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The sixth boro has its KVK with businesses providing vessel maintenance.  Rio has its strait just south of Ilha do Caju, within Niteroi, where Thor Supplier is now exiting.  The large yellow letters on the hillside to the left say “estaleiro maua,” a shipyard since 1845 and recently reborn thanks to the petroleum industry in the Campos Basin.

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Thor Supplier heads for an opening in the eight-mile bridge.  In the distance beyond Thor Supplier is Pelicano 1, a huge floating crane.

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Since I arrived here, Hai Yang Shi You 278

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has offloaded and sailed off to parts unknown.

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More soon.

Entering Guanabara Bay, it’s Wilson Sons PSV Tagaz.

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Inside the Bay west of the Rio-Niteroi Bridge and with the Christ statue atop the peak in the distance, it’s Olin Conqueror.

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Lined up here are C-Enforcer, Olin Conqueror, and Wyatt Candies.

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Identifying fotos of this densely- parked anchored gets complicated, but this is clearly Skando Mogster, Blue Marlin, and  . . . I think . . . Sudaksha.

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Here looking toward Niteroi is DSV Wyatt Candies.

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All fotos yesterday by Will Van Dorp, who has a lot to learn about these vessels.   Any errors are entirely my own.

This NYPD officer of the peace got tugged right into a recent parade.  When that happens, you know all things could get downright disorderly.

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This last June post is a melange of Pegasus and Lehigh Valley 79 in a setting rays irritating my camera,

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Patuxent in the Philly dawn,

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Sea Hawk approaching the St. John’s Bridge,

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Patuxent redux,

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Natoma docked in the Columbia,

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Caspian Sea in the Delaware,

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Surrie Moran in the same waters,

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Aries in Portland,

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Madeline,

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Black Hawk,

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more Black Hawk, 

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Cape Henry,

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again Madeline,

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and finally Lewiston.

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Rounding things out, it’s Siberian Sea in palm trees country aka the sixth boro, taken about a year ago.  I will resume the blog as soon as I can in a land with more palm trees

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Thanks for reading the blog and sending comments either here or via email.  Sorry if I haven’t acknowledged everyone who’s sent along a tidbit or nice word.

If you’ve never taken a Working Harbor tour in NYC’s sixth boro, here’s info.  If you  know the sixth boro pretty well–especially the contemporary commercial aspects of it, you might even propose to them to narrate a tour.  That’s just me suggesting that, but there are folks who want to better understand the role of shipping and its interaction between the sixth boro and the five terrestrial ones.

Thanks to Seth Tane for the fotos of Aries, Black Hawk, Lewiston, Nahoma, and Sea Hawk.  All others by Will Van Dorp who hopes to next post from the obscure January River.

Inside Beaufort Inlet is quite the archipelago, the largest island of which is Radio Island.  Let’s start from Front Street in Beaufort and circle.  Wild horses are there,

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as well as really minimal truckable tugs.

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And a fishing fleet in port includes Jessica, Jonathan Ryan and

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Colton Scott and Miss Sandy V.

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Note the means to keep the fish deck free of fumes.

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Over on the Morehead City side, prominent are to phosphate storage domes.  I presume Beaufort Belle pushes the barges from the mine in Aurora to here.  Anyone know how large the Potash corp fleet is.

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On the oceanside of the Route 70 bridge, the Moran ship-assist fleet parks between jobs.

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Fort Macon, Fort Fisher, and Grace Moran.

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Salamina1 loads phosphate.

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Jack Holland prepares to move a barge of scrap aluminum bales.

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They arrived on this vessel . . .

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Sea Baisi.

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Robert Burton does the same.  I’m not sure where these bales will be converted into aluminum products.

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Over behind Fort Macon, WLB 204 Elm is docked, more or less

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across the chanel from the landing zone on Radio Island.  That’s Na Hoku in the background.

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Parting shots include this outbound fishing vessel and

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an idea about alternative housing . .  if you visit.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Click here for an account of gallivants in and around Ocracoke and Hatteras Inlets as well as my connection to these waters.  Beaufort Inlet–near Cape Lookout–is scheduled for some depth maintenance these days with Marinex Construction excavating what McFarland count not extract.  Katherine Weeks enters the inlet from sea with a light scow.

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The only USACE presence I saw was Snell.  USACE awarded Marinex the contract to subtract a half million tons of sand from beneath these waves.

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I believe this is cutterhead/pipleine dredge Savannah, connected by pipeline to this

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scow and loading equipment.

