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Photo thanks to John Skelson . . . it’s not a bird . . .  it’s not a plane . . . it’s NY Media Boat, one of the recent recipients of the Life Saving Award from the Marine Society of New York for a February 2014 rescue from a sinking tugboat.

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So . . . what might you see on a customized adventure sightseeing tour of the sixth boro aboard NY Media Boat?   Well . . . if you’re interested in fireboats or firehouses . . . they’re near their Pier 25 pick up site.

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A bit farther north . . . you can see Chelsea Market or Pier 66 Maritime from the water, a perspective quite different from experiencing either of them by land.

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You never know what private boats might be docked at the passenger terminal . . . this one obviously wanting proximity to

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the car wash.  Thanks to Phil Little for this unique perspective from the cliff at Weehawken.

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You can see the newest NYC scalloper port.  F/V Endurance was back there yesterday.

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If Alice is in town, you can meet her up and personal.   Alice Oldendorff, aggregate carrier, was the focus of the very first tugster post over seven years ago, as well as many since.  Use the search window.

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The East River offers unusual juxtapositions . ..  like the UN and the WTC.

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You might see remnants of industrial Brooklyn riverfront or

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demolition happening to IER 17.

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You can see classic architectural icons of NYC like the 1929 Chrysler Building or

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1976  tramway.   But if you’re like me, you’ll be hoping for

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unexpected sailing vessels like Halie & Matthew or all manner of work boats like

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Long Island built Maryland.

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How about the “interior” side of Red Hook Container Terminal?

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Of course, then there’s nothing that beats close-ups of wherever you want on the sixth boro by open boat.  Book a tour here.   By the way, the boat offers warm, waterproof gear and PFDs.

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Here’s an article on Bjoern Kils and the boat from a publication of Willard Marine, manufacturer of the boat, which formerly lived on a US destroyer.   Also, here are some recent NY Media Boat clients.

All photos here by Will Van Dorp, except the delightful one of the private boat at the car wash by Phil Little and the lead photo by John Skelson.  Thank, Phil.

 

Wow!  It’s been a long time since I used this title, and again, a FB thread brings this one up.

No need for much text here, let’s take photos of stacks, like the guy at the rail here.

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Most of these I took in the month of March 2014.

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The name plate here betrays a lack of self-confidence about this name . . . photo taken March 29.

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Neste is a rare oil company today that put its own name on a tanker fleet.

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Horizon stacks no longer call in New York.

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Ah . . . makes me thirsty … .

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Mikhail Ulyanov provides two-direction vistas.

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My favorite stack is here, for V8 Stealth II . . . scroll through.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

Here was 4.

And this . . .

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is the cutterhead ladder of C. R. McCaskill.

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Looking generally northward from Fort Wadsworth, from nearer to farther . .  fishing boat, tanker, ATB,  ferry, and Jersey City.

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Catch the name of the approaching tanker running rinse through the anchor hawse . . . ?

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Chem Bulldog.  The other above written in Greek says Corossol.

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Frisia Rotterdam Gibraltar.  Know the etymology of “gibraltar”?  Check it here.

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Caption?

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After delivering another 50,000+ tons of South American salt to NYC, Kenan has already sailed southward to Puerto Bolivar to load ….

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coal.   Click here to see Kenan‘s itinerary over the past nine months.

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Last shot . . . Alegria I.

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All photos yesterday by Will Van Dorp.

Cape Henry at arrival . . . drawing between 12 and 13 meters with its holds

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full of salt to render area roads safe and savory.

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At departure for sea and points east yesterday afternoon . . .  she drew less than 6.

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She was assisted out by Marjorie and

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Ellen McAllister.

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All photos except the third one by Brian DeForest, whom I thank.  I took #3.

 

Here was the previous post in the series.

Rhino . . .  sibling of Wildebeest, a beastly tanker I photographed here some time back.  with names like these,

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I imagine the sixth boro as the Serengeti.

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STX Ace 6 . . .  hmmmm.

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And yet another bulk carrier emptied out at the salty pile, it’s

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Pacific Basin’s Cape Henry.

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And off the starboard bow in the distance, it’s

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poetically named Seasong.

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and to close it out . . . all these vessels are in the sixth bork as of this writing  .  . .   Lian Xing Hu.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Rhine is currently in port offloading salt given the reported shortage of the material.

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Lines were made fast Monday midday, just after Balder had left.

