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Here was number 6 in this series.  It occurred to me this afternoon to rename the whole series “weather overwater,” as a tip of the hat to Dr.  Jeff Masters and his site.  His 18-minute TED talk at the link with his name on it is worth the 18 minutes.   And what do you imagine happens on and over sixth boro water on a day like this . . . ?

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The usual.  Diane B pushes a fuel barge, leaving BW Amazon behind,

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Cheyenne consolidates scrap,

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Davis Sea pushes oil somewhere up river as she did here and here,

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Susana S, in the same location here a year ago, takes on bunkers. . .

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. . . along with Stavanger Breeze.

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Fishing goes on, and pilots

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do their thing no matter the weather since 1694.

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More bad weather coming . . . so what.   Not that it’s easy, though.

Here was 3 in the series.  The sixth boro is indeed a huge fuel transfer port, and I need to make a more concerted effort to learn which transfers are imports and which . . . exports.  Meanwhile, a look at the variety of vessels involved in just a few days shows Energy Century,

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Aurora N with Crystal Cutler on the far side of a fuel barge in the distance,

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Trans Trader,

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Zachery Reinauer,

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Patrick Sky passing the bow of Summit Europe,

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and finally, passing a Laura K. Moran docking SCF Pechora, it’s Diane B with barge John Blanche.

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Cold and snow do not slow this trade; in fact, it’s when the temperature drops that this trade speeds up.

Here was 3 with links to 1 and 2.

I’ve been so far unable to find the original use of this barge, but I haven’t expended much shoe leather either.

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Click on the foto below from the July 21, 1977 NYTimes for an article on Michael O’Keefe’s barge restaurant opening.  Anyone identify the tug?

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Bulk commodities commerce needs some stretches of riverbank in the sixth boro.  Crushed stone in; garbage out, as well as

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recycled materials,

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aggregates,

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scrap metal, petroleum,

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salt, and

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desert scrapings aka road conditioner. 

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Products galore and more and

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more.

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Places to park aka dock are vital also.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

I took these fotos Friday before the winds started.

Viking . .  . . To see how she’s evolved over the past 41 years, click here.

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Brooklyn was previously a fleetmate of Viking.  For her history, click here.

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Above and below . . . it’s Huron Service, which recently got new paint as well.  Here’s an overview–possibly out of date–of routes served by Genesis Energy.

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Clearly, from the foto, to say commerce USED to happen on the Gowanus Canal . . . uses the wrong verb tense.   Here, from L to R, it’s Shawn Miller, Samantha Miller, Miss Ayva, and Diane B.

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Finally, and still in Gowanus Bay, it’s Discovery Coast and

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Potomac and Hunting Creek.

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Stay inside or at least firmly attached to something substantial.

I can’t look at this foto from a half year ago of Diane B up the creek . . . aka Hutchinson River . . . and not feel cold.   Notice the snow on the banks. I posted this set once my ProMariner article was out.   Meanwhile, some

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maintenance got done.  Here are some fotos of a creek specialist high and dry.

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By the way, I have noticed her movements on AIS recently, although I haven’t made visual.

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Greetings to the crew.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Here was the first in the series.   Now since the Professional Mariner article is out and you can read it here, I offer the  photo essay.  The research starts on January 27, but

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this closer-up of the foto above shows half the bridge won’t lift.  Research aborted, and I was really hoping to show the tow breaking its way up the Hutch through ice.  The fuel load eventually –and very eventually–has to get delivered elsewhere.  For outatowners, the background is the Bronx.

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Now it’s February 3, 10:52.  The fuel has been transferred into the tanks on shore, and the crew waits for sufficient water to return to the creek for egress.

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11:01.  Note how little water shows on the right side of the barge.

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11:43.  While waiting for the flood, here’s a view of the engine room.

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1:43.  Still waiting.

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2:26.  There’s now adequate water for the towboat to squeeze alongside the barge to make up to the “bow” of the barge.

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2:27.  Diane B pivots in her length and the crew makes up to the “bow.”

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2:45.  As they finish making up, I run ahead to the nearest bridge for the best fotos as they “thread the needle” back out to wider water.  Let’s call this bridge #1.

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2:47.  Truly this is contact sport . . . without the contact and without the sport.  Actually, it’s hard work.  Notice the barge cutting through the ice here.

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3:10, and I’ve driven my car a half dozen miles to get to bridge #4.  Notice #3 and #2 open.  And if you squint, you can see Diane B‘s upper wheelhouse passing through bridge #2.

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3:13 finds the tow about to pivot 90 degrees to port to clear the Amtrak Bridge, aka bridge #3.

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3:17.  After fitting through #3, the tow immediately needs to line up for #4.

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3:18.  Lining up may take a pulse, a snort of the engines.

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Once through #4, it’s not as if the channel runs straight.

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3:27.  The tow heads through Eastchester Bay for the East River.  Throgs Neck Bridge is NOT a lift bridge.  If I’m counting right, the tow passes under another 11 bridges before reloading on the Arthur Kill.

