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In this final installment about this trip downbound I took last Sunday, I’ll jump back north to Newburgh, where Staten Island ferry Gov. Herbert H. Lehman is less substantial than in this foto from summer’s start. Lehman is an example of a vessel that goes upriver, literally, never to return . . . although I realize I should be careful with the word “never.”
Here, in this foto by Seth Tane in the late 1970s/early 1980s–remember the “fifth dimension” series of ten posts I posted late last spring–is another such “upriver to die” vessels. If you look at no links again ever in this blog, you have to look
at this one. Sachem –built 1902 as a luxury steam yacht named Celt–also served as USS Sachem, Thomas Edison’s plaything, and Circle Line V. Now she languishes in a tributary of the Ohio River. Hmm . . . maybe I need to gallivant there when next I’m can do so.
To more exotica, here’s lift boat Vision near Verplanck. The deployed ladder . . . I’m not sure this awaits the crew’s return to the vessel, or whether the crew’s on board and forgot to retract it.
Click here to see the same vessel operating near the Narrows about six months ago.
Nearby are Velut Luna on a barge obscuring parts of Tahiti Queen, which appears to be idled.
And in the same marina, also idled . . . the former DEP Cormorant, also gone upriver to die?
And I have to tell a story. At the point Maraki anchored here near Amicus, my sister rowed me to the shore there so that I could catch the MTA back home so that I could get to work. I hiked through 100′ of woods toward a grassy hill between the river and the train station. It was a warm October Sunday afternoon, and when I stepped out of the woods, I found myself not far from an amorous young couple on a blanket, there to enjoy . . . well, nature in a private place. Ah well . . . sorry.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp except the two by Seth Tane, for which I am grateful.
This week in NYC is referred to as UN Week, and I’m guessing this unusual USCG vessel has something to do with that. Anyone identify what it is?
Another USCG vessel.
And last but not least . . . Albany’s brand spankin’ new fireboat.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Here’s a collage of images as my last roundup 2013 post:
a half dozen working tugboats and a covered barge as seen looking east from the Second Street Bridge,
a swimmer in the water either doing a northern style Richard Halliburton re-enactment or setting out to do an underwater survey mission as the lock is –unbeknownst to her–about to open,
(For more complete info on what’s going on here with the swimmer, check this post by bubbling-blowing bowsprite.)
my possible future employer shoehorning an Eriemax passenger vessel into the first lock in the flight,
waterdogs go fishing,
a Dutch barge,
Urger dried out for some emergency surgery along
with Tappan Zee II,
Eighth Sea and Bill’s exercise machine,
the pilot’s understanding of the pushoff contest,
and in Troy, some public art designed to assist memory . . . the Soldier’s and Sailor’s Monument with goddess Columbia blowing her horn high above Troy, as seen from Tug44.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp. See you in Waterford in 2014, I hope.
It’s the weekend after Labor Day in Waterford, time to call a muster.
And stuff starts happening. Atlantic Hunter arrives via the highway.
Tug-of-the-Year Gowanus Bay travels from the south.
Buffalo parades from Waterford back to Waterford.
Grand Erie travels as the dais.
As the parade approaches the Waterford Visitors Center, a water salute awaits Eighth Sea,
Frances, Margot, and Benjamin Elliott . . .
as well as Cornell and Iron Chief.
Parts B and more soon. All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who met great people, missed many others, and heard fabulous stories to be followed up on soon.
There was a time when I was a boy . . . I thought that hydrofoils would dominate the future. They didn’t. My question is: does anyone recall a hydrofoil operating in the waters around greater NYC? This just in from a jolly tar, a British film clip that alludes to but seems not to show a hydrofoil on Long Island Sound . . . ??
Foto by Will Van Dorp.
This is the 25th and final post–for now–focusing on JR, January river aka Rio de Janeiro. It was a fabulous trip for which I’m especially grateful to my daughter, who convinced me to come. The middle boat here–Menino do Rio, which translates as Rio Boy–could become my new nickname… if I lived somewhere around Guanabara Bay. Of course, Rio is only a tiny portion of a huge country with 200 million people, so there’s much more to see than I have years for.
these in the Little Portugal section of Niteroi, a place
I now wished I’d explored on foot.
Speaking of jangadas, this is not one, but this innovative fast supply boat, Siem Carajás–another close-up I wish I’d gotten–is the product of Inace shipyard up on the Brazilian state which jangadas are said to be common.
It was exciting to see an LNG carrier of this design during my last walk on Ipanema and Copacabana. the morning of my departure.
