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I still haven’t gotten botruc off my brain.  I thought of it when I saw Ibrahim Dede this morning.  Notice the truck on the load . .. port side forward . . . ish?  When I snapped this, I had not yet noticed it.

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Here’s the point I actually noticed them.

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The last time I saw trucks on a ship was here on APL Pearl, a third of a year ago.

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Turkon Line . . . truck on ship.  It was a fabulous spring morning at the Narrows this morning.   More soon.

 

It’s the summer station boat and a training platform for pilot apprentices.  Recognize the location?

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The station boat is on the East River just east of Hell Gate.   From near to far, the bridges are the Hell Gate and then the RFK.

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Here she passes the Astoria Generating Station on its way to the channel

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between the Brothers.

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Frequent contributor Ashley Hutto caught the No. 2 westbound later in the day, here passing the bridge I’d be happy to sell you.

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Click here for a story of a visit to the No. 2 station boat by Kristina Fiore.

Thanks to Ashley for the bottom photo.   All others by Will Van Dorp, who took photos of Peacock–an unusual pilot boat here not quite a year ago.

Wow!  It’s been a long time since I used this title, and again, a FB thread brings this one up.

No need for much text here, let’s take photos of stacks, like the guy at the rail here.

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Most of these I took in the month of March 2014.

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The name plate here betrays a lack of self-confidence about this name . . . photo taken March 29.

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Neste is a rare oil company today that put its own name on a tanker fleet.

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Horizon stacks no longer call in New York.

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Ah . . . makes me thirsty … .

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Mikhail Ulyanov provides two-direction vistas.

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My favorite stack is here, for V8 Stealth II . . . scroll through.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

From midday . .  til dusk.  Here between Morris Canal and Battery Park City, Gabby heads south.

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Mister T mightily pulls six scows here between

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the Williamsburg and the Manhattan Bridges.

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Near midtown on the East River, there’s an eastbound unit and a westbound one.

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Westbound, it’s Cheyenne moving crushed cars, and

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and–eastbound– Captain Zeke with petro product.  By the way, Captain Zeke was moving faster than the uncrushed cars on the highway in the distance, probably because of some unintentional crushing that had happened.

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From near Hell Gate now, looking back at Captain Zeke, what a moody city!!

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Sometimes–as in this TRUE bowsprite story–my eyes just play tricks on me.    Other times, there are just tricks.

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Today’s the day for tricks, and rather than invent baseless stories, I just played with the airbrush.  Here are the names I really saw.

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Here’s the April Fool’s post I did four years ago.

All photos and their manipulations by Will Van Dorp.

Here’s a range of photos from the present to the unknowable past.  Gage Paul Thornton . . . 1944 equipment working well in adverse 2014 conditions.   Photo by Bjoern Kils of New York Media Boat.

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In 2007, McAllister Responder (1967) moved Peking (1911) across the sixth boro for hull inspection.  Photo by Elizabeth Wood.  That’s me standing on port side Peking adjacent to Responder house.

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1953 Hobo races in Greenport Harbor in 2007.

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A glazed over Gulf Dawn (1966)  inbound from sea passes BlueFin (2010).

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Deborah Quinn (1957) awaits in Oyster Bay in 2010.

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HP-Otter and HR-Beaver . . .  said to be in C-6 Lock in Fort Edward yesterday.  Photo by tug44 Fred.   New equipment chokes on ancient foe but no doubt will be dried off to run again.  Compare this photo with the fourth one here.

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Unidentified tug on Newburgh land’s edge back in 2009.  I’ve been told it’s no longer there.

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Unidentified wooden tug possibly succumbing to time in August  2011.

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Ditto.  Wish there was a connection with a past here.

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Thanks to Bjoern, Elizabeth, and Fred for their photos.  All others by Will Van Dorp.

 

I should rename this post “Time Warp.”  I started it in May 2008 and this morning–in response to some Facebook exchanges–resurrected it.  Maybe I will begin a series called “Time Warp,” though, and any photos no more than 20 years old–to pick an arbitrary boundary and to keep the series from becoming ancient time warp which could be its own thing– . . . any photos you wish to contribute no more than two decades old would be welcome.   Maybe I gave up on this post six years back because I had too many unanswered questions.

