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For photos of all the previous generations of sludge carriers–aka carriers of Gross Universal Product–click here for the first in this series.  Rockaway makes the second of NYCDEP’s latest vessels I’ve seen.  Look her over well.

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She’s only slightly less loaded than  . . .

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Hunt’s Point, which I saw about a half hour later.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Happy Labor Day.  And for most of these photos, I’m grateful to William Hyman, whose perspective was Pier I at 69-70th Street.

The event starts with a parade . . .

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including a range of serious muscle.  That’s the gray Willard operating as New York Media Boat in the distance to the right.

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Even The Bronx represented that bor0.

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Then there’s the line up . . . .  Anyone have the experience of waiting in the starting blocks before some foot race?

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And then many engines roar . . .

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and churn up the river.

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William does a good job of capturing what it looks like from behind.

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Scroll through this 2006 tugster post for photos of my current boat–Urger–in this race eight years ago and seen from the back of the pack.

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And I took this photo yesterday of the 343‘s addition to the festivity.

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Many thanks to William Hyman.  And have a great Labor Day.

 

But first . . . it’s a race, and there are trophies for such categories as best-looking, best mascot, best tattooed crew person . . .  .  And there is pushing and jostling, for which there are no trophies.  But what would you call this?

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Step back a hundred and some feet . . . and clearly it’s USAV MGen Anthony Wayne LT-803, 5100 hp, and delivered from what is now  VT Halter Marine in June 1993.  Off her port side is Eric R. Thornton.

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From l to r, lining up are Meagan Ann, Houma, Bering Sea, a little of Robert E. McAllister, Buchanan 1, Mister T, and Emily Ann.  

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Here’s a view of Robert E.’s business end under way.

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Mako III seemed to carry a different name last year.   It began life as an Army ST, although I don’t know what number she carried.  66, perhaps?

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And they were off.  Fells Point, the nearest vessel, is likely the newest boat in the race.

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More photos later.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, who is grateful to NYMedia Boat and Bjoern Kils for getting the best positions for photography during the sixth boro’s premiere Labor Day event, the 22nd annual Great North River Race organized by the Working Harbor Committee, who also deserve a big round of applause.

Two questions you might have are . .  why does the Army have boats, and who was MGen Anthony Wayne?  Here are links A and B to answer the first part–please add detail if you know it–and here’s the info on General Wayne, sometimes called “mad General Wayne.”

Coexistence . . . is vital.  Click on the linked words for info on the Bisso family history and their fleet of derrick barges.   I can provide no info on the surfers other than that they were having fun at the beach.  You should have heard what the gulls–lower right–were saying.

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Click here for info on their pipe lay equipment, and here for their dive support boat, featured here last spring.   No info on the rower.

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I’m not sure whose survey boat this is.   . . .

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Head on over to Riis Park before the season is over!

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

Here was the first post  . . .LNYB . .  being Lower New York Bay.  I’m wondering, though, if this might technically be the corner of New York Bight, not the Lower Bay.    The “sixth boro” nomenclature  . . . blurs the distinction.

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The Rockaway Lateral pipeline project is . . . partly about pipe.  How the pipe gets “injected” into the earth is illustrated in this video.  Bear with the first 45 seconds . . . the remaining 4 and a half minutes are illuminating.

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Thanks to a secret salt for these photos of taking on pipe and provisions.

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Here’s a closeup of OSV Michael Lawrence, which first appeared in this blog here.

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Here are fleet mates.

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All above photos from a secret salt.  If I’m not way off, the photo below–not so close up–shows Michael Lawrence alongside the “pipe-injector” barge.

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This last photo I took on Tuesday.

Of course, there is Tilly, seen afloat here just  a few weeks before she was allowed to sink near Key West.

And then there are a set of ice yachts, built in the Bronx but not listed on this website, although I’m not sure why.

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And then there was sub chaser PC-1264–two dozen projects BEFORE Tilly, sold for scrap but never scrapped.

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Close up of 1264 starboard at low tide.

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A view of her port side . . . three years ago.   But if you go decades farther back in products of the Bronx, there is

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this!!  Here’s an article from a 1916 issue of Power Boating (scroll to p. 37) on the Speedway products of the Consolidated in the Bronx.  Besides Consolidated, the Bronx also had Kyle & Purdy and

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Here’s a Bronx product of Lyon-Tuttle shipyard, previously Kyle & Purdy.

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And here’s another . . .

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, who snapped the last three photos above at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton NY, a must-see for anyone interested in recreational boats.

And although this is a bit late, I’ll be at the midtown main branch of the New york Public Library this evening with Gary Kane to show and discuss our documentary . . . Graves of Arthur Kill.

 

Here was my post two years ago, and here are some photos I took on and around the first CoWD.     Peter Stanford, several decades back, organized an annual Sea Day, which I think is a better name.  Squint your eyes looking at the photo below and you almost imagine a planet of water.   Almost, right?

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I’m happy that summer and winter brings sightseers onto the water using these vessels.

