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The foto below and the one of Dublin Sea come from Birk. Greenland Sea is off Barents Sea port side.
From the same vantage point, it’s Yankee, Greenland, and a third tug I should but can’t identify.
Here’s another shot from Birk, Dublin Sea over at the south end of Arthur Kill. Dublin Sea was launched in Wisconsin in 2009.
First appearance of this vessel on tugster . . . taken a week ago passing Howland Hook . . . it’s Ireland (ex-Yorktown) built
in 1940!! Some great Coastline Marine Towing jobs fotos can be found here.
Not exactly related: Some big doings on April 10 in Erie, PA as Ken Boothe Sr. and Lakes Contender get christened. Have you been invited and want to get a few fotos for tugster? Please get in touch.
Bowsprite tattooed my back about two years ago, and I never felt a thing, didn’t even know about it til a few days later. See evidence in the eighth foto here. The tattoo she incised had the best feature: dynamism. Without washing or submitting myself to laser-burn or chemical-peel ink removal, that design–beautiful as it was– disappeared; pristine skin prevailed and could morph again.
Being a tabula rasa is the beauty of the sixth boro as it exists today. Not pristine as 500 years ago, it’s nevertheless mostly cleaner than it was 50 years ago. And unencumbered. The land right down to the sea’s threshold submits to the struggles and gainful laborings of planners and builders, but the water resists. Change is constant here, like light.
May the two above paragraphs exorcise the defensiveness I’m feeling these days. Repeatedly I feel restored by the surprises borne in and out upon the expanse of water I call the sixth boro. Like this, yesterday. I dismissed it at first as a replica.
One goal I had yesterday was to get a frontal shot of the figurehead on Eos, but not finding a conveyance, this is the best I could get of Anh Duong‘s work. Today these eyes behold . . . the cliffs of Hoboken; some months from now they may look upon the skyline of Moorea Bay.
Trawler Fluke . . here today . . . who knows where next month.
Ventura lives in North Cove and sails here outside the Narrows.
All fotos taken in the past weeks by Will Van Dorp.
Apologies for forgetting to link the half-hour video on Charles Hankins building a Sea Bright skiff until someone asked yesterday, so here I attach it again, really. It’s REALLY there. I really enjoyed watching it, really.
So surprises on the creek in Belford . . . what yellow house protrudes above the second shack from the left? Dwelling for a moment on this foto, if I climbed a 50′ platform and fotoed in the same direction, I’d get the Narrows and the Verrazano Bridge . . . about a dozen miles away . . . in the center of the foto.
It’s Coastline Girls, bigger sibling to Coastline Kidd, shown doing bridge work in Narragansett Bay in the fifth foto down here. Forward of Girls (1943, ex-Ruby, Ruby M, Beverly) is the stern section of Mary Beth (1954, ex-Fort Edisto).
If you have time for only one link today, check this one showing Coastline Girls pushing an immortal Egyptian diety around the sixth boro!! How COULD I have missed this? Maybe I should gallivant a smidgeon less.
Continuing around the bend in the Creek, who knew?! Another pilot boat fleet, Interport Pilots, federal pilots since 1959. I’d love to see a foto of their first pilot boat named Carp.
Belford Seafood Coop dominates the Creek, though, and crabbing seems to be the seasonal catch. Notice the rake on the side of Alexa J.
Behind the fingers
of the rake is a net.
Last foto here . . . boys having fun like I used to . . . icebreaking on kayaks with cylindrical baitfish traps strapped onto the after deck. But despite wearing PFDs, they appeared NOT to be wearing drysuits or even wetsuits. It made me shiver . . .
All fotos by Will Van Dorp. Many thanks to Andy Willner for the tour. I’m wondering whether the restaurant at the Seafood Coop is still open.
Three more surprises from the Raritan Bayshore of New Jersey:
Matawan Creek, the original “Jaws” events in July 1916.
Sayreville, October 4, 1918 . . . bigger than Black Tom, July 30, 1916. In Sayreville, “the explosion destroyed enough ammunition to supply the western front for six months”
Last time I posted a foto of WLV-612, the year 2009 had just begun and she was docked in North Cove in Lower Manhattan. Now she’s on the Newport waterfront; I’ve no idea the identity of the huge sloop at Nantucket‘s stern.
Narragansett Bay is a ria (never heard that word before today) Pell Bridge (below) between Newport and Conanicut Island, and Jamestown-Verrazano Bridge (who knew?) between the Island and North Kingston
Lobsterboat Shamrock here passes Rose Island, between Newport and Jamestown. Rose Island Light is a B & B.
Entering the Bay from the north around Castle Hill Light and accompanied by the pilotboat, it’s
Leaving the Bay and passing the same park, it’s 34-year-old general cargo vessel Danalith, here outbound for
the Republic of Cape Verde?
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.