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Saturday mornings are slow in some places, but not in the shipping channels of the sixth boro, Pearl River 1 enters the Narrows, passes Morton S.  Bouchard Jr., arcs to port into the ConHook Range,

and navigates the KVK with assistance from Ellen McAllister.

At this moment, opposing container ship traffic about 15 minutes away appeared under the Bayonne Bridge, behind Stephanie Dann and an unidentified tug.

It’s a heavy-laden Cosco Osaka, tailing Catherine Turecamo.

As Cosco Osaka aka IMO 9400291 passes the Green 7, it crosses Jane A. Bouchard.

Fifteen minutes later, Ance enters the KVK.

That’s A-n-c-e . . .  not A-n-K-e, which came through the harbor a mere two weeks ago.   Ance . . .

or “Ants,” as I heard it.

Less than 10 minutes behind Ance was this beautiful-orange vessel, here flushing out the starboard hawse.

I wrote about Twinkle Express here a mere two years ago, but that time I didn’t get as close.

And ten minutes behind was this vessel.  Doubleclick on any foto to enlarge;  if you do that here, you’ll see the builders plate proudly announcing this vessel as a June 2010 product of Yangzhou Guoyu Shipyard.

Now . . . given the name and given the frequency of  livestock carriers in the harbor like Shorthorn Express near the end of this post, what do you suppose this vessel carries?

Answer tomorrow.  All fotos (except Anke . . .  sounds like the end of  Yanqui )   taken today in a short two hours on the KVK by Will Van Dorp.

For a distinctly unglamorous view of shipping cleanups after “stuff goes wrong,” watch the slideshow on the TitanSalvage page.

Pushing onto this blog for the first time is Salvage Master,

1970, ex-Weatherbird.

Kimberly Poling 1994,


Jean Turecamo, 1975, raked and towering above the city.  Ex-Dolphin and Star Tampa.

Captain Dann, 1973, pushing minerals carved from the harbor bed.

Bohemia, 2007.

Laura K. Moran, 2008.

Ellen McAllister, a very young and updated 1966.

John P. Brown, 2002, I think.

Solomon Sea 1964, ex-Brandon C. Roehrig and Diane E. Roehrig



All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

I’m not positive, but this might be St. Andrews splayed against the electrical fields of Linden as dusk approaches.  No doubt she’s waiting for that swimming gull, just off the port bow, to clear.

It’s been over two years since I’ve seen Thomas Dann, 1975.

Doris Moran 1982 seems always coupled with Alexandra.  Click here for a foto of and detailed info about Alexandra pushed by another tug.  Thanks, Harold.

I’ve been seen Hubert Bays 2001 in two other color schemes.   Click here for one of them.

Elizabeth McAllister 1967 leverages British Hazel 2004 into the dock.

Davis Sea 1982 might be just a month from ice work, although today’s mid-50’s temperatures belie that.

From my vantage point, Evening Mist Tide 1970 was the first tug to catch morning sun today . . . ironically enough.  Glad you caught that error, Harold.

McKinley Sea 1981 seems scarce in the sixth boro all summer, but maybe I’m looking in the wrong direction when she’s around.

Oyster Creek 2011 looks identical to the other five boats of its class.  I wouldn’t notice if they switched name boards periodically.

Meredith C. Reinauer 2003 with RTC 150.

From left to right . . . Eagle Boston Baltimore 1996, barge New Hampshire 2004 , Scott Turecamo 1998 and Mark Miller 1991.

Hope you enjoyed this late summer’s day.  All fotos in the past few days by Will Van Dorp, who clearly is better taking fotos than identifying them even with the names front and center!

Margaret Moran delivered December 1979.  99′ loa.

Miriam Moran, delivered November 1979.  99′ loa.

Amberjack, 1981, 106′ loa

Comet, build in the same shipyard as

Amberjack but 1977.  108′ loa.  I’ve rarely seen her out of the notch.

Jean Turecamo, Matton (New York state) built in 1975 and 107′ loa,   about to be eclipsed by Cosco Boston.

Thomas J. Brown, Gladding-Hearn 1962, 60′ loa

Maurania III, 2004, 101′ loa.  Built in New England as well.   Petrozavodsk, Japan built 2003. 790′ loa.  Hess, called such only since 2006?

