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It appears that Staten Island ferry John J. Marchi was crossing the Upper Bay just before 1800 hrs. Otherwise, it was still mostly government boats like
NOAA S-222 Thomas Jefferson, performing post-storm hydrographic surveys. I took this foto back in early September 2012. Buoys move, debris lurks, and bottom depths change. Assessing and correcting these and other conditions of the port are keeping lots of folks really busy . . . .
I braved gridlock and frantic traffic with very long lines at gas stations to get to my work. A detour–of course–led me past Arthur Kill Park across from the Howland Hook Container Terminal. As no doubt you’ve seen in fotos of docks, boardwalks, and coastal areas from Cape May to here, these fishing docks are wrecked. Remarkable here is that this dock is protected by 10 miles of waterway and Staten Island’s heights from the ocean.
Two vessels that rode out the storm in port are (l to r) dredge Atchafalaya and container ship CSAV Itajai, not sure why this latter stayed in port. Here’s my previous not-so-great foto of Atchafalaya.
As I said, lots of assessments are happening . . . which means very little traffic.
And this may very well be the first tug/barge to leave the sixth boro post-Sandy . . . Morgan Reinauer, I think.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, and except for the shot of Thomas Jefferson . . . all taken today.
If you’re free and local, here’s a lecture on hurricane/flood risk coming up in two weeks on my friend Philip’s blog. And here’s insights on risk assessment/response driving the Dutch “deltaworks” project after their “once in 10,000 years” flood considerations post-1953 North Sea flood, which claimed over 2000 lives.
I took all these fotos this morning. First, here’s the ashoremost portion of John B Caddell in the parking lot waterside of Edgewater Drive, roughly across from the Clifton*** Staten Island Railroad stop. After being delivered from RTC Shipbuilding in Camden, NJ in mid-December 1941, she has come to her end. Most of her life she delivered petroleum products, not water. Click here for a foto of her at work in the sixth boro six years ago.
Looking eastward, one might imagine a beautiful day under dramatic clouds, with the current pilot boat New York in the spotlight, in
an otherwise unusually empty Upper Bay.
An especially clean street here belies
debris left strewn on the street showing how high the surge rose and
leaving behind vile stuff like dozens (!) of vials of blood . . . with recognizable names on them!
Alice Austen house, about a mile farther south,
was spared, but just.
Neighbors on lower land began the cleanup.
And the Kills and Upper Bay, devoid of traffic, had a few vessels checking navigation channels.
To reiterate, I found the scattered vials with blood along Edgewater Drive very disturbing. I called 311.
From a mariner’s perspective whose truck got flooded while he was working afloat, click hawsepiper here.
For a report on the storm from a high-rise over the East River, click here for Vlad and Johna’s blog.
*** Six months ago another vessel washed up on another beach called Clifton here.
Foto below was taken on this date last year . . . October 30, 2011, the morning after last season’s ONLY significant snowfall in/around the sixth boro.
And a sad series here . . . alongside the red vessels John J. Harvey and lightship Frying Pan . . . Bounty at Pier 66 Manhattan in late June 2009. RIP Bounty and
those lost with her.
As of 0800 today, four cargo vessels cluster in the general vicinity of her sinking. Coincidence?
In the large funnel area off the sixth boro, the seas are unusually empty. Maersk Misaki continues to zigzag (Is that called stemming in this case?) as she has for the past 24 hours.
Around Manhattan, 0800 AIS also shows pilot boats and larger passenger vessels keeping out of harm’s way in the stream.
Ditto Upper Bay and Newark Bay and adjoining waterways. No Staten Island ferries run at this time.
Updates when safely procured. From the news . . . with all their errors, John B. Caddell ashore in one of my “offices.” As I understand it, John B. Caddell has been idle on Staten Island since being sold foreign about two years ago.
Also, here’s bowsprite’s drawing of Bounty from three years back.
Foto by Hugh McCallion. Pier 25 Manhatan. Three hours til high tide and not much pier left for Pegasus and Harvey to rise.
Also pre-high tide on Rockaway, and water washing sand over the boardwalk onto Shore Front Parkway, finally justifying the name “sandy.”
