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Foto by Hugh McCallion. Pier 25 Manhatan. Three hours til high tide and not much pier left for Pegasus and Harvey to rise.
Also pre-high tide on Rockaway, and water washing sand over the boardwalk onto Shore Front Parkway, finally justifying the name “sandy.”
Thanks to Hugh, Pam, and Barbara for the fotos.
Prayers for safety for all.
Here’s some of my May 2010 coverage of Fleet Week’s arrival. So Fleet Week and OpSail 2012 have converged, commingling state-of-the-art with traditional vessels. Now add into the mix F/A-18s and Hudson river water pumped through the system of 1931 John J. Harvey. Doubleclick enlarges fotos.
Leading the fleet is Eagle.
And leading the tall ships is J. S. de Elcano (1927).
Not as common a name to our ears as Magellan, Elcano was Magellan’s second-in-command and the one who completed “Magellan’s circumnavigation” more than a year after Magellan was killed in 1521.
Vessels included destroyer USS Roosevelt (commissioned 2000),
USS San Jacinto (commissioned 1988),
and Dewaruci (launched 1953, keel laid 1932).
Etoile, I believe, was there as were
Crew rode high in the rigging of Cisne Branco.
Cuauhtemoc (commissioned 1982) passed in review with
Click here for info on the namesake for DDG-66.
The sailing vessel heeled over is Summerwind (1929) and approaching is James Turecamo (1969), prepared to handle white hulls.
Pride of Baltimore II is especially significant, given that the rationale for an OpSail event this year is the bicentennial of the war of 1812. This fact also makes significant the participation by a Canadian and a British vessel in Fleet Week.
And huge flag . . . says it’s Gloria (commissioned 1968), passing
RFA Argus, container ship turned floating hospital.
Guayas (commissioned 1976)
And finally . . a return for USS Wasp. Notice the tug midships port side. Know it?
I was surprised to learned it was neither Charles D. nor Responder but Roderick (1967) ! Generally, Roderick is not a sixth boro tug.
Parade over, Catherine heads back to the dock, as does Pioneer (commissioned 1885!!)
This just in: an exemplar of French femininity is occupying Bedloe’s Island, and has done so for . . . 125 years!! And today . . . something just had to be done about it. Rubber bullets? No. Tear gas canisters? Nah. Ghostbusters? Daryl Hannah?
And when things begin to smolder, Hornblower Hybrid notwithstanding,
Well . . . actually . . . let me join . . . bonne anniversaire, Mademoiselle Liberte, she who never sits down at her job. I’m glad you’ve faithfully occupied that island, once used otherwise, all those years and spawned replicas all over the world.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Notice who is and is not represented in the parade.
Ooops! I forgot, click here for “torchcam” and see things from the enlightener’s point of view.
A little more watercolor from yesterday . . . the rainbow injects magic into what otherwise might just be distant Brooklyn waterfront, Clipper City, and a Staten Island ferry.
Here’s what creates the conditions for a rainbow.
Color on water, this time reflecting a certain survey boat with unique paint loss patterns.
You will notice an apparent repetitiveness in the next set of fotos of Frying Pan over at Pier 66 Maritime–my favorite place on the Manhattan waterfront, except not
really. The evanescent colored shapes so took me that I just keep shooting as
Harvey‘s propwash made ripples and
swirls and pulsations and
teases, glimpses of LV-115 Frying Pan‘s chartreuse hairy nether parts.
All was fine until I imagined what other situations exist that colors the
waters this living red or
rusty, risky brown .
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
in other words, the newest, pumpingest FDNY boat, which–if it serves as many years as Firefighter has–will be in service beyond 2080. 343 is the vessel facing in the lower left, the one not spraying yet. The year 2080, now that’s a world I cannot imagine, but as to today’s welcome . . . enjoy the fotos.
Just the facts: one of two, designed by Naval Architects Robert Allan LTD. The pressurized cabin offers protection against chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear contamination. Dimensions: 140′ x 36′ x 9′ with four 2000 hp MTU diesels. Screws are approximately two-meter diameter controllable pitch Hundestedts. Crew of seven. Top pump output: 50,000 gpm. Price tag: $27 million.
