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Foto and alert thanks to John Watson, as are the first three fotos of this post. Genuine Ace arrived here this weekend after having been launched just six weeks ago. Given that it’s a PCTC, I’ll bet it really has that “new car” smell. To see where this design is headed, click here . . lower right.
I’d seen QM2 bunkering a few hours before, but John caught it headed out . . . currently on a flat Atlantic for Hamburg.
Short sea shipping continues in the sixth boro, here with Doris Moran barging containers. To see where this might be headed . . now that American Feeder Lines is changing their game, click here . . . Unrelated, look into the mid-distance and the long-necked tug at the end of the GMD Bayonne pier . . . a K-Sea tug repainted?
which is precisely my challenge here . . . although if you go back to the link just above Doris Moran, the sketch of the tug looks just like Discovery Coast. By the way, anyone upriver know where Discovery is hauling the dredge spoils from?
Thanks much to John Watson for the top three fotos. All others by Will Van Dorp, who is on the cusp of having more free time. That’s the Newport lighthouse in Jersey City creating an additional “jar” to an already “jarristic” set of patterns.
Value is a creation from 2011
will see . . . Ice Blade. And Value, as of this morning,
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, from various spots along the KVK.
Unrelated: Do you suppose Costa Concordia will really float away?
In my personal life, the beginning of a calendar year seems the best time for maintenance, new starts, re-evaluations. Today I cleared out and organized a tool closet, tossing out with gusto and energy what I hadn’t been able to . . . in “cleaning” attempts for the past few years.
Lou Rosenberg sent this foto; even QM2 needs touch-ups. Here are some fotos I took of QM2 arriving in the sixth boro for the first time in April 2004.
Finally, Captain Thalassic sent some fotos from up on the Erie Canal, Lock 28A, where Erie Canal boats Emita II (1953) and Colonial Belle dry out their hulls over the winter, as does
(Double click enlarges.) Do that and behold ATR-89, once an ATR-1 class rescue tug. The original ATR-1 was built at Wheeler Shipbuilding Corp. in Queens, NY. At that link, I’m a fan of ATR- 28 and 76, given their dazzle paint. I believe the last extant ATR-1 tug afloat sank at her mooring in British Colombia a few years back, and I’ve no idea what has happened since. Click here for more fotos at the Marine Heritage Society of Vancouver.
As an indication of deterioration at the site, the foto below taken in May 2010 shows (not far from ATR-89′s starboard side) a prow and hull portion no longer visible 14 months later: crumbled, disappeared into the silt. Click here for a list of other ATRs.
I wrote about it here last year, including fotos of this vessel as Bloxom, here
And here’s sub chaser PC-1264, Bronx-built and a vessel quite important in the racial integration of African-Americans in the US Navy for tasks/training other than galley duty. Read her history in the link above. Like Hila and Bloxom, PC-1264 was delivered in 1944. PC-1264 is less well preserved than PC-1217, from yesterday’s post. The port side of its bow has been ripped open. The last time this blog has featured a vessel built in the Consolidated Shipbuilding site (now Roberto Clemente State Park) was here . . . and examined an iceboat. The link for Roberto Clemente State Park mentions nothing at all about this space usage prior to becoming a park.
Of all the links in this post, this one is probably the most interesting… with fotos
of its service life. I’d love to hear stories about crew of PC-1264.
Parts from the nefarious ex-PC-1611 were used to restore the only extant sub chaser
of this hull design, Le Forgueux, now a museum vessel in the Netherlands.
In the sixth boro Queens come and go, shipping and schlepping all sorts of cargo.
This Queen carries bulk,
The last three fotos comes compliments of John Watson; all others by Will Van Dorp.
By the way, Alice is said to have slipped into Brooklyn last night, Mardi Gras, under cover of darkness, but I have had no visual contact.
9 a.m. ... Wanderbird coming through the Gate? (Remember… doubleclick enlarges.)
Well, I knew it wasn’t, given all that capacity up forward.
but a little over half an hour later, she wandered in. Wanderbird was built for capacity, too, and from 1963 when the Jaczon family launched her, until 1990, she fished. Here’s a link for another Jaczon beam trawler operating out of Scheveningen (and you should hear me pronounce that town name in my best dialect).
