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Bear with me here . . . you’ll understand the title in a bit. But first, any sense of the difference between these first two fotos A and
It turns out that the person who sent these fotos to me has since also used them . . . and put them first in his post, just as I had chosen to before seeing his post.
Nearer vessel below is Terrapin Island, taken just outside the Narrows in May 2012. Vessel in the distance is Ellen McAllister.
Here are more closeups of Terrapin Island.
At some point since May, she headed down south to southern Georgia . . . northern Florida coast.
Next fotos come from JED. That’s Terrapin Island in the background.
To see what JED does with the above fotos and many more, click here.
Many thanks to JED for the first two and last fotos. The difference between A and B is eight knots v. twelve.
The body language is clear: ”Touchdown.” The surroundings and uniform, however, are way wrong.
Pull back a little and
. .. yup . . . definitely not football or rugby. It’s Sun Right leaving town for the Panama Canal around 11:30 today.
Watch her make the swing at Bergen Point leveraged by Ellen McAllister at the bow and Marjorie B McAllister near the stern.
She ran the distance from the goal posts at Bayonne Bridge to those at the Narrows in about 55 minutes, and after that
no potential tacklers had
any chance of catching her. Now it’s a straight shot . . . about 2000 nautical miles, translating to about four days.
All fotos this morning by Will Van Dorp, who has no intention of breaking a consistent record of watching a grand total of zero superbowls since 1967.
Here was a similar foggy day in the sixth boro a few months back. AIS showed me this vessel with an auspicious name, and I figured it’d just magically turn clear if I went outside to watch. Frogma found fog more glorious than I did.
Wrong!! This is what fog looked like out there this morning. That’s Charles D. McAllister headed out to meet a huge orange containership. Somewhere off Charles D.‘s stern is the shiny new Curtis Reinauer . . . but obscured. What fog sounds like, though, is not captured here . . . low pitched blasts, penetrating yet not loud.
Up on the KVK . . . this vessel that I’d seen in port a month ago was at the dock, begging to be redubbed Foggy Venture.
Wolf River headed out as Chesapeake Coast pushed barge Chesapeake in.
R/V Seawolf passes by Sarasota on her way out as well.
Ellen McAllister joins Charles D. in assisting Rumanian-built Rio Madeira into a berth. On a clear day, this would look quite different.
FDNY M8 cruises out to the Narrows and back. Off the bow of M8, it’s Marie J. Turecamo assisting
Linda Moran over to Sarasota, where
Julia has just made a personnel call.
Cormorant throws wings up . . .when’s this going to clear?
Unrelated . . . but while I was studying AIS over coffee this morning, I saw that Ouro do Brasil was heading up Delaware Bay. Now that’s a vessel with a paint scheme I’d love to see. Anyone pass along fotos?
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who still has more Mississippi watershed fotos to share.
A laker (or ex-laker) in salt water . . . now that’s a thought that delights me, although I admit the foto is less than mediocre, but it’s Pioneer. Quite a few salties ply the Great Lakes. Note the characteristic self-unloading gear midships. She looks to be a sibling of M/V Ambassador, which last appeared here about two years ago. Since I took this foto, Pioneer has shuttled up to Halifax and is now southwest bound again, for Portsmouth, NH.
Eddie Carroll, one of the scow’s transporting spoils from the dredging at the north end of the Arthur Kill looks in need of some paint, although the scaly rust does give character.
Here’s the first of recent sights to behold: Meagan Ann towing scow Witte 4001 all the way through the KVK.
Witte 4001 has the cubic yard capacity of at least 40 dump trailers. Mary Alice . . . near the Bayonne Bridge . . . moves a scow alongside.
Weddell Sea pushing 2004 Senesco-built DBL 83 (ex-The Patriot),
sternview of the classic 1967 YTB-793 known to most around the sixth boro as Ellen McAllister,
at least three tugs (I believe . . . Margaret Moran, Laura K. Moran, and Ellen McAllister) and two container ships (Italy Express and MOL Endowment) entering port. As I pot this, MOL Endowment is passing St Pierre et Miquelon, and Italy Express–also Europe-bound–is not that far behind.
another stern view, this one of 1980 USACE Gelberman, built in Arkansas,
Maria J moves a barge over toward the Gowanus, while Lucy Reinauer awaits departure for Baltimore,
The list could go on, but I’m out of time once again.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Click here for some not delightful at all statistics about losses in sixth boro ports as a result of Sandy.
. . . and on a rainy day. Here was 1 in this.
Note the crewman entering or departing President Polk by the access doorway. Doubleclick enlarges. Can you name two institutions that opened while Polk, 11th, was president?
As Larvik slides over to its berth, the linemen prepare to run the lines to the bollards.
Lateral sliding power gets provided by McAllister Sisters and Resolute.
Barbara is not forgotten.
Sorry . . . I couldn’t resist.
Amy Moran reminds me . . . where is Cape Cod these days?
Baltic Sea I rotates off the dock and heads for sea.
Bruce A. McAllister delivers the pilot.
On its way to assist in Baltic Sea I departure, McAllister Sisters passes Maersk Utah.
Answer to the question on Polk, the president, was incumbent for the creation of the US Naval Academy and the Smithsonian. More info on him here.
All fotos taken today by Will Van Dorp.
