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stole am borrowing the title from what I’d call a “must-read” book by John McPhee . . . from two decades back. But this small boat, identified
doing just that, no matter the stormy weather.
See the pilot boat here . . . approaching the incoming container ship, which is looking for a port.
its newest fleetmate, Handy Three. By the way, does anyone have a foto of Handy Three passing through New York City . . . the sixth boro . . . late last spring on its maiden voyage between Cleveland and San Juan?
If so, please get in touch . . see email along upper left.
All fotos yesterday by Will Van Dorp, in the last half hour before catching a ride back to NYC . . . aka the sixth boro.
Since noon it’s been raining, but the sunrise brought this sequence: CSAV Romeral outbound for Baltimore and one of the most beautiful work vessels of the sixth boro inbound. Also, that’s Vane’s Magothy in the distance. And for outatowners, way in the distance is Coney Island, home of the mermaid parade on the summer solstice.
Pilot No. 1 New York first splashed into the waters in May 1972.
She’s 180 feet loa, gorgeous, and “related” to a good dozen varied regulars in the sixth boro.
Here she passes between European Spirit and Fort Wadsworth light. Given that New York comes off a Great Lakes shipyard
in the tiny town of Marinette, Wisconsin . . .
she shares that Green Bay/Lake Michigan place of origin with
Vane’s Brandywine and three Staten Island Ferry vessels (Spirit of America, Marchi, Molinari). See tugster posts features the following Marinette constructions. Katherine Walker, Apache, Jennifer Miller, and Ellen McAllister. Here’s Marinette’s current website. Here’s Strong, another Marinette product I never expect to see, but clearly a forerunner of the Brandywine type tug.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who would love to see contemporary fotos of the vessels built in Wisconsin that made their way into the navies of Vietnam, Ethiopia, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
Here’s my post-Sandy New York Pilot No. 1 foto.
had a berth on Norwegian Jewel on a “cruise to nowhere,” aka a large ship gallivant on the high seas. Justin caught these fotos from a balcony at an hour that I’m guessing most on board were asleep. Arrival,
beginning the climb,
and departure of the pilot boat, soon just a few lights
in the wee hours of this morning.
Connect the dots . . . er . . .. lights and what do you get?
Two more fotos from Justin: Friday night departure, and
Sunday morning return.
Many thanks to Justin for these fotos.
I took all these fotos this morning. First, here’s the ashoremost portion of John B Caddell in the parking lot waterside of Edgewater Drive, roughly across from the Clifton*** Staten Island Railroad stop. After being delivered from RTC Shipbuilding in Camden, NJ in mid-December 1941, she has come to her end. Most of her life she delivered petroleum products, not water. Click here for a foto of her at work in the sixth boro six years ago.
Looking eastward, one might imagine a beautiful day under dramatic clouds, with the current pilot boat New York in the spotlight, in
an otherwise unusually empty Upper Bay.
An especially clean street here belies
debris left strewn on the street showing how high the surge rose and
leaving behind vile stuff like dozens (!) of vials of blood . . . with recognizable names on them!
Alice Austen house, about a mile farther south,
was spared, but just.
Neighbors on lower land began the cleanup.
And the Kills and Upper Bay, devoid of traffic, had a few vessels checking navigation channels.
To reiterate, I found the scattered vials with blood along Edgewater Drive very disturbing. I called 311.
From a mariner’s perspective whose truck got flooded while he was working afloat, click hawsepiper here.
For a report on the storm from a high-rise over the East River, click here for Vlad and Johna’s blog.
*** Six months ago another vessel washed up on another beach called Clifton here.
Fotos from Barbara at Rockaway Beach around 100th Street here. Emergency message to folks on the boardwalk: ”Go inside, and no surfing.”
From Gary, East River looking toward the mouth of Newtown Creek and
toward the 59th Street Bridge. No movement.
And finally, from L’amica dalla torre di orologio . . . Hudson River . . . looking toward the Statue of Liberty, who probably wishes she could hunker down behind her pedestal. Geometrical structure to the left is the floating Battery Park City Ferry Terminal. I’m not sure what contingencies exist for it during a surge, since it’s basically a hull.
Currently Captain of the Port has order vessels of a certain tonnage to leave the docks, as it’s safer for them to hang in the stream than stay affixed to a rigid structure. So cruising in the North river now as sightseeing vessels,
and the Sandy Hook pilot boats!
That’s the Erie Lackawanna Terminal Tower/Hoboken Terminal in the background.
