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Here was Exotics, the first of this series.   Exotics are the out-of-the-ordinary vessels, ones not common to these waters.

The first four photos here come thanks to Kenny Montz, who had his reasons for watching DSV Joseph Bisso arrive in the sixth boro of NYC.   The church in the background is St. Patricks, not St. Louis.

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I was locked in at work but watching periodically on AIS, wondering whether such a vessel might be here for Tappan Zee Bridge work?

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Click here for info on the addition of Joseph to this Bisso fleet in 2008.  Previous Bisso boats on tugster can be seen here and here.   Maria J is in the background along the wall.

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Kenny, thanks much for sending these along.  Former names for the boat are Thresher, Rapid River, and originally, Kathy Candies.

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This morning through the sprinkles I caught another exotic, Rikki S, a P & L boat.    In the background, it’s Barney Turecamo.

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Again, I’m not sure how long these boats will be in local waters,

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or what jobs brought them here.

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Thanks to Kenny for the first four photos taken yesterday;  the last four by Will Van Dorp this morning.

 

Wow!  It’s been over three years since I last used this title.  Here’s S 15.

A few hours this morning evoked the sense of the sixth boro as a place for the likes of  Harbour First and Charles D. McAllister, larger vessels from larger organizations,

as well as

others . .  like Thornton Bros.  Guess which of the five smaller tugs here is the oldest?

Or Maria J,

John P. Brown,

Gage Paul Thornton, here beside the resplendent Maria T barge,

0r Iron Mike?

How about another look at each . . . .  Thornton Bros,

Maria J, 

John P. Brown, 

Gage Paul Thornton, with the beautiful stained wood door,

Iron Mike, 

or . . . to throw in another,

Durham?  That’s John P. once again in the distance passing the globe-trotting, Suez-transiting Advance Victoria . . . .

And you were right if you guessed Gage Paul Thornton, ex-Coastline Girls, launched 1943.  Launch dates for the others, to the best of my info, are as follows:  John P Brown 2002, Iron Mike 1977, Maria J 1971, Durham 1964, and Thornton Bros 1958.

On the southern end of Arthur Kill lie in barely perceptible disintegration two tugboats launched one year later than Gage Paul Thornton . . . namely ATR-89 and LT-653.

Unrelated:  It looks like I’ll not be able to salvage Ryou-Un Maru . . . .

There always needs to be a first time, for everything.  Maria J (ex-Jesus Saves)  did it for me . . .

my passing from innocence to experience.  I picked the day, bridge dedication plus 80 years with vivid bridge shadow on the water.  Land in the distance is Elizabeth, NJ;  point on right is Bergen Point . . . a section of Bayonne, NJ that once was a farm of tanks . . . an orchard if you prefer.

Zim Virginia was the first ship

to pass beneath me.  Anyone know of fotos of traffic through here 80 and 75 and 50 years ago?

Charles D. McAllister assists port side, and

besides the hard over rudder,

Maurania III, starboard, nudges the vessel to starboard to

avoid Shooter’s Island and head up to Port Elizabeth.

Happy dedication day!  If you missed the link to the pdf published by the Port Authority upon the 75th anniversary, click here.  Great vintage pics.  If you missed the diagram of the planned approximately 80′ raising of the roadbed, click here.

All foto by Will Van Dorp.

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