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Thanks . . . for the social media sourcing of this vessel. Nick Massa sent along these fotos of the Alpine Ocean Seismic Survey vessel Shearwater, which he took in another part of the sixth boro while I was clinging along the edge of Manhattan. Nick does a blog called NYCruiseInfo.com, which I think complements tugster well.
And in case you missed Xtian Herrou’s comment, he pointed out that Shearwater had an earlier life as a USCG surface effect ship. Here’s more on that hull technology. That reminded me of the term, which came up a few years back during the visit of a Norwegian minesweeper (third foto there) in the sixth boro. Here’s more info on that vessel. Here’s a post from last year of French vessels, thanks to Xtian.
What does the track of a survey vessel look like? Here’s the path Shearwater cut across the Lower Bay yesterday.
So here’s my next group sourcing project. I took this foto of Angel’s Share Saturday but had no time to go to North Cove to get close-ups. I had planned to do that early this morning, bt it appears she’s sailed off during the night.
Angel’s Share is a 130′ Wally sailyacht.
Unfinished group sourcing business . . . did anyone catch Iona McAllister towing Amavisti into the port early on September 7.
And finally, last but certainly not least . . . Bob Stopper has some followups to stories I’ve been following on the Erie Canal. First, details on that sinking on an otherwise quiet stretch of the Erie Canal . . . here’s more info. And a story I heard tug44 Fred mention numerous times while I was at the Roundup . . . Julia Holmes rowing the length of the Erie Canal in the 17′ dory she assembled in her Brooklyn apartment! She’s more than halfway across the Canal already.
Thanks much for reading. Special thanks to Nick for sending along the closer-ups of Shearwater and illustrating that social media is . . . social!
Here was the first of this series, from over four years ago. And what’s this? whose wake prints?
Answer? It’s the flotilla assisting Hanjin San Francisco into Port Elizabeth. Four months ago I caught San Fran outbound . . . here . . . scroll through.
Let’s do an anatomy of wakes on a curve called Bergen Point. That’s Marion Moran on the stern quarter, a New Jersey State Police boat overtaking on the port side. Click here to see a now/then foto of Shooters, the island just beyond the container vessel.
Marion clings, presses while moving “sideways” through the water.
Laura K passes.
In the same general time frame, surveyboat Michele Jeanne
and lube tanker Emma Miller scribe the surface with their own signature, as
does Ellen McAllister and as
a commingling with
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
No . . . Joan Turecamo has not been re-cast as a government boat, but what about that small craft off her port?
Yup . . Coast Guard, maybe off a larger USCG vessel in port. A cold weather drill?
But here’s the real treat , USCGC Gallatin aka WHEC-721.
Note the dusting of snow from Athena post-Sandy.
Gallatin measures 378′ loa x 43′ . . . ie, 8.8:1 . . . skinny and fast.
I’m not sure what’s being transferred here, but it’s a welcome return for me of Shelby Rose, the bright blue and yellow tug.
Since it’s been so long since I’ve seen Shelby Rose–certainly NOT a government boat- here’s another shot.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Unrelated question: both yesterday and todayI saw folks wearing Smit apparel working in lower Manhattan. Anyone know who brought Smit into the “unwatering” and cleanup?
Any guesses on the identification of vessel/structure X above? I assumed it was military. Answer follows.
The long frustrating lines at the gas pumps locally are NOT the result of absence of fuel in the port. From l to r here are tankers Queen Express, Romo Maersk, Sira, and Mercini Lady . . .
Closer up of Romo Maersk and Sira. Although these tanker are in port, they’re not at the usual docks because
this activity is in high gear there: hydrographic surveying for hidden obstacles and possibly
retrieving them. Tug here is Harry McNeal.
Oil is being moved, however, in the likes of barge Edwin A. Poling, pushed by Kimberly Poling, and
barge Pacific, pushed by North Sea and assisted here by tug Pegasus. Clipper Legacy is obscured at the dock there also.
Here it is . . vessel/structure X aka Happy Delta bringing in some large structures marked
NYC Sanitation. ?
It’s great to get this angle of Pati R. Moran, but noteworthy also . . the orange vessel in the background . . . it’s Duncan Island, bringing NYC its bananas.
Western Highway . . . transports who knows what vehicles
And surely some parts of the port are flowing when APL Cyprine ingresses as Hoechst Express egresses.
Note the tan colored vehicles atop . . . port side. Charles D. McAllister escorts.