USCG . . . off to respond to a recreational vessel that’s dragged its mooring?
And finally, back to Rockaway . . as nightfalls.
Many thanks to Barbara, Gary, and L’amica for these fotos. The worst is yet to come, I fear. Stay inside and away from the tongues and talons of water that surge in.
And this just in . . . video from helicopter of USCG rescue of folks from HMS Bounty.
Sometimes along the road, I see things I don’t understand. The first two fotos here, though, I can identify but just won’t right now. Hazard guesses about this fish?
Here was my northbound conveyance . . . ferry Twin Capes, which I saw in the sixth boro here (fotos 4 and 5) two years ago. Nah . . . it wasn’t lost or in fugitive mode; it was headed for Caddell Dry Dock.
Now . . . I kid you not, but let me say I saw a ray in Delaware Bay (sounds like the beginning of a song?) but didn’t even try to take a foto. Maybe that’s a ray’s mouth motif on the bow of that pilot boat, which just
retrieved the pilot from Fivelborg, Quebec-bound. You need to see this foto of her on shipspotting!!
Two roads diverged in the New Jersey bayou (and I don’t mean that pejoratively) , and my GPS had no idea where I was or where I should go, and squadrons of tabanus nigrovittatuses aka greenheads knew exactly where their blood food was. Squadrons of squadrons!!
All fotos by Will Van Dorp. More on the two unanswered Qs at the beginning soon.
Ironically, Road Fotos 17 were taken where this post ends up. And I had planned NOT to post today, but . . . time affords posting, and posting makes a drive more like a gallivant. Given that I drove to Hampton Roads, it’s interesting to reflect on what scenes are absent from this post. Three hours after locking my house door, I was on New Jersey at the southern tip on NJ, looking
The lights at Fort Story in the background, and Trabzon and Red Iris anchored outside Hapmton Roads.
Cutterhead dredge Illinois!! If Illinois makes it all the way to the sixth boro, you know who will have more opportunities to perfect her rendition of the toothy snouted machine.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp today.
@#$#!! . . . as I write this, USAV Winfield Scott is passing the precise location Atlantic Dawn was 90 minutes ago. To see USAV Winfield Scott, check Jed’s most recent post here.
In May 1962 John Kennedy had a party upon turning 45, and most people remember one person who attended. But there were other entertainers who sang too like this native New Yorker (yes, he is.) and another singer, now largely unknown, whose name appears on that blue banner center below. If you don’t remember the name, here’s (IMHO) her best song. She also performed with this neighbor of mine from Queens, NY. But this vessel?
She might be called Agulhas II, arriving yesterday in her homeport, having come from winter half a world away to the north just in time for winter way down south. Here’s her predecessor, once involved in an Oldendorff vessel (no, not this one) in the far far south.
Here she arrives after a month-long journey. For the complete press release announcing her mission, click here.
Whether Miriam Makeba becomes her unofficial or official name, Agulhas (needles) refers to the true southernmost cape aka point of Africa.
Here’s a closeup of pilot boat Gannet (1977).
And the answer (correctly supplied in the comment by anonymous [Ann O'Nimes??]) to the figurehead question . . . Europa it is! And in a graphic demonstration of the interconnection of the sixth boro to almost everywhere watery, click here and here for fotos of Europa on a recent visit to the US “north coast.” Has Europa ever been to New York?
Europa, 1911 launched!! and beautifully preserved. A reminder to, please, vote for Tug Pegasus and Waterfront Barge, today and every day until May 21.
All fotos here come compliments of Colin Syndercombe, who’s generously serving up the shipping news from the Cape Town waterfront. Thanks much, Colin.
If that wheel is working, then it can’t be anything in the sixth boro. These fotos of the steamer Natchez come from Capt. Justin Zizes.
who took them here in the proximity of the Greater New Orleans Bridge. Natchez the hull is a half century newer than her engine and machinery.
Tug in the foreground is Angus R. Cooper. I’m not sure what the pusher tug with barge is.
And a thousand miles to the northeast and fully accessible by water . . . a foto from Detroit, thanks to Ken of MichiganExposures, showing Wisconsin-built, New Jersey-powered Canadian-flagged bulk carrier Saginaw. Meeting Saginaw is mailboat J. W. Westcott.
Navigator? Sea Shuttle? Anyhow, bound from Rhode Island to Virginia.
Unless otherwise credited, fotos by Will Van Dorp.