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Here and here are previous posts on a Rockaway Beach replenishment dredging operation that has now ended. Sea Wolf is still local, but the vessel on the horizon (“atop” the red buoy) has now moved to southern NJ. Remember, for most fotos, doubleclick enlarges.
Weeks’ Trevor was assisting in this project.
Also assisting was George W.
But here’s the powerhouse, the dredge. Let’s take a tour.
In spite of about 16,000 total horsepower, C. R. McCaskill is not self-propelled. To see what towed the dredge to the south, see the foto at the end of this post. All that power moves the cutterhead on the submerged arm (called a “ladder”) that extends to the sand at the bottom of the Channel here. At the top end of the ladder are two huge pumps (you could stand inside the pump housing) that suck the sand and whatever else off the bottom and send it as a slurry to a point on the beach some miles away. Click here for a pdf that shows the beautiful (ok . . . roll your eyes) virgin red cutterhead with green teeth. Each tooth weighs around 35 pounds!
Here inside the dredge are some
interesting astounding facts about the machine.
See the sand colored building on the horizon off the stern of McCaskill? That’s the area around 105th St. Rockaway Beach where the sand is headed through piping powered by this vessel. The first few fotos in this post were taken at that beach. There’ll be another Rockaway post soon.
Candace towed C. R. McCaskill south. I missed her when she was in town, but John Skelson caught her here. Click on the foto to see John’s complete shot. Many thanks to John for use of that shot from his Flickr page.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, except for the one shared by John Skelson. For more info on each of the Weeks tugs, click here. More McCaskill tomorrow.
I suppose I could call this “random and gorgeous tug fotos I wish I’d taken.”
Thanks to John Skelson for this one of Coastline Bay Star. I’ve seen this vessel only once in this incarnation of her, but it was in Belt traffic from which a foto was impossible. John nails it here. What a beaut!!
The rest come from Birk Thomas. This series I just find stunning: Gramma Lee T turns out after escorting her Nth vessel. I’m wondering if there’s an actual count of assists for her decade of service since her June 2002 delivery. Happy Decade 1 celebration.
Buster Bouchard has been around since 1979, but I saw her in the sixth boro for the first time only this spring.
The newest twins in the boro . . . Discovery Coast and Chesapeake Coast.
Also, by Birk, Ocean Delta, Norway-built, moving more parts for the nickel mining operation in Newfoundland.