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I feel blessed. Something told me to check Panama Canal AIS for Balder Atlantic bound. I noticed her Pacific bound instead . . . possibly loaded with Colombian coal for an Andes port. I also noticed she was approaching Miraflores locks–see my shots from March 2012 here–at that moment. Thanks to the efforts of bowsprite and Elizabeth on my behalf, here’s Balder‘s transit through Miraflores. Finally, why Balder . . ? Check here and here for origins of my interest.
16:45 . . .
Many thanks to bowsprite and Elizabeth for the screenshots. Bon voyage Balder . . . now beyond archipelago de las perlas . . .
The newly named Patrice McAllister, sixth boro bound, experienced a fire near Kingston, Ontario. For the story, see boatnerd here. The Shipwatcher has the story here. Bowditch, ex-Hot Dog and here the rescue tug, was featured on tugster here back in 2010; see second foto from the end.
Foto taken almost 25 years ago from aboard sugar bulker Sugar Island, northbound in the Panama Canal. Being a sugar-dedicated bulk carrier would make this one sweet vessel.
I’ve now also added Ship Watcher to my blogroll.
Also, check out photosbytomandpolly, who shoot from not far away along the western end of the St Lawrence Seaway.
So here’s the question . . . two locks, almost 3000 miles apart, Miraflores Esclusas in the Panama Canal and Poe Lock in the Soo. . . each recently traversed by a large vessel,
And let the record show that I would have gotten it wrong, but although their beams are the same, Mesabi Miner is 39′ longer than CSAV Suape! Mesabi is named for the mountain range it is involved in hauling away.
Panama fotos by Will Van Dorp.
The hat here is not misplaced. On the job here
A few postscripts:
like . . . fotos from the perspective of a Panama Canal pilot, click here.
and an incomplete tolls caclulator . . . here
One type of post that has evolved here is Whatzit? Know what this juxtaposition of hardware and jungle might be?
One of the many joys watching traffic at the Miraflores lock was getting new perspective on these vessels. Just a few weeks back I caught sister ship Bow Chain in the KVK, but from the platforms allowed me, I could not see above deck much.
If you return to the top foto here, you’ll see the green bow of this vessel–Ever Dynamic–sharing the Miraflores locks with Bow Summer.
To see the construction and innards of a tanker in fast motion in Philadelphia, click here.
Tying the recent Nola visit and this post together, click here for a tugster post from over five years ago. S/R Wilmington was one of the first ships I got upclose fotos of; she was built in Avondale, LA, and has recently been scrapped. A related vessel currently called Oriental Nicety is also bound for the scrappers; Nicety‘s previous names have been as follows: Dong Fang Ocean, Mediterranean, SeaRiver Mediterranean, and last but not least . . . . Exxon Valdez.
Can you identify this general area? I just arrived here, but all last night I was dreaming about the Canal. Should medical attention be sought?
A final observation: Panama was dusty, generated by all the urgent excavation, blasting, and construction. I felt an excitement. Dozens of large trucks like this tranported rearranged earth along the ridge between the old and new canals at Miraflores . . . day and night. Notice the spotlights. I’m guessing a return trip in a few years to see the results is a must.
This sign speaks volumes about differing national style, I believe. In the US, hyperbole would scream out danger; here a benign-looking reptile is announced as “possibly present.”
I made arrangements for a boat ride on the Canal with the Other company, and they cancelled on me. I could have had this!!! And on a historic vessel once used by Al Capone and John Wayne. Separately. Gotta research this.
Talofa happened past, headed for the Caribbean. Be friends on Facebook. She’s 97′ loa, started in 1928.
That IS a monkey’s fist on the heaving line on this electric mule aka locomotive. Built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries. Click here for other clients. The Canal has a hundred of these, whose purpose it NOT to tow, only to keep the vessel centered by
A final thought: Miroflores Locks Visitor Center stems from a realization by the government here that shipping attracts tourists. If any of you have the ear of decision makers in New york, could you plant in their ear the possibility of creating a visitor center/observation deck along the KVK to accommodate tourists who wish to see and learn about the maritime activities of the greatest port on the East Coast . . . as those same politicians like to call it. And it should be where the shipping traffic is densest and closest . . . along the KVK. New York, IMHO, has surely neglected this. If you want me to help pitch the idea, get in touch.
I hope someone is replicating what William B. Van Ingen did a century ago. I’ve never heard of him before, but I like this sentiment of his related to the murals he did showing the construction of the Canal a century ago: “[a]ny success the paintings may have had, came, I believe, from an endeavor to see with the eyes of the man in the ditch.” Oh for what access he must have had. Getting access I know takes time. Hmmmm . . .
What I’ve seen so far, mariners transiting the Canal seem to love it . . . they wave and laugh and take fotos of local flora and fauna!
in a mariner. This link for the Visitor Center provides lots of further links for Canal info.
Some crews locking through, like that on D. P. McAuliffe (ex-Victoria, 1990, built in Houma, LA at Houma Fabricators), have to work
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
I had planned something different, and this foto is certainly NOT great, but . . . what it shows is River Wisdom Qingdao, China-bound and Duncan Island Red Hook, Brooklyn, USA-bound. They’re passing each other at sea level Pