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Ten weeks ago I did this post about Kraken–the best named vessel in the sixth boro. That day, I sat on the west shore of Bayonne looking at Elizabeth. But yesterday . . . with many thanks to Frank Belesimo, VP of Cashman Dredging, I got onto the water for a close-up tour of the Kraken and masterful description of how it works. Here we approach the boat with our backs to Bayonne. That’s St. Patrick’s Church to the right. The red tug is Jay Michael (1980).
In the background on the Elizabethport shore is the huge now-defunct Singer plant.
Moving inside the house, notice Elizabeth Marine Terminal/Port Newark in the background, along with the peninsula of Bayonne and the cliffs of Manhattan beyond. And on the line stretched betwen bore-platforms, those nodes at the end of each orange signal cord will
More on this dredging project later. All fotos by Will Van Dorp; getting the tour the same day the Shuttle flew over . . . I positive NASA wanted a close-up view of the project as well.
This foto shortchanges both Porto–container vessel at Howland Hook–and whatever aircraft flies above it. Which aircraft . . . you may wonder?
This one!! Or these ones.
Astride the Boeing’s shoulders is OV-101, the engineless shuttle that never entered space, escorted
by a T-38 chase plane.
scoped out progress on the still second-tallest building in Manhattan,
Ultimately,Enterprise will be barged upriver and be preserved as part of the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum. To make room for OV-101, the museum has sent three aircraft upriver, literally: MiG-15, a Douglas F-3D Skyknight, and a Supermarine Scimitar. To see them barging upriver to ESAM, be at the Waterford Flight of Five tomorrow.
And on the subject of preservation, a request . . . tug Pegasus and Lehigh Valley 79 need your vote to demonstrate the power of social media and, thereby, win a grant. Vote DAILY!!
Yesterday I posted a foto of JoAnne Reinauer III: there was a 1 and then the 3 . . . I wonder what happened to 2. Not so with Maurania. I just looked and there was a 1 and a 2. Maurania 2 was launched in Brooklyn in 1952 and still operates in New London as Towmaster.
one of the world’s largest ship graveyards. Here and here are some recent tugster fotos of Maurania III. Now what I want to know is . . . what became of the golden eagle that used to adorn her house . . . .
And for some small floating objects to offset the huge, consider these ocean-going vessels from a recent post from a Brooklynite on Ice.
Today minimal text prevails. I took these fotos in a total of nine minutes. Below is foto #1.
#5. Margaret Moran helps Commander depart Howland Hook stern first aka
#10. Note two of the charge towers (if that’s what they’re called) on Kraken, the bedrock cracker.
Here was the first one, two years ago. Actually . . . this post should be called “waiting for Pioneer, ” one 1885 steel and iron schooner, said to be transiting through the Kills back to South Street Seaport.
But in the unpredictable ways of the sixth boro, this is the first Pioneer that showed up, stern first and
Anyone know from whence? Actually Crowley Mars also arrived that way midday today . . . stern by bow of Bruce A. McAllister. More fotos of the Crowley visitors tomorrow. Anyone know what the plans are?
For more on Katherine G, see what Newyorkology has to report.
And this Halifax-centric tugboat blog to check out . . .
Wow! It’s been over three years since I last used this title. Here’s S 15.
And you were right if you guessed Gage Paul Thornton, ex-Coastline Girls, launched 1943. Launch dates for the others, to the best of my info, are as follows: John P Brown 2002, Iron Mike 1977, Maria J 1971, Durham 1964, and Thornton Bros 1958.
On the southern end of Arthur Kill lie in barely perceptible disintegration two tugboats launched one year later than Gage Paul Thornton . . . namely ATR-89 and LT-653.
Unrelated: It looks like I’ll not be able to salvage Ryou-Un Maru . . . .
10:18 Note Shooters Island. Charles D. McAllister is on port bow, out of sight. An unidentified Vane unit (yellow front) stands off to allow the containership to round the bend. Maurania III is on starboard near stern.
African Spirit is next to round the bend.10:37. Ellen (ex-YTB 793) on the port bow. That link takes you to Jed’s recent post about his YTB experience.
Less than 20 minutes after assisting the Zim ship, Charles D. is on the stern of African Spirit.
By now . . . a little over a week later, the Zim ship is in Jamaica*, and African Spirit is out of AIS range, somewhere southward.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
* Not surprisingly, as of midnight, March 7 into 8, Zim San Francisco awaits passage through the Panama Canal at Colon.
But . . . being a person who can’t exactly follow the drum beats of others, here’s my version.
What my mother thought I do.
What bowsprite caught me do.
Happy Leap Day!
In case you’re wondering about the second foto from the end, that doorway with the gothic window is part of new construction at the KVK eat/drink/foto spot formerly known as R. H. Tugs, which I’m eager to see reopen. A friendly conversation with the new owners the other day confirmed they understand the attraction for many of us of that location. I use their door here as a generic portal, a pathway between one world and another. What I am gratified to hear some of you say is . . . my obsession as illustrated by this blog . . . helps you understand some of what you see in the harbor and draws you in to observe more carefully. Wow! Thanks.
For a bit more context than yesterday’s post . . . I visited the AK twice yesterday . . . before my “shift” started and at a break eight hours later. Doubleclick enlarges fotos.
I know about the “green flash” at dawn and dusk; I don’t know if there’s a counterpart term for this yellow spear pointing to the sun’s track.
The foto below of Howland Hook was taken less than a minute after the one above; looking southwest v. east makes an amazing difference. And this difference is much more noticeable on fotos than to naked eye. I like the pink clouds in the orange morning.
At 1442, I took a break, and headed down the street to revisit the AK. Marie J Turecamo (1968, ex-Traveller) was southbound on the Kill as Matthew Scott headed for the dredge.
By this point, I was about halfway through my break. More tomorrow.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Call this a 4000+ word post. Arthur Kill is the complement of the much referred-to KVK, and it’s gorgeous, here at sunrise, just before 7 am.