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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.
What a treat . . . swimming beneath the first summer full moon of 2011 in a new climate zone for me. No matter what other people call it, I’ll call it “gallivant and relax” moon.
The day before . . . at the mouth of the St. Johns River, a shrimper, one would hope carries more “swimmy-things” than birds, although there’s no guarantee. I love the two pelicans on the portside gear.
This is looking west here along the channel between Fisher Island (south) and Dodge Island, where the container port is located. Being here has forced me to look at and appreciate the development of greater Miami and Biscayne Bay in a whole new way . . . Venetian Islands?!@!#!!
Fisher Island, named for an automotive tycoon –still possibly the most exclusive neighborhood in the USA–has its own ferry system.
Quick post . . . when will Janice Ann Reinauer and the other emigrants load onto Blue Marlin?
Peking‘s 100th birthday aka launch date has NOT officially been mentioned by South Street Seaport Museum . . . her guardian . . . but then again, nothing else has been discussed in detail by this secretive disorganization. A good dozen folks spoke on behalf of saving the museum at last night’s Community Board 1 meeting.
Thanks much to Justin Nash for this foto of the horns of Brangus; she worked in NYC waters for Great Lakes Dock and Dredge two years ago, but I’ve never seen a foto of the horns of this mighty vessel . . . til now, and maybe neither have you. Tugboats used to regularly sport eagles atop the house.
Finally, three people asked yesterday whether I had “coined” the now-ubiquitous term “sixth boro” to refer to the waters that unite the other five boros of New York City and its Jersey neighbors. The answer is–for that usage–YES, loud and clear. And I’m thrilled that so many folks have adopted the term.
Doubleclick enlarges. Calusa
Sea Coast (1978) pushing Sugar Express comes thanks to Dan Blumenthal, who recently sent along the shot of Stad Amsterdam‘s golden masts and ivory sails here. Thanks, anon., for the correction.
Average age of these boats is . . . almost 33 years old.
It’s Friday afternoon, and the Upper Bay seems congested . . . Yano is being spun in the distance as McAllister Responder and McAllister Girls head east and Amy Moran enters the KVK.
Cold, gusty Saturday the same basic area sees Taurus and Davis Sea jointly leveraging DBL 25 into a berth, and . . .
Duncan Island heads for sea from out behind a dredge spoils scow holding station with Captain D. Ever wonder why a reefer vessel of the Ecuadorian Line is called Duncan Island? It’s Duncan Island aka Isla Pinzon, said to be named for the Pinzon brothers who captained the Nina and Pinta of the Columbus fleet. Here’s a statue of the brothers, quite unknown in North America.
Most congestion as these two Moran groups cross: left to right, Jean Turecamo, Catherine Turecamo, Scott Turecamo pushing New Hampshire, and Linda Moran pushing Houston. Minerva Vaso lies at the dock in the distance.
At the end of this post is a video that really shows congestion, but as background, consider these two AIS screen captures, each showing about 2000 square miles. The one below displays regularly about 100 vessels, whereas
Now enjoy as much of this 15-minute video as you have time for: heavy traffic on Nieuwe Waterweg connecting Rotterdam with the North Sea. Included are at least two container ships–MSC Alexandria and Maersk Edmonton– with three times the capacity of any vessels currently serving the sixth boro aka Port of New York and New Jersey.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
In the sixth boro Queens come and go, shipping and schlepping all sorts of cargo.
This Queen carries bulk,
The last three fotos comes compliments of John Watson; all others by Will Van Dorp.
By the way, Alice is said to have slipped into Brooklyn last night, Mardi Gras, under cover of darkness, but I have had no visual contact.
Maria J (ex-Jesus Saves) . . .63′ loa (length overall), you’ve seen her here at least once before; since that link mentions vhf chatter, you must see bowsprite’s latest creations and transcriptions. Maria J was quickly overtaken by the three Brants. Remember, for most fotos, doubleclick enlarges.
Crystal Cutler . . . 67′ loa, all new and shiny . . . has been in the harbor now at most . . . three months.
Recently I saw OSG Independence . . . 131′ loa pushing barge OSG 243 .. 557′ loa, in the sixth boro for the first time.
Swarming here from left to right: McCormack Boys … 73′ loa, Austin Reinauer … 110′ loa, and Bohemia … 95′ loa with barge GCS 235 … 285′ loa.
The venerable Crow, a Brooklyn-built Bushey tug …. 86′ loa. I believe Crow first appeared on the blog here, almost three years ago, back when she was “crow red.” To hear Crow‘s horn and see its ability to raise/lower the wheelhouse, click here and see the embedded youtube at the end of that post.
Here’s a light Norwegian Sea .. 131′ loa and here she is
deep in the notch of DBL 103 … at least 381′ loa. Any guesses on the build date of DBL 103?
Finally, here’s a mystery tug moving a deck barge through KVK last weekend. Snow covered up the name, and it’s a tug I
can’t recall seeing before. Help?
Unrelated: If you didn’t read Megan Fraser’s comment in Non-Random Tugs 5, she embedded a link to all the photos in the exhibit at the Independence Seaport Museum in Philly. Here’s a shortcut to the link to these fabulous images. Thanks, Megan.