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All ships are basically containers. They are –after all– sometimes called vessels. And just as is true of a FedEx aircraft or a semi or a plain-brown wrapper . . . ship’s names give little clue about what’s in the holds. So for now, let’s just look at a few and leave it at that: they are a delight to look at.
Would this be pronounced “pango?”
And finally from Maureen . . . our elusive and fast Afrodite, southbound for St. John.
Thanks to Maureen for this last one. All other by Will Van Dorp.
Not Afrodite although Apollon is otherwise a twin.
This IS Afrodite. All the rest of these fotos are compliments of Paul Strubeck.
In this set of Paul’s fotos, you may conclude that his conveyance is overtaking Afrodite, but I’m reversing the order as the vessel Afrodite–leaves the upper Hudson running towards sea and St. John.
Click here for the rest of the TCM (I’m not sure why the T-E- N) fleet.
This looks like Kathleen Turecamo and Frances assisting Afrodite out of the berth.
I took the first foto, but all the others I am grateful to Paul Strubeck for.
Here was 3, about a year ago.
These fotos were all taken yesterday afternoon and evening. Shannon McAllister . . . a new one for me, an ex-Winslow boat, although here’s a sister Winslow boat that appeared here more than five years ago. Yes, the Colgate clock is in the process of being reconstructed.
It’s yacht Manhattan, heading for the Statue under a glorious crepuscular sky.
While waiting for the appearance of the holy grail, I chanced to looked at all the lights in the Manhattan sky, including this one which I
And here, transporting Bakken crude down and out the Hudson, it’s
Afrodite, which recently appeared here. While on the subject of names, my sister recently passed King Coffee, and a tanker currently in the sixth boro goes by Chance. Might there be a vessel out there somewhere named Random? Here’s the closest I could find.
And here–with many thanks to Dock Shuter–who credits the links to Patrick Landewe, keeper of the Saugerties Light, something rare special also pictured here the other day, Cheyenne pushing a BLUE 737 upriver to Albany a few days ago!!! Here and here are parts of the story. Many thanks to Dock and Patrick. Here are some previous Dock fotos.
Since Shannon McAllister is new to me, let me end this post with her passing Shelby between lower Manhattan and Jersey City late yesterday afternoon. Here’s Shelby with a unique cargo a year and a half ago.
Unless otherwise attributed, all fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Unrelated: In fall 1997, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree traveled down river from Stony Point on a truck ON A BARGE. Does anyone know where/how I can find any photos of this event, this trip? Here’s the kids’ book version.
If you’re going to the market event in Manhattan today, look for signs like this, painted what must be Ceres
blue. This is the west end of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, closest to Vinegar Hill. Beyond the East River there, protruding into the sky to the right, that’s the empire State Building. Ceres has arrived, and
Excuse the poor quality foto. Could someone explain the dried (?) birds’ wings?
There was seaweed . . .
wild artichokes, and much much more.
Morgan O’Kane played, parents shopped and talked, and and kids danced.
If you’re local and have time, get down to the New Amsterdam Market today . . . on the opposite side of the river here.
Congratulations to Erik and the team for a very big accomplishment. Although there’s lots of work left this season, season two starts up soon. Here’s some preliminary info on the vessel, which was modified in the construction. In case you’re wondering . . . Erik’s estimate is that Ceres sailed only about twenty percent of the trip.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who alone is responsible for any errors in reporting.
Here was 19.
And this fast moving light tanker is Afrodite, shuttling Albany to St. John, NB Canada, exporting Dakota crude. That all may sound like science fiction, but sometimes I feel like my whole life has started re-enacting science fiction. Afrodite, she with the intriguing name, sails fast. This foto, taken between the bridges in Poughkeepsie, comes compliments of Jeffrey Anzevino. Thanks, Jeff.
The foto below, the latest from Tony Acabono, shows Gunhild Kirk, formerly Stealth Argentina.
I took all the rest here, except for the very last one . . . here Happy Dynamic leaves ex-MOTBY for sea.
The last few days, Happy Dynamic has been my striven-for state.
Maryland . . . passes here in the foreground of Overseas Fran and Stolt Concept. Overseas Fran . . . all I can think of –in the spirit of Thomas Pynchon-make that . . . overseas, fran? Or . . ”Over. Seas (seize) Fran!” Gravity’s Rainbow is enjoyable, if you can make it through, and it took me three tries before I got through the first time. More Maryland pics soon.
Ah . . and finally that creamy colored tanker bringing into the sixth boro my favorite
At first my eyes saw Zengale, quite the oxymoron. Later, I made out the correct name, referring to a province of Latvia.
JPO Libra . . . escorted by Miriam Moran and
Energy Conqueror . . . spun by Margaret Moran.
Parting shot, also from Jeff Anzevino . . . Afrodite.
Many thanks to Jeff and Tony for use of these fotos. All others by Will Van Dorp.
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.
Progress report, first from Vladimir Brezina, of Windagainstcurrent. In Vlad’s words, “I did see Ceres, motoring down the Hudson past Stockport Middle Ground, where we were camping, just a few minutes fter sunrise yesterday (Monday). At first I couldn’t believe that it was Ceres—she wasn’t sailing (there was no wind, but wouldn’t a PROPER sailing barge just wait for the wind?) and making quite a racket for an eco-friendly boat… “
At first Vlad feared they gotten out for fotos too late. Here’s more on Stockport Middle Ground.
After these fotos were taken, Ceres stopped in Hudson.
The following fotos taken yesterday come from Michael Kalin, who writes, ”North Germantown Reach. My wife & I launched from North Germantown Landing 10AM, paddled to Catskill, around Rogers Island, ate lunch, went back, lost hope, took out, looked upriver one more time and there she was!”
Thanks much to Vlad and Michael for these fabulous fotos.
The next fotos of Ceres I hope show full-bellied sails! Click here for more on VSFP.
As I scrambled away from the train, Meredith C. Reinauer ruffled the glassy calm of the river at the Rondout Light. Here long ago the Delaware and Hudson Canal completed its 108-mile journey from coal country to what was then the fast river transport to sixth boro coal market.
And here waiting for me was my flesh-and-blood sister and brother-in-law and their Maraki, which they sailed around the world in the 1990s. See their newly-inaugurated blog here.
This was an opportunity, to rediscover the Hudson Valley with them, after all we never see or step into the same Hudson twice. I’ve seen Esopus Meadows light many times before, but
have never passed the volunteer boat.
When last I saw this “castle,” it was a Redemptorist retreat center, but now it’s something different.
Maraki and Grande Caribe had last crossed paths on the Erie Canal. More large sightseeing vessels on the Hudson soon.
Maraki had sailed under this first bridge when it was still a disused rail structure.
!@#@! ? pirate canoe club?
OK . . I had to put up another foto of Patricia.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
From the train . . . south of West Point this morning, and then
this afternoon as seen from the river . . . south of Poughkeepsie.
It’s Patricia, one of the newer vessel through the sixth boro, even though it’s actually 50 years old . . .
built by Wiley Manufacturing Company . . .
but who’s operating her?
Last foto as only a train window shot can look.
All fotos today by Will Van Dorp.