Anyhow, to plunge back in . . . Robert Silva and Harold Tartell provided foto of Manhasset from way back, when it sported a flying horse on its stack . . . .  I assumed this vessel was long ago scrapped.  I’m also assuming the location of this shot can be pegged by the two LNG tanks in the background.

 

Here’s another shot of the vessel (1958) (or 1952) in transition, I presume, sent along by Robert Silva.

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Here’s a photo I took in 2008:  a different small tankship Mostank (1950) maneuvers close to a tanker.  I don’t know if Galahad is still in service, and

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Here in Arthur Kill to resupply, I suppose,  Mostank . . . M O S being Marine Oil Service.  Mostank shows up as registered until at least a year ago.  Emma Miller now serves the sixth boro.

Here’s where the time warp impinges on this post.  Great Gull was around still six or seven or eight years ago.  Time flies.  The Gull has flown south.

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Back then, John B. Caddell was still working.  Is she still intact?

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Nathan E. Stewart was still in town and here moving Mary A. Whalen to the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

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The unique Odin still worked here, and

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Weddell Sea was still known as Scott C.

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All photos here by will Van Dorp unless otherwise attributed.

 

 

Here was 8.

Dolphin III, part of whose story is told in a guest post here, is a vessel I haven’t seen in quite some time, although I’ve been looking in the wrong places perhaps.  A few summers back she was doing some dive assistance in the sixth boro.

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Below is a photo of Dolphin III from almost three years ago, the summer she was an ubiquitous feature in the watery boro.

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I saw In Deep last summer one time, but never got a photo and therefore never looked it up, or maybe I did look it up and found nothing.  I do forget these things.  Anyhow, this time I noticed the word “Halcrow” just below the forward cain window and found this article about a proposal to spend a mere six billion on the Outer Harbor Gateway.

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Is this proposal still in discussion?

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Here’s a small yacht I have lots of questions about and no answers.  Some of the lines are a bit reminiscent of Florida Coasters.

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See the manufacturer name just forward of the piling?  It seems there’s a whole line of “metro–” designed goods.   Note the engine bracket at the stern?

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Here’s a virtual twin but with an outboard and a solar panel.

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I wonder what residents think of them as abodes.

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And here’s the last entry here . . a dredge tender perhaps?  I don’t recall ever having seen it afloat.  It carried no name although the colors of somewhat like those of Sea Wolf.

 

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Name this tug headed for sea as the sunset bathes it in ruby light?

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I guess this could turn into a precious materials post.  Hobo, this gold tug at the Costello shipyard in Greenport, appears to have been built 61 years ago by Caddell’s Drydock & Repair.  At this dock, it waits under the protection of this exotic creature of the winds if not waters.

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This 55-year old  . . . despite the distant port name carried on its escutcheon, is where?  Check the skyline.

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See the Chrysler Building off her port side?  Charlsea is currently in Weehawken.

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The ever-wandering Maraki  caught up with Kathy M recently in Eleuthera.

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And now . . . back to the ruby-red tug of the lead photo . . . . known as it leaves this port . . .

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as Roger Williams, a name soon

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to change.  Here she passes Castle Hill Light . . . as I said, bound for sea  . . .

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Credits here go to Rod Smith for photos of Roger Williams, Maraki for Kathy M, and all others . . . Will Van Dorp, who is expecting to make a comment about the laurels above the Graves of Arthur Kill cover . . . upper left side of this page  . . . soon.

Thanks again, Rod and Maraki.

What attracted my attention was the gull, shrieking with anger.  Click here (and follow) to see all the previous posts I’ve done about this once-proud ferry.

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“How could you allow this prolonged death?”  said the gull.

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And as much evidence as you may have that I’m fascinated by ruins, I’m with the gull on this one.

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It’s painful to watch this agony, especially as the sequence of links following from the first one above shows how spectacular this one once was.

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Get it over already.

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I’ve taken the following photos from the following books, which I own.  If you’re interested in the sixth boro past, you should own them too.

Thomas R. Flagg  . . . New York Harbor Railroads, vol 2

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Here was the interior before it was converted to a restaurant.

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And the engine room.

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Raymond J. Baxter and Arthur G. Adams . . . Railroad Ferries of the Hudson

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The two books I cite are certainly a worthwhile purchase for anyone who looks at today’s sixth boro watersides and imagines the past.

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