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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.
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.
Small craft to come, but first . . . the missing foto from yesterday’s post . . . how DID the heaving line get through the eye aka “closed chock”? Hope this foto helps; I do believe I see the monkeyfist flying upward from the crewman at the rail; crew on the upper level passed it to the crewman forward of the chock?
It’s been over two years since I’ve used this title. Small craft come in many shapes,
are operated by professional mariners,
respond to emergencies with versatility,
and shuttle specialists between shore and much larger craft.
This one I first thought was transporting booms but now I think had some festive mission, given what appears to be a sizable bouquet over the engine compartment.
They operate for many agencies,
government services, and
and law enforcement groups.
They work in diverse
Enjoy a few more:
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.
So what happens in the rest of the sixth boro during Fleet Week? Works goes on. Ellen goes past the Statue to the next job, possibly to move USCGC Eagle out.
Terrapin Island continues its 24/7 sand moving.
Unrelated from Lake Michigan: 1907 SS Keewatin moves.
Doubleclick enlarges most fotos. Few words here, but lots of fotos of the cast that has now converged. Count them . . . five here and
Thanks to Working Harbor Committee for organizing and executing this sneak preview boat tour tonight.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Unrelated: See who I missed at South Street Seaport!@#@!!
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.
Thanks to Harold and eastriver for their recent comments on (I’d say) opposing points of view on change, on of the future of the sixth boro as a major port. Work has proceeded apace for a future involving larger vessels. The barely visible yellow vessel in the foreground is one instrument in that work. Some specs and a company foto of her, drill boat Kraken, can be found at the bottom of this company site. By her virtual invisibility, she reminds of USS Monitor.
Low profile does not translate to low power. With her three towers, Kraken drills holes into bedrock, inserts dynamite, and then triggers the blast to loosen that rock so that shovels on other Cashman and DonJon vessels can remove it.
After a blast, as I said, shovels transfer loosened materials into scows towed by vessels like Atlantic Salvor to “dump sites” offshore. notice in the background another drill ship, Apache, which I wrote about here. Atlantic Salvor here tows the scow underneath Bayonne Bridge, another controversial target of change in the sixth boro as a port. I wrote about this here and here back last November, on the days of the 80th anniversary of the dedication of the Bridge.
Two notes: First, not all the dredging in the sixth boro relates to navigation. Along the Passaic River in Newark NJ, a dredging project to remove Agent Orange -related contamination is underway. See a video on this project here.
Second, way over the horizon, but just a week away by sea is another node of this change in the sixth boro . . . I mean the Panama Canal. Note one of the dredge boats Samson in lower right of this screen capture of the Atlantic end of the Canal. Samson is one of the vessels operated by DEME-Group Dredging International, a contractor working on enlarging the Panama Canal. Another one of their vessels is Yuang Dong 007, a larger version of Kraken and Apache. Note that the screen capture below is time-sensitive.
Unrelated: in today’s NYTimes, check out this article on maritime whistleblowers.
And (thanks to a reminder from jpaul) these 1940s/50s fotos of NYC by Charles W. Cushman published in yesterday’s NYTimes.
Here’s my post from a year ago. Where HAS the time gone? A joy of doing this blog is to go back, and sometimes as with this one, my memory–or is it my gut–recalls the eagerness of that morning 365 days ago. What I pursued then I still pursue . . .
Can you spot anything in the foto below that suggests the time of year? Answer follows. All fotos look better if you enlarge by doubleclicking on them.
Oyster Creek reenacts a moment with the Bayonne Bridge that mimics a Fractor scene (see my “masthead” atop each post) from five years back.
L. W. Caddell struts out into the KVK all in a day’s work that
shows off its bollard pull.
Mary Alice (ex-Gulf Sword, 1974) sashays back to the work on the channel near Shooters. I wonder, given how long the deepening of the sixth boro channels has been ongoing and how from the surface, the water looks unchanged, has anyone heard of a moniker for this project akin to “big dig,” a Boston phenomenon?
Behemoths like NYK Romulus, relatively small given the world fleet, benefits from this dredging. Notice the red/green detail nearly in the center of this foto. Might that be on-deck controls for a bow thruster?
In her last moments of this leg of her never-ending journey, she’s assisted by Gramma Lee T Moran and
S-curve. Notice in the distance, where on Shooters shore the dredging currently focuses. If you missed this post showing Shooters a century ago, click here. If you want a comparison then and now, click here.
So, did you find the seasonal reference in the top foto? Here’s another look . . . move your eye toward the bell in front of Amy Moran‘s raised wheelhouse. Piney branches. I like it. And I’m thrilled to see Ice
Babe Base back in town.
Saturday I hit the road for the south, Chattahoochee watershed, then Cape Fear, then maybe Newport News. Tomorrow I may put up some road fotos not yet used from the last trip.
Thanks for reading. Peace, friendship, prosperity, and imagination to all of you. Health too.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, today. . . . first day of winter . . . 63 degrees in the sixth boro!
. . . not nearly so catchy a mnemonic as “right red returning,” but it means the same thing. Thomas J. Brown green left returning,
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.