Here was the first post by this title. I’ve been back for a few days, but it’s been hard to transition from my jaunt in Utah areas of wilderness back to the densely settled areas in and around the sixth boro of NYC. I didn’t take the foto below of Binghamton, but her time is clearly running out. If you notice human/mechanical demolition (as opposed to destruction by natural erosion . . . as in the desert) happening, please get in touch or send me fotos? This was taken Friday during the rain by Allan and Sally, whose sweet vessel you’ll see later. I did three posts early October 2011 about Binghamton, then ravaged by Hurricane Irene.
I caught this foto of Miller Boys yesterday when it seemed the winds were blowing more rain in.
Ellen McAllister was moving this “unmarked” McAllister tug (anyone recognize it?) around the yard. Info follows, thanks to Birk Thomas. That’s Cashman’s Lynx in the background.
Also in Mariner’s Harbor, it’s Mark McAllister, not typically a sixth boro boat.
Potomac stands off with Lower Manhattan in the background after an assist.
Over in North Cove, expedition yacht Copasetic costs more than twice any of the tugs appearing in this post; that bow is inspired by much larger ships.
And finally, my host vessel for a jaunt and great conversation . . . the Lord Nelson Victory tug Sally W, operated by
Allan and Sally, who’ve kept this blog during their recent jaunt up to Ottawa. By the way, has anyone seen Chase, the long distance padleboarder?
Binghamton fotos by Sally. All others by Will Van Dorp.
In case you were not able (like me) to identify the tug alongside Ellen McAllister, it’s none other than Winslow C. Kelsey.
Surprise, lunacy, and freebies commingle in this post. At one point, my perspective shifts a half dozen miles also.
0859 . . . as seen from the “swimming pool” aka Faber Park, Staten Island-side just east of the Bayonne Bridge. That’s Shooters Island (see a then/now post I did here) off the bow of Zim Qingdao. Here‘s something to know about the place Qingdao.
that looks like a kid! Could this be a contemporary Zim Family Robinson . . . sans the shipwreck of course!!
0940 . . . I’ve jumped onto my horse and raced over to the Brooklyn side of the Narrows. What directed my attention to the Brooklynside base of the VZ Bridge was ships’ horns: one long blast . .. danger! Is it this? At least six “smokers” . . .
I was half expecting these invulnerables-whose engines will never stall maybe– to jump the bow wave . . . . NYTugmaster links to a WSJ article on “playing in urban commercial waters” here.
Unrelated: Want a free boat ride on Saturday, tickets are available here at 7 pm today. Actually, there are no truly free boat rides; support historic vessels of your choice.
If you’re looking for a thriller to read this summer, try The Ship Killer. Bonnie gave me hers . . . after I’d noticed in prominently displayed at my local Barnes & Noble. There’s info here, and I agree with the first review there by Jim A . . . except I’d go farther and say it’s like Moby Dick . . . but you get inside the whale’s twisted mind just as you get inside Ahab’s lunacy. I was predisposed NOT to like it, I didn’t BUT it was a thrilling ride.
And speaking of thrillers . . . here’s an American jetski adventure stopped by Russian tanks and helicopters, from a blog yesterday.
You’d think by now I’ve walked every inch of walkable sixth boro margins, so shame on me for not discovering this park til this morning, and quite by accident at that. All fotos here (except one) are taken from this pier. Double clicks enlarges most. Manhattan lies in the distance to the left, and silvery rays and dots
Eddystone Light, in foto 2, I associate with this shanty.
Click on the image below and you’ll see how I posted it just over five years ago. So what do the big blue tug Powhatan below, Ellen McAllister, USCG Katherine Walker, ATB Brandywine, ATB Dublin Sea. and the Staten Island Ferry Spirit of America (as well as ferries Molinari and Marchi) all have in common?
For starters, the Menominee River in Wisconsin. And from that, given corporate acquisitions, an “in-law” relationship exists with Fincantieri vessels including Costa Concordia as well as the caissons that’ll try to re-float her.
But closer to home, the list above was built at the same Wisconsin shipyard as seven fleet ocean tugs, four of which are active in Military Sealift Command today. Click here for the 2012 MSC vessels poster, one fifth of which is reproduced below. MSC operates over 100 vessels today using 5500 civilian mariners. Civil servant mariners!!
The DonJon Marine Powhatan above has since 2008 become Inebolu A-590 of the Turkish Navy.
And they do long, large tows. Here about a year ago, Apache begins to tow a decommissioned USS Nassau to join the reserve fleet in Texas. Click here for more context on the foto, taken from USNS Grapple, another MSC vessel that may appear on this blog soon.
In the next post, we look inside Apache. Next question . . . does this marlinespike seamanship have a name? Would this have been original to this 1981 vessel? By the way, Apache’s 31st b’day (technically d’day . . . D for delivery) is late July.
Only the first and last fotos are by Will Van Dorp. The second and third from last are thanks to Birk Thomas. All the others come from Military Sealift Command. Many thanks to Susan Melow, MSC Public Affairs Officer, for setting up a visit and to Apache Second Officer Michael R. Rankin for guiding the tour.
Finally, once again, does anyone remember when Apache visited NYC? Is there an archive online for vessels visiting during Fleet Weeks going back to 1982?