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No, the crewman is not holding a meteor hammer readying for battle.  It’s a monkey’s fist, evidence that centuries’ old tools retain their usefulness.

How? you ask.  Let’s back up four minutes.  BW Hudson was making its final approach with Joan Turecamo and Laura K Moran assisting.   Note the crewman outlined up on the bridge of the tanker.

You and I can afford the distraction way up by Manhattan:  it’s Duncan Island bound for sea and Europe.  It left Ecuador just over a week ago and spent only about eight hours in Red Hook.

Laura K was hitting the brakes hard as they approached the dock.

That was when the crewman readied the fist to

fling it up to the rail so that

the heavier line could thread the eye and

be secured to Joan so that she too could put the brakes on.

Then slowly and precisely, the tanker was

pinned to the dock.    A lot more goes on in a docking, like dock line handling . . .  but I’ve already covered that here.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.   If I read it right, BW Hudson arrived here directly from the Gulf, aka the Persian Gulf.  If you’re wondering why an Ecuadorian reefer vessel would be called “duncan island,” here’s an explanation for a place that’s also called Pinzón Island.

Last time I recall doing a docking post was here . . . pinning Eleonora.  And last time a monkey’s fist appeared was here . . . in Panama.

I had planned something different, and this foto is certainly NOT great, but . . . what it shows is River Wisdom  Qingdao, China-bound and Duncan Island Red Hook, Brooklyn, USA-bound.  They’re passing each other at sea level Pacific side just “south” of the Miraflores locks.

Here was River Wisdom about a half hour earlier.  Any idea what she paid for the transit?  Warning . . . I don’t know the answer, but I can come close.   Number of vessel transits annually?  Answer follows.

Any idea when Duncan Island will arrive at the dock in Red Hook?  Again, I don’t have the answer, but bear with me.

Farfan is the assist tug for River Wisdom  . . . as I write this.

I’ve forgotten the name of this yacht, but with that tall a mast and that many spreaders, it could be the

same one I’ve seen in New York and Newport . . . like here.  (Note:  The yacht is Tiara.  It rents for a mere $200k/week.)

Some answers or attempted ones:  PTCC Tortugas paid over $200,000 to transit the Canal.  In cash.  At least 48 hours in advance.  The alternative is 8000 miles around Cape horn and about two additional weeks .  .  .  .    Richard Halliburton swam the Canal in August 1928.  Took him 10 days.  Cost him 36 cents!

14,000 vessels transit the Canal annually.  52,000,000 gallons of fresh water per vessel do the work.  Good thing the rainy season is generous to the watershed.

For River Wisdom, New York PLUS 7 days put her here.  Balboa PLUS 30 days will put her in Qingdao.

Might Duncan Island arrive with her bananas and other tropical fruit at the dock in Red Hook around March 22?  (Just looked it up . . . they could be there already the 18th!!!.)

All fotos by Will Van Dorp, in the past two hours.

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