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Ironically, Road Fotos 17 were taken where this post ends up. And I had planned NOT to post today, but . . . time affords posting, and posting makes a drive more like a gallivant. Given that I drove to Hampton Roads, it’s interesting to reflect on what scenes are absent from this post. Three hours after locking my house door, I was on New Jersey at the southern tip on NJ, looking
The lights at Fort Story in the background, and Trabzon and Red Iris anchored outside Hapmton Roads.
Cutterhead dredge Illinois!! If Illinois makes it all the way to the sixth boro, you know who will have more opportunities to perfect her rendition of the toothy snouted machine.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp today.
@#$#!! . . . as I write this, USAV Winfield Scott is passing the precise location Atlantic Dawn was 90 minutes ago. To see USAV Winfield Scott, check Jed’s most recent post here.
A pair of deckhands ride the huge pair of knees on Discovery Coast.
… moved by a pair of Dann Marine newcomers, Chesapeake Coast and Discovery Coast with Seto Express on the far side.
A lucky pair of Finns no doubt see the yellow Stolt tanker in the distance as an angel. I took the foto of Stolt Invention four days ago as it entered the sixth boro in the afternoon fog. From Rick Old Salt’s blog today I learn that on May 10 . . . less than two weeks ago, Stolt Invention saved the lucky pair in mid-Atlantic after their sailboat began taking on water.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Interesting but completely unrelated: coal dredging on the Susquehanna? Check this out of Bone In Its Teeth blog.
Also unrelated inquiry: Does anyone remember/have fotos of the heavylift ship in NYC harbor 1997 taking away the floating jail Resolution? I’d love to see fotos.
Note the Crowley props and the orange-clad crew. Doubleclick enlarges image.
My question is this: what is the actual weight added to Swan by these five tugs, one barge, and one crewboat? Does the load change the draft of Swan at all, given that she like any vessel is ballasted as needed? And I do not know the answer.
For outatowners, these shots from Bay Ridge show the “west” end of the Verrazano Bridge. Yesterday’s fotos were taken from the bluff more or less just above the white dome of the lighthouse.
All fotos this morning by Will Van Dorp, who probably has one more installment on Swan. For the title, my apologies to Marcel Proust.
Foto and alert thanks to John Watson, as are the first three fotos of this post. Genuine Ace arrived here this weekend after having been launched just six weeks ago. Given that it’s a PCTC, I’ll bet it really has that “new car” smell. To see where this design is headed, click here . . lower right.
I’d seen QM2 bunkering a few hours before, but John caught it headed out . . . currently on a flat Atlantic for Hamburg.
Short sea shipping continues in the sixth boro, here with Doris Moran barging containers. To see where this might be headed . . now that American Feeder Lines is changing their game, click here . . . Unrelated, look into the mid-distance and the long-necked tug at the end of the GMD Bayonne pier . . . a K-Sea tug repainted?
which is precisely my challenge here . . . although if you go back to the link just above Doris Moran, the sketch of the tug looks just like Discovery Coast. By the way, anyone upriver know where Discovery is hauling the dredge spoils from?
Thanks much to John Watson for the top three fotos. All others by Will Van Dorp, who is on the cusp of having more free time. That’s the Newport lighthouse in Jersey City creating an additional “jar” to an already “jarristic” set of patterns.
Yesterday’s post featured a dredge that vacuums diamonds off the seabed. I’d thought this remained mostly still the stuff of Jules Verne, but here’s a fairly recent assessment from the Economist, a half-decade-old article from Der Spiegel, and a southern African treasure trove of several sorts. Dredging in the sixth boro allows trade worth billions to proceed in orderly fashion and without . . . groundings. Here MSC Emma heads southbound out of Newark Bay and toward the Bayonne Bridge, KVK, and … the Atlantic. Notice the tallest building in NYC (as of today) about seven miles away in distant Manhattan across the peninsula of Bayonne.
For outatowners, check out the lower left of the AIS screen capture below; doubleclick enlarges. See Elizabethport? Move toward the right along the bottom . . . see Kraken? The foto above was taken roughly where Maurania III appears. Now move across Bayonne toward the upper right and you’ll see lower Manhattan, where 1WTC is located. The sinuous body of water along the lower center of the image is the KVK, the west end of which is crossed by the Bayonne Bridge, which you’ve seen at the top of this blog since post #1.
Below is the backhoe dredge Capt. A. J. Fournier, represented by the lowermost left magenta diamond. Elizabethport’s St. Patrick’s Church is in the background between Capt AJ’s spuds, which appear of different heights because one is implanted in a deeper portion of the channel than its mate.
And all this dredging relates to all the digging down in Panama.
