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Let’s make up some words and revisit Sunday’s significant changes to the “landfront” of the sixth boro, not the “waterfront.” In fact, on the waterfront change is fluid, literally. Click on the foto to see the dust fly.
What’s happening on the water at 0553 h? Just the usual . . . bananas
from Ecuador need to be offloaded.
NYPD patrols, and
kayakers make their way across the calm bay.
Tuesday morning, as seen from the Staten Island ferry . . .
machines disassemble the
load it onto trucks for processing, once Susan (Catherine?) Miller gets them back to the roads.
Our landfront has never looked this way . . . til now.
Fotos and video by Will Van Dorp.
I thought I’d used this title before, but I was thinking about this one, backgrounds. The idea here is similar.
From this angle, can you identify this vessel?
It’s a shipshape Pegasus!
From the same perspective, Justine McAllister and Franklin Reinauer leaving the KVK for the AK.
Ditto equally shipshape Mary Turecamo, from a perspective such that the visor practically obscures the house windows.
What’s the tale of three wakes . . . one recent and the others less so?
This is a good view of how a model bow fits snugly in the notch.
Where’s this and what’s this? Although it looks like a building being overrun by tropical flora and fauna,
this might generate a different set of associations.
This was taken from the same vantage point but with the camera pointed a bit higher yet, and it makes all the difference.
It’s OSC Vision entering the Upper Bay last weekend, giving new meaning to the term “shipshape.” And the fauna here could be called landscaping goats . . . . or “scapegoats,” for short.
Two ships . . . well, at least until you examine the farther one more closely.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who did this earlier goat homage here.
GB15 was here.
About the foto below, I love surprising discoveries like this: Rikers Island has a launch, Officer Guy Hudson. I wonder if the launch has ever figured in searches for escaping Rikers’ inmates. Click here for foto and video tour of Rikers.*
Below foto taken last weekend, Kojima has made the sixth boro an “annual” stop the past two summer solstices! I also spotted them here in early summer a few years back, too. Suppose they come for the mermaid parade?
Thanks to Captain Zizes for this foto of the Bravest, the most recent FDNY Marine unit, commissioned less than a month ago on May 26. Info thanks to Harold Tartell.
Another shot of EPA Bold arriving through the Narrows a few weeks back. I love the small boat on a trailer on starboard side. Bold was docked at Riverbank State Park–the park over the sewage treatment plant!!–less than two weeks ago.
Yesterday’s post featured a Robert Allan tug in Italy; here’s Fire Fighter II, the latest Robert Allan-designed fireboat in the sixth boro.
Special trash skimmer DEP Shearwater . . . I’d love to hear more about it, and is Jamaica Bay still around also?
Unrelateds: Has no one gotten a foto of Cangarda in the past 36 hours? Does the unique vessel only steam Captain Nemo-style under concealment of night?
And the NYTimes CityBlogs had this article recently . . . a story about the tug Petersburg; a foto of a certain deckhand handling Petersburg lines appeared here almost two years back on tugster . . . see the last foto.
Finally . .. if you’re free Sunday night, come to BAM’s short film series for Jessica Edwards’ Tugs. I think I’ll be there.
*Embedded in the Riker’s Island link is some interesting budget info: Riker’s recent budget info (?.. ok this takes more sourcing) reveals that it spends $860 million at the correctional facility to “control” [wikipedia's term] 14,000 inmates with 7000 corrections officers and an additional 1500 civilians; less than 20 miles to the southeast, Nassau Community College (NCC) spends $200 million to serve 22,000 students with 740 fulltime professors number currently in flux) and an undetermined (by me) number of parttime professors and administrative folks. I realize that Rikers has to feed, house, etc. their 14,000 “controlees,” but also added into the equation should be that NCC students depart with skills for upwardly mobile jobs.
If you click here and are familiar with some of the changes on the NYC waterfront, you’ll know some of these landmarks are gone. Debate on choices of what to save and what to preserve are endless. Recognize the vessel below? What was its past and will be its future?
