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. . . although a more accurate title might be a RIB for all latitudes. Guess what this is? It has nothing to do with the Sedna comments I made yesterday. These fotos were taken at 78 degrees north . . . Point Barrow is 71!!! Yes, it is the time of year when our culture turns toward the far north, although a strongly fantastical version rather than this . .. the real polar areas.
Guess the 78th parallel location from this?
Actually this post has its origin in the sixth boro. That’s Mary Whalen in Red Hook over in the distance. And closeup . . . it’s a 50′ RIB made by Rupert Marine. Rupert Marine saw a “few seconds later” foto I posted here (sixth foto) and got in touch, sending along these fotos.
Click here for more fotos from Portlongyear.no and the place is
All fotos come thanks to Thomas Rönnberg, founder of Rupert Marine. Thomas, Många tack!
As I post this, Hurricane Isaac approaches New Orleans, and the work of every mariner on the river is to ride out the storm. Even if it appears that almost nothing is moving on the river, movement is there and intense. Click here (now) for live views on the street and on the river in the Crescent City. To see what Isaac looked like over in Florida from Jed’s perspective, click here.
In the sixth boro, a race is a few days away, but vessels like Susan Miller--pushing the barge with the “rolled on and about to be rolled off” trailer–are at work.
Ditto an unidentified DonJon tug, Pati E. Moran, inbound
CMM CMA CGM Eiffel, and schooner Pride of Baltimore II go about their business.
Having “rolled-off” said trailer truck, Susan distances herself from Mary Whalen (just the bow at the starboard stern of the cruise ship) and Queen Mary 2.
Viking moves a barge through the KVK,
as does Arabian Sea and
Gramma Lee T Moran, and
the list could go on. Here, Doris Moran and Dace Reinauer . . . that’s tug work too. This last foto below comes compliments of Marian & William Hyman. Thanks.
All other fotos taken by will Van Dorp, who will be at the race Sunday. Thanks for reading.
Looks like I got lured outa town once again. Meanwhile . . . Discovery Coast goes on hauling out dredge spoils, and
Pioneer sails toward Red Hook. Note Mary Whalen in the distance.
And if you’re around on Thursday, make your way to Red Hook to buy stuff–art, tools, etc–to help raise funds for Mary Whalen. Details here on Rick Old Salt’s blog.
Both fotos by Will Van Dorp, who will try to post fotos from along the course . . . .
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.
I’ve mentioned or featured Mary Whalen in tons of posts. Click here for the archive. Over five years ago the blog called “A Brooklynite on Ice” did my all-time favorite post of the vessel and PortSide NewYork here. ”Brooklynite on Ice” title captures her dilemma . . . ”613 Tons of Homelessness.”
She’s twisted and turned in the currents too long, her viability as a fantastic asset to sixth boro education and culture trifled with by her lack of easily accessible-to-the-public dock space. Befriend her on Facebook to see all the good things she’s been doing with that medium, and then
Please help MARY A. WHALEN & PortSide NewYork
The promised “real estate deal” aka “dock space” fell through and she needs a new home and some fundraising fast. Here are three possible ways to help.
1) Come to a meeting tomorrow Mon 2/27/12 6:30 p.m. Info here.
2) Submit a supportive comment here.
3) Donate via PayPal here.
Not that only a few containers fit on the vessel. CSAV Rio de Janiero is post-panamax, i.e., she won’t fit through the current Panama Canal. To compare her dimensions with a container vessel recently featured here, she has the same beam as APL Indonesia but is 111′ longer and carries 1045 more TEUs.
Unrelated: Hats off to Rick Old Salt for this post on the crisis PortSide NewYork’s Mary Whalen. A public meeting to discuss saving her will be held this coming Monday. See info at the end of Rick’s post. The folks at PortSideNewYork and Mary Whalen HAVE contributed much to sixth boro cultural programming the past few years, but “homelessness” has reduced their capacity to succeed. Here’s a post I did on Mary Whalen back in 2008.
Three years ago and a day exactly, I did a point-by-point comparison among QE2, QM, and QV. I attempt something similar here. I’ll throw out some names too, which wil be identified by the end of the post. First set of names: Olsen, McNaught, and Wells. Know ‘em?
The foto above and the one below . . . the bows of the two most recent Queens seem … identical?
Their cleavage . . . at least that which cleaves the waters . . .
however, is not equally exposed. And it appears the bulb of QV, below, has gotten mottled in her several years communion with the seas. I trust the yellow color is a metal coating . . .
Portside frontal profiles, including the “balls” forward of the stack cluster, seem
higher in the water than QE. Notice the ice glazing on both.
