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Again . . . in my field guide to birds, an exotic is a species neither indigenous to nor common in a region.  Transferring this definition to machines that float, I guess that makes almost all large vessels in the harbor exotics.  Here were installments 1 and 2 for smaller boats.

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This is not a vessel type commonly seen in the sixth boro, although it is common in other places.

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Arrival of this vessel did stir some excitement among the herd of ‘scapegoats over at Fort Wadsworth, where I’d stopped by on this morning that I chose to visit my haunts around the harbor on my days off from Urger.   That’s Australian Spirit over in the distance.

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Identification via VHF transmission did sound like “makel lornce” headed for the “wakes” yard,

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which translated through my ears was Michael Lawrence bound for Weeks.   Well, welcome to NYC if this is the first trip in.

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When I was finished with my other business and heading back home to Queens, there it was again, this time

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headed to the job site off Rockaway.

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All photos this morning by Will Van Dorp.

 

 

 

Here was the first in this series.

The first three photos below–Weeks 535 to the left and Weeks 529 to the right–I took on December 3, 2013.

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The rest of the photos here–taken by Brian DeForest–show cranes including Weeks 535 taken in mid-July 2014.  Note the orange-helmeted man at the lower left point in the crane barge hull.

 

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Here are the cranes of Howland Hook where Grande Morocco 

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prepares for her run along the coast of West Africa.

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Finally . . . a unique perspective for landlubbers . . . Weeks 573 working on the Goethals Bridge southeast side.

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Many thanks to Brian for these photos.

 

Going, going . . .

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working . . .

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standing by,

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heading to the next job,

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waiting,

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traveling to the next job,

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looking good in green . . .

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, who . . . yeah . . . was running out of text today.

 

Yeah . . . so what is it?

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I don’t know, but I’ll wager it’s coming to a dock near here soon . . .

 

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Many thanks for this photo to a secret salt.

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.

 

Click here to read the first five posts in this series.

I’ve noticed the vessel below docked along the south side of GMD Bayonne the last few days, and wondered about the name, Capt. David I Lyon, which sounds unusually American for a ship in the harbor.   Looking closer, I see the  black-gray-blue-yellow stack stripes that identify it as an MSC vessel, not to be confused with this type of MSC vessel.   I turns out Capt. David I Lyon is a very newly christened MSC vessel, and here’s the rest of the story.    Hat’s off.

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Completely unrelated . . . there must be some fish swarming alongside the vessel, maybe feeding and leaving scraps for the gulls.

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Check out Zim Texas, looking like a typical sixth boro sized c-ship . . . loaded with a few thousand identical containers.  But . . .

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up there near the top of the stack . . .

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I’ll never know what oversize cargo is wrapped there.  Here’s a post I did the first time I noticed that not all cargo on a c-ship is containers.  Here’s another.

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And finally, yesterday I overheard the conversation of these two cormorants .  . saying something about Gabby and the brightly colored squares, and I thought they were talking about a 1960s rock band I don’t remember.    But then I looked out beyond the two chatty birds and noticed

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Gabby.  That Gabby, but what was the cargo on this barge?

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Can you see it better here . . . thanks to New York Media Boat, the best way to see what’s happening in the sixth boro.  Many thanks to Bjoern for sharing this photo.   Here, from the Staten Island Advance, is more detail.

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Again . . . thanks to my friend Bjoern for sharing this photo.  And if you are out on the water today, keep your eyes open wide . . . and cameras handy.

All other photos by Will Van Dorp.

So what’s with the white sheet over the fendering?  It must mean

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a creamy-white hulled vessel is arriving with what the Brazilians call “SU coe,” or  . . . my favorite cargo.

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It appears this is the third voyage of Orange Sky from Santos to Port Newark this year.  My friend John Skelson caught her here on her second voyage.   By the way, you might want to check out John’s photo exhibit on Lilac this month.

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In the next few photos, watch the teamwork between tugboat crew and ship crew.

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Ship crew has sent down the monkey’s fist line and deckhand makes it fast to a towline . . .

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which is then hauled up and made fast by ship crew, while deckhand keeps eyes on tug captain.

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Line is made fast on ship but slacked as needed on the tug until

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tug is correctly positioned.

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Now with a name like this, I couldn’t resist using

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this photo recently sent along by a secret salt.

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Any errors in interpretation of what I was “seeing” while taking these photos  . . are my errors.

Unrelated . . . given that this is Brazilian orange juice and that world cup play is on many people’s minds, check out this interesting essay by David Brooks on  . . . more like life . . . baseball or soccer?

. . . 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?

Non-random  . . . because well . . . they’re not.

Sabine, for example, I’d never seen before taking these.

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. .  here escorting in Zim Texas.

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Ditto Ironhead, which has to be one of my favorite names.

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I don’t know much else about this boat.

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And this one, Thornton Bros . . . this may be the last photo I post of her intact, as this Matton boat mutely awaits the reaper.

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Oh the stories others could tell of her.  Here and here are previous photos of this fine old boat.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Hawsepiper Paul is writing about this subject all along, as you might expect since he lives most of his days on a bunker barge.

Indulge me a bit as I elaborate on these adventures, as captured in photos by Tony A, starting with this one. When does a New York port of registry seem out of place?

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I’d say when it’s painted onto a vessel never or rarely seen in New York, and of course I know that with flags of convenience . . . anything is possible with arcane finagling.

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To appear to digress a little bit more, Marcus G Langseth is to 2014 as Robert G Conrad was to –say– 1980.  Conrad is a photo I copied from Seth Tane‘s archives a little over a year ago when I did the “fifth dimension” series on the sixth boro.

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Langseth is currently working off Atlantic City, one of its nearer peregrinations.

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Anyhow, about two weeks ago Tony A and Patrick Sky got to deliver fuel to this international wanderer.

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A little over an hour later, Patrick Sky, feeling much lighter, pulls away from this dock underneath Throgs Neck  (which autocorrect insists should be spelled “throb’s neck,” but that would take us into adventures in spell auto correcting, which I’d much rather avoid.

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Many thanks to Tony A and to Seth Tane for use of these photos.   Happy scientific gallivanting for LDEO, Marcus G Langseth named for this Tennessee-born earth scientist.

 

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