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In order . . . autism awareness kayak marathon, Schenectady aqueduct remnants, scullers, Waterkeeper vessel, lobsterboat as yacht, self-described “redneck pickup”, amusement park  rocket, pirates’ parade, Hackercraft, 1942 Richardson,  boat and wooden barge remnants and rowing dory, Corps of Engineers survey vessel, and Capt. Henry Jackman discharging aggregates in Oswego.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

The sixth boro has pyramids?

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It does have fortifications, here patrolled by Gelberman.

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And lots of interesting names, making for great juxtapositions.

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And every now and then some seldom seen boats pass like this one, always out there but rarely –it seems–coming in close.

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Kendall J. Hebert for a closeup!

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I regret I didn’t get a close-up of the stack.

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Ron G rotates through the sixth boro now and then.

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So . . . back to those pyramids, there’re over by South Amboy, at Amboy Aggregates.  Sand Master is involved, of course.

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Thanks to Ashley Hutto for the pyramids and Sand Master photos.  All others by Will Van Dorp.

 

Here was the first in the series.  Yesterday’s post ended here, so it’s the place to resume.

In was still the golden hour when Joseph Bisso headed to the dive site.  Anyone care to comment on what the project out there is?

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Gelberman seemed to be following, but a mile or so beyond the VZ, they made a 180 degrees and returned to the Upper Bay.

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A number of tankers came through, led by Zambezi Star.

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As winter ends, pleasure craft return . . . like Painkiller2.  An anesthesiologist, I wonder.  Or is there some connection with the gray-hulled tanker beyond it?  Can you read the name?

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Pretty World‘s been here before.  She’s part of a fleet that includes Pretty Jewelry and Pretty Scene.  I can imagine some additional names . . .  Pretty Polly, for starters.

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If you’ve never watched traffic from here, it’s a rewarding spot.

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Enough sitting inside, I’m headed back out.

Here was 28.

Click here for a photo of this tug showing its deep belly.  How long has the canal owned her?  Answer follows.

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Click here for info on Arkansas-built Gelberman, here photographed yesterday pulling a tree out of the way of navigation.

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Driftmaster I believe dates from 1947, making her older than me.   Scroll through here for photos of Driftmaster helping with clean-up post Sandy.

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Jersey City fire vessel Joseph Lovero is named for their dispatcher who died in that attack twelve and a half years ago.

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343 arrived in the harbor nearly four years ago.  Click here for the welcome ceremony in the harbor when she arrived in April 2010.

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T-AKR  316 Pomeroy, named for a Medal of Honor winner who died on a Korean mountain at age 22,  has been dry-docked in Bayonne for about a month now for maintenance.

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Click here for more info on the Watson-class.

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So we’re back to the beginning.  Governor Roosevelt came to the canal as a steam-powered icebreaker in 1927!  I’d love to see pics of canal traffic from back then.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

What on earth–or on the river–could cause all these NYWaterways ferries to stick so close to the terminal?  Like fish in a weir . . . must be something big around . . . although I see no vessel between Resolute and Robert E. McAllister on AIS . . .

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Praise the day!  Bowsprite–who loves gray or otherwise stealthy and can sometimes clear away the miasma and draw them, if you ask her nicely– ascended to a rooftop yesterday to see what MIGHT lurk between the two aforementioned tugboats.

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Here is the current bearer of that name, but there’ve been at least six prior iterations.

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She passes the clock–now being restored–and the light

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but I was not there.  So here’s my chance to place another government boat in the proximity of Robbins Reef.

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Bowsprite, my favorite harbor illustrator,  snapped all fotos except this last one above–of USACE Hayward–which I took.

For another of her ink renderings of sixth boro details, click here.

Here was RRT15.

All the fotos in this post come from my sister, who is currently making her way south along the Jersey shore heading into retirement aka Bahamas for Christmas.  In mid-August, they departed Muskegon, near where they took this foto of Samuel de Champlain in June 2011.   SDC was built in 1976 and is loa 142.’

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She passed Demolen–older sister of Ellen McAllister- several times, once on August 26, 2013.

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She took the next three fotos on August 28, 2013.  Mike Donlon is 53′ and christened in Philly in 1999.

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J-Krab, 25′ built in 2010.

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Wilfred M. Cohen is a 1948 Newport News-built railroad tug now flying the Canadian flag.   Click here to see lots of fotos of her on tugboathunter.   Also, here’s a great Great Lakes search site.

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The next day in the vicinity of Detroit, she ran into this huge unit.  ITB Presque Isle, launched 1972, loa 148′ with a 31′ draft . . . uses 14,840 hp to move a 978′ barge by the same name.

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Here’s St Mary’s Cement II pushed by Sea Eagle II, 1979 launched at Modern Marine Power although also Candian-flagged, I think.

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That’s the Detroit skyline in the distance.

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On September 6, she passed Invincible, 94′ loa and 1979-built in Fort George, FL.

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She also passed this unidentified unit.  Anyone help?

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Last one for now, on September 16, already in the western end of the Erie Canal, she ran into this vessel.  Guess her age?

