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Welcome to the Inner Harbor of Syracuse.  It used to be said that from the Inner Harbor, you could go anywhere in the world.  Or anyone from “anywhere in the world” could get here.   That’s a bit of an exaggeration;  for example, you couldn’t get here, the Bonneville Salt Flats.  But then again, someone making that claim about the Inner Harbor wouldn’t need to get to this mineral-rich Utah deposit.  Explanation follows.

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I ended up in the Inner Harbor in August because I wanted to see the shops

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where the Erie Canal tenders had been built.  And I’m still working on that.  But in the process I stumbled upon

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an unexpected dredging project, one in the process of rescuing Onondaga Lake–once home of the Solvay Process Company– from status as “off limits” toxicville.

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Erie Canal here is today Erie Boulevard.  And the sign above relates the upstate NY location to the Utah western surface deposit.

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The cleanup involves Honeywell and Sevenson.

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Stop by the visitors center if you are nearby.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Actually the key is making it possible for the helicopter to find you.  In some cases, assisting the task of arriving at your location makes the difference between life and death;  things don’t always go so well.  On a windy unsettled afternoon last week I happened to be there when

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an obsessively circling C-130 over Oswego’s lighthouse demanded attention.  I wish I’d stumbled onto this scene the day they trained search & rescue with a Reaper drone.   Here’s another link about that drill.

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As it was, the helicopter here working with the USCG puzzled me, and

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having no VHF or binoculars, I couldn’t tell whether the debris on the jetty was just drifted remains of a Lake Ontario shoreline tree, but

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someone had certainly swum to proximity of  rescuer.

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In the half hour that followed at least a half dozen “winchings up” and “down” before

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it returned to USCG Station Oswego.   Click here for their flickr page.   Click here for info on the blue-yellow structure to the lower left, NYS Derrick Boat 8, the last steam-powered barge (with dredge capabilities at one time) on the Erie Canal . . . maybe even in New York .  DB8 is also known as Lance Knapp, named for a salvage diver.

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A half year ago I watched a helicopter rescue drill  here.

All fotos taken within an hour by Will Van Dorp.  Here was my previous swimming post.

PS:  Enjoy the additional fotos below from the Port of Oswego, showing schooner OMF Ontario,  LT-5, and fishtug Eleanor D, and Oswego West Pierhead Light.

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Here’s a followup on the Rockaway sand pumping, and there’s gold in those sands, over $36 million worth.   Notice the dredging/pumping vessel upper right.

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This was the fountain this morning.

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Once the slurry exits the mouth, water flows back into the ocean and sand is pushed up the beach.

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This repurposed container is project headquarters.

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The top foto comes thanks to Barbara Barnard;  all others by Will Van Dorp.

I’m back, with lots of gallivanting to catch up, but first . .  a whole lotta fotos from this morning in the sixth boro.  Any ideas what’s going on here?  What is that gray blur in the center of the foto and why are the gulls so frenzied?  Be forewarned . . . this post has so many twists/turns . . . it’s divided into parts, even though I took all these fotos in the span of less than an hour.

Part 1

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Answer:  It’s how over three million cubic yards of sand is being added to Rockaway Beach . .  at least for a while.  Here’s what the NY Daily News says about it.  Here’s an article and video from Dredging Today.

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And here . . . off in the Rockaway Inlet are the machines mining and pumping the sand, seen closer up in this recent  tugster post.

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Part 2.  Notice  the piping coming from the stern of McCaskill.

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I could not resist wondering about these birds whose name rhymes with “lovers.”

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Part 3.  Follow this sweep of fotos as I turn to the left.

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An Atlantic City billboard on Far Rockaway?  Is a mixed up sense of geography part of Sandy’s legacy?  I keep turning left.

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A Potemkin village and that’s an A  Train station to the right?

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See the silvery cars of the A train?  It’s a Boardwalk Empire set in the wasteland of eastern Rockaway Beach . . . . I was hoping to buy some of that food at those prices!

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Of course, I had to look behind.

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I half expected to find some Aral Sea boats back here too.

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Part 4.  Once back on the boardwalk, I saw this fishing boat about a quarter mile from shore.  I’m guessing it’s unrelated to the sand piping and pumping, but   . . . who knows.

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All fotos today by Will Van Dorp.

You know the colors and organization, but can you name the vessel?  And as to the organization, do you know all the foreign countries where they operate?  I didn’t. 

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Anyhow, all these fotos come from Oregon compliments of Michael Bogoger of Doryman fame.  Actual photographer is Jamie Orr of Bristol Channel cutter Baggywrinkle, returning from sea.

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The vessel is USACE dredge Yaquina, here at the entrance to its namesake river.

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Michael’s searched tirelessly for this dredge ever since last October, when I posted these fotos of McFarland.  That post also generated this impressive list of USACE vessels from the esteemed Harold Tartell . . . a veritable encyclopedia of USACE newbuilds from 1855 until 2012 . . . including the 1981 Yaquina.

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Previously, the latest dredge in a distant location I’ve been looking at was Xin Hai Liu, in Rio.

For these fotos, many thanks to Michael and Jamie.

