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Here was 5. Early May means recreational vessels return to the sixth boro, even if
Revenir came into the Narrows recently.
From the name I had guessed an insurance company . . . but this boat operates between Manhattan and a golf course in Jersey.
And finally . . . it appears to be Swivel, one of the 65′ WYTLs sold out of the Coast Guard.
So the Nomada story is that once she was a Royal Canadian Navy tugboat built in 1943. As such she crossed the Atlantic on her own. I guess I’d better do a post on her tomorrow. If you’re upriver, keep your eyes peeled; she’s headed for Lake Erie.
Old Wine has to be one of the best vessel names ever! Disclaimer . . . she does NOT carry beverage. I’d love to see her come to the sixth boro, although . . . I can imagine the temptation some would feel to alter the name-great as it is–by adding some letters. Some ideas follow. Seriously, I use this foto with permission of Antonio, a Spanish tug captain who visited the sixth boro for the tugboat race back in 2009 . . . scroll through to the end here.
Faust arriving in town might make one worry, although I saw no evidence of that.
Spruce 2 . . .
To play with Old Wine . . . well . . . add an R to the end. Or add a S in front of the second word. I’m sure you could do better.
Thanks to Antonio Alcaraz Arbelo for the first foto, Colin Syndercombe for the second. The last two by Will Van Dorp.
It has been over six years since I first used this title, yet a bridge appears as header for every post. And just in case you’re wondering, I will keep that version of the header no matter what gets announced the day after tomorrow. The VZ Bridge is our Arc de Triomphe. An April morning in 2008 I caught this foto of the QM2 arriving here for the first time. Foto taken from the northwest (NW) side of the Narrows.
Each year representatives of the fleet pass –here USS Nitze–under, with added moisture added by FDNY. Foto from the SE.
Dozens of vessels pass beneath the structure daily. I recall how thrilled I was to drive my boat underneath . . . in 2003, as I was moving it to the Great Lakes and myself into the sixth boro. Aside from its symbolic and logistical value, the VZ is beautiful–here seen from the NE.
It’s most beautiful at dawn.
But the other morning as I caught this, I wonder why the bridgegreen version of navygray was chosen as its color. I think of the Golden Gate, the Purple People Bridge, the yellow bridges of Pittsburgh.
What prompts this post is a sight I saw from the SE a few weeks ago . . . what looked first like a high-hanging fruit hanging west of the Brooklynside tower. I wondered if it’d always been there but somehow I’d missed it.
Zooming in, though, I saw it was a paint crew, at least five painters. Putting on camouflage or daubing antirust?
Maybe preparing to change the color depending on the results of a horse race?
Or prepping for a new VZ Bridge color in honor of the bridge’s jubilee . . in about a year and a half?
Happy May Day . . all fotos by Will Van Dorp. Anyone know why the official spelling of the bridge does not match that of its namesake?
this closer-up of the foto above shows half the bridge won’t lift. Research aborted, and I was really hoping to show the tow breaking its way up the Hutch through ice. The fuel load eventually –and very eventually–has to get delivered elsewhere. For outatowners, the background is the Bronx.
Now it’s February 3, 10:52. The fuel has been transferred into the tanks on shore, and the crew waits for sufficient water to return to the creek for egress.
11:01. Note how little water shows on the right side of the barge.
11:43. While waiting for the flood, here’s a view of the engine room.
1:43. Still waiting.
2:26. There’s now adequate water for the towboat to squeeze alongside the barge to make up to the “bow” of the barge.
2:27. Diane B pivots in her length and the crew makes up to the “bow.”
2:45. As they finish making up, I run ahead to the nearest bridge for the best fotos as they “thread the needle” back out to wider water. Let’s call this bridge #1.
2:47. Truly this is contact sport . . . without the contact and without the sport. Actually, it’s hard work. Notice the barge cutting through the ice here.
3:10, and I’ve driven my car a half dozen miles to get to bridge #4. Notice #3 and #2 open. And if you squint, you can see Diane B‘s upper wheelhouse passing through bridge #2.
3:13 finds the tow about to pivot 90 degrees to port to clear the Amtrak Bridge, aka bridge #3.
3:17. After fitting through #3, the tow immediately needs to line up for #4.
3:18. Lining up may take a pulse, a snort of the engines.
