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Unless otherwise credited, fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Harold Tartell and Jan van der Doe were 100% correct in their identification of the white-striped red self-unloading vessel in Road Fotos 11. It is the Arthur M. Anderson. I didn’t get to see it close up, but through the magic of YouTube, it’s rubbing-or-scrapping distance here. At about a minute into the video, you learn how the can be that close.
One of the joys of gallivanting is meeting new folks; this was especially true here. One person on this waterfront had a focus I recognized; he carried a zoom camera and looked at the same things I did. Seeing me take a foto of Arthur M. Anderson, he said its name (which I’d not been thinking of). Then he added, “And farther down there, it’s American Integrity.” Check out Ken’s blog here. Here are some highlights of Ken’s blog: American Century, the Westcott delivering mail to a passing vessel, Stephen B. Roman, a 1000-footer dwarfed by “big mac“, and check this one . . . the Huron Lightship . . . which I spotted from the Blue Water Bridge but couldn’t quite figure out. When I have more time, I plan to digest Ken’s archives, now added to my blog roll.
My zoom camera quit as this vessel approached, frustrating because I’d recognized the Algoma bear logo. And I’d assumed it was a bulk carrier too, as I thought that was Algoma’s only business, but Algosar is a tanker. See her history here.
Just south of the Ambassador Bridge, Dutch-flagged Moezelborg transfers cargo near the now-abandoned Boblo Island Detroit dock building. Boblo lives on but only in the way that this whole list of defunct amusement parks does. When Moezelborg left the international port of Detroit, she headed north, west, and south for the next international port of Chicago.
Here’s another shot of the two steamers that served Boblo Island, SS Columbia and SS Ste Claire. I wanted to get better shots but even as I got this–along with my anonymous partner–we were threatened with arrest for trespassing, which I firmly believe we were NOT doing. Here and here are more links for Ste Claire. The second one is a video of a tour of Ste Claire, interesting video but unfortunate audio.
I have returned to the sixth boro, but part of my heart got left behind in Detroit, a place of both rust and new molten steel.
Here, fun but otherwise a propos of nothing except a post on the official end-of-hurricane-season, check out “bone in its teeth” blog.
This very quick post from Miami before hitting the road for Key West starts with this question: can you identify the doodle/logo at the lower right side of this foto? Answer at end of post. My first thought I must admit was that a lurking bowsprite had drawn this, unable to resist the artistic impulse.
WLIC 801 Hudson is docked around the corner of Dodge Island from
Things I saw but couldn’t foto: Cargo vessel Caribe Trader escorted into the port, and a pelican that glided past me as I treaded water . . . less than 10 feet from me and with wingtips dragging low less than 6 inches from the water . . . a prehistoric but beautiful flyer. And Linda Lee Bouchard pushing a fuel barge southbound about five miles off Miami Beach yesterday.
Things I didn’t see but wish I had: the Belzona tugs and the banks of the Miami River as it snakes (alligators) toward the northwest through Miami.
And that doodle is NOT bowsprite’s . . . unless she’s done this work on commission for the Irish Coast Guard. Check this. I took the foto in the Capt. Peter Boucher’s study, where I had the pleasure of meeting and hearing the stories behind Nautical Log. Peter has just returned from his hometown of Waterford, Ireland, which hosted the WTSF. Fotos can be found here and on two subsequent days.
Places I hope to get to some day: Waterford, Ireland!
Friday, July 1 means it’s the start of a long summer holiday weekend, marking 235 years since the independence declaration was signed. Because fireworks flash and spark unchecked in a plethora of state and federal budget debates, I thought time called for government boats shooting water. FireFighter II under the Verazzano Bridge today seemed
Fireboat Curtis Randolph has seen 32 years of service already in Detroit.
Actually not one of these three boats . . docked near Curtis Randolph is a government boat: Huron Maid is a pilot boat (see in at work in this “boatnerd” video), Joseph J. Hogan is mail boat . . . as is
the 62-year-old J. W. Westcott II.
Newark. Judging from this video, Newark and Jersey City have twin fire boats?
Closing shot: is this what 50,000 gpm looks like? For an effective quick summary of the features of Fire Fighter II, see this video. Fire Fighter II and its twin–343–have more than 16 times the water-pumping capacity of FDNY’s first fireboat, William F. Havemeyer.
All others by Will Van Dorp. Happy Independence Day. Be independent!
Here was H & D 6.
Thanks to Stuart, Harold, and “Ann O’Numess” for identifying the Kosnac tug steaming past Riker’s in Carlito’s Way. Here’s a foto I took three years ago, and below I took of Dorothy Elizabeth (1951) in Tottenville a month ago. Might she really already be slivers of scrap?