So what travels through this piping?

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C. R. McCaskill was launched just over a year ago with a bottle of champagne across one of the 35-pound teeth of the cutterhead.  Click here for a foto and story.

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For more technical info on McCaskill‘s capabilities, read this article by my friend Brian Gauvin and published in the August 2013 issue of  Professional Mariner magazine.   In the article, he talks about McCaskill‘s ability to send dredge spoils six miles through a pipe to restore and create marshes to serve as hurrican barriers in Louisiana.

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So although I haven’t seen it happen yet, I’m concluding that this vessel can pump whatever comes from the East Rockaway Inlet to the location three or so miles to the west, where you saw Trevor, George W, and Sea Wolf operating in yesterday’s post.

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Three years ago I took fotos on another cutterhead suction dredge– one that’s a half century old–operating in the KVK back in 2010.  Click here for some of those fotos, including one that shows the size of the pump used to move dredge spoils from point of  “collection” to point of “use.”

All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who most recently saw a Weeks tug at work in a dredging project in a North Carolina Inlet.   My question is . . . does anyone have fotos to share of C. R. McCaskill‘s transit from its inaugural work in Louisiana to its current location in the sixth boro?

And Sabine . . . looks like she was launched back in 1980 from here.

Thisjust in  . . .  the Daily News story on this post-Sandy project, as seen from a politicophile POV.

title sounds provocative?   Well,  I’ll subtitle this “whole lotta dredgin’ 6.”  It’s been almost three years since I’ve used this title, but .  .   . when Sabine‘s this close to the beach and

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there’s a tube in the water, there must

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be a shear leg  or

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two lurking nearby, although I wonder if these are shear legs . . . technically speaking.

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I’m not positive what Sea Wolf

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George W, and

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and Trevor were doing  . . . other than arranging the dredge spoils pipe,

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with Sabine  monitoring . .  .

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ut it has to do with the mother dredger ship some distance away.  Fotos of her .  . tomorrow.  And if there’s a dredger’s rainbow and someone gets a pic, I’d love to see it.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who found a reason to lurk awhile along NYC’s Copacabana/Ipanema . . . .

Click here for an account of gallivants in and around Ocracoke and Hatteras Inlets as well as my connection to these waters.  Beaufort Inlet–near Cape Lookout–is scheduled for some depth maintenance these days with Marinex Construction excavating what McFarland count not extract.  Katherine Weeks enters the inlet from sea with a light scow.

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The only USACE presence I saw was Snell.  USACE awarded Marinex the contract to subtract a half million tons of sand from beneath these waves.

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I believe this is cutterhead/pipleine dredge Savannah, connected by pipeline to this

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scow and loading equipment.

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When Katherine tows the loaded scow out–here past Sea Quest II, a dive boat (more on that later)

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Na Hoku-formerly a K-Sea vessel

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tails.  The Sea Knight helicopter

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just happened overhead.  I’d love the view from a helicopter here.

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Once through the narrow inlet, Katherine heads out for the dumping area and Na Hoku returns to its holding station.

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Who knew the inlet could be this busy . . . l to r:  Grace Moran, Aurora, Na Hoku, and Salamina1.  More on the last one on that list tomorrow.   Aurora, listed as a sulphur carrier, carries PotashCorp colors.

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Potash Corp has their big mine about 35 miles from here, as the pelicans fly.

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Chief is clearly a Marinex tug.

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I’m not sure the ID of the inbound vessel here passing Chief, here heading out to the dredge.

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I can’t say for certain about that dive boat early on and whether the divers had been on Queen Anne’s Revenge, but there’ve been lots of salvage activity around the Inlet in recent days.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Bear with me here . . . you’ll understand the title in a bit.  But first, any sense of the difference between these first two fotos A and

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B?

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It turns out that the person who sent these fotos to me has since also used them . . . and put them first in his post, just as I had chosen to before seeing his post.

Nearer vessel below is Terrapin Island, taken just outside the Narrows in May 2012.  Vessel in the distance is Ellen McAllister.

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Here are more closeups of Terrapin Island.

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At some point since May, she headed down south to southern Georgia . . . northern Florida coast.

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Next fotos come from JED.  That’s Terrapin Island in the background.

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To see what JED does with the above fotos and many more, click here.

Many thanks to JED for the first two and last fotos.  The difference between A and B is eight knots v.  twelve.

Over six years ago, here was the last time I used this title.  At 09:23 this morning, E. R. Denver was at Howland Hook as an outbound tanker eased by.   E. R. seems to have been created by erasure from MaERsk.

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. . . nine seconds later, it’s

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Mount Everest.

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This is serious, precision navigating,

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with even less tolerance of errors because of the channel work, and

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surrounding traffic, like Kristy Ann Reinauer and Paul Andrew and dredge units.

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This short stretch of Arthur Kill, where serious dredging is enlarging the channel, were featured here and here (a blast!!) back last October.   I’m not given to playing video games or using simulators, but if such a thing were available, I can imagine spending time playing “games” imitating professionals piloting different types of vessels through ports of the world in every sort of conditions.  Hats off to the professionals.

All fotos today by Will Van Dorp.

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