With QE in the background, here is one of the four props of one of the vessels that has come up in a lot of conversations about the Queens, the mothballed SS United States, which used to deliver 240,000 hp to its wheels.
Bunkering QV here is Harley’s St Andrews, I believe. While we’re talking about saints, here are two more names relating to these vesels: Saint Nazaire and Marghera.
Thursday after noon up to an hour before QM2 started to move upriver in search of her calves, this unidentified Vane boat was bunkering her in Red Hook. Anyone know which Vane tug stands by here with the bunker barge?
Here’s another shot of the Brooklyn passenger terminal, showing (from left to right) Mary Whalen, a Watertaxi vessel, and an unidentified Reinauer tug and barge unit (anyone know which?) directly in front of the Vane boat and QM2.
By the way, can anyone help me out with the name of the green-gabled skyscraper in the right portion of the background?
Two hours later, here’s a shot of (far to near) QM2 and QV, showing their stepped stern decks. Some numbers: 3056–1253, 2250–1253, and 2092–992. These numbers are maximum passenger capacity to crew size 0n QM2, QV, and QE, respectively. If you want the best passenger-to-crew ratio, it appears, then take QV.
In contrast to the two slightly older Queens, QE has a fuller, boxier stern . . . hence, the slightly larger passenger capacity on QE relative to QV, which both came into existence in Marghera, a “suburb” of Venice. QM2 was constructed in Saint Nazaire, on the west coast of France.
Finally, that first set of names (Olsen, McNaught, and Wells), these are the Masters of the three Queens. Inger Klein Olsen is from the Faroe Islands and Cunard’s first female captain. McNaught is from Glasgow and son of a marine engineer. Wells worked on Shell tankers and became second officer on QE2 before becoming master of QM2.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
A short post today . . . it’s December and just to call it windy out is an understatement along the lines of saying that in winter the sixth boro is less hot than in June, that sex is just exercise, and that this video is a fenderbender.
Oh, well . . . enjoy these fotos: Specialist II slings a string (strings along a sling?) of rock scows into the confluence of the East (so-called) River and the Hudson. That’s
Red Hook container port in the background, with the nose of Mary Whalen protruding from behind the blue warehouse.
And here’s a catch-up from my Philly posts of last week: when Captain Dann towed the Lockwood 2002 barge south-bound the cargo looked
all boxed up like this. Maybe something headed south or east for Sinterklaas?
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Thanks to Carolina Salguero of PortSide NewYork for calling that video to my attention.
And since I’m linking to videos today, see this one, a music video that uses the Witte scrapyard as backdrop. I really like the music, but I think the ship remains in the Arthur Kill location should be the main event, NOT the backdrop.
To see last year’s post from August 30, click here. For info on the race next Sunday, click here. If you scroll through that previous link, way down in the fine print you’ll read that this year’s race is dedicated to the memory of Don Sutherland. Below is a short video I made at a memorial to Don held in June 2010 aboard PortSide NewYork’s Mary Whalen.
This post is dedicated to those folks who . . . on Labor Day . . . can’t make the tug race or even the family BBQ because they will labor in the house,
Happy Labor Day.
Because of last night’s rain, you have one last chance to see “Seven Deadly Seas” TONIGHT at 8 pm. Go early and catch this hard-to-replicate combination: left to right Cape Race, Gazela, and Mary A. Whalen … as seen from the entrance to the Brooklyn Passenger Terminal in Red Hook.
Big doings also are happening for Pegasus, here with a happy tour group. Pegasus and Lehigh Valley 79 will be docked in Brooklyn Bridge Park starting later this week.
Uh . . . shoes of future mariners?
Contemporary mariners work aboard such vessels as
JoAnne Reinauer III
and (right to left) Twin Tube– a supply boat–and CSL Atlas, cousin of my longlost Alice O. By the way, Atlas brought in the beginnings of the upcoming winter’s supply of road salt . . or was that table salt??
Colleen McAllister and other vessels labor away at the sisyphusian task of dredging.
R/V vessels like Blue Sea do their own research/education work. Here RV Blue Sea is on the high and dry as a preparation for a new season.
Jay Michael frequents the sixth boro, and
in parting, this sloop (Margaret A ?) passes a fuel barge.
Unfortunately, I missed yesterday’s lobsterboat races up in Portland, Maine, and I have to wait til 2011 to see them. But you can still get to the 18th Annual Great North River (aka sixth boro) Tugboat Race on September 5. See you there.
Tomorrow … yes … another few days’ gallivant. Details later.
All fotos here by Will Van Dorp.
Unrelated: Check out this Newtown Creek shipping post by Restless.