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

If I haven’t not yet mentioned/heaped praise on, the site started by Birk Thomas (see last foto) and now co-administered by him and Harold E. Tartell, I am truly remiss.  Now that they have begun creating this capacious database, I don’t have to replicate some of their info.  So how about some fotos from the last two days:

North Sea . . . which I haven’t seen in quite a while.  Doubleclick enlarges.

Margaret Moran on her way to Red Hook,

Sarah Dann headed for home-barge-home in the AK,

(I think) JoAnne Reinauer III, with Navig8 Faith in the background,

Kathleen of Weeks,

Gramma Lee T Moran . .  and I’ve no idea what that Coast Guard RIB was doing,

Quantico Creek following a strange puff of cloud,

Kimberly Turecamo assisting Mount Kibo.  By the way, Kibo is one of the volcanic cones near the summit of Kilimanjaro.

Patapsco awaits  favorable movement through the Gate,  and finally

Stephen-Scott Reinauer, making for the Buttermilk.

All fotos this weekend by Will Van Dorp.

As you know, I do this blog because it’s fun.  I’ve met a lot of great people, and recently, with the evolution of so-called “social media” have become friends with some hunks of steel aka ships.  Well, although I “befriend” a ship, it’s more accurate to say . . . the crew of the ship.  And I’m overjoyed to learn of others’ routines, lives, and journeys . . .  as offered by FB.  Here’s a foto recently posted by the crew of Algolake, a Great Lakes bulker.  This post I dedicate to the crew  of Algolake, my FB friends.      To hear the vessel, click here for youtube of her leaving Duluth.  The foto below was taken FROM Algolake.

And, I take a lot of fotos.  The first two below I took in the St. Lawrence Seaway in July 2008.  Algoport entered the port, and then

moved downbound for its next load. At the time, I recall looking up more info on the vessel, learning that it was built in Collingwood, Ontario, in 1979, and then ran only one foto, seen in this post.  Imagine my surprise then, when a few days ago, because of my FB friendship with Algolake, I ran into info about Algoport sinking in the East China Sea, while under tow by Pacific Hickory, for a new “forebody.”    Here a youtube slideshow with more info on the demise of Algoport, now gathering marine encrustation (?) 16,000 ‘ below the surface, a wreck no wreck diver will ever see.

Another story:  in March 2010 I took these fotos of USS Sanctuary in Baltimore harbor.  She served as a hospital ship during WW2 and the Vietnam War.    Yesterday, a friend mentioned in passing that this vessel

was on its way . .  or already arrived in Brownsville, TX

for recycling.  A little hunting leads me to believe her demise/rebirth . . .   will involve ESCO, a dismantler or recycler.  Foto 7 here leads me to think at least part of the tow was performed by Allie B.  Also back in March 2009, I gallivanted up to Massachusetts to see Allie B leave on a fairly long tow to Romania.  Some posts on that can be found here, here, and elsewhere.

Ships, like everything else, have lives.  Lots of folks, like me, are fascinated by the “end” of the life of various ships.  Some sink.  Some get reefed and then some of those “reefs” dived upon.  Some get recycled.  Others get scrapped or broken.  If, like me, you’re interested in these things and have the chance to see Park Bong Nam’s documentary “Iron Crows,” by all means . . . go.

I’d also love to hear your thoughts on this interest many of us share on the end of ships . . . breaking, recycling, wreck diving, wrecks in general,  . . . and the eerie beauty of rusting derelict ghost vessels.

Algolake . .  fair winds, interesting ports!  And keep the great fotos coming.

A lot has happened here in 10 days, although the fotos here reveal none of it.  The sixth boro has its way of obscuring change, seasonal or otherwise.  I know folks within 10 miles of this waterway who have no power yet and who have tossed to curb-side trash picker-uppers most of their water-befouled furniture, appliances, books, etc.

But along the KVK, Chem Antares (ex-Sichem Unicorn) transfers fluids,  while

Torm Sara waits to do the same.  [Doubleclick enlarges most fotos.]

Kings Point Liberator inspects other vessels along the KVK.  I’d never guessed she had a wooden hull.

Sarah Dann froths eastbound.

My shot is a half second late as splash dissipates from this Ken’s Marine boat.

Note the water color here from  Marie J Turecamo and from

Ellen Bouchard.

Anyone identify this crew boat?

To get a sense of scale on ATB Freeport, note the two crew outside the wheelhouse.