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When Katherine tows the loaded scow out–here past Sea Quest II, a dive boat (more on that later)

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Na Hoku-formerly a K-Sea vessel

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tails.  The Sea Knight helicopter

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just happened overhead.  I’d love the view from a helicopter here.

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Once through the narrow inlet, Katherine heads out for the dumping area and Na Hoku returns to its holding station.

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Who knew the inlet could be this busy . . . l to r:  Grace Moran, Aurora, Na Hoku, and Salamina1.  More on the last one on that list tomorrow.   Aurora, listed as a sulphur carrier, carries PotashCorp colors.

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Potash Corp has their big mine about 35 miles from here, as the pelicans fly.

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Chief is clearly a Marinex tug.

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I’m not sure the ID of the inbound vessel here passing Chief, here heading out to the dredge.

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I can’t say for certain about that dive boat early on and whether the divers had been on Queen Anne’s Revenge, but there’ve been lots of salvage activity around the Inlet in recent days.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Even 600 miles away, I can feel the pull of Saturday’s gathering.  Signs point north even

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atop Carteret Academy.

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Feral horses can try to hold me here, but after one last look around this area of the Outer Banks, I’ll head north.  This last look will show

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Robert Burton,

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Jack Holland,

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Grace Moran and Fort Fisher,

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Beaufort Belle,

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and Odell.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Heard of Morehead City?  Know much about it?  It turns out to be quite the bustling port, with Grace Moran,

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Na Hoku . . . previously of the sixth boro,

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a pilot named Able,

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Fort Moultrie and Matamoros,

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Snell,

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and Aurora.  More on this later.

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All fotos today by Will Van Dorp.  More soon.

And the population of Morehead City . . . less than 10,000.

How did this cat gain its rotundity?

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What creatures besides cats occupy waterfronts round the world?

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Recognize this ovoid?

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And when this vessel leaves port . . .

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and heads for sea,

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the cats are satisfied.  Save a gato . . . .

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Here‘s an article on the felines.  Click here for info on “save a gato.”  Scroll through to see a foto of the creature on the stern of the Disney ship. All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Here’s the entrance to San Juan Bay . . . Freja Taurus passing the #2 red under rain driven by 15+ knot wind out of the north.

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OK . . . Elizabeth snapped this foto . . . that’s my “focused” look as I huddle–like the ghost of a century-ago Spanish soldier– out of the rain behind  the bottom level of El Morro.

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Here’s the aforepromised foto of Beth M. McAllister (ex-YTB-805), three years and two months younger than the sixth boro’s own Ellen McAllister.  Both Beth and Ellen were built in Wisconsin.

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Don Raul came out of an Ohio shipyard exactly five years ago . . . now operating for Borinken Towing and Salvage .  .  .

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drifting in and

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towing a fuel barge.

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Getting back to the first two fotos, once inside, Handy Three takes Freja Taurus‘ bow.

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OK . . . another view of Beth at the dock.

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PRT’s Triton  (ex-AT-77) is a 72-year-old Texas-built workhorse, just recently involved in the rescue of ex-Smit Rotterdam . . . foto later in this post.

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And here’s my quite-poor foto of ex-Smit Rotterdam. . . .  now called Global Destiny.   Here’s more story on the rescue that brought Global Destiny into San Juan harbor.    She’s since headed south and east, but I really wish I’d caught this monster headed out the mouth of the Bay past El Morro.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Unrelated . . . here’s a foto of a Smit tug in the sixth boro of NYC a few decades back with a quite famous tow called Peking.

OK . .  I stole am borrowing the title from what I’d call a “must-read” book by John McPhee . . .  from two decades back.  But this small boat, identified

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here–double click–is

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doing just that, no matter the stormy weather.

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See the pilot boat here . . . approaching the incoming container ship, which is looking for a port.

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The pilot boat descends into a trough starboard the vessel, SS El Morro. . . .      Sun Shipbuilding launched . . . 1974.   See hull # 666.   Here it approaches its namesake. . . .

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where–standing off a sentry box–aka–una garita waits Honcho, a 1975 tug, also looking for a ship, along with

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its newest fleetmate, Handy Three.   By the way, does anyone have a foto of Handy Three passing through New York City  . . . the sixth boro . . .  late last spring on its maiden voyage between Cleveland and San Juan?

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If so, please get in touch . .  see email along upper left.

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All fotos yesterday by Will Van Dorp, in the last half hour before catching a ride back to NYC . . .  aka the sixth boro.

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