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It was a rainy day and I was giving some friends a tour of the city, intending to leave the camera in the waterproof bag . . . but how could I pass up a foto like this . . . “spring-showers” washed-out colors notwithstanding.
Schooner Virginia was in town. As of this writing, it’s anchored south of the George Washington Bridge. Two very different places I’ve seen Virginia in the past year are here in tropical waters and here in her home waters. I’d loved to have been on the tug HMS Liberty at this moment.
Here’s where I first caught sight of her . . . approaching tug Liberty Service lightering Amalthea.
Also in port . . Prisco Elizaveta and Atlantic Jupiter.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who in the course of the day, was so thoroughly and delightfully showered upon that the clothes are still wet
Think of the sixth boro as a destination/origin as well as a crossroads. WMEC-905 Spencer anchored in that point of convergence as of midday.
In points not far from Spencer and the Statue, cargo destined for/originating in this port was moving only if it could transfer in the harbor, petroleum liquid, like here, congress happened between barges powered by Pati T Moran and Sassafras as Meagan Ann passes by with a scow. For debris?
Kimberly Turecamo stands by with Long Island itself . . . well, a fuel barge by that name. The spirit is greatly willing to move fuel to faltering consumers on the shore, but the distribution system is broken, for now.
Nicole Leigh Reinauer awaits the green light.
St Andrews with barge on this side and Kimberly Poling on the other . . . like thirsty twins on their mother, Glory Express.
Traversing the sixth boro . . . Marion Moran pushes LaFarge barge Adelaide to points south.
Supply boat ABC-1 passes tanker Favola.
Diane B waits with a barge. A problem is that debris like blowaway and sunken containers may lurk unseen at the transfer docks.
Doris Moran, with another LaFarge barge, makes a power turn from the North River into the East River.
A cluster of DonJon vessels–tugs Mary Alice, Thomas D. Witte, and Brian Nicholas–attend to crane barges Columbia NY and Raritan Bay on some “unwatering” project just west of the Battery Coast Guard station.
Transiting the sixth boro from south to North is Apollo Bulker. More fotos of her later. She may be headed to Albany.
Ken’s Booming & Boat Service tug Durham passes the “seeing boat” Circle Line Manhattan.
Over by the Brooklyn Navy Yard, schooner Lynx heads for the Sound, past an East River ferry.
And–this just in–as of 1900 hrs tonight, APL Sardonyx became the first container ship to enter Port Elizabeth,
escorted in by McAllister Sisters and Barbara McAllister. Interestingly, see the foto here of her as one of the first into the port post-Irene!! Here’s another shot almost exactly two years ago of APL Sardonyx.
And a bit later, APL Coral came in, escorted by Elizabeth and Ellen McAllister.
Outside the Narrows waits USS Wasp, recently here five months ago for Fleet Week. A pulse has been re-established.
I am mindful that many residents of the area are hurting. My prayers go out for relief for them soon. Folks who suffered through post-Katrina are also sending along their prayers and encouragement, their solidarity with Sandy-afflicted.
We went through a “reboot” here 14 months ago, but this one is going to be much tougher.
All manner of small vessels traverse the waters of the sixth boro. Twin Tube is truly one ageless fixture of the harbor. If I did photoshopping, I’d have the boom dangle something tantalizing over the Statue’s upstretched hand.
Annie G II . . . makes me wonder about Annie G I. Here she
stands by as crew perform some truck task over on the west side of Governor’s Island. I’ve enjoyed watching the derelict buildings on the Island disappear. A largely unseen harbor project farther south (sorry no pics from UNDER the sixth boro) has been the tunneling of a new deeper “water main” (p. 7 ff) between Brooklyn and Staten Island.
A small USCG boat stops for maintenance on the red 32. Unfortunately, I was on a vessel headed away from the buoy, and a few seconds after I took this, one crewman stepped aboard the buoy, on the other side.
A small USACE vessel speeds to the southeast past Robins Reef Light.
John P Brown pushes fewer than a dozen of the mere 1500 cars per year across the harbor, the miniscule fraction of merchandise that travels between NJ and parts of NYC on non-rubber wheels.
A small fishing boat crosses the bay under the cranes
on hovering over Bayonne.
St Andrews runs light past some unidentified tugs obscured in the fog. I spent July 4 docked near St Andrews.
New England style fishing boat heads out of the Bronx while Fox Boys (I think) pushes some scrap probably toward Jersey City.
In fading light, HMS Liberty heads for the Kills. I’ve often wonder what the HMS stood for in this case. . . . Is the H his, her, or something else . . . .
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who wonders whether Sandy will be sandy or just windy, snowy, rainy, . . . tricky . . . .
As I post this, Hurricane Isaac approaches New Orleans, and the work of every mariner on the river is to ride out the storm. Even if it appears that almost nothing is moving on the river, movement is there and intense. Click here (now) for live views on the street and on the river in the Crescent City. To see what Isaac looked like over in Florida from Jed’s perspective, click here.
In the sixth boro, a race is a few days away, but vessels like Susan Miller--pushing the barge with the “rolled on and about to be rolled off” trailer–are at work.
Ditto an unidentified DonJon tug, Pati E. Moran, inbound
CMM CMA CGM Eiffel, and schooner Pride of Baltimore II go about their business.
Having “rolled-off” said trailer truck, Susan distances herself from Mary Whalen (just the bow at the starboard stern of the cruise ship) and Queen Mary 2.
Viking moves a barge through the KVK,
as does Arabian Sea and
Gramma Lee T Moran, and
the list could go on. Here, Doris Moran and Dace Reinauer . . . that’s tug work too. This last foto below comes compliments of Marian & William Hyman. Thanks.
