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How? you ask. Let’s back up four minutes. BW Hudson was making its final approach with Joan Turecamo and Laura K Moran assisting. Note the crewman outlined up on the bridge of the tanker.
You and I can afford the distraction way up by Manhattan: it’s Duncan Island bound for sea and Europe. It left Ecuador just over a week ago and spent only about eight hours in Red Hook.
Laura K was hitting the brakes hard as they approached the dock.
That was when the crewman readied the fist to
fling it up to the rail so that
the heavier line could thread the eye and
be secured to Joan so that she too could put the brakes on.
Then slowly and precisely, the tanker was
pinned to the dock. A lot more goes on in a docking, like dock line handling . . . but I’ve already covered that here.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp. If I read it right, BW Hudson arrived here directly from the Gulf, aka the Persian Gulf. If you’re wondering why an Ecuadorian reefer vessel would be called “duncan island,” here’s an explanation for a place that’s also called Pinzón Island.
I thought all the vessels had left under cover of night. Unceremoniously. It turned out that the Japanese and Colombians had, but lots remained. So the best place to go was near the exit . . . everyone would depart through the Narrows. The forecast was 50 percent chance of rain all day, but I’d shoot from under an umbrella if necessary. At 10, tugs were ready for USS Gonzalez to cast off. Doubleclick enlarges fotos.
10:14 . . . she was under weigh.
10:23 . . . Responder returns for the next departee and Miller Girls (?) shuttles yokohamas back to Miller’s home base.
10:38, posing for Black Hawk photogs with a better perch than mine.
11:15 . . . USS Donald Cook moves away.
11:25 . . . San Jac next?
leaving Brooklyn’s “gold coast” (as on lots of these fotos) to port.
11:56 . . . it’s “local-build” USCGC Seneca.
12:26 . . . Elcano departs under 11 sails . . . and screw turned by “ motor diesel sobrealimentado de 2.000 caballos de potencia.”
Scotty Sky passes. . . WW2 vet and still at work, as is
like this Sea Stallion.
. . .oh wait . . . for today, the end of the parade is provided by Guayas.
Some of these vessels will reconvenrge in Norfolk. By 1400 yesterday, I know the French schooners, the Brazilians,
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who is looking to score two XL OpSail shirts. Barters . .. anyone?
I’m slowing this down; yesterday I posted a record-setting 32 fotos, if I counted right. And I’m making this personal, dedicating this to my wonderful Colombian and Ecuadorian students and to my Indonesian relatives.
The population of Ecuador is 14 million, and the total personnel of the Navy is a bit over 7200. The logo on the “sail” between the foremast and mainmast promotes Ecuadorian tourism. If I had limitless funds and time, I’d go everywhere, but Ecuador includes Amazonian forest, high Andes, the Galapagos, and so much more.
Click here for Dewaruci’s itinerary on their round-the-world voyage.
As an archipelago nation made up of more than 18,000 islands, it’s not surprising it has a navy of 150 ships and 74,000 sailors. In the distance, that’s Buchanan 1 moving rock through the archipelago of the sixth boro.
I’m eager to see the wood carving closeup; as a kid, I was scared to visit my grandmother’s house because of a frightful Balinese mask hanging on her wall.
If you have the chance, visit these and other vessels around the sixth boro this weekend. Click here for further info. I’ll be working a dock of Staten Island Saturday morning and Brooklyn Sunday and Monday morning.
When I see foreign mariners, whether on modern cargo vessels or on tall ships, I recall reading that Ho Chi Minh (scroll through to the paragraph “In the USA”) traveled to the US aboard a ship 100 years ago exactly and lived here for a number of years. Too bad that story doesn’t have a happy ending.
Unrelated: Check this list of nations with tall ship/sail training vessels. It’s interesting to think of which do not . . .
Finally, thanks to all who voted for Peagus and LV-79; unfortunately they were not in the top four. We tried.
I had planned something different, and this foto is certainly NOT great, but . . . what it shows is River Wisdom Qingdao, China-bound and Duncan Island Red Hook, Brooklyn, USA-bound. They’re passing each other at sea level Pacific side just “south” of the Miraflores locks.
Here was River Wisdom about a half hour earlier. Any idea what she paid for the transit? Warning . . . I don’t know the answer, but I can come close. Number of vessel transits annually? Answer follows.
Some answers or attempted ones: PTCC Tortugas paid over $200,000 to transit the Canal. In cash. At least 48 hours in advance. The alternative is 8000 miles around Cape horn and about two additional weeks . . . . Richard Halliburton swam the Canal in August 1928. Took him 10 days. Cost him 36 cents!
For River Wisdom, New York PLUS 7 days put her here. Balboa PLUS 30 days will put her in Qingdao.
Might Duncan Island arrive with her bananas and other tropical fruit at the dock in Red Hook around March 22? (Just looked it up . . . they could be there already the 18th!!!.)
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, in the past two hours.