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Here and here are previous posts on a Rockaway Beach replenishment dredging operation that has now ended. Sea Wolf is still local, but the vessel on the horizon (“atop” the red buoy) has now moved to southern NJ. Remember, for most fotos, doubleclick enlarges.
Weeks’ Trevor was assisting in this project.
Also assisting was George W.
But here’s the powerhouse, the dredge. Let’s take a tour.
In spite of about 16,000 total horsepower, C. R. McCaskill is not self-propelled. To see what towed the dredge to the south, see the foto at the end of this post. All that power moves the cutterhead on the submerged arm (called a “ladder”) that extends to the sand at the bottom of the Channel here. At the top end of the ladder are two huge pumps (you could stand inside the pump housing) that suck the sand and whatever else off the bottom and send it as a slurry to a point on the beach some miles away. Click here for a pdf that shows the beautiful (ok . . . roll your eyes) virgin red cutterhead with green teeth. Each tooth weighs around 35 pounds!
Here inside the dredge are some
interesting astounding facts about the machine.
See the sand colored building on the horizon off the stern of McCaskill? That’s the area around 105th St. Rockaway Beach where the sand is headed through piping powered by this vessel. The first few fotos in this post were taken at that beach. There’ll be another Rockaway post soon.
Candace towed C. R. McCaskill south. I missed her when she was in town, but John Skelson caught her here. Click on the foto to see John’s complete shot. Many thanks to John for use of that shot from his Flickr page.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, except for the one shared by John Skelson. For more info on each of the Weeks tugs, click here. More McCaskill tomorrow.
I’m back, with lots of gallivanting to catch up, but first . . a whole lotta fotos from this morning in the sixth boro. Any ideas what’s going on here? What is that gray blur in the center of the foto and why are the gulls so frenzied? Be forewarned . . . this post has so many twists/turns . . . it’s divided into parts, even though I took all these fotos in the span of less than an hour.
Answer: It’s how over three million cubic yards of sand is being added to Rockaway Beach . . at least for a while. Here’s what the NY Daily News says about it. Here’s an article and video from Dredging Today.
And here . . . off in the Rockaway Inlet are the machines mining and pumping the sand, seen closer up in this recent tugster post.
Part 2. Notice the piping coming from the stern of McCaskill.
I could not resist wondering about these birds whose name rhymes with “lovers.”
Part 3. Follow this sweep of fotos as I turn to the left.
An Atlantic City billboard on Far Rockaway? Is a mixed up sense of geography part of Sandy’s legacy? I keep turning left.
See the silvery cars of the A train? It’s a Boardwalk Empire set in the wasteland of eastern Rockaway Beach . . . . I was hoping to buy some of that food at those prices!
Of course, I had to look behind.
I half expected to find some Aral Sea boats back here too.
Part 4. Once back on the boardwalk, I saw this fishing boat about a quarter mile from shore. I’m guessing it’s unrelated to the sand piping and pumping, but . . . who knows.
All fotos today by Will Van Dorp.
So what travels through this piping?
For more technical info on McCaskill‘s capabilities, read this article by my friend Brian Gauvin and published in the August 2013 issue of Professional Mariner magazine. In the article, he talks about McCaskill‘s ability to send dredge spoils six miles through a pipe to restore and create marshes to serve as hurrican barriers in Louisiana.
So although I haven’t seen it happen yet, I’m concluding that this vessel can pump whatever comes from the East Rockaway Inlet to the location three or so miles to the west, where you saw Trevor, George W, and Sea Wolf operating in yesterday’s post.
Three years ago I took fotos on another cutterhead suction dredge– one that’s a half century old–operating in the KVK back in 2010. Click here for some of those fotos, including one that shows the size of the pump used to move dredge spoils from point of ”collection” to point of “use.”
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who most recently saw a Weeks tug at work in a dredging project in a North Carolina Inlet. My question is . . . does anyone have fotos to share of C. R. McCaskill‘s transit from its inaugural work in Louisiana to its current location in the sixth boro?
And Sabine . . . looks like she was launched back in 1980 from here.
Thisjust in . . . the Daily News story on this post-Sandy project, as seen from a politicophile POV.
there’s a tube in the water, there must
be a shear leg or
two lurking nearby, although I wonder if these are shear legs . . . technically speaking.
I’m not positive what Sea Wolf
George W, and
and Trevor were doing . . . other than arranging the dredge spoils pipe,
with Sabine monitoring . . .
ut it has to do with the mother dredger ship some distance away. Fotos of her . . tomorrow. And if there’s a dredger’s rainbow and someone gets a pic, I’d love to see it.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who found a reason to lurk awhile along NYC’s Copacabana/Ipanema . . . .
