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A squadron of brants flew past the Green 7 buoy, followed by
Justine McAllister (1982 Jakobson Shipyard built),
Kristy Ann Reinauer (1962 Main Iron Works),
Norwegian Sea (1976 Burton Shipyard),
Mary Alice (1974 Service Machine and Ship). Can you read the barge name?
Do you know the lyrics? How was this barge dubbed with this name?
Also passing the green 7 this afternoon were Laura K. Moran (2008 Washburn & Doughty),
and Iron Mike, built 1977 but I know not where. Named for the boxer? Should get together with Steel Anna? See foto 6.
All fotos today by Will Van Dorp.
Related: Note the crewman on the stern of Kristy Ann Reinauer above? It’s Birk, the person behind tugboatinformation.com.
In that first foto, do you suppose those brants were ganging up on the gull guarding the buoy?
On Sunday, APL Qatar was tied up at the dock at Howland Hook.
Note the snow on the Elizabethport bank. Imari is the smaller vessel forward of AP Qatar. I wonder if she’s the only vessel ever named for export porcelain?? Given the marine environment, I can’t imagine feeling safe on a vessel named for a material so fragile, but I digress. And let me digress some more, the snowy bank a century ago was home to Crescent Shipyard, where an early generation of submarines was built. Click here for fotos and story.
As of this writing, Qatar’s already at the dock in Savannah after having arrived and departed Norfolk. By early afternoon Sunday, she had been backed down, nosed her way past Bergen Point and
Funding to change the bridge . . . wonder why tolls have recently increased on all the bridges over the sixth boro? Details on bridge modification–if it’s a done deal at this point–have been scant. Will the bridge have an 80th party?
Ever wonder what bridge was the longest steel arch prior to Bayonne’s acquiring that distinction in 1931? Before you find out by clicking here, a clue is that it’s also over a sixth boro waterway.
A lot has happened here in 10 days, although the fotos here reveal none of it. The sixth boro has its way of obscuring change, seasonal or otherwise. I know folks within 10 miles of this waterway who have no power yet and who have tossed to curb-side trash picker-uppers most of their water-befouled furniture, appliances, books, etc.
But along the KVK, Chem Antares (ex-Sichem Unicorn) transfers fluids, while
Torm Sara waits to do the same. [Doubleclick enlarges most fotos.]
Kings Point Liberator inspects other vessels along the KVK. I’d never guessed she had a wooden hull.
To get a sense of scale on ATB Freeport, note the two crew outside the wheelhouse.
So far, Freeport is the only of the US Shipping Partners 12,000 hp ATBs. Some years back, I was fortunate to have caught one of their ITBs–Philadelphia- high and dry, here and here. For an update on Philadelphia‘s current location/status, read Harold’s comment below. Thanks, much . . . Harold.
Oh, by the way, four days from now will be the sixth boro’s 19th annual tugboat race. See you there?
Here was H & D 6.
Thanks to Stuart, Harold, and “Ann O’Numess” for identifying the Kosnac tug steaming past Riker’s in Carlito’s Way. Here’s a foto I took three years ago, and below I took of Dorothy Elizabeth (1951) in Tottenville a month ago. Might she really already be slivers of scrap?
Hercules (1963), sibling of Maverick and others, awaits her emigration with
the return of Blue Marlin. Note Alert (1976) in the lower left.
Matthew Tibbetts (1966) was high and
With unusually high exhaust, that’s Marlin (1974) on left and Penn No. 6 (1970) beside her. No one has yet told me how designers decide to run such long exhausts v. equally serviceable short ones. Sea Raven is another high-exhaust vessel.
Click here to see Kathleen Turecamo in its element, not where it stood last weekend.
Barents Sea (right) and Na Hoku . . . I wonder how long they’ve spent tied up here. I recall feeling excited when I first spotted Barents (1976) more than three years back, and Na Hoku (1981) used to work the California-Hawaii run, but I can tell you when she last floated on Pacific water.
Ever been in close proximity with someone but you’re each focused elsewhere and that’s all fine? This might be a cautionary tale; action…. I thought …. is provided by Cape Talara (2008) assisted in this pirouette by Resolute (1975) and Barbara McAllister (1969, ex-Bouchard Boys and T. J. Sheridan). Let’s call this roughly 4 pm.