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Squint again and from this perspective the boro of Manhattan looks a bit like the bow of a vessel, WTC1 being the stem post.  Fireboat Harvey and the rowboat are much near New Jersey, though, than the city of NYC.

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It’s the city of Hoboken water day?

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It’s actually the sixth boro water day . . . with land activities on boros, islands, and cities in a neighboring state.   Below, it’s Village Community Boathouse rowers past Pier A.

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Meanwhile, in the midst of it all, work goes on along the front of the inimitable Manhattan skyline, Sassafras here with DoubleSkin 39.

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And here as the day starts, the iconic Pegasus  . . . and crew  . . . reporting for duty, getting those who signed up for free tours on

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the primordial boro.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, who leaves with his red passport tomorrow for the north country.  Posting will happen when possible.

 

. . . my latest coined term . . . for which the acronym GUP lends itself is  . . . gross universal product, i.e. what’s transported in vessels like these.  And it really is “universal,” as evidenced by a Hong Kong vessel like this.   That it is gross . . . let me say that it goes without saying.

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Newtown Creek and Red Hook belong to two generations of NYCDEP vessels traveling along the East River . . . past places like this in these photos from 2012.  Red Hook came to transport GUP in 2009, the latest sludge carrier until

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this one –Hunts Point–came along this February . . . in a photo compliments of bowsprite

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Newtown Creek was launched in 1968 . . . and still carries a lot of GUP.

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North River . . . 1974. Imagine your garbage being picked up by a 1974 Oshkosh!

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Owls Head, the previous class and shown here in 2009 mothballed, launched in 1952!  And I had to find some 1952 waste picker uppers.

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In case you’re wondering what prompts this post and what is new in this post, given previous ones like this and this  . . .  well here it is, something I hunted for a long time and finally found yesterday when the air-conditioned New York Public Library felt fantastic!   Mayor La Guardia spent a grand total of $1,497,000–much of it WPA money–for three sludge carriers launched in January, February, and March 1938, Wards Island, Tallman Island, and Coney Island, resp.  Wards Island and Tallman Island became barges Susan Frank and Rebecca K and Coney Island was reefed in 1987, although I can’t find where.

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Below are the specs.  Note that “sludge” is NOT raw GUP.  I’d love to hear stories bout and see pics of these Island class DEP boats.  How large were the crews and what was the work schedule?

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Click on the photo below for info on what was at least part of waste disposal–built in Elizabethport 1897– prior to La Guardia’s sludge tankers.

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Here from the NYC Municipal Archives is a dumping boat said to be hauled out at “East River Dry docks,”  which I’m not sure the location of.

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Unrelated, here’s another vessel–Pvt. Joseph F. Merrell-- built at the same location along the KVK in early 1951 and disposed of not far away after transitioning from Staten Island Merrell-class ferry to NYC prison space.  Does anyone know the disposition of Don Sutherland’s photos of Merrell/Wildstein?

Here was 13.

Can you guess the origins of this freshwater vessel?

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I’d think the underwater structure here is something of a clue.

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I’ve no idea how many years ago this house was added.

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Here’s another clue, although it might be quite the distractor.

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I like the off center crane.

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Check 1929 on that above clue.

This is a plan of the ferry WARD’S ISLAND, designed by Eads Johnson, and built for the New York State Department of Mental Health in 1929 by Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT (slow year for submarines?). Steel, diesel, 101 ft. x 32 ft. Retired in 1937 by construction of bridges.

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Many thanks to Norman Brouwer for the above drawing and identification.  Photos by Will Van Dorp, who needs to find out what propulsion engine (s) the derrick vessel has today.  I’ve also not found a found of Ward’s Island prior to her conversion.   Photos were taken along the Oswego Canal.

 

If there are eight million stories in the naked city, then there are at least 80 million perspectives, and what I love about social media is the ability to share many more of these than can otherwise be seen.   Take this one . . . sent along yesterday by Jonathan Steinman.  Big Allis sets the location as about a half mile north of the bridge now named for Ed Koch.  And the vessel . . .  the current and VI version of Empire State on the first day . . . of Summer Sea Term 2014 and not yet out of its East River home waters.  Greets to all the cadets on deck enjoying the mild spring morning.  Click here for the previous versions of Empire State:  I   II    III    IV    V.

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And tailing . .  it looks like McAllister Girls.

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Around midday yesterday, Empire State was here (the blue icon off St George) and not quite 24 hours later,

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she’s off Montauk.

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The previous photo from Jonathan–which I never shared–was this, taken in midMarch.  If you’re not from the area, that’s the East River with Roosevelt Island making for a quite narrow channel.  That’s Shelby (of shuttle fame) and Freddy K Miller (ever morphing) team-pushing Weeks 533  (lifter of Sully’s ditched 1549).

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And if you’ve forgotten what my –and many others’ focus was in midMarch, it was

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salt!

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Many thanks to Jonathan for sharing these photos.

Here’s a photo I took almost four years ago of the SUNY Maritime training ship returning home from Summer Sea Term.

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