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Thanks to American Petroleum & Transport and the crew of Diane B for helping with this story.  Thanks to Professional Mariner for printing my story and pictures.  Consider subscribing.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who places them online because I like the cheap big format afforded by electronic media.

This cryptic title will become clear in time, but first check out these fotos taken by Jim Ash . . . back more than a decade ago when the long-gone Coral Queen was headed up the creek . . . the creek referred to being also known as the Anne Hutchinson River.

The thing about these creeks is that large vessels–that’s a relative term–can only navigate them only when water levels are up.  But if you’re up the creek too long after ebb, you stay where you are until the water comes back.  When levels are up, you head downstream, around

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any and all obstacles, overtop of submerged but hidden threats you know are there, underneath

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the ones that don’t have to lift for you, through

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the portals only at that instant when they’re open and you’re lined up, and

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toward the open water.

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More on this–the specialized creek work of Diane B and  . . . the proud, the very few . . . soon.  All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

I’ve held off moving from 99 to 100 because 100 suggested I do something special, but ultimately, I decided that random means random, so here it is.  Guess the location if not the tug?  It IS sixth boro. Answer at the end of the post.

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Almost 30-year-old Franklin Reinauer  entered the Narrows light as Sun Right departed the other day.

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Less than an hour earlier, Emerald Coast (1973) overtook the same Sun Right at the turn around Bergen Point.   I’ve seen Sun Round recently (although I didn’t take a foto) here but not Sun Road.  Are there more in this Manila-registered series?

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Note the small tug assisting with Energy 11105 barge  . . .

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pushed by (?) Liberty Service.  It’s Freddie K Miller, which I first met as Stapleton Service, even though that was not the first identity for this 1966 built tug.

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Susan Miller (1981) meets Akinada Bridge –named for a Hiroshima bridge–at the Narrows recently.

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Coho lighters G. Agamemnon.  Has repainting started on any of the ex-Penn boats?

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Comet (1977) heads under the Bayonne Bridge, while (?) Brian Nicholas following.

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Atlantic Salvor (1976) followed Atlantic Coast (2007) into the sixth boro the other day.

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Resolute (1975) escorted in  Americas Spirit.

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Finally . . . that first foto . . . it’s Diane B southbound in Eastchester Bay (til now a tugster-neglect portion of the sixth boro) with Throg’s Neck Bridge in the background.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Unrelated:  Does anyone know if and when Athena was scrapped?

Think of the sixth boro as a destination/origin as well as a crossroads.  WMEC-905 Spencer anchored in that point of convergence as of midday.

In points not far from Spencer and the Statue, cargo destined for/originating in this port was moving only if it could transfer in the harbor, petroleum liquid, like here, congress happened between barges powered by Pati T Moran and Sassafras as Meagan Ann passes by with a scow.  For debris?

Kimberly Turecamo stands by with Long Island itself . . . well,  a fuel barge by that name. The spirit is greatly willing to move fuel to faltering consumers on the shore, but the distribution system is broken, for now.

Nicole Leigh Reinauer awaits the green light.

St Andrews with barge on this side and Kimberly Poling on the other . . . like thirsty twins on their mother, Glory Express.

Traversing the sixth boro . . .  Marion Moran pushes LaFarge barge Adelaide to points south.

Supply boat ABC-1 passes tanker Favola.

Diane B waits with a barge.  A problem is that debris like blowaway and sunken containers may lurk unseen at the transfer docks.

Doris Moran, with another LaFarge barge, makes a power turn from the North River into the East River.

A cluster of DonJon vessels–tugs Mary Alice, Thomas D. Witte, and Brian Nicholas–attend to crane barges Columbia NY and Raritan Bay on some “unwatering” project just west of the Battery Coast Guard station.

Transiting the sixth boro from south to North is Apollo Bulker.  More fotos of her later.  She may be headed to Albany.

Ken’s Booming & Boat Service tug Durham passes the “seeing boat” Circle Line Manhattan.

Over by the Brooklyn Navy Yard, schooner Lynx heads for the Sound, past an East River ferry.

And–this just in–as of 1900 hrs tonight, APL Sardonyx became the first container ship to enter Port Elizabeth,

escorted in by McAllister Sisters and Barbara McAllister.   Interestingly, see the foto here of her as one of the first into the port post-Irene!!  Here’s another shot almost exactly two years ago of  APL Sardonyx.

And a bit later, APL Coral came in, escorted by  Elizabeth and Ellen McAllister.

Outside the Narrows waits USS Wasp, recently here five months ago for Fleet Week.   A pulse has been re-established.

I am mindful that many residents of the area are hurting.  My prayers go out for relief for them soon.  Folks who suffered through post-Katrina are also sending along their prayers and encouragement, their solidarity with Sandy-afflicted.

We went through a “reboot” here 14 months ago, but this one is going to be much tougher.

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