Hercules (1963), sibling of Maverick and others, awaits her emigration with
the return of Blue Marlin. Note Alert (1976) in the lower left.
Matthew Tibbetts (1966) was high and
With unusually high exhaust, that’s Marlin (1974) on left and Penn No. 6 (1970) beside her. No one has yet told me how designers decide to run such long exhausts v. equally serviceable short ones. Sea Raven is another high-exhaust vessel.
Click here to see Kathleen Turecamo in its element, not where it stood last weekend.
Barents Sea (right) and Na Hoku . . . I wonder how long they’ve spent tied up here. I recall feeling excited when I first spotted Barents (1976) more than three years back, and Na Hoku (1981) used to work the California-Hawaii run, but I can tell you when she last floated on Pacific water.
Apologies for forgetting to link the half-hour video on Charles Hankins building a Sea Bright skiff until someone asked yesterday, so here I attach it again, really. It’s REALLY there. I really enjoyed watching it, really.
So surprises on the creek in Belford . . . what yellow house protrudes above the second shack from the left? Dwelling for a moment on this foto, if I climbed a 50′ platform and fotoed in the same direction, I’d get the Narrows and the Verrazano Bridge . . . about a dozen miles away . . . in the center of the foto.
It’s Coastline Girls, bigger sibling to Coastline Kidd, shown doing bridge work in Narragansett Bay in the fifth foto down here. Forward of Girls (1943, ex-Ruby, Ruby M, Beverly) is the stern section of Mary Beth (1954, ex-Fort Edisto).
If you have time for only one link today, check this one showing Coastline Girls pushing an immortal Egyptian diety around the sixth boro!! How COULD I have missed this? Maybe I should gallivant a smidgeon less.
Continuing around the bend in the Creek, who knew?! Another pilot boat fleet, Interport Pilots, federal pilots since 1959. I’d love to see a foto of their first pilot boat named Carp.
Belford Seafood Coop dominates the Creek, though, and crabbing seems to be the seasonal catch. Notice the rake on the side of Alexa J.
Behind the fingers
of the rake is a net.
Last foto here . . . boys having fun like I used to . . . icebreaking on kayaks with cylindrical baitfish traps strapped onto the after deck. But despite wearing PFDs, they appeared NOT to be wearing drysuits or even wetsuits. It made me shiver . . .
All fotos by Will Van Dorp. Many thanks to Andy Willner for the tour. I’m wondering whether the restaurant at the Seafood Coop is still open.
Three more surprises from the Raritan Bayshore of New Jersey:
Matawan Creek, the original “Jaws” events in July 1916.
Sayreville, October 4, 1918 . . . bigger than Black Tom, July 30, 1916. In Sayreville, “the explosion destroyed enough ammunition to supply the western front for six months”
It surprises me that I haven’t used this title again in over three years. No matter, over between Cape Henry and the CBBT, ships always seem to cluster, here viewed from a “cliff” in Virginia Beach. While they anchor here, morning light bathes them for a brief magical spell, as here with Grand Diva at 7:20.
But after 8:00, the color is gone, yet Old Dominion continues its shuttle for vessels not at anchor–inbound or out, like
Liberty Island also works in between the anchored fleet, which
The last of the “road fotos” tomorrow.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Here’s a foto of a foto taken at Fort Wetherill. I couldn’t make out the name of the vessel, but can you identify the objects on the dock in the foreground? Answer follows.
met Thalassa Desgagnes when she arrived. Thalassa is an apt name for a vessel.
Here’s a close-up of Northeast Pilot IV, a product of Narragansett Bay’s own Gladding-Hearn.Here’s Northeast Pilot V, which I presume is
a newer boat.Also based in Newport is Tiger Shark,
Hidden away here is the stern launch small boat.
Back to that first pic . . . those are mines.
Does anyone know the name of that mine-laying vessel?
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Last time I posted a foto of WLV-612, the year 2009 had just begun and she was docked in North Cove in Lower Manhattan. Now she’s on the Newport waterfront; I’ve no idea the identity of the huge sloop at Nantucket‘s stern.
Narragansett Bay is a ria (never heard that word before today) Pell Bridge (below) between Newport and Conanicut Island, and Jamestown-Verrazano Bridge (who knew?) between the Island and North Kingston
Lobsterboat Shamrock here passes Rose Island, between Newport and Jamestown. Rose Island Light is a B & B.
Entering the Bay from the north around Castle Hill Light and accompanied by the pilotboat, it’s
Leaving the Bay and passing the same park, it’s 34-year-old general cargo vessel Danalith, here outbound for
the Republic of Cape Verde?
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.