No, this isn’t the January River. I leave for there today, but this . . . !! These next four fotos come from the perspicacious bowsprite, taken yesterday afternoon. The tug in the foreground is Sea Wolf is 1982. In the background is –of course–Ellis Island, 1900. In between with the yellow stack is
Yankee, 1907. Her long history includes a stint as Machigonne moving passengers across the sixth boro from Ellis Island to other boros and to NJ. The tow began at the far right of this foto.
More tugster on Yankee when I return, but before then, I’m sure there’ll be other info.
Six plus years ago, a friend Mike caught these fotos of Sea Wolf‘s sister–Sea Lion–moving an unusual vessel named Abora III out of the Morris Canal to sea. The reed craft made it more than halfway across the Atlantic.
All fotos by bowsprite. Advance notice came thanks to Rod Smith, who once worked as deckhand on Yankee and who will have his own account of this move . . . to Brooklyn. Here (2007) and here (2011) are my previous posts with Yankee fotos from New Jersey. Click here to get some backstory–and video of Sea Wolf departing with ferry– from a supporter who wanted to keep them on the watery edge of Hoboken.
Now, I pack and head south myself. Vou escrever mais em breve.
Two weeks ago, Sandy raged, leaving a deadly and disastrous trail through the sixth boro and surrounding land masses. Athena has also blanketed us, through many green leaves somehow remain on trees. Companies are attempting to return to routine. Ever notice how much the KVK channel zigzags, as seen here with APL Spinel tailing Meagan Ann and her scow. The strait’s not at all straight.
Sandy scoured away much of the volunteer vegetation along the KVK. A foto taken here a month ago would show lots of weeds and a quite living tree.
The absence of cover makes it easier for this hawk to spot the “shore squirrels.”
Storms eroding a beach sometimes uncover shipwreck (here and here) , treasure, skeletons . . . all manner of stuff. See the last foto here, taken about 20 years ago. The surge along one section of the KVK unearthed dozens of these bricks. Is Belgian Syndicate a local firm?
A fair number of government boats are still around, like this one . . . taking advantage of unseasonal warmth . . . and
Clean Waters, a Region 2 EPA vessel I’d heard about but never seen until yesterday. Given Region 2′s size, I wonder how many other vessels–I saw Kenneth Biglane once once and that was already three years ago–they have and where they’re usually homeported.
Wright and Kennedy (only the stacks are visible forward of Wright’s house) are still in town. Understandably, some folks I’ve talked to still live in conditions far from normal.
I’m guessing this train–unusual as it is– has to do with the completion of a job, not Sandy: Sea Bear tows a train of eight or nine vessels, including Iron Wolf.
Yet, recreational sail has returned. Sun Dragon is the nearer.
All fotos yesterday by Will Van Dorp, for whom the sixth boro is among other things an ever-changing puzzle.
I needed smiles so bad that I went through the past few months of fotos looking for cheeriness. And as I put these up, the sun broke through what feels like two weeks of mostly clouds. A sea lion, and
Yeah, and this goes out to Paul . . . I don’t know how you manage all those weeks on the job! Tomorrow I have got to get some R & R.
Meanwhile the clouds are back and Willie is in my ear.
Check out the light exactly two years ago . . . here. And my first greetings this morning came from the Easter ducks, who’d heard about an egg hunt, I believe. Mergansers passed too, but dove each time to hide bright colored bills.
Norwegian Gem, her bow painted like a post-modern Easter ovoid, sailed into a harbor entirely tinted with the rosy fingers of dawn, ending a passage from Cape Canaveral.
And two last beasts . . . unicorn and Oliphant . . . round out our marvelous menagerie
I took this foto at 15:40 yesterday, and I’ll call it “prelude to afternoon golden hour,” but this is a view of the turbine from the Battery Park direction. A few weeks ago, I recorded 18 minutes, so here’s more than twice that.
But first, bowsprite’s talked about her online art store for some time, and yesterday . . . officially, she launched it. Please traffic it. I wouldn’t want her till to look like the one I found along the KVK yesterday. See the jam-packed cash drawer below. Come spring it might be full of green.
I love it when traffic in the KVK is dense: here (l. to r.) Mediterranean Sea, Siberian Sea (?), Margaret Moran, and Cosco Tianjin. In the distance is Robbins Reef Light and the old Williamsburgh Savings Bank tower in Brooklyn.
With traffic this heavy, I can see bowsprite will be very busy drawing and sketching while the robots staff the store. Or maybe she could have robotos out sketching while she keeps the rust off her cash register?
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.