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The sixth boro has pyramids?

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It does have fortifications, here patrolled by Gelberman.

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And lots of interesting names, making for great juxtapositions.

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And every now and then some seldom seen boats pass like this one, always out there but rarely –it seems–coming in close.

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Kendall J. Hebert for a closeup!

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I regret I didn’t get a close-up of the stack.

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Ron G rotates through the sixth boro now and then.

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So . . . back to those pyramids, there’re over by South Amboy, at Amboy Aggregates.  Sand Master is involved, of course.

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Thanks to Ashley Hutto for the pyramids and Sand Master photos.  All others by Will Van Dorp.

 

Count’em . . . three!  Becky Ann and two of Ken’s boats.

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Click here to see a post I did a few months back on crewboats exclusively.  Miami River shuttles in here past Charleston in drydock.

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Becky, Doris, and Maria T.

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Wolf River has returned to the sixth boro after some time away.  Brazil maybe?

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A few weeks ago, here’s Julia assisting as Freddy K Miller prepares to move a construction barge away from Governors Island.

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Miss Ayva in the straits of Gowanus down under the BQE is one of the workhorses . . . work ponies of the harbor, not unlike

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this unidentified vessel off Happy Dynamic‘s stern and

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Gabby . . . here staying ahead of Sarah Ann and her clutch of barges and

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Julia fearlessly speeding out the flat Narrows to run someone out to Gravesend Bay.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Sunrise to the left of Coney Island Light and tug Escort, a Jakobson boat.  Note how calm the water is.

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The mighty Resolute passing the lofty Chesapeake Coast, with a loftier tower off in the distance.

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James Turecamo–a Matton boat– tailing Stolt Aquamarine

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Gulf Dawn with GL 54

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Escort six hours after the lead foto . .  notice what 22+ knot wind out of the west does.  That’s Taft Beach disappearing  behind the island.

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And Potomac heads eastbound.  I’m thinking to use Robbins Reef light as the terminal punctuation for all posts this week.  Do you remember these signs that used a product name in the same way?  I’m gathering if you are over 55 and a US resident, you’ll know about Burma Shave.  Otherwise, you’ll think I’ve lost it again.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp, this morning.

And check out this Staten Island Advance story on Robbins Reef light rehab work, featuring my foto!

What’s this?  Answer follows.    And I just stumbled onto this blog . . . Crewboat Chronicles.    Crew boat or crewboat?

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OK . . . asking questions seems to be where this post wants to head.  What’s Stagetide?  The foto was taken on the hard not far north of Atlantic City and with the help of Fred Mallett.

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Here are two crewboats I got a blurry foto of a few weeks ago in the KVK.

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Crewboat Sabine plays lots of roles.  Is she doing a visual inspection of dredge pipe here?

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She also ferries crew and supplies between shore and projects, hydrographically surveys an area pre- and post-material removal, and shoos away non-project boats getting too close to the work.  Sabine was built in New Iberia in 1980.

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I’ve not been able to find out much about Stagetide.

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Circling back to the top foto . . . it was the Swiftboat from the Washington Navy Yard, a vessel whose design alludes to its crewboat origins, I think.   Here’s a post I did two years ago on swiftboats.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Related:  The Bayonne Bridge logo I’ve used on this blog since 2006 was taken from the USACE vessel . . . Hocking.  I believe that’s a crewboat, the first I ever rode in.  Anyone know where Hocking was built?

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.

Here was a similar foggy day in the sixth boro a few months back.  AIS showed me this vessel with an auspicious name, and I figured it’d just magically turn clear if I went outside to watch.  Frogma found fog more glorious than I did.

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Wrong!!   This is what fog looked like out there this morning.  That’s Charles D. McAllister headed out to meet a huge orange containership.  Somewhere off Charles D.‘s stern is the shiny new Curtis Reinauer . . . but obscured.  What fog sounds like, though, is not captured here . . .  low pitched blasts, penetrating yet not loud.

