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At 0630 today . . . this vessel was still in Gravesend Bay, flanked by two tugboats. I recalled it’d been there for about two days.
As the tide turned, one assist tug switched out and others added.
Three hours later . . . it was Margaret Moran, Joan Turecamo, and Marion Moran . . . and
then Gramma Lee T Moran hooked into the bow, totaling over 16,000 hp if needed. Pretty World looked like a dead ship.
Towing stern first,
Gramma Lee T brought her into Upper Bay by noon and then on to GMD Bayonne. It looks like time to pop the hood on Pretty World.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
“Excessive wind” . . . i.e., a constant 20+ mph describes Wednesday’s weather quite well. The following fotos all come thanks to Capt. Fred Kosnac, who was on one tug of three accompanying the Weeks crane barge to the right. Farther up the dock, notice the blue/green hull of a container ship, MOL Destiny.
Two hours later, notice our perspective relative to MOL Destiny. The tugs with the crane barge were asked to move to make room for passing traffic . . . the black hulled container ship. The next fotos all transpire in a three-minute period as docking tugs struggle to safely get MSC Nerissa to the dock on the opposite side of the channel.
Count the tugs wrestling the MSC vessel over. There’s Joan Turecamo, Gramma Lee T Moran, and
Resolute. The other two container vessels are Zim Luanda and Ever Respect. And the Weeks 533, see her here lifting locomotives a few years back and an Airbus 320 –now in a Charlotte museum–before that.
These are the hidden dramas that routinely happen in the context of moving our goods into and out of the port.
By now . . . a mere 48 hours later, these behemoths are hundreds of miles from here and from each other, the docking tugs have finished at least a half dozen other docking assists, and the Weeks barge and tugs . . . at work on other projects. Again, thanks for these to Capt. Fred Kosnac.
Unrelated: Does anyone know whether whether any wooden 64′ USCG tugs still exist?
Totally related foto from summer 2009, the orange Fred K II.
From a moving vantage point in the center of the Upper Bay, I look south and see Shawn Miller pushing a deck barge to facilitate some trucking on the sixth boro.
To the north, it’s Gabby L Miller crossing with 1WTC in the background. At Blue Friday plus
80 days (i.e., 80 days since that day after Thanksgiving Atlantic Salvor brought antenna segments into the harbor), this is what the top of 1WTC looks like.
The new Curtis Reinauer lay at anchorage. Here are a few shots of the old Curtis . . . now working in West African waters.
Joan Turecamo, one of the last upstate NY Matton-built vessels, heads to Gowanus Bay.
Finally . . . it’s Rae, moving a recycling scow probably back to Newtown Creek. Rae’s my age!.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Unrelated: Here’s a foto and article from today’s NYTimes about dead ship Triumph. The caption mentions that USCG tugs are towing the vessel into Mobile. Predictably, the alleged tugs are not identified. For info on the tugs, click here.
I first used this title a year ago . . . when I caught morning light in December here. Solstice time for me . . . I want there to be light, preferably the golden kind outdoors. These fotos were all taken in less than 90 minutes. Lynx was southbound,
as was Joan Turecamo, each on the far side of a barge.
Maersk Katarina and Soley-1 awaited on the hook.
Overseas Atalmar did the same, closer to the Staten Island side.
As the sun declined behind Staten’s summit, a last gleam of sunlight did its magic.
A fortunate building in Brooklyn appeared to catch fire as
sun set over beyond the Kills.
Craig Eric Reinauer headed north and
Barbara McAllister slowed up to remake the tow.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, whose batteries run low in this season when there’s a need for light . . . . If you’ve never been down at the Battery at sunset this time of year, it’s high time you treat yourself.
No . . . Joan Turecamo has not been re-cast as a government boat, but what about that small craft off her port?
Yup . . Coast Guard, maybe off a larger USCG vessel in port. A cold weather drill?
But here’s the real treat , USCGC Gallatin aka WHEC-721.
Note the dusting of snow from Athena post-Sandy.
Gallatin measures 378′ loa x 43′ . . . ie, 8.8:1 . . . skinny and fast.
I’m not sure what’s being transferred here, but it’s a welcome return for me of Shelby Rose, the bright blue and yellow tug.
Since it’s been so long since I’ve seen Shelby Rose–certainly NOT a government boat- here’s another shot.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Unrelated question: both yesterday and todayI saw folks wearing Smit apparel working in lower Manhattan. Anyone know who brought Smit into the “unwatering” and cleanup?
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.
Here was 2, nearly three years ago. I could also call this “some of the parts,” which is what I show . . . and you guess the rest.
We start with an easy one; answer will be clear once you get through a half dozen or so.
The ladders are distinctive.
I airbrushed out the first name.
If you were out on the sixth boro today, you might know these next ones.
The gray one is Newtown Creek.
Not the same vessel as above. Note the light at the Narrows far right.
Purrty sail! And then the answers.
Top one was the schooner Pioneer.
“Gunboat” catamaran Tiger Lily
And here’s the prize for putting up with my format: America 2.0 heeling over in the stiff breeze of the Upper Bay this afternoon.
All fotos taken today by Will Van Dorp, who didn’t even expect to be here today.