Many thanks to fireboat.org and the John J. Harvey for my ride. Click here for google images (including bowsprite’s) of the Harvey, and here for info on Jessica Dulong’s book, in which Harvey plays a pivotal role. Harvey cranked up her own water display.
Our Lady (herself once damaged by a terror explosion in 1916) offered her welcome, and
rainbows arced hither and yon over the sixth boro, here created by John D. McKean.
The forward ballast tank allows 343 to lower the bow into the water to ease people transfer.
Once past the Statue, she passed Ellis Island and then
headed over toward Lower Manhattan, where
placed a wreath for the three hundred forty-three firefighters who died in that event back in 2001, before
the three large FDNY boats diverged, here left to right, 343, Firefighter, and John D. McKean.
Welcome. No one knows what events she faces. I wish her an uneventful and boring life.
All fotos, Will Van Dorp.
For old salt’s perspective . . . click here.
Just the facts: Firefighter entered service in 1938 designed by Gibbs and Cox (who also designed the SS United States and the LCS) . . . to last and last and last. And she has. Firefighter is not only the oldest active-duty FDNY vessel but also
she who can deliver the highest gpm (20,000) through her pumps. One of Firefighter‘s finest moments occured in 1973 . . . after the collision of Sea Witch and Esso Brussels. just north of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. See great text and fotos of that accident here. Salvaged portions of Sea Witch live on in Chemical Pioneer, still a regular in the sixth boro. See her (Witch Pioneer) stern in this tugster post from a year ago.
The Rolls-Royce of fireboats . . .
All fotos by Will Van Dorp in early March 2010.
If you’re still in the mood for video, you might check out this new site for cruiser USS Olympia (C-6), featuring new reels of the battleship parading up the Hudson with Dewey on board in 1899, post-Battle of Manila Bay and Spanish-American War. The second newsreel has the best video, 1899 technology. Olympia today is is ship in trouble.
Lord Byron’s poem “She walks in Beauty” might eventually be parodied rather updated in this post. If you’ll click on this link, you’ll get the entire poem AND a Botticelli Venus. I admit I had a long discussion with Botticelli about this work while he was creating it: have her turn around, I pleaded. Oh well. I long ago gave up trying to argue with Sandro’s about anything. Meanwhile, seeing how bows got us to Dolly Parton, who knows how an examination of sterns might lead, how it could descend . . . or rise.
The name’s the thing sometimes like here or
here: behold ex-Jaguar.
Sure, it’s fuel barge bow but a survey stern.
Look upon ex-Exxon Empire State. Why is Responder on recycling duty so much?
uh . . . ? Anyone help? [Thanks to Jeff and James: Psara meaning "of fish."]
Check out Doris Moran and Cable Queen. Anyone know the Cable Queen story?
Catch a glimpse of Ruth M. Reinauer, class of 2009.
Drool over John J. Harvey. By the way, to learn more about this legendary fireboat, come hear author Jessica DuLong read at Atlantic Gallery on October 21, or read her book My River Chronicles. I immensely enjoyed it.
Relish the lines on what for 40ish years has been the sixth boro’s very own mostly stay-at-home some of the time flat-bottom, Pioneer.
Oh . . . posteriors. Send in your favorite.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
By the way, Patricia Ann bounced me around quite a bit, I hung on, but I haven’t seen her since.
Much more Flinterborg (now at sea) tomorrow.
Any guesses what vessel this wheelhouse bridge sits astride? It’s certainly NOT the Flinter ship.
No schooner is she.
It’s a barquentine, here entering Atlantic Basin some weeks back. For outa-towners, yes, that’s the Brooklyn Bridge in the distance and Empire State Building beyond that.
The current name is Peacemaker,
built in Brazil in 1989 as Avany. Peacemaker serves as flagship for a religious group called Twelve Tribes. How many religious groups have flagships?
Someone I know has made some preliminary
sketches. Inky fingers attest to the degree of effort.
Below is one of two videos shot by none other than Good Morning Gloucester, who does an impressive interview with Peacemaker crew. Thanks, Joey.
Fotos here by Will Van Dorp.