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Here was the last fishing post I did. Fishing is only a winter activity in the sixth boro. Here Dutch Girl pulls a net past the French woman and
then heads back.
And this looks like Virginia Sue, she of classic lines.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who might have enough unused fishing fotos from Brazil to do another post about them. I have got to check.
I could have called this a “scale” post, but I wanted to keep the thread. The next two fotos were taken over a hundred years ago; I used them back in 1989 in a now out-of-print book called Incomplete Journeys. It was about shipwrecks in or near the mouth of the Merrimack River in Massachusetts. The fotos show not salt but sand being loaded onto a schooner. The vessel would be run onto the “sand pile” bank at high tide, loaded, and then floated off the next high tide.
These ships were called sand droghers there, although that usage doesn’t seem very widespread. But I digress.
Let’s return to Port Newark, United Challenger, and salt.
61,000 tons of salt arrived on this ship.
Two men in cranes emptied the ship in about five days.
That involved an additional eight men driving trucks to the mountain.
Time lapse photography might be fun.
Notice the spiral staircase into the hold. Also, this hatch is midships; the bridge is quite a distance away.
Double click to enlarge (most fotos) this foto and just to the left of the Newark Bay Bridge, you’ll see WTC1.
This is taken from just forward of the first hatch, counting from the bow.
This is the bridge view.
This parting shot is from the starboard bridge wing.
Safe driving on icy roads.
All fotos (except the first two, of course) by Will Van Dorp. Many thanks to Brian DeForest of Atlantic Salt.
A buried ship?
Nah . . . See the Newark Bay Bridge in the background and if you look carefully just under the open clamshell in the center of the foto, you might spot WTC1 in Manhattan.
Here’s a closer up of United Challenger–now back at sea and bound for Norfolk, actually Newport News, I think, to load coal. See the WTC1 between the crane cab and the bridge?
The workday is getting under way.
Clamshells drop the salt into the loader.
Huge trucks loaded with relatively small increments of the 61,000 ton cargo transport the road salt to
the top of the mountain.
Here you’re looking from the ship at–I’d guess–at least a million tons of road salt.
And these are one of two sets of hands that unload the ship by controlling
clamshell buckets this size. Think of these places, ships, and crews when next you’re driving on icy roads.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp. More soon. Many thanks to Brian DeForest of Atlantic Salt for permission to get these fotos.
Tangentially related: Check out this article in the NYTimes about my friend John Skelson.
All ships are basically containers. They are –after all– sometimes called vessels. And just as is true of a FedEx aircraft or a semi or a plain-brown wrapper . . . ship’s names give little clue about what’s in the holds. So for now, let’s just look at a few and leave it at that: they are a delight to look at.
Would this be pronounced “pango?”
And finally from Maureen . . . our elusive and fast Afrodite, southbound for St. John.
Thanks to Maureen for this last one. All other by Will Van Dorp.
Let’s follow the evolution of this boat. Two years ago she went by Coney Island. I was looking forward to having a tugboat by that name in the sixth boro. A check of the USCG vessel documentation site showed that previously she had gone by Mister Jordan, a vessel I’d never seen.
The builder’s plate showed that prior to using the Mister Jordan name, she was Beth I. That sent me to the Blount site, where I also learned she was first built in 1958 for Bethlehem Steel, and that Vulcan III might be a twin.
Next I saw this vessel high and dry and in different colors. Now watch what happens with the stack. It’s a black “muffler” here, and then when next I saw her,
the black housing was gone and there were two pipes with smallish mufflers sprouted from the back of the house.
Enjoy a few more shots taken in the past few months of Coastline Bay Star.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Crow languishes here in Port Newark.
A detail-impoverished foto of Manson Construction‘s hopper dredge Glenn Edwards along with tug Kendall J. Hebert. Actually Samantha Miller is hiding in the haze near starboard stern of the dredge, anchored in Gravesend Bay.
Click here for a coloful foto of Kendall J. Hebert.
Some of the other boats I’ve seen recently are Susan E. Witte,
Katherine, (Last summer I caught Katherine pulling a dredge scow in Morehead City, North Carolina)
Pati R. Moran,
Ron G, which I first read as Rong. Often she’s in Philadelphia.