Thanks to Hugh, Pam, and Barbara for the fotos.
Prayers for safety for all.
Fotos from Barbara at Rockaway Beach around 100th Street here. Emergency message to folks on the boardwalk: ”Go inside, and no surfing.”
From Gary, East River looking toward the mouth of Newtown Creek and
toward the 59th Street Bridge. No movement.
And finally, from L’amica dalla torre di orologio . . . Hudson River . . . looking toward the Statue of Liberty, who probably wishes she could hunker down behind her pedestal. Geometrical structure to the left is the floating Battery Park City Ferry Terminal. I’m not sure what contingencies exist for it during a surge, since it’s basically a hull.
Currently Captain of the Port has order vessels of a certain tonnage to leave the docks, as it’s safer for them to hang in the stream than stay affixed to a rigid structure. So cruising in the North river now as sightseeing vessels,
and the Sandy Hook pilot boats!
That’s the Erie Lackawanna Terminal Tower/Hoboken Terminal in the background.
USCG . . . off to respond to a recreational vessel that’s dragged its mooring?
And finally, back to Rockaway . . as nightfalls.
Many thanks to Barbara, Gary, and L’amica for these fotos. The worst is yet to come, I fear. Stay inside and away from the tongues and talons of water that surge in.
And this just in . . . video from helicopter of USCG rescue of folks from HMS Bounty.
Call this “images taken under the overcast skies prefacing Sandy’s arrival.” The first two here were taken by JED in Norfolk on Friday, Oct 26 while Sandy was off Florida. Remember Norfolk Rebel from the Schooner race here and in the Flickr show along the left margin?? JED got these under leaden light.
Bay Queen . . . . need to find out more about her.
Saturday, October 27 midday. I took this from Penn’s Landing in Philly looking toward Camden. It’s Jupiter. I took previous fotos of Jupiter and other old East Coast tugs here two years ago… including one of Rose, currently waiting to be scrapped! Junk-rigged schooner is the 48′ Summer Wind, recently also in the Great! Chesapeake race. Not to be confused with the 101′ Summerwind.
Also Saturday midday, Sea Pearl at the dock in Camden as seen with Moshulu to my back. As of this writing, Sea Pearl is still at that same dock.
Saturday 1600 hrs . . Camden waterfront looking toward Philly. From l to r, you catch some details of USS New Jersey, Moshulu, and Olympia. Doubleclick to enlarge.
Sunday 1800 hrs. With one exception, there are no cargo vessels in the major port areas of the 6boro. The exception in lower left is CSAV Itajai.
Sunday 2230 hrs. An outbound exodus, although the three blue arrows . . . Aidaluna, Carnival Miracle, and Explorer . . . all cruise ships . . . might experience some seasickness?
If you want real-time views, check this webcam. It’s mounted on Staten Island, southwest portion of the Upper Bay, ie, about a mile north of the VZ Bridge.
Stay safe. I won’t go down to the water until after it lays down.
Sandy? Of course, if you live inland from a beach, you may be scoured by the stuff.
These signs appeared along the NJ Turnpike today.
I had to return to the sixth boro from a little time spent in Philly. I saw Lois Ann L. Moran (2009, Washburn & Doughty) pass quite close to Penn’s Landing, but she was way up by Fishtown by the time I could grab my camera.
High Roller (1969, Jakobson) passed also, but the light hardly allowed Roller‘s brilliance to show. Scroll through for a foto of High Roller and her siblings with unique names in a post I did here over two years ago. The dome is the Camden aquarium, where some float-through-and-over-anything hippos live.
Two weeks ago, these small craft bobbed resplendent in summery sunny, but now a storm that should be called stormy or squally or even super-tempestuous dulls their colors.
For now, get to high ground; otherwise, batten ‘em down. Dog’em. Double’em up.
All fotos today by Will Van Dorp.
Here’s some sixth boro area tempests of past years. As I post this (1700 hrs), Queen Mary 2, Maersk Kentucky, and Yasa Golden Dardanel are among the last large vessels leaving boro6 for the safety of sea.
gCaptain comments on vessel heading counter-to-trend with paramount urgency . . . here.