Here’s a summary of Christeen‘s features. Click here for a quick timeline of 150+ years of water history of Oyster Bay, NY. Of course, Oyster Bay launched many tugboats during the half century of Jakobson‘s tenure there. Scan the list for boats that have appeared on this blog, (Cornell, Margot, Houma, Maryland, Escort, Consort …) too numerous to link to now, but you can use the search window to see them. Jakobson’s even built a small submarine, X-1. Jakobson’s yard is now gone without many traces.
you won’t. It’s gone. See the article here. I took this foto less than three months ago.
All fotos by will Van Dorp.
Because of last night’s rain, you have one last chance to see “Seven Deadly Seas” TONIGHT at 8 pm. Go early and catch this hard-to-replicate combination: left to right Cape Race, Gazela, and Mary A. Whalen … as seen from the entrance to the Brooklyn Passenger Terminal in Red Hook.
Big doings also are happening for Pegasus, here with a happy tour group. Pegasus and Lehigh Valley 79 will be docked in Brooklyn Bridge Park starting later this week.
Uh . . . shoes of future mariners?
Contemporary mariners work aboard such vessels as
JoAnne Reinauer III
and (right to left) Twin Tube– a supply boat–and CSL Atlas, cousin of my longlost Alice O. By the way, Atlas brought in the beginnings of the upcoming winter’s supply of road salt . . or was that table salt??
Colleen McAllister and other vessels labor away at the sisyphusian task of dredging.
R/V vessels like Blue Sea do their own research/education work. Here RV Blue Sea is on the high and dry as a preparation for a new season.
Jay Michael frequents the sixth boro, and
in parting, this sloop (Margaret A ?) passes a fuel barge.
Unfortunately, I missed yesterday’s lobsterboat races up in Portland, Maine, and I have to wait til 2011 to see them. But you can still get to the 18th Annual Great North River (aka sixth boro) Tugboat Race on September 5. See you there.
Tomorrow … yes … another few days’ gallivant. Details later.
All fotos here by Will Van Dorp.
Unrelated: Check out this Newtown Creek shipping post by Restless.
I start this post with five older fotos; the one below showing crew tidying up lines on McAllister Responder dates from January 2007. Until now, I’ve always focused on the foreground, not the background. Of course, all those blue warehouses are now being replaced by Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Another example–Francis E. Roehrig (now Aegean Sea but ex-Jersey Coast and John C. Barker and as Francis E. a hero post-Bouchard accident) has always been focus of this foto for me rather than what’s in the background.
Again, I’ve focused until now on the foreground, on the 140′ icebreaking tug Sturgeon Bay instead of on the rich architecture of Brooklyn Heights,
in summertime obscured by a jungle of foliage, making it easier to focus of East River traffic like Express Marine’s Duty, below. However, what I learned last week is that Brooklyn Heights has fascinations all
its own. Like this house standing on Pierrepont Place, the house of Abiel Abbot Low, son of Seth Low of Salem, Massachusetts. A. A. Low moved to Brooklyn Heights after spending six years in Canton’s markets dealing with Wu Bingjian aka Howqua. From Brooklyn Heights, Low could observe
the goings and comings of his fleet of China clippers over at South Street when it was a seaport in the years between the First and Second Opium Wars. Finding out more about the Lows ( and in subsequent generations their connections to the mayor of Brooklyn, Columbia University and FDR . . . ) those are adventures and work that lie ahead. Last week I learned that what’s in the background might as well be an interesting focus as what is background.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
As Fuji is a source of unity for all and inspiration for artists, so is our Lady. Today I’ll purloin the words of
Emma Lazarus, who wrote, “Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, with conquering limbs astride from land to land; here at our sea-washed
sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles.
From her beacon-hand glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command the air-bridged
harbor that twin cities frame. “Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she with silent lips. . . .” And you probably know the rest.
A bulked-up Helen Parker plays here, and
as does this Bouchard barge No. 85.
Different photographers help her give illusions of cavorting atop dredger New York or
Other vessels pictured include Liberty IV, schooner Pioneer, and ferry Spirit of America. Also, in the second foto, notice the club/barge William Wall between the sailboats and Ellis Island.