JLTVs mebbe? Among other things . . .
And the two final images thanks to AIS marinetraffic . . . . the inflow Monday morning at 0800 . . . and
today, Tuesday, at 1400.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who is mindful that many folks on land around the sixth boro still lack electricity, heat, and cable communications; and walk up and down dark stairs in high rises to get MREs passed out by the National Guard. Temperatures this morning here were in the mid-30s . . . i.e., just a hover above freezing.
I took all these fotos this morning. First, here’s the ashoremost portion of John B Caddell in the parking lot waterside of Edgewater Drive, roughly across from the Clifton*** Staten Island Railroad stop. After being delivered from RTC Shipbuilding in Camden, NJ in mid-December 1941, she has come to her end. Most of her life she delivered petroleum products, not water. Click here for a foto of her at work in the sixth boro six years ago.
Looking eastward, one might imagine a beautiful day under dramatic clouds, with the current pilot boat New York in the spotlight, in
an otherwise unusually empty Upper Bay.
An especially clean street here belies
debris left strewn on the street showing how high the surge rose and
leaving behind vile stuff like dozens (!) of vials of blood . . . with recognizable names on them!
Alice Austen house, about a mile farther south,
was spared, but just.
Neighbors on lower land began the cleanup.
And the Kills and Upper Bay, devoid of traffic, had a few vessels checking navigation channels.
To reiterate, I found the scattered vials with blood along Edgewater Drive very disturbing. I called 311.
From a mariner’s perspective whose truck got flooded while he was working afloat, click hawsepiper here.
For a report on the storm from a high-rise over the East River, click here for Vlad and Johna’s blog.
*** Six months ago another vessel washed up on another beach called Clifton here.
Happy Cinco de Mayo. All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Cold waters of the KVK were not warmed by this swarm of colorful steel housing powerful engines. From left to right here: Margaret Moran, Torm Carina, Evening Mist, Joan Moran, and facing us on the far side of the waterway, North Fighter.
At the same moment less than a mile away and at the same moment, Louise Knutsen prepared to turn south, bound for sea. Her port of registry is posted as Haugesund, which I had to look up.
For some beautiful contemporary maritime paintings, check out the site of Melinda Hannigan here.
OKAY . . . I have to put up one more foto, taken just seconds after the lead foto in this post.
The harbor never sleeps, especially not with these neon safety colors mixed in. The warm colors might not warm the waters, but they do, the air. More Torm orange here and here; if I didn’t like that shade so well, I’d be tempted to call it “tormented orange.” Carina, despite Danish registry, was built in Korea. To see work at the Danish shipyard of Odense, click here.
Fotos by Will Van Dorp.
or maybe that should that be parsed as “salt watercolors or “aquarelle du sel.” The title here comes from the final line in bowsprite’s post on her “tools of the trade.” She’s also shown her studio in the most recent post here, and further discussed the craft of her trade in the comments. My post here is a public thank-you for these posts and a call for “more, more, please more.”
I will never tell her or anyone what to draw, but doesn’t your imagination take flight when you see that orange shimmer approaching from behind the tanker . . . like a performer in flashy plumage entering center stage.
Or check out all those diverging perspective lines, monochromatic lattices set off by linear yellow, boxy reds and blues, and curved orange security blanket.
Throw in a few splotches of oxidation, like fotos by J. Henry Fair.
If need be, whittle yourself huge pens to undertake equally huge subjects with all their unever hues.
Slather in all the colors, like mustard on that food that Tad Dorgan did NOT coin the name of.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
This post is devoted entirely to requests for info. Like . . . what is the metal cage on this disintegrating wooden barge on the portion of Shooter’s Island shore right opposite Mariner’s Harbor?
Calaboose? hoosegow? tool crib? bird cage? rat pen?
Industrial to be sure, but what is
this structure right across the southeasternmost point of Port Elizabeth and near a green corner of Bayonne?
Lygra has an unusual design for these parts. I caught her in Red Hook about two months back. Anyone seen her before? Know what she transported?
Someone asked me about this boat last winter, no doubt attracted by the design and the port of registry: Portsmouth NH. Until I watched it a bit this summer and noticed divers aboard, I was convinced that Dolphin III was a sport fishing vessel: billfish or tuna.
But it seemed to be operating as a dive support boat, complete with
a fairly large tender.
So it didn’t surprise me to hear that the vessel might be working with a marine contractor. Anyone know what project might be?