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Up on the KVK  . . . this vessel that I’d seen in port a month ago  was at the dock, begging to be redubbed Foggy Venture.

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Wolf River headed out as Chesapeake Coast pushed barge Chesapeake in.

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R/V Seawolf passes by Sarasota on her way out as well.

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Ellen McAllister joins Charles D. in assisting Rumanian-built Rio Madeira into a berth.   On a clear day, this would look quite different.

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FDNY M8 cruises out to the Narrows and back.  Off the bow of M8, it’s Marie J. Turecamo assisting

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Linda Moran over to Sarasota, where

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Julia has just made a personnel call.

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Cormorant throws wings up . . .when’s this going to clear?

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Unrelated . . . but while I was studying AIS over coffee this morning, I saw that Ouro do Brasil was heading up Delaware Bay.  Now that’s a vessel with a paint scheme I’d love to see.  Anyone pass along fotos?

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who still has more Mississippi watershed fotos to share.

All hype . . . like Camping and others . . . just to mention recent hoaxes.

Nevertheless, I made my rounds.  High winds chill to the bone but no doomsday out here . . . Brian Nicholas pushed recycling into the Kills,

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Catherine Miller moved semis beyond the end of the bridge,

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Nomad and Alpine Alaska waited inside the Narrows,

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as did Mount Karavawhich first appeared here almost brand-new over five years ago.

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Padre Island anchored off the BAT, taking time off from vacuuming the channels south of the Narrows.

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Michigan Service headed for the Kills.

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OOCL Kuala Lumpur shifted  containers.

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Given the hype about the apocalypse, I kept eyes wide open for debris and found some, although this is long-planned and controlled demolition.

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USCG made their own rounds.

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Six years ago, I put up this winter solstice post, led off by this fine foto  . . . compliments of Richard Wonder . . .  of an elegant John B. Caddell, recently lifted off a place where floating things should never go.  And speaking of vessels finding themselves in places that should remain off limits, check out this and this article about a tanker bottomed out on the upper Hudson.   “Bakken crude”    . . . that’s a term I’ve not heard before.    If anyone upriver has fotos to share, please get in touch.

Here was 1.

Recognize this vessel?

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It’s the 1982 Quenames, as I’ve never seen her before.

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Anyone know the origin of that name?

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One of GLDD’s crew boats . ..  St. Johns River, I think,

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from this angle looks

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speedy.

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Can you identify this boat?

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It’s 1965 Harry McNeal, seen here from riverbank perspective.

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Note how the tug attaches to the notchless barge, and

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the wooden support for the tracked crane.  The “column” to lower left is a spud, which pins the barge to the bottom for stability while the crane is used.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

This was the Narrows at 0730 this morning.

I joined the ‘scapegoats for morning contemplation . . . to the east and

north.  That orange tanker down there, they said, had a name I’d find interesting.    But I couldn’t read it yet.

Below us, yacht Dofle Dust was bound for sea past Ratna Shalini.

A closeup showed this was Dodge Island, not Padre Island, as I’d supposed.

The camouflaged goat was too busy scratching to notice that the herd had headed down the slope.

Wow!  SKS Tugela . . . what a name.  i should have gotten a closer-up shot.   And without google, I’d never have know a river by that name exists.

October dawn light is unique as it paints the stern here of Sea Valour.

Here’s a shot looking south  . . .

and another as I walked to catch the ferry.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who was actually hoping to catch anything but also Crowley Innovation, which sneaked into the Kills via Raritan Bay.

Wordless foto essay on vessel fronts.  See  a bowsprite rendition here.

OK, I guess I can’t be wordless with this one above.  Clue:  vessel above is the same as vessel below.

I took this one of Woody Guthrie and Clearwater three months ago at Croton.

Foto of Woody Guthrie‘s improvised figurehead was sent to me by Steve Schwartz.  Thanks much, Steve.  All others by Will Van Dorp.

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