Once through #4, it’s not as if the channel runs straight.
3:27. The tow heads through Eastchester Bay for the East River. Throgs Neck Bridge is NOT a lift bridge. If I’m counting right, the tow passes under another 11 bridges before reloading on the Arthur Kill.
Thanks to American Petroleum & Transport and the crew of Diane B for helping with this story. Thanks to Professional Mariner for printing my story and pictures. Consider subscribing.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who places them online because I like the cheap big format afforded by electronic media.
All eyes peeled . . . rumbling means something approaches from outside the Narrows
It’s Norwegian Jewel. An insider’s view was featured here on this blog a few months back.
Seeing the flashy scene around this lifeboat puzzled my naked eyes.
All fotos earlier this month by Will Van Dorp.
The insides of your computer?
Clearly not. That Ellen McAllister on the right and
assisting Siteam Explorer around Bergen Point.
Floating legos with USACE theme?
Again . . . no. It’s Mare Atlanticum with Gelberman to port and McAllister Sisters assisting to starboard. Click here (and scroll) for Sisters before getting the upper wheelhouse. See after and before here on Birk and Harold’s site.
And what yacht pokes her bow from beneath the Bridge here?
It’s the certainly yachtly North River.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
YM Milestone is one of the largest vessels I’ve seen in the sixth boro . . . a full 1000′ loa by 131,’
but even at that, she’s a full 100′ shorter than the largest YM vessel currently afloat. Milestone comes and goes via the Suez.
|2013 April 21st, 22:00:19 UTC||Norfolk|
|2013 April 19th, 17:00:24 UTC||New York|
|2013 March 23rd, 00:00:06 UTC||Hong Kong|
|2013 March 22nd, 03:00:28 UTC||Shekou|
|2013 March 17th, 03:45:48 UTC||Sin Wbga|
|2013 March 17th, 03:45:28 UTC||Vung Tau|
|2013 February 10th, 08:00:31 UTC||Norfolk|
|2013 February 7th, 08:00:59 UTC||New York|
Let’s talk far to near here . . . Ioannis has a curious
house on the bow.
Xin Su Zhou traveled here through the Panama Canal; in fact, she left Yang Shan on 3/26.
I’m not sure why she attracted a boarding party before
entering our polyglot port. That’s Erikoussa on the far side.
More ships soon. All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Gramma Lee T Moran, 2002
Jay Mchael and Mister Jim, 1980 and 1982
Mister T, 2001
Mister T again
Brandywine and Viking, 2006 and 1976
Kimberly Turecamo, 1980
Red Hook (a first on this blog) and Severn, 2013 and 2008
B. Franklin Reinauer, 2012
Shelby Rose, 1963
Hubert Bays, 2002.
All fotos taken in the past week by Will Van Dorp.
Here was 1 and 2. Twelve minutes elapses in the set of fotos. In the distance beyond the pipelines, Siteam Explorer (more on her later) and ACL Atlantic Compass pass. The green vessel center right is Atchafalaya, foto at the end of this post.
Tailing Atlantic Compass around Bergen Point is the vessel currently known as Elizabeth McAllister. Click here for her long history, including a quite serious mishap almost exactly 25 years ago when she was called Elizabeth Moran.
Atlantic Compass–like some of her fleetmates–is 29 years old, built at Kockums in Malmo, Sweden–right across the water from Copenhagen. Click here for some great archival fotos of this generation of ACL ROROs.
That’s McAllister Responder now tailing portside.
Note the folded-down mast.
Unrelated: Here’s a closer up of Atchafalaya.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Here was the first of this series, from over four years ago. And what’s this? whose wake prints?
Answer? It’s the flotilla assisting Hanjin San Francisco into Port Elizabeth. Four months ago I caught San Fran outbound . . . here . . . scroll through.
Let’s do an anatomy of wakes on a curve called Bergen Point. That’s Marion Moran on the stern quarter, a New Jersey State Police boat overtaking on the port side. Click here to see a now/then foto of Shooters, the island just beyond the container vessel.
Marion clings, presses while moving “sideways” through the water.
Laura K passes.
In the same general time frame, surveyboat Michele Jeanne
and lube tanker Emma Miller scribe the surface with their own signature, as
does Ellen McAllister and as
a commingling with
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.