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I don’t know how many folks were glued to this webcam yesterday, but I was not the only one. Let me walk us around the foto, different in subtle ways than the other five in this post. First, note the time stamp upper left: it’s 11:16 a.m. This was happening yesterday midmorning at the Miraflores Lock, the first of three set of lifts out of the Pacific on a transit toward the Atlantic/Caribbean. In the distance on the right side, the large white object is Norwegian Star, negotiating the next set of locks . . . Pedro Miguel Locks.
The ship almost fully shown in this foto is Tai Success, bound for Altamira, Mexico. Tai Success is 656′ loa (length overall) by 104′ , the maximum width for the current set of locks. Extending from lower left is the ex-Left Coast Lifter, towed by Lauren Foss. Note the relative size of Tai Success and the crane barge. Lauren Foss at 141′ loa is larger than almost all tugs currently on the Hudson.
11:20 a. m. The entire crane is in the lock chamber. On the stern of the crane barge is Cerro Majagual, a 2013 Panama Canal tug built in Spain. For the transit from the San Francisco Bay area to Panama, this role was played by another Foss tug, Iver Foss. Iver is currently waiting for the tow on the Atlantic side.
11:24. The water in the lock has started to rise.
11:40. The doors on the high side of the Miraflores Locks have opened and the tow heads for Pedro Miguel. By the way, on the horizon beyond the Pedro Miguel you can see the Centennial Bridge, about 10 years old. As of this writing this morning, the tow was docked just north of this bridge. I suspect it will complete the transit and be on the Atlantic side by the end of today.
I see from the Journal News story that Fluor has already changed the crane name from Left Coast Lifter to I Lift New York, presuming they’ve “purged the old from Poseidon’s ledger.” If you look at the fourth foto above, you’ll notice “Left Coast Lifter” is still painted there. I wonder when that will be painted over; maybe the name purging will happen in Gatun Lake today?
Meanwhile, I’d like to propose some alternatives . . . Hudson River Hoister and Tappan Zee Titan are more local and maintain the same LCL pattern.
As to size, currently the largest crane in the Hudson Valley is DonJon’s Chesapeake 1000, the number being its tonnage lifting capacity. Last summer in Rio, I saw a crane called Pelicano 1 with a lifting capacity said to exceed 2000 tons. The ex-LCL is said to hav a capacity around 1900 tons.
Click here for one of the posts I did from the Panama Canal–a place well worth a visit and a second visit– about two years ago.
Keep in mind that once the tow clears the Atlantic side locks, it’s still more than 2000 nautical miles from the Narrows. Assuming an average speed of seven knots and no delays for weather or other causes, that’s still almost two weeks. So, I’ll wager ETA at the Narrows around February 1.
OK . . . I’ll admit that I’m foolish enough to think every day is Christmas, every day in New Years, . . . and I could go on.
Let’s go back to November 1997. Tugboat Spuyten Duyvil delivered a barge carrying a Torsilieri truck carrying a Norway spruce bound for Rockefeller Center.
The tree was felled in Stony Point. Click here for the article by James Barron detailing the tree transaction.
If that tree is 74 feet, that’s a long trailer.
You gotta love those red balls. By the way, Hughes logo on the barge was painted out for this transit.
Here were some fotos taken in the Upper Bay. I highly recommend getting the children’s book version of the story in part to see the artistic liberties taken in rendering both tug and truck.
Fireboat John D. McKean does the honors.
Although I’m still working on locating more pics of this event, including Joyce Dopkeen’s shots of the offloading process, I am thrilled to share these with you here.
Again, many heartfelt thanks to Bill Hughes for sending these photos and to John Skelson for reformatting them.
I hope to have more belated “christmas” fotos soon.
Darell T. Gilbert took this foto . . . a hot air balloon over the water in Red Hook around the 5th of January. WTF?!@#@!! Anyone know the story?
Thanks to Sam Zapadinsky . . . can you identify this creature walking on the icy upper Hudson? Coyote? Here’s a post from a few years ago of eagles on the mostly frozen river.
Sam also took this foto from the tug Frances, which
is the forwardmost tug in this foto by Bob Dahringer. Frances and Kathleen Turecamo move crude oil tanker Afrodite into the dock in Albany, one of many water tasks that happens whether the temperatures are 0 or 100.
And finally, Mike Abegg took this foto of Alice Oldendorff in the Brooklyn Navy yard, taking on
fuel. Quantico Creek and a Dann Marine boat (either Chesapeake or Discovery Coast) assist with this operation in the ice-choked area around the docks.
Thanks much to Darell, Sam, Bob, and Mike for these fotos.
Click here for Bob Dahringer’s YouTube videos, recently with a lot of ice.
Now here from Harbin, China is a completely other reaction to cold weather.
David Hindin alerted me when this voyage started on November 8 . . . departing San Francisco, sixth boro bound. I’m very happy to share some folks fotos of Tradewinds Miss Lis‘ arrival at the Narrows this morning. Many thanks to Peter Michael Patrick Codd, who sent the first two.
Here . . . as seen from the Brooklyn side.
John Skelson caught these next ones. Click here for larger versions on his Flickr photostream.
Note a new-to-NY assist tug here . . . Pelham. I hope someone on Pelham got some good pics.
Many thanks to Peter and John for letting me share their fotos here.
And David . . . while I was driving my way back to NYC through central NJ, he got this record of the last mile of the voyage . . . image thanks to marinetraffic.com
This bargeload is support equipment for the herculean (oops . . . that’s just a storm?) Left Coast Lifter now heading south from San Francisco to the Panama Canal to work on the Tappan Zee bridge project. Here’s a link to Tappan Zee Constructors.
My sincere Merry Christmas/Happy 2014 wishes to all of you. Actually, I hit the road Monday morning for the now-annual road trip to see family in greater Atlanta.
Consider this my Christmas card. Any ideas what this is? These three fotos come courtesy of Nancy Donskoj.
It’s the tugboat Gowanus Bay delivering Sinterklaas and his entourage up the rondout to Kingston, NY’s annual Sinterklaas festival. Sinterklaas is the red-clad legend I was first made aware of, and he would supposedly arrive on December 5. Click here for more pics. Kingston was the third oldest settlement in New Netherland.
Believe it or not, Sinterklaas stories are clouded in some controversy because of the guy standing to his left. Actually not this guy per se at all. In the Dutch tradition, this man is Zwarte Piet . . or Black Pete. The Americanization in the foto below is interesting.
As the Dutch say, prettige kerstfest.
The next two pics come thanks to Jen Muma currently of New Orleans, and it’s fuel for the
Here are two East Coast traditions, but I’m thinking the sixth boro really doesn’t have much PUBLIC Christmas tradition spectacle related to the water at all. Four years ago, I floated an idea about a harbor tree inspired by what folks do in New England, but I’ve moved on. For myself, I like the idea below, the nautical clutter tree in my friend Ed Fanuzzi’s backyard.
Have a festive day with your loved ones. I will repost again in a few days.
Thanks again to Nancy and Jen for use of their photos.
Chancellor . . . built pre-World War 2 in Brooklyn. This post is timed to satisfy a request from Bob Price . . . as follows: “as part of a group working to restore the tug boat Chancellor, I am trying to find any extant engineering documentation regarding her construction details. Built by Bushey & Sons in 1938, it is currently in the keeping of the Waterford Maritime Historical Society and my group of volunteers recently arranged to have it moved into dry dock at Lock 3 of the Erie Canal where we laboriously winterized it, pumped its bilges dry and a making plans to create a very thorough hit list of things to do. If you would be so kind as to point me in the direction of any person or entity that might have access to drawings or any engineering related stuff pertaining to the Chancellor I would be most appreciative. Thanks for your time. Bob Price Knox, NY 518.895.8954 The first three fotos below come from Bob.
The next three I took in 2010. Here she’s cruises north on the Hudson headed for Troy.
Here’s she’s downbound following W. O. Decker into the Federal Lock.
Housedown, she prepares to depart the bulkhead in Waterford.
And in my foto from either 2006 or 2007 she goes nose-to-nose with Gowanus Bay.
If anyone knows the whereabouts of construction drawings or other plans for Chancellor, you can also email me and I’ll pass the info on to Bob and his group. Click here to see Fred tug44’s video of Chancellor being pushed upstream by the tagteam of Ben Elliot and National.
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.