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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.”

Here were 2 and the first.  This was Sunday morning August 24 at dawn.

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Maersk Atlanta was headed out and

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the lifters –Oops I mean Ardmore Sealifter and  . .  Ichabod Crane–were at different stages of prep to move and

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and who be that . . . incoming  . .  . hull down?

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with lots of deck gear . . .

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why it’s Alice!!

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with all her sculptural machines all

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ready to discharge more aggregates on the projects hither and yon in the terrestrial boros of NYC.

All photos by Will Van Dorp, who offers this in case he’s NOT back in the city for the tug race on Sunday.  On verra.

Click here for the many posts I’ve done on my favorite Alice.

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.

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.

 

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