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In the past six days, Balder had come and discharged its dozens of thousands of tons of the stuff and gone.  As Corey Kilgannon reports in the first sentence of his recent NYTimes article, “Pass the salt, please” describes the business plan here.

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This is what international trade looks like, whether it be Islandia heading out under a leaden-gray afternoon or

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these unidentified vessels departing recently at dawn.  In the photo above, the dry-docked vessel in the background is USNS Pomeroy, T-AKR 316.

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The first three photos are used with permission of Brian DeForest.  The others are by Will Van Dorp. And obviously, none of these photos were taken today, as another type of white stuff descends upon the harbor.

Along this stretch of  . . . bird habitat, Meow man has signed in . . .

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and an official boat might just be verifying the authenticity.

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Meanwhile, I’m just over two miles off the center of the VZ Narrows bridge . . . doing some of my own verifying.  Those round objects . . . half a dozen of them  . . . are they . . .

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. . . could they be . .  see that one splash . . .

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harbor seals?    This one seems to negotiate for that rock with . . .  a ruddy turnstone . . . ?

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See the press release here for the NYC Audubon tours here.

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Read here about the seal scientists who were on board yesterday also.

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What is that canoe-shaped object in the upper left side of this photo?

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Anyhow, forget about the cold and book a seal and bird tour  . . . on only a few Sunday trips left.

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Thanks to bowsprite who suggested this as a birthday present.  I may go out and take this trip again to get the photo I missed of a squadron of long-tailed ducks  circling our boat.

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We stayed on the west side of Swinburne Island (it should be renamed Seal Island.) as MOL Endowment arrived with a delivery along the east side.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.  Nearly three years ago I reported on a seal I interviewed on Fire Island.

Somehow . . . don’t ask me how . ..  meow man seems to have “signed” what used to be a white ceramic mug that usually occupies my desk.  How DID he deliver that?  . . . !@#@!!

This post marking a personal milestone passed already five years ago.  Today’s post marks the fact that now I’m officially old enough to opt for the thin slice of retirement money or a senior price ticket on New Jersey Transit.

The photo below shows one of my high points of my past year.  I’m the more enclosed guy with the black cap.   And you might wonder where this is?

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Here are two clues that’ll help you situate that high point, the aluminum portion and the

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steel.

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And here I’m standing on the edge of a trough.

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Many thanks to Chris Ware for the top photo and to Brian DeForest for the one directly above.

I am deeply grateful for a chance at another year of living  . .  . exuberantly.    Here was seven years ago.

Rumor has it that there’s an event in town this weekend . . . and this is temporary housing that’s been made available . . . .  Pete Genovese of the Star-Ledger got an invite to a racy party, but somehow tugster’s invite got lost in the mail?  Bravo, Pete.

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Oh well . . .  these fotos of the two 146,000 ton identical ships in the same place at the same time are special enough.  Many thanks to Phil Little for these.  And as of this writing, Breakaway

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has already left nearly 24 hours ago.

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Getaway leaves after the weekend.  Click here for some views behind the scenes of this nearly-4000 passenger vessel.

Again . .  thanks much Phil for these views.  Maybe next time there’s a big water-borne bash in town we’ll get invites too.

Darell T. Gilbert took this foto . . .  a hot air balloon over the water in Red Hook around the 5th of January.  WTF?!@#@!!  Anyone know the story?

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Thanks to Sam Zapadinsky . . . can you identify this creature walking on the icy upper Hudson?  Coyote?  Here’s a post from a few years ago of eagles on the mostly frozen river.

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Sam also took this foto from the tug Frances, which

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is the forwardmost tug in this foto by Bob Dahringer.    Frances and Kathleen Turecamo move crude oil tanker Afrodite into the dock in Albany, one of many water tasks that happens whether the temperatures are 0 or 100.

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And finally, Mike Abegg took this foto of Alice Oldendorff in the Brooklyn Navy yard, taking on

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fuel.  Quantico Creek and a Dann Marine boat (either Chesapeake or Discovery Coast) assist with this operation in the ice-choked area around the docks.

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Thanks much to Darell, Sam, Bob, and Mike for these fotos.

Click here for Bob Dahringer’s YouTube videos, recently with a lot of ice.

Check this video report on USCG ice-breaking in the upper Hudson as well as this one of Ellen McAllister shifting ships safely on cold days.

Now here from Harbin, China is a completely other reaction to cold weather.

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