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Dahlke was built in Ferrysburg, MI in 1903!!   That puts her only two years younger than Urger, built there as well.  Here’s quite the Ferrysburg historic vessel page.

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Ah . . . the Great Lakes . . .  Anyone interested in a summer project to cruise from the sixth boro to Duluth and back and forth to catch more of these eclectic vessels?

And if you’re interested in following my sister, click here.

Aug 31.  A late summer day at the beach, where a new “towel drying rack” has been adopted and a bumper crop

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of sand awaits the erosion of winter, perhaps?  All photos here taken by Barbara Barnard.

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Sept 1.  A tug (Trevor?) moves a crane barge to where the “drying rack”/piping needs to be fished out for transport to the next job.

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Sept 13.  The remaining pipe on the beach, no longer serving to dry swimmers’ towels, awaits dismantling and

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allows for closer inspection.

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This Rockaway series was of course motivated by Hurricane Sandy and the photos of Rockaway by my friend Barbara in the past 12 months.  Barbara, many thanks.   Here was my Nemo to Flag Day post, which started with a mystery house.

And now it looks like the Nola “make it right” rebuilding plan is coming to the Rockaways.  Click here for the design for “resilient house.”    Here’s an earlier article.

Click here for a project/business entirely created by the devastation of trees during the storm.  It’s not maritime, water,  or even specifically landthreshold related, but is quite interesting.

What’s this?  Answer follows.    And I just stumbled onto this blog . . . Crewboat Chronicles.    Crew boat or crewboat?

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OK . . . asking questions seems to be where this post wants to head.  What’s Stagetide?  The foto was taken on the hard not far north of Atlantic City and with the help of Fred Mallett.

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Here are two crewboats I got a blurry foto of a few weeks ago in the KVK.

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Crewboat Sabine plays lots of roles.  Is she doing a visual inspection of dredge pipe here?

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She also ferries crew and supplies between shore and projects, hydrographically surveys an area pre- and post-material removal, and shoos away non-project boats getting too close to the work.  Sabine was built in New Iberia in 1980.

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I’ve not been able to find out much about Stagetide.

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Circling back to the top foto . . . it was the Swiftboat from the Washington Navy Yard, a vessel whose design alludes to its crewboat origins, I think.   Here’s a post I did two years ago on swiftboats.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Related:  The Bayonne Bridge logo I’ve used on this blog since 2006 was taken from the USACE vessel . . . Hocking.  I believe that’s a crewboat, the first I ever rode in.  Anyone know where Hocking was built?

Here’s where the “leverman” sits for a twelve-hour shift as the C. R. McCaskill slews port to starboard 400′ once each three and a half minutes.   Another way of saying that is  the dredge moves using a five-point mooring system: two swing anchors, two breast anchors and one stern anchor to move forward or back.  A different configuration uses a spudded idler barge;  in this case, the “swing” is longer and takes more more time.   Food gets delivered so that the leverman aka dredge operator can monitor all these screens and respond so that dredging can proceed 24/7 as long as equipment and conditions permit.  More on food later.

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Slewing . . . drawing on cables attached to positioned anchors and pivoting on a stern point . . . requires that the 30” diamater hose be able to flex.  Hence, the easy curved slack before the piping to the beach.

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The crewboat in the distance alternates between hydrographic survey work and other tasks.  More on that in a moment.  More crewboats in a future post.

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Attachment at the stern is a ball and socket joint . . . like your hip.

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Here’s the starboard GE engine, part of the power supply to the dredge.

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Here is another view of the two huge hull-mounted pumps that do the work.

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Another task of the crewboat is illustrated here:  recreational boaters sometimes allow their curiosity to override any sense of danger caused by a busy, slewing dredge.

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The helicopter happened to be here on assignment to photograph the work from the air.

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About the food, here’s  mission control presided over by Edwina Arthur, a member of the 30-50 person crew.

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Food rules and pecking order are clearly posted.

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Captain Randy Guidry, my host for this tour,  proudly displays the builder’s plate, Corn Island Shipyard in Indiana, where the hull was constructed.

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As I stated in the previous post, McCaskill’s part in the dredging/beach replenishment has now ended and vessels and crew have moved south for the next job.

Many thanks to Captain Guidry, Jan Andrusky, and all the other fine folks at Weeks Marine for this tour.

All fotos, text, and (any inadvertent errors) by Will Van Dorp.

Today . . . as time constricts . . . just vessels, mostly under way, like Frances, at the confluence.

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Govr. Cleveland and Eighth Sea, locking and swaying.

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Eighth Sea, stopping at Rusty Anchor to lubricate a wobbly shaft . . . it was rumored.

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I’m out of my depth here.

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Kathleen Turecamo and Dean Reinauer, about to move RTC 106 downstream to the sixth boro.

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Govr. Cleveland passing the scrap dock.

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Herbert P. Brake pushing HR-Bass downstream.  Crosby colors?

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Benjamin Elliot at the Troy wall.

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Gowanus Bay approaching the Troy lock.

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Margot making a grand entrance.

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Tender #3 near the Roundup.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who feels quite the time crunch right now.

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