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Here’s a mouthful: behold the quite newly commissioned “French FREMM multi-mission frigate, Aquitaine.”
The blue shed along her starboard side gives away the location . . . that’s Red Hook . . . south end of Brooklyn Bridge park.
Here’s the sum of the parts, at sunrise this morning. For a CGI walk through, click here.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Before dawn the day of the race, daily port activities carried on: Atlantic Niyala awaited load shift in Red Hook.
Celebrity Summit arrived from sea for some port time here assisted by Kimberly Turecamo (?).
Scott Turecamo awaited some rehab
As passengers debarked to starboard, equipment received attention to port. I’m not sure what all is happening over on the port side here.
Up at the Manhattan passenger terminal Veendam received Tuckahoe attention to port as well as passengers transferred from ship to island.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who heads for the Roundup tomorrow.
Of course, every day is water day in the sixth boro of the city of NY, and it’s great that MWA and other sponsors have chosen for five years now to recognize that fact . . . on a big “get out on the water” day . . . because who OWNS the port . . . ultimately WE do, you and I, as citizens of this country. Many organizations manage it, enforce regulations in it, and fund educational activities about it . . . but WE own it, the port, the water . . . and support it with our taxes and our votes.
Enjoy this set of twelve fotos taken over roughly a 12-hour period yesterday. At daybreak, Pegasus and Urger were still rafted up on Pier 25. This foto shows two boats whose combined longevity adds up to over 215 years!!
Resolute was northbound over by the Murchison-designed Hoboken terminal . . . which means a larger vessel needing assistance MAY shortly be headed for sea. Here’s another Murchison-designed mass transit building in what today seems an unlikely location.
North River itself works tirelessly as part of the effort to keep sixth boro waters clean.
Urger poses in front the the Statue. Lady Liberty was a mere 18-year-old when Urger (then C. J. Doornbos) first splashed into the waters of a Lake Michigan bay.
Little Lady II and a sailboat negotiate passage.
Laura K and Margaret Moran escort in container vessel Arsos (check its recent itinerary at the bottom of that linked page) and weave their way to the Red Hook container port through a gauntlet of smaller vessels, including Manhattan.
Catherine C. Miller moves a small equipment barge back to base.
A flotilla (or bobbering or paddling or badelynge) of kayaks crosses the Buttermilk.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp on Bastille-sur-l’eau Day.
Related: I was overjoyed to read the NYTimes this morning and find this article about a vessel calling at Port Newark!! Bravo. Back a little over a week ago I was miffed about this article . . . about the port in Trondheim, which could just as well have been written about skilled workers anywhere in the sixth boro.
Also, I’m passing along a request from the Urger crew: if anyone sees a foto of Urger crew in any local print publications, please tell me so that I can look for a clipping to pass along to them. Thanks much . . . .
By the way, from Mitch’s Newtown Pentacle, can anyone identify the tug in this post? I can’t .
I had planned something different, and this foto is certainly NOT great, but . . . what it shows is River Wisdom Qingdao, China-bound and Duncan Island Red Hook, Brooklyn, USA-bound. They’re passing each other at sea level Pacific side just “south” of the Miraflores locks.
Here was River Wisdom about a half hour earlier. Any idea what she paid for the transit? Warning . . . I don’t know the answer, but I can come close. Number of vessel transits annually? Answer follows.
Some answers or attempted ones: PTCC Tortugas paid over $200,000 to transit the Canal. In cash. At least 48 hours in advance. The alternative is 8000 miles around Cape horn and about two additional weeks . . . . Richard Halliburton swam the Canal in August 1928. Took him 10 days. Cost him 36 cents!
For River Wisdom, New York PLUS 7 days put her here. Balboa PLUS 30 days will put her in Qingdao.
Might Duncan Island arrive with her bananas and other tropical fruit at the dock in Red Hook around March 22? (Just looked it up . . . they could be there already the 18th!!!.)
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, in the past two hours.
I’ve mentioned or featured Mary Whalen in tons of posts. Click here for the archive. Over five years ago the blog called “A Brooklynite on Ice” did my all-time favorite post of the vessel and PortSide NewYork here. ”Brooklynite on Ice” title captures her dilemma . . . ”613 Tons of Homelessness.”
She’s twisted and turned in the currents too long, her viability as a fantastic asset to sixth boro education and culture trifled with by her lack of easily accessible-to-the-public dock space. Befriend her on Facebook to see all the good things she’s been doing with that medium, and then
Please help MARY A. WHALEN & PortSide NewYork
The promised “real estate deal” aka “dock space” fell through and she needs a new home and some fundraising fast. Here are three possible ways to help.
1) Come to a meeting tomorrow Mon 2/27/12 6:30 p.m. Info here.
2) Submit a supportive comment here.
3) Donate via PayPal here.