The bridges making up this immediate entry to the Gate are (farther and pink) the Hell Gate Bridge and
Solomon Sea (ex-Brandon Roehrig) with its string of scows led
The candy-striped stacks belong to Big Allis
over beyond Roosevelt Island in Ravenswood, Queens.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Picked clean and bleached terrapin shell? Carapace of hermit crab? A remnant of human armor? A vessel?
In May here and here I reported on a trip I took with frogma to Arthur Kill’s graveyard of ships. According to recent rumblings in the newspaper here, the ferry Astoria in that second link has mostly been cut up as “eyesores.” Uh . . . would a visit to an optometrist help?
This morning I felt restored after visiting another graveyard, this one in Brooklyn, in
this wood once traveled as. Where was it built? What cargoes and which crews?
Thanks to a fearless crabber named Mariano I got these shots.
In August I hope to continue this trip through the Strait of Coney to visit Quester 1 aka Coney Island’s increasingly rusty-yellow sub, a golden dreammachine to salvage treasure off the Andrea Doria gone cold. ”Dreams gone bust; the rest is history rust.” See fotos from a “tide and current taxi” trip here.
Less than 10 miles to the east, in Queens just south of JFK Airport, here’s another shot of the mystery vessel I took fotos at the start of this gallivant month. Anyone know what lies on the west side of Sommerville Basin here?
Not a wreck at all, but you may feel the heat emanating from the foto below: Manhattan around 7 am this morning, Manhattan in a heat wave, making a wreck of energy conservation efforts.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Somewhat related: A ship was found in Lower Manhattan last week.
If you must travel this weekend or summer, be safe. And you might consider taking your house with you . . . either the actual house or some some of it. You house needs to get out. It might be tired of the same scenery all the time, or
the same neighbors, lawn, or landscaping.
Your house walls hear you talking about the big city . . . well, it may just want to see it once.
It may have heard you talk of large elegant houses that float . . . like Norwegian Epic, and might desire to catch a momentary even blurry glimpse of such miraculous things.
Your house might seek adventure and stay out all night! See where the wild side leads.
It might crave a sunrise in a most unimagined location.
If so, get in touch with Patty Nolan . . . the tugboat with the figure figure. No, she didn’t get a new bikini for this season, but who cares. She’s one prodigious guide.
More later. I’m away, and so may be our houses, hausmann and hausfrau. Please be safe whatever the reason for your travel . . . be it distraction, catchup, business, work, pleasure. See you soon.
Any resemblance to events or persons or houses is only coincidental. If you saw something like this, it was possibly a mirage.
Monday of this week I saw Kenny G for only the second time. Scroll through here for a foto from my first sighting.
Kenny G was docked halfway up Newtown Creek with a deck barge on the nose.
No summertime blues here.
Please go back to yesterday’s post and suggest a caption there so that a few more options can be added to the contest poll.
All Kenny G fotos by Will Van Dorp.
(cont. from yesterday)
Divine decks and the city . . . with Zeus. Between Zeus and the city, that’s GMD docks at Bayonne, where both Tavrichesky Bridge and Sichem Defiance are having some attention lavished on them. Notice between Zeus bow and the left side of the foto … just beyond the ivory colored building then to the right of Three World Financial Center … it’s Zurab Tsereteli‘s 9/11 monument.
Miriam Moran spinning the decks of Affinity while survey deck of Wolf River slips past. Wolf River . . . now that’s a vessel whose name is begging for lyrics and a tune.
Over on the opposite side, we see Jersey City astride the afterdeck of Gramma Lee T Moran.
East Coast decks approaching a scrap tow pushed by a blue boat . . . and just off and beyond the clusterflurry of Manhattan, you can see Citibank Tower in Queens.
Of course, it’s June K, pushing two decks worth of scrap, with fishing decks way off in the distance in front of the ferry terminal/Whitehall portion of the city and headed toward the East River.
Parting decks and the city: the decks of NYK Daedalus and the ex-city Brooklyn, now one of the six boros, topped by the ex-Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower.
Any time you’re ready for more decks and the city, call me. Don’t expect any resemblance to characters with names like Henry or Harry or Carry or Chary or … But all these banks, time for some Pete Seeger. Indulge me.
All fotos, Will Van Dorp.