Day Sunday, see you at the tug race. It’s a festive waterfront event, where vessels that come to compete are the ones not engaged at that hour. It’s part Labor Day picnic. Here are the details.
Will Sarah Ann be there?
Or Laura K.
or Craig Eric?
All fotos by Will Van Dorp. See you Sunday.
Not a tug . . . Blount-built Sailor (1977) delivers lubricants to suezmax crude carrier Cape Bowen. A sixth-boro Blount boat is Twin Tube. Sailor and Twin Tube–now that’s an evocative set of names– have similar hulls but houses at opposite ends. But have you guessed the answer to the ponderable at the end of the post a few days back?
Also not a tug: fragile lightship Barnegat, here on the mud in North Camden.
Still not a tug: SS United States. Don’t the lines suggest the throat pleats of a rorqual? Got some names of tug companies common in the Delaware but not depicted here the past few days?
Bouchard is one. Morton IV is a regular in the sixth boro, here approaching the Commodore Barry Bridge.
K-Sea is another. I’m not sure why Coral Sea lies beside Arthur W Radford here in the Navy Yard.
And then there’s Penn Maritime . . . here’s Amberjack. Penn specializes in transporting heated asphalt.
But Vane Brothers is ubiquitous. Here’s Pokomoke, and
Charles Hughes, and
Roanoke. Two other Vane boats lay in the Schuykill, but too close to Sunoco to risk taking a foto.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, but again special thanks to Jeff Schurr and John Curdy.
You might wonder what’s happening in the sixth boro. Me too. I need to have a look, although I’ve really enjoyed Pelican Passage‘s shots these weeks. See some fireworks here. As for me, it’s prime gallivant season the next few weeks. See you on the go.
News flash: unrelated . . . is it true that a duck nursery has been located inside Cornell‘s bow pudding? Don’t you feel cooled just looking at this January foto?
June 19 . . . from the boardwalk after the parade, and (maybe celebrating solstice inland) nary a mermaid or seamaster in sight. An unidentified sloop plots a course between two outbound c-vessels. See frogma’s solstice on the boardwalk pix here.
June 18 . . . a McAllister boat heads past the World Financial Center after escorting in a cruise ship. Between the mirrored walls and sheathed in blue . . . that’s the state of construction on One World Trade. Does the name sound a bit like a commercial version of the Bob Marley song?
June 17 . . . crewman watches as Atlantic Coast pushes a loaded cement barge up the East River.
Earlier that day, the unit anchored in the Hudson; barge is Cement Transporter 5300 . . . clear enough.
Crewman uses telephone on the afterdeck of Adriatic Sea. That’s Jersey City in the background. A year ago, Adriatic appeared here.
Left to right: barge New Hampshire, Scott Turecamo, Mark Miller, and Americas Spirit. Fort Wadsworth lies in the background.
Ocean King looks to land on Pier 16 for a crew change.
I’ve never seen Ocean King (ex-David McAllister, Resolute, launched 1950) in the sixth boro before last week.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp in the past 5 days.
Happy Solstice. If you want more mermaids . . . let me know.