Gabby L Miller,
Miriam Moran returning to base after retrieving the docking pilot,
And finally, a boat I’ve never seen before . . . Navigator. Anyone know her story? I took this foto Sunday morning.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
FedEx in the sky, container barge at the ASI yard on this side, Donjon Marine yard on the other side, and off the end of the channel, highways and railways. By the way, Fred Smith has long been one of my heros.
EWR is one of three very busy airports in greater New York.
Note the control tower at the airport. Check that link for a view of the whole complex from the air.
And the ship . . . since 1 September, here’s a list of ports it has called in: Balikpapan, Yeosu, Huanghua, Aviles (maybe) , Red Dog Mine, and who knows where else. And some of the crew . . . are dreaming of visiting Times Square and Rockefeller tonight.
And if this is Port Newark, then next it’s Norfolk.
Here from Brooklyn . . .?
If I could stay here longer, who knows what else I might see . . . .
Fotos by Will Van Dorp.
One reader says these pics are smooshed on her computer. Does anyone else see flattened horizontal fotos?
Here was a post I did in early spring 2013. She went to Portland, Maine for the work, and this morning
she returned to South Street Seaport Museum pier, about 36 hours travel out of Gloucester.
The timing was perfect for me . . . as I’m currently reading A Dream of Tall Ships, Peter Stanford’s account of the years from 1965–1974, when as the subtitle of the book has it, a story of “how NYers came together to save the city’s sailing-ship waterfront.” Well . . . round 1, at least.
Lettie looked glorious in the morning sun, nestling back beside Ambrose, but I couldn’t help looking especially closely at the bow. I’d just read this account the day before in Stanford’s book, a recollection about the vessel then-called Caviare in September 1968
“there was one thing that needed replacing, which not vital to the schooner’s structure, mattered a great deal to her appearance. This was the gammon knee, an oak extension of the stem arching forward under the bowsprit, which nicely completes the sweeping curve of the clipper bow. The old schooner’s gammon knee had been chopped back into a stump to allow a heavy rope fender to be slung under the bow when she’d been adapted for work as a tug.”
Wow! That’s one old foto I’d love to see, this vessel, with a rope bow fender, pushing a barge. Anyone have such a foto?
Lettie‘s back, and so is this fleet. Maybe Lettie‘d love to come out fishing with them? Vessel in the distance is Pati R. Moran. Brown fishboat in the foreground is Eastern Welder.
All fotos this morning by Will Van Dorp.
Inquiring minds have demanded more context . . . to Whatzit 16. It’s called Harvest Dome, SLO Architecture‘s fun art project, which is intended to float in the Gowanus near 3rd and 3rd til late Spring 2014 on the watery side of this place. Here are some fotos of the trip from Governors Island to the Gowanus Canal.
Note the Times photographer lower left here at the foot of the bridge and
lower right seen through the frame and recycled umbrellas. Unrelated: Check out this informative article on recycling in Taiwan.
R/V Blue Sea passes in front of Pier 5 BBP.
And since we’re on the topic of water and recreation and/or art . . . it’s Beacon NY and this sloop.
Woody. . .
as well as these arts panels. The next few fotos I took in August 2013.
The idea of these “line locker” posts is that they allow me to catch up and throw in even the kitchen sink if it relates in even the slightest way, check out this “river tug” byulit in St. Louis, MO by the same shipyard that built the Stephen L. Colby, which sank in the Upper Mississippi earlier this week. Check out the 1966 as well as the 1967 work on hull#2326. Now travel back on this shipyard list to the icebreaking tugs built in 1944 and ’45. Click on the foto below for more pics of these unusual looking US-produced tugboats. Does anyone have updates on this class of vessel?
Some random things I stumbled upon yesterday include these old fotos of NYC harbor aka sixth boro; a Canadian self-unloading bulker that was weather-bound off the mid-Jersey coast about a week ago was actually Algoma Equinox, a newbuild on its way to Canada from a Chinese shipyard; a Christmas train from Canada visits northern NY state and captured by Fred of tug44. (No, the train wasn’t captured per se. I just meant in fotos, although I’m sure Fred could always have surprises in store.)