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Value is a creation from 2011
will see . . . Ice Blade. And Value, as of this morning,
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, from various spots along the KVK.
Unrelated: Do you suppose Costa Concordia will really float away?
FireFighter at the Narrows, Fort Wadsworth side . . . rainbow effect of spray . . . must be doins’ … big stuff going on or about to . . . .
Waiting on the Fort Hamilton (Brooklyn) side, I espy a huge shape some five or six miles off, here between FDNY’s not-yet-in-service 343 and the venerable Driftmaster. Iwo Jima (Mississippi-built) has returned! See fotos I took on board last year here.
The first fleet vessel through the Narrows was PC-4, Monsoon, Louisiana-built, commissioned in 1994, here passing Ellen McAllister. Scroll through this link to see a sampling of fotos of Monsoon‘s adventures.
Next visitor in was WMEC 909, Campbell, the sixth cutter to bear that name, here with helicopter above and USACE vessels all around, from left, Moritz, (I believe that’s the stern of Dobrin … barely visible), Driftmaster, and Gelberman. Campbell’s homeport is Portsmouth, NH. See a previous appearance of Campbell on this blog here… last foto).
Next in, sibling of Monsoon . . . was Squall, commissioned in same year and state.
As Iwo Jima approached the Verrazano Bridge, a gun salute from Fort Hamilton drew
Iwo Jima‘s response. By the way, the bit of land on the lower left side of the foto above is Hendrick’s Reef, on which the Brooklyn pillar of the Verrazano Bridge stands, an island that from 1812 until 1960 housed Fort Lafayette. I wonder which Hendrick that was.
Ellen McAllister followed Iwo Jima in. Is that Catherine Turecamo over on Iwo Jima‘s port side?
Then it was FFG 45, frigate De Wert, named for a sailor who died in Korea in 1951.
And then Bath, Maine-built CG 58, Philippine Sea.
Closer up . . . I can’t identify the Coast Guard 47-footer other than 47315. By the way, see this type vessel’s capabilities as filmed in the mouth of the Merrimack River in all its fury. The Merrimack was my obsession during part of the 80s and all of the 90s.
I didn’t see where Miriam Moran assisted (probably up at the Hudson River passenger terminal) but a while later I caught her headed to home base as Laura K. was out to Red Hook for an assist. Check out the two crew on the afterdeck.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
By the way, “Government Ships 5″ is the short title; a longer version is “Their crews and all those sixth-boro based supporters.”
Welcome to New York.
A century ago, a parade of ships featured the Cruiser Olympia, now in very real danger of being reefed.
Staten Island Live has an excellent schedule of events planned the next few days on Staten Island, where most of the fleet vessels are berthed. See the schedule here.
Most large ships look alike, allowing for differentiation into groups like container ship, tanker, RORO, pure car truck carrier, and then sub-groups with military vessels. Explanation: physics, global standards related safety, and the dictates of efficiency.
But within a tank, any of a range of fluids might live; within a container, a limitless number of goods might be moved. So it’s not surprising–given the diverse points of origin of sixth-boro traffic–that a need exists for a simplified but unambiguous standard language.
As to signs of this diversity in shipping? Check out Al-Mutanabbi. That’s not “al” short for “Allen” or “Alberto” either. More on the “al” at the end of this post. I’d no idea until I looked it up that
Al-Mutanabbi was an Iraqi poet who died more than 1000 years ago. In the foto above, vessel in the distance is MSC Dartford.
I learn that Yang Ming, a Taiwanese company with a history that dates back to the Qing dynasty (the last dynasty before the “republic”), has a whole set of container vessels with “e” names like Efficiency and Eminence. Give me elixir any day. By the way, that’s Vane’s Sassafras passing port to port. By the way, sassafras was once a major ingredient of that great elixir called root beer.
Lian Yun Hu . . . I’ve not much clue about, other than that it’s owned or managed by Cosco, conjuring up thoughts of Cosco Busan and Shen Neng 1, of San Francisco and Great Barrier reef notoriety, respectively.
Most watchers of the boro would be clueless here without
a little help elsewhere on the exterior of the ship.
In Hindi, I’m told, “jag PLUS prerana” means “world” AND “inspiration.” Now, I wish they put an asterisk there with a translation painted just above the waterline somewhere. I’d want to know that!
A large number of ships in the harbor are constructed in Korea. And their names are straight-forward English although generally hangul writing coexists with English. Tug is Amy C McAllister.
An interesting fact about hangul is that its invention gets credited to a Korean king named Sejong, a Renaissance man on that peninsula a half-millennium ago.
All of which I use to illustrate my point: if I didn’t read or understand English, I’d be helpless. And I’m really just a shore-watcher. Without an international language, communication on the sea–as in the air–would be worse than garbled.
Finally, here’s a gratuitous shot of Flintereems, from the land of my mother tongue. Spelling notwithstanding, I believe the “eems” in this Flinter vessel refers to the river whose estuary forms the border between the Dutch and the Germans. I set Goldman Sachs atop the Flinter deck to mimic the last Flinter vessel “borg” appearing on this blog here.
All fotos, Will Van Dorp.
For a perspective on some verbal and non-verbal communication in the harbor, check out bowsprite here.
Oh . . . Al the prefix in Arabic means “the.” You know it from such English words as “algebra, alchemy, algorithm” and –believe it or not–”elixir.” Here’s more on that.