This is the waterside view of CBO’s Alianca Shipyard, which along with the neighboring UTC Engenharia facility, I’d love to see closer up.
Ilha do Viana and Ilha de Santa Cruz . . . I’d love to be back.
I can’t tell the story of Green Fleet III and IV, Borodine, the Reicon vessel, or Metal Tanque II.
Or this vehicle ferry.
I’ve lots of fotos of Rio Pilots at work, like this one
about to board Onyx Ace.
And what’s the last time you saw a fisherman row into the sixth boro and
then stand to cast a net some way off the stern of an anchored Suape Express. I took these fotos from a powerboat last Friday and at times the waves were so big I couldn’t get fotos.
Ferry Ipanema was built 1970 over at Engenharia in Niteroi.
Madre–painted in the colors of Urger and other Erie Canal vessels–passes Skandi Salvador.
So much left to figure out and do . . . that’s rock in the background although it looks like a racing current . . .
Here the background ridge is . . .
All fotos by Will Van dorp, who now closes this chapter . . . at least for a while.
Meanwhile, if you need a great Brazil ship fix, check out the good work of Alan Haig-Brown.
Click here for an overview of Brazilian shipyards from about 18 months ago. STX OSV in Niteroi since then has become VARD, a Fincantieri holding. Skandi Salvador was at the VARD yard last week. Shipbuilding–like oil & gas–are multinational concerns clustered in locations of production, like the North Sea. The NYTimes this week had a story about a world center of petroleum expertise and innovation . . . Aberdeen.
The orange vessel to starboard of Skandi Salvador is CBO Manoella, built less than a mile away at the Alianca yard. Can anyone identify the smaller tug made to the starboard side of the small green and white tug SM Niteroi?
Moored off the bow of Skandi Salvador is (I believe) the future Skandi Urca.
And forward of that, on the high and dry, the soon-to-be Skandi Paraty.
And between the two, it’s Skandi Angra.
Recent products of that yard–albeit under old ownership–include the following: the 2012 Sea Brasil,
and Skandi Amazonas (2011). To appreciate the rollers off Copacabana–where I took this foto–notice the small fishing boat in the trough on the beach side of Amazonas‘ stern.
And finally, one more product of the same yard is A. H. Giorgio P, 2008.
Finally . . . I’m curious . . what is the citizenship of the crews of these vessels and what are their hitches like?
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
I’ll start this post with the foto of Pelicano 1 below to situate it. The location is Niteroi, more specifically Ponta D’Areia, and the Maua Jurong shipyard, founded in 1845, marked by the bow of the tanker in the background. You may have seen the Maua shipyard fotos in the background of this post a few weeks back. Currently, Maua is owned by Synergy.
This post gets closer to the shipyard, but first, notice the ruined building off the bow of Far Swift–a pointed tower at each end–in the background partway up the slope and three-fouths the way to the right. Click here for a close-up. Its the now-abandoned mansion once owned by the former owners of the shipyard and a possible location for a possible future museum of Brazilian shipbuilding.
Starting at the opposite end of the shipyard, it’s Anita Garibaldi, under construction.
Components for another hull seems underway as well.
And moving toward the inland side of this yard, it’s Jose Alencar.
For more info on this and other shipyards in Brazil, click here and scroll through to page 31 of this pdf of a document prepared by a Norwegian gas & oil industry group called Intsok.
More Brazil shipyard fotos by Will Van Dorp soon.
Yesterday I included fotos of some government ships in the story about the Pope on the beach. So let’s look at more of these ships, but first . . . check out the castle to the left.
The castle comes with the unromantic name Fiscal Island, which I probably should have visited. And the government ships above? In the foreground is one of the five Type 209 subs in the Brazilian Navy. To the right is Ceara and off its bow is Mattoso Maia, both formerly US-flagged.
In the foto below with masts mimicking the castle turrets are two corvettes, (l to r) Julio de Noronha and Jaceguai.
Here are some others: offshore patrol vessel Amazonas and its sister
P121, Apa . . . with fast patrol vessel Albacora closer inshore,
another shot of Apa with fast patrol boat Dourado,
multipurpose frigate Niteroi,
auxiliary ship Aspirante Nascimento and sister
Guarda Marinha Brito,
oceanographic research vessel Cruzeiro do Sul,
H 40 Antares,
lights/aids to navigation vessel Amorim do Valle (between the sloop and the fracking boat),
H 20 Comandante Manhaes,
type 22 frigate Greenhalgh,
and last . . . salvage tug Tridente, Manaus-built.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who’s first full day back in NYC from Rio de Janeiro (aka JR) has not yet re-acquainted him with its sixth boro.