It’s been some time since I did a post on names, and must confess I’ve neglected to write down some intriguing ones of late. Here’s Names 13. But before looking at this batch, I have to call out a disturbing article from today’s NYTimes about closing a customs inspection station in Red Hook, not only raising prices on commodities like bananas and beer but also adding to bridge and road congestion. I hope this doesn’t transpire. It sems pennywise poundfoolish to me . . . unless there’s another darker explanation?
I’m happy shipping companies use nomenclature, real names, rather than numbers or alphanumerics. Actually, vessels do have IMO identification in numeric form, but they also have names, naming conventions that evoke other times. I love the classical names. IMO 9324215 is also Golden Venus.
9289518 ? . . . Ajax sounds better to me.
And I love this classic . . a foto of a banana boat offloading in the sixth boro and taken in 1960 by William Rau and passed along by Thomas Flagg . . . Eros! I love it.
Now . . the same name on a fiberglass motorboat . . . nah! Here it seems tacky. Pop culture references might be better for pleasure boats, like
So here’s a question prompted by the Chinese new year: I cannot recall seeing a large vessel passing through the sixth boro bearing a name with the word dragon in it. I can’t. Maybe you can. A case in point is this foto taken yesterday: a Chinese-operated container vessel although built in Japan, named for a major Chinese city. As it passed, I was moved . . . a formidable vessel, a huge water-snake, a contemporary dragon.
If you’ve taken a foto of a modern vessel with “dragon” in the name, I’d like to hear of it. Upon more reflection here, I realize that over four years ago in Greenport, NY, I saw a green tug called Dragon. The registry shows the Gladding-Hearn vessel still operates by that name. Can anyone pass along a recent foto?
“Ghost gallery” returns to scenes from several years back with fotos I’ve not used, at least not in this version. Take Peking‘s last move . . . the whole harbor exudes gravity on a cold mid-January afternoon as McAllister
Last shot here . . . Cosette used to transport the used cars out of New York, a task now performed by Grey Shark and others. Cosette once occupied the niche of Danalith in Narragansett Bay. I wonder two things: where is Cosette today and what great Bolivian port of registry did/does she wear on her stern . . . Potosi? Salar de Uyuni?
After a four-day festival of introducing New York folk to historic vessels and (more) . . . Pegasus escorts Lehigh Valley 79 back to Red Hook.
So if I had to list the “more” in question, I’d say . . . history and stories of the port and days gone by and “fire mops” and leaky pipes with names like “old Faithful” , glimpses of present but ever-changing skylines, demonstrations of docking and departures, churning up mud bottoms and making white frothy spray, lurching and rolling and pitching on the Hudson, and
now it’s homewater bound, heading for Red Hook;
but first, a quick stop in Erie Basin for
Using what’s stowed in this vessel and the one from two days back–Black Seal–you’d have “fixins” for lots of
What impressed me, though, since I could observe it, was the quick tie up and turn around: Albermarle Islandapproaches the dock at 8 a.m. with assistance from Brendan Turecamo and Margaret Moran, who
I’m left wondering about the story of these bananas in both the weeks before and after this docking. Here’s a start. Bowsprite drew a sister of Albermarle here, and I wrote about the previous generation of reefer vessels in the sixth boro over three years ago here. Anyone know what happened to the smaller “Ocean” class, and why the “Island” class calls at Red Hook rather than Howland Hook?
All fotos here by Will Van Dorp, who wrote about shipment of another commodity here.
to ship cocoa by commercial sail. And as a TWIC-carrying PortSide volunteer, I was invited into Red Hook Marine Terminal to blog for the unloading of cocoa from the schooner. Black Seal, a 70-foot Colvin “Sea Gypsy” design with the biggest cargo hold and steel pilothouse, has been the 25-year building project of Capt Eric Loftfield. Tugster has featured many fotos of two other Colvin boats: samples at Rosemary Ruthand the misguided Papillon. On her maiden voyage, Black Seal traveled from Falmouth, Massachusetts to Puerto Plata, DR . . . to Red Hook, New York. With cargo. Twenty tons of organic cocoa beans,
The cocoa represents about a year’s worth of Dominican beans used by Mast Brothers Chocolate. Click on the 8.5 minute clip for some background.
According to Capt. Loftfield, a Cook Inlet pilot in Alaska, the total amount of fuel used, including motoring out of and into port as well as running the generator and galley was
Some inspiration for using commercial sail to move cocoa from the Caribbean can be traced back to Ross Gannon and Nat Benjamin of Gannon & Benjamin Marine Railway. Ross Gannon is the uncle of PortSide New York‘s founder and director Carolina Salguero. Gannon & Benjamin has received their own cargo (wood) by sail. Some other examples of current commercial sail projects include Beth Alison, Tres Hombres, Kwai, and Albatros. I’d love to hear about others.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who is ecstatic to witness extraordinarily-prepared people learning how to do extraordinary things by . . . jumping in–when the time is ripe– and doing them.
Challenges abound; the story of schooner John F. Leavitt illustrates the risk of jumping in prematurely, of not being extraordinarily prepared.
For the Wall Street Journal version of the story, click here.