7 minutes past focus medium and
8 minutes past.
Whoa! Warn me next time. These are NOT the right lyrics; I think they beg to be parodied to fit this tale, but until they are, enjoy.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Looks like a new blog about the sixth boro . . . welcome Vladimir and Johna!
Out-of-town friends this weekend saw how busy the KVK could be: 40 minutes elapses between the earliest foto here and the last. Kimberly Turecamo and Laura K. Moran
assisted Torm Tevere to IMTT, then rotated her, and
pinned her to the dock.
Not long thereafter, Stadt Gera floated in, very light, quite high in the water and escorted by Margaret Moran.
Preceding all this (the fotos are not in chronological order), Ellen and Charles D. McAllister rotated Gulf Pearl and
moved her a half mile east, and then pinned
her to the dock. Hmm . . . I’m curious about what appears to be an old crewboat . . . . named Glen Cove passing. Anyone know the story?
Out-of-town friends were quite impressed by the sixth boro and its traffic, the good kind.
All fotos here by Will Van Dorp.
More teeth . . . price per? And here’s a puzzle to savor . . . what connection is there between this machine and the 1893 Chicago’s World Fair aka Columbia Exposition? What connection is there between this machine and the mid-1950s arrival of German sub U-505 at its current location? Answers follow.
another taken while docking there yesterday. Imagine the innards? This vessel launched in 1954 from National Steel and Shipbuilding of San Diego.
In the current operation, bedrock dislodged by the 30ish rpm cutter head gets scooped out by an excavator (see a future post). But in other projects, this pump can draw out loosened materials and blow them onto land. The diameter of this pump is . . . . pretty big.
Now those questions at the beginning, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock began as Lydon & Drews, and they provided the “shoreline” for the Columbian Exposition. Also, GLDD, as it was called in 1954, assisted in moving the U-505 into its current location at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industy. Cost of teeth . . .sooon.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Behold, full frontal of the cutter head dredge Florida.
Many thanks to the crew for inviting us to see Florida up close, complete with great BBQ and thorough safety talks. Here is one of three spare cutter heads, with a total of 52 teeth in each of the helical jaws. Check out the tooth manufacturer’s site, ESCO. Here’s another.
On the rig, including the head that’s busy chewing on serpentinite, over 200 teeth are mounted.
of this grind process safely anchored in the busy channel of the KVK, business as modeled by Zim Shanghai.
More next time. Any more guesses on the price of these teeth?
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who is grateful to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock and the crew of Florida and Brazos River.
First: If you haven’t already, check out Bonnie Frogma’s fantastic post on Olympia here.
Foggy, rainy weather shifts my focus to closer range, to detail, like the contents of this gargantuan bucket taking bottom real-estate out to sea;
the swirl of water over the bulbous point of a Romanian-built, newbie 900′ LOA container vessel;
the neck of a Matton-built Mary Turecamo;
and … finally … my favorite, the cutterhead on GLDD’s Florida surrounded by its own fairy-dust and shepherdessed by Layla Renee.
All rainy, foggy day fotos by Will Van Dorp.
In case you didn’t vote for your favorite caption (I added a poll late in the day yesterday.) please go back to Followup #1 and cast your vote.
Also, thanks to Harold Tartell, here’s some “followup” info on Followup #2′s Canadian newsprint carriers: ”Three boats I have remembered their names to this day very well: DONPACO, G D D, & G T D. After doing some research this morning, I came across two more that I saw quite often, but had forgotten their names. They were A C D and NEWSCARRIER. All five were built in the 1930s. These boats were owned by Quebec Paper Sales & Transportation, Ltd. During the canal season months, they would make at least two or three trips a week with newsprint for most of the New York City area newspapers.
Their trip to New York would begin in Quebec, down through the Chambly Canal which is part of the Richelieu River into Lake Champlain. From Lake Champlain, they would traverse the Champlain or Northern Canal down to Waterford.”
Harold also sent some links that I wil explore after this week.
We’ve surfed QE2′s wake; now let’s see if one could surf Linda Moran.