Unrelated: Note the new button . . . upper left. Tug Pegasus (1907) and Waterfront Museum Barge aka Lehigh Valley 79 (1914) have teamed up in a grant application for $$ for preservation work each vessel needs. As a component of the decision-making about who gets the $$, Partners in Preservation have a “socialmedia-meter” running from now until May 21. To help Pegasus and Lehigh Valley 79 register high on this “meter,” you can do two things from wherever on the planet you may be: 1) befriend them on Facebook and get dozens of your friends to befriend them as well, and 2) vote DAILY here. DAILY! Seems like a crazy way to run an election, but . . . that’s social media and in this case, the cause is worthy.
Here’s the Facebook link. For some background on Pegasus and its captain Pam Hepburn, watch this great video from almost 20 years ago. And you must watch this. . . a video made last week in which Pam and David explain their project . . . most compelling.
I’m elated when folks tell me they’ve enjoyed visiting tugster over the years. Well, I’m as thrilled when you send in fotos other places beyond the sixth boro, all accessible ultimately from the the sixth boro. In fact, the whole world awaits once you’ve gone out the Narrows or through Hall Gate.
’twas a great pleasure to get these fotos from Maureen yesterday, taken yesterday. I’ll identify the port a bit farther. Any guesses? A clue might be the name of the tug: Emilio Panfido (1969), and
The port is Venezia aka Venice. And I’ll need help identifying the tow of the tug as well. And if you click on not a single link in this post, then at least spend six minutes on this one . . the veritable painted ship on a painted ocean where work seems like the pleasantest dance to the best music on the planet. This one’s got an intriguing ambient sound as sound track too. All Venezia and as they are called in Italian . . . rimorchiatori aka tugs.
diamonds! As in the many carated type. Click here for info on the vessel and here for info on the enterprise. Here’s more on marine mining and subsea crawlers. I have to admit I’ve never understood the appeal of diamonds, but my interest ratchets up a bit learning with this.
Colin’s second ever foto shows New Spirit foreground with a befogged Table Mountain behind. Look for a detail on the mountain upper right side.
It’s a 1000′ ITB aka integrated tug and barge.” One thousand! Here’s a foto of the tug out of the notch. Technically the barge is 947′ and the tug is 153,’ and in ITB math, that totals up to an even 1000.’ The gray vessel in the background is Tecumseh, 1973, ex-Sugar Islander, which appeared here in March.
xAnd finally . . . it’s always a delight to share fotos John Watson takes from his perch high above the east end of the KVK. First, it’s a shockingly container-light Iwaki . . .
Partners in Preservation is a New York program, but there’s no need to live in NY or even North America to vote. Click on the logo below, register, scroll thru to find “Tug Pegasus and Waterfront Museum Barge,” and vote once a day through May 21. Ask your friends to vote too.
Ten weeks ago I did this post about Kraken–the best named vessel in the sixth boro. That day, I sat on the west shore of Bayonne looking at Elizabeth. But yesterday . . . with many thanks to Frank Belesimo, VP of Cashman Dredging, I got onto the water for a close-up tour of the Kraken and masterful description of how it works. Here we approach the boat with our backs to Bayonne. That’s St. Patrick’s Church to the right. The red tug is Jay Michael (1980).
In the background on the Elizabethport shore is the huge now-defunct Singer plant.
Moving inside the house, notice Elizabeth Marine Terminal/Port Newark in the background, along with the peninsula of Bayonne and the cliffs of Manhattan beyond. And on the line stretched betwen bore-platforms, those nodes at the end of each orange signal cord will
More on this dredging project later. All fotos by Will Van Dorp; getting the tour the same day the Shuttle flew over . . . I positive NASA wanted a close-up view of the project as well.
It’s been over a year since I’ve used this title . . . I worry sometimes that someone I catch in the act of working might feel intruded upon. Such is the farthest thing from my intention. I’m certainly not the first or last to state there’s dignity in labor, whether it’s performed indoors or out.
Here Doubleskin 37 approaches NYK Rumina (named for the goddess of breast-feeding mothers!!!) as
Green Bay shuttles between dredge and
Paul Andrew seems headed for a shore base as well,
as Sarah Ann heads for Newark Bay
Today minimal text prevails. I took these fotos in a total of nine minutes. Below is foto #1.
#5. Margaret Moran helps Commander depart Howland Hook stern first aka
#10. Note two of the charge towers (if that’s what they’re called) on Kraken, the bedrock cracker.
For a bit more context than yesterday’s post . . . I visited the AK twice yesterday . . . before my “shift” started and at a break eight hours later. Doubleclick enlarges fotos.
I know about the “green flash” at dawn and dusk; I don’t know if there’s a counterpart term for this yellow spear pointing to the sun’s track.
The foto below of Howland Hook was taken less than a minute after the one above; looking southwest v. east makes an amazing difference. And this difference is much more noticeable on fotos than to naked eye. I like the pink clouds in the orange morning.
At 1442, I took a break, and headed down the street to revisit the AK. Marie J Turecamo (1968, ex-Traveller) was southbound on the Kill as Matthew Scott headed for the dredge.
By this point, I was about halfway through my break. More tomorrow.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.