All other fotos taken by will Van Dorp, who will be at the race Sunday. Thanks for reading.
On July 3, 1776, John Adams wrote this to his wife Abigail: ”The day will be most memorable in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival…It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade…bonfires and illuminations (fireworks) from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore.”
If I didn’t know better, I’d think that the Macy’s 34th Street megastore had embarked on short sea shipping of goods. Do you know that as a teenager, R. H. Macy worked on a Nantucket whaling ship, Emily Morgan, during which time he got a tattoo, which is the star that still today in the company logo.
The two Harley tugs–HMS Liberty and St Andrews–hung out with 1907-built Pegasus at the sanitation pier.
It appears here that a contingent of the NYC Air Force is escorting in Hornblower Infinity. As it said, it APPEARS that way. Anyone I know working there?
343 summons the safety spirits.
Too bad John and Abigail and all the other signers weren’t here.
AND Pegasus and you have something else to celebrate. Remember the Partners in Preservation voting lots of you all did back in May? Pegasus and Lehigh Valley 79 ended in 14th place, and I thought that meant they got no money. Au contraire, they DID get a hefty sum . .. $140,000 to split! . . .to be used for preservation, and on a 1907-built vessel, there’s a lot of preservation to be done. So thanks much for voting. If you want to see Pegasus close-up, come down to Pier 25 west side of Manhattan . . .
I’m not positive, but this might be St. Andrews splayed against the electrical fields of Linden as dusk approaches. No doubt she’s waiting for that swimming gull, just off the port bow, to clear.
It’s been over two years since I’ve seen Thomas Dann, 1975.
been seen Hubert Bays 2001 in two other color schemes. Click here for one of them.
Elizabeth McAllister 1967 leverages British Hazel 2004 into the dock.
Davis Sea 1982 might be just a month from ice work, although today’s mid-50′s temperatures belie that.
Oyster Creek 2011 looks identical to the other five boats of its class. I wouldn’t notice if they switched name boards periodically.
From left to right . . . Eagle
Boston Baltimore 1996, barge New Hampshire 2004 , Scott Turecamo 1998 and Mark Miller 1991.
Hope you enjoyed this late summer’s day. All fotos in the past few days by Will Van Dorp, who clearly is better taking fotos than identifying them even with the names front and center!
Here was my biggest surprise . . .. details at end.
I know upstate along the Hudson and in Vermont Irene did her devastation; ditto in parts of New Jersey. But this morning along the KVK, scuttlebutt was . . . Irene who? What hurricane? The killside was cleaner at the expense of the water, which carried flotsam out with the ebb. Straw and sticks floated seaward here, whereas upstate small boats attached to docks might be drifting. Traffic on the KVK was noticeably eastbound . . . out of protection, like soon after I stopped by . . . 7:58 am Margaret Moran,
All fotos this morning by Will Van Dorp.
A new reader recently asked why “ships” he saw on the sixth boro showed up on AIS as tugs. An excellent question, and not the first time I’ve heard it. . . . Read the first sentence of the wikipedia definition of “ship.” By that definition, how many ships do you see here? (Doubleclick enlarges most.)
Answer is only one, the orange one. The nearer vessel is a barge. The major difference is that a barge lacks its own means of propulsion: no engine, props, or sails. Barges get moved by a tugboat that may tow, push, or strap-on alongside aka on the wire, in push gear, or on the hip, respectively.
Answer is . . . one, Maersk Elizabeth.
Answer is . . . none. Some “tugboats” lack the equipment to tow; they have no winch. Instead, tugs like Laurie Ann Reinauer connect by the bow into a notch designed in the after portion of the barge. Massive pins then lock into structures on the barge inside the notch.
One ship, Princimar Strength, also shown below with two barges and two tugs alongside.
And finally . . . no ships here, just two barges (Energy 13502 and Charleston) with a tug Eagle Service in between.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who could use a bit of help with complexity.
Cold waters of the KVK were not warmed by this swarm of colorful steel housing powerful engines. From left to right here: Margaret Moran, Torm Carina, Evening Mist, Joan Moran, and facing us on the far side of the waterway, North Fighter.
At the same moment less than a mile away and at the same moment, Louise Knutsen prepared to turn south, bound for sea. Her port of registry is posted as Haugesund, which I had to look up.
For some beautiful contemporary maritime paintings, check out the site of Melinda Hannigan here.
OKAY . . . I have to put up one more foto, taken just seconds after the lead foto in this post.
The harbor never sleeps, especially not with these neon safety colors mixed in. The warm colors might not warm the waters, but they do, the air. More Torm orange here and here; if I didn’t like that shade so well, I’d be tempted to call it “tormented orange.” Carina, despite Danish registry, was built in Korea. To see work at the Danish shipyard of Odense, click here.
Fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Look like Atlantic Salvor . .. or if you remember Barents Sea, like her? Well, the middle vessel, Mister Darby, now goes as Atlantic Salvor. And Mister Pete (launched from Halter Moss Point in March 1976 for Portland Tugs) operates as Barents Sea. Mister Darby came off the ways in February 1977 at Halter Marine, along with a litter of similar vessels for Tidewater Marine, like Mister Jean, Mister Andre, Mister Charlie, Raleigh Ann, … and the list goes on. Thanks to Duncan Merritt for this foto. Can anyone place the year?
Fairly new in the sixth boro is Lucinda Smith, 1975, ex-
Passing each other today in the KVK, Franklin (1984) and Zachery Reinauer (1971, ex-Tioga).
Here St Andrews (1978, ex-Melissa L.) gets a dock assist from
the berth just vacated by HMS Liberty (1978, ex-James William, Shirley Joy, and Douglas B. Mackie).