So far, Freeport is the only of the US Shipping Partners 12,000 hp ATBs.  Some years back, I was fortunate to have caught one of their ITBs–Philadelphia- high and dry, here and here.  For an update on Philadelphia‘s current location/status, read Harold’s comment below.  Thanks, much . . . Harold.

Skiff in the foreground seems to be capturing flotsam planks for reuse.

Oh, by the way, four days  from now will be the sixth boro’s 19th annual tugboat race.  See you there?

All fotos today by Will Van Dorp.

. . . the movie.  I’d thought to call this “getting closer to Rita” or DDSS.  Why?  Scuttlebutt had it that today was loading day, so I left home before 6, and the big orange back of Blue Marlin was still riderless.  Otherwise, things were not the same but very similar to yesterday.  Same people casting bunker out to stripers that never seem to bite, same hazy weather, and different strange profiles in the air.  Tom . . . can you identify this one, replica of something 1911ish?

Same illusion of the heavy-lift vessel trying on a sloop rig, although I have no identification of the boat.

Different older tug (Vane Brothers’ Endeavor  1970) happening past.

Fleet’s still in the sixth boro, here passed by 1998 Kuwaiti container vessel Al-Abdali.

Vane’s  Susquehanna passes,

while in the other direction Houma stands by as sludge gets pumped off Stena Poseidon, and farther out  Lions Gate Bridge heads for sea.

Jennifer and James Turecamo escort in Stolt Aquamarine.

Turecamo Girls poses the same question I do . . . when?

Allie B heads for sea with scow GL 66.

Choptank heads for sea with a doubleskin barge on the wire.

while some scaups glide out to sea themselves . . .  and at least they and the cormorants were catching breakfast.

Parting shot for today . . . and it seems to say USM on the vertical stabilizer . . .?  Maybe Jonathan has a new air platform?

In the Groundhog Day movie, 42 days go by . . . .  hmmmm, maybe by July 4, Blue Marlin will free itself and all the rest of us from this temporal loop.  But …oh the things we’ll see and learn!  Meanwhile, if you haven’t watched this stop-action show of the fleet passing the cliff at Stevens Institute of Technology yesterday, click here and let it load.

Meanwhile here’s an idea for a Memorial Day activity from WNYC:  Interview a vet.  

All fotos by Will Van Dorp between 6 and 9 this morning.

Added later:  Joe’s clue led me to the airplane:  it a replica of a 1911 Ely-Curtiss built and flown by  Bob Coolbaugh.

Vantage point here is the Buttermilk Channel, looking roughly west toward the Bayonne and Jersey City side of the sixth boro;  that’s the Bayonne Bridge in the distance.    Any guesses about these vessels?

Schooner turns out to be Spirit of Massachusetts  (1984), doing programming in New York.  I usually keep opinions on such matters to myself, but it boggles my mind that an out-of-town replica vessel comes to New York for such programming when less than a seamile away, two authentic schooners stay “chained” to the dock at South Street Seaport, eager local crews grounded and frustrated by a museum administration that says nought , an unseemly and surreal turn of harbor affairs.

Captain Dann (1974) pushes a scow eastbound.

Meanwhile over in Gowanus Bay  (aka the mouth of the canal),  the cement ship with the interesting stack . . .

aka Abu Loujiane (1966) has been moved to a new location beside the (abandoned) Port Authority Grain Terminal (1922).    Both appeared in this post from 14 months ago.

At the north end of the Buttermilk, Sea Bear (1990, Bay Star) enters the East River from the Jersey side.

Happy Mother’s Day weekend . . .   all fotos here taken yesterday by Will Van Dorp.

Doubleclick enlarges.  Calusa Sea Coast (1978) pushing Sugar Express comes thanks to Dan Blumenthal, who recently sent along the shot of Stad Amsterdam‘s golden masts and ivory sails here.  Thanks, anon., for the correction.

Miss Gill (1970) and Taurus (1979) pass Jag Aparna (2009), as does

McCormack Boys (1982).

And Captain Zeke  (1980).

Maria J (1971)  arrives from the east.

Christine M. McAllister (1975) pushes RTC 502.

Dann Ocean’s Neptune (1992) and

Ocean Tower (1978) have passed through recently.

But none catches my fancy as much as does Calusa Coast and Sugar Express.  Does raw sugar smell sweet if you lean over the edge of the hatch and inhale deeply?

Thanks again to Dan Blumenthal for fotos of Calusa Coast and Sugar Express;  all others by Will Van Dorp.

Average age of these boats is . . . almost 33 years old.

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