As I look at these two days of shots, in response to the survey about whether NYC’s sixth boro needs a seasonal light display, it occurs to me that some shots are missing, like Liberté as seen from outside the Narrows, atop the gantries at Bayonne and Port Elizabeth, from an aircraft above 1000′, and from the peak of a tall building in Newark. Anyone help?
Parting shot: one of my own favorites.
And for an artistic influence on Bartholdi, see a painting called La Vérité by Jules J. Lefebvre completed before Liberté, click here.
Leapfrogging from “L” to “P,” ok ok, later I’ll pick up the ones I skipped. P . . . parks and paddling. Like National Parks. Try to guess where these waters flow.
It’s Sunday glorious morning, and
and the water is flat; the kayakers stay safely out of shipping channels and “go-fast” trajectories.
A ranger stands by. The trailer transported the kayaks to the beach off to the right. What’s your best guess about location?
If I turn the other way, this tower projects itself against the sky. The profile might lead you to wonder if it’s the newest ATB setting the record for the highest air draft (a metal swan, as Bowsprite conceptualizes it) . . . or an airport?
It’s JFK, in the boro of Queens. And the kayaks, believe it or not, the National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy, in conjunction with the National Park Service, runs a FREE kayaking program just east of Canarsie Pier in Brooklyn. Yes, it’s Brooklyn, and a calm out of the way portion of the sixth boro. Friday through Mondays all July from 10 am until 2 pm. And someone powerful must be happy: since the program started on July 10, the weather has been fabulous. Over 200 folks have come out for a paddle, many of those again and again and again.
Harbor Conservancy has also created a trail for experienced kayakers in Jamaica Bay with five put-in points as well as signage for wildlife viewing. A map will soon be available here.
Click on the map below to make it interactive. This beach is just south of the intersection of Rockaway Parkway and Belt Parkway. Jamaica Bay is the “only wildlife refuge in the National Park system.” Follow some great directions in that link.
I first kayaked over 20 years ago in boats much like these, nervous before I boarded that a kayak would be unstable. Only weeks later I was surfing down coastal New Hampshire waves that grew from three feet to four feet to . . . well, after that I usually wiped out, but got back in and tried again. For the kids and adults getting into a kayak the first time here, where might the experience lead? And since writing that post more than two years ago, I’ve met Rocking the Boat and Floating the Apple.
Thanks to Rangers Jose A. Ramirez, James Keena, and Pat Given for info used in the story. All fotos by Will Van Dorp. City Parks info here.
Also unrelated: from today’s NY Times, a “secret pool party“!!
Caribbean Sea, above, heads into the obscuring fog. Only on clear days do I appreciate the fog.
Atlas Navigator emerges from it, like a gift.
Bowsprite witnessed Monge, large and camouflaged in the color of the fog, depart.
The next fotos bear no relation to the previous although I do imagine that somewhere beyond the fog a “gorgeous” waterfall realm beckons. It beckoned and I followed a crowd last month. Any ideas where? Answer revealed below.
New York. Click here after you guess where in NY. It’s St. Lawrence watershed.
PS: Tugster tells stories/shows fotos in the Melville Gallery at South Street Seaport Monday, November 10, at 630ish pm.
The East River is a helluva strait, literally, if you head east through Hell Gate and between South and North Brother Islands. The Brothers were not only the site of infectious diseases hospitals (ruins of which are visible on the SoBro pix here and more on this in a later post) but also of the 1904 maritime tragedy that cost over a thousand lives, i.e., the burning of the General Slocum.
Continuing east of the Brothers, Rikers lies south of the channel and beyond the DEP facility and north of the channel, “rikers annex,” prison barge Vernon C. Bain provides a model for the ultimate in waterfront living? The mystery lies below: what is the name/story of the wreck in the cove leading to Westchester Creek?
That’s the Whitestone in the background.
My estimate is . . . at least 125′ loa.
That’s Ferry Point Park in the background.
Again looking toward Ferry Point Park.
Maybe it’s an old ferry? Maybe it’s a cheap but dramatic way to mark shoals? Maybe it’s art?
Unrelated: see Sea Fever’s 9/22 post featuring a crew riding Hurricane Ike out off Galveston. Lord have mercy!!!!!