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Nevertheless, I made my rounds. High winds chill to the bone but no doomsday out here . . . Brian Nicholas pushed recycling into the Kills,
Catherine Miller moved semis beyond the end of the bridge,
Padre Island anchored off the BAT, taking time off from vacuuming the channels south of the Narrows.
Michigan Service headed for the Kills.
OOCL Kuala Lumpur shifted containers.
Given the hype about the apocalypse, I kept eyes wide open for debris and found some, although this is long-planned and controlled demolition.
USCG made their own rounds.
Six years ago, I put up this winter solstice post, led off by this fine foto . . . compliments of Richard Wonder . . . of an elegant John B. Caddell, recently lifted off a place where floating things should never go. And speaking of vessels finding themselves in places that should remain off limits, check out this and this article about a tanker bottomed out on the upper Hudson. “Bakken crude” . . . that’s a term I’ve not heard before. If anyone upriver has fotos to share, please get in touch.
Fotos from Barbara at Rockaway Beach around 100th Street here. Emergency message to folks on the boardwalk: ”Go inside, and no surfing.”
From Gary, East River looking toward the mouth of Newtown Creek and
toward the 59th Street Bridge. No movement.
And finally, from L’amica dalla torre di orologio . . . Hudson River . . . looking toward the Statue of Liberty, who probably wishes she could hunker down behind her pedestal. Geometrical structure to the left is the floating Battery Park City Ferry Terminal. I’m not sure what contingencies exist for it during a surge, since it’s basically a hull.
Currently Captain of the Port has order vessels of a certain tonnage to leave the docks, as it’s safer for them to hang in the stream than stay affixed to a rigid structure. So cruising in the North river now as sightseeing vessels,
and the Sandy Hook pilot boats!
That’s the Erie Lackawanna Terminal Tower/Hoboken Terminal in the background.
USCG . . . off to respond to a recreational vessel that’s dragged its mooring?
And finally, back to Rockaway . . as nightfalls.
Many thanks to Barbara, Gary, and L’amica for these fotos. The worst is yet to come, I fear. Stay inside and away from the tongues and talons of water that surge in.
And this just in . . . video from helicopter of USCG rescue of folks from HMS Bounty.
Three vessels at the roundup this year appeared there for the first time . . well sort of. The red one, aka Augie, was in fact there for the first time. The other . . . on the left, Frances, has been there before but with very different appearance.
The surprise newcomer at the roundup this year was Wendy B, but with a bit of search, I’ve found this blog about here journey from Toronto to DC seven years ago, by the previous owners.
Click here for the specs at the time of her last sale. Talking with the owners, I learned she was delayed in the sixth boro–on her recent northward passage–by the 4th of July 2012 fireworks. Does anyone recall seeing her in town? Here are my fotos of the spectacular illuminations that day.
Here’s Augie, nestled up to Cornell, in current colors.
When I saw Frances this weekend, I first assumed I was looking at Margot, currently working on Lake Ontario.
Here’s how Frances looked two years ago.
I’m enthusiastic to see Frances (1957) covered in new paint that just exudes vitality. Soon she’ll be working like Margot, her one-year-younger sister.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Unrelated but thanks to Barbara for sending this link along: South Street Seaport in the news.
Canals are like bridges . . . points of connections, although “bridge” gets used much more as the verb for “crossing the otherwise uncrossable.” As with bridges, canals create clusters . . . centers of
communication and cooperation.
Archways can easily be created.
Within canals you find vessels passing through with connections from many different places, like White Horse and
Norfolk by way of Montreal . . .
and Florida . . . nearing its highest point of navigation…
and Albany by way of Owen Sound, Halifax, and the Potomac . . .
Roundup tales to be continued . . . . Will Van Dorp’s fotos.
Here are a, b, c, and d from two years ago. As I write this, the Roundup has not yet finished. What’s left is the fireworks extraordinaire, the grand finale. But the Roundup begins with a parade up from Albany northward. On the west side of the river is I-787, and by parading along the Interstate at homeward rush hour Friday night, like a circus parade promenading past the farms, mills and markets of yore, this curious group of vessels is designed to convince weekend-planning commuters to hang out at the Waterford waterfront parts of Saturday and Sunday.
but Troy is proud of its present and
Once through the Federal lock,
The flotilla makes its way to Waterford. more on that the next few days.
Amen . . . thanks to the sponsors!! And I enjoyed meeting so many new people.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
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 . . .
It’s called Croton Point Park, about 30 miles north of Manhattan’s north tip.
Here’s the northside of Croton Point last evening looking toward Haverstraw.
Exactly five years ago I took this foto from a small boat just off Pioneer‘s bowsprit. Here are more fotos from that day.
A week ago, I posted this foto (last one scrolling through) and asked where it was taken. Answer is Brazil. And the relationship to this foto is what? Buchanan 12 was built 1972 in Louisiana, but the black ship in the foreground handmade with woods such as olanje, jaquera, pau oleo . . .
was built in Brasil about 50 miles southwest of Salvador. It’s a replica of Niña as seen from . .. Pinta. Both hurried through Manhattan earlier this week on their way here in Newburgh until this Sunday.
Next stop is then Rochester, NY (click for schedule) . . . which means unstepping the masts and traversing the Erie Canal via Oswego. From there it’s the Great Lakes and ultimately the Mississippi.
Pinta was launched in 2005 from the same shipyard in Brasil, about 1/3 larger to accommodate school groups. Here I quote from the site: both vessels were built by the Assis de Santana family, who have built wooden vessels there for eight generations using 15th century “Mediterranean Whole Moulding [techniques] with mechanically generated geometric progressions known as graminhos. Shipwrights were using traditional tools, such as axes, adzes, hand saws and chisels, as well as utilizing traditional construction methods; and finally, the tropical forests of Bahia provided a source for the various naturally-shaped timbers necessary to build a large wooden ship. ” This makes me think of Onrust upriver.
The catalyst for this project, John Patrick Sarsfield, has a tragic ending.
A few weeks ago Bounty was up this way. From the dock in Newburgh looking south as Buchanan 12 pushes her hundreds of truckloads of crushed stone, you can see Bannermans Castle, marking the northern end of the Hudson Highlands. Here is another “ghosts” post I did about Bannermans about five years ago.
Thursday morning after I’d caught the fotos of Patrice McAllister arriving, I headed for work, stopping at the Arthur Kill for a few moments to ingest the morning beauty. Meanwhile,
in another part of the sixth boro, bowsprite and her assistants caught the re-enacter vessel Balmoral arriving in the North River. Here’s Huffington Post text/fotos from the Balmoral point of view, with a few details on ticket prices. That’s the Holland Tunnel vent on the Jersey side extreme right. Here’s a tribute to the designers and builders, and here’s a great archival shot of the ventilator construction during the decade and a little following the 1912 Titanic trauma.
From Staten Island, John Watson caught this shot of Balmoral‘s departure. As of this writing, she’s already passing between Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod. John pointed out Balmoral was previously Norwegian Crown, launched 1988. It received a significant implant in 2008. The vessel’s namesake is in Scotland.
Maria J. Turecamo (1968) and Hercules (1961), side by side, and my psychic tells me Hercules may be about to set out on a long cold journey, over water. Given the name, I’m inclined to wonder what Hercules 12 labors were/are and where on that list this journey fits.
Foto of Augie by Dave Williams, Patty Nolan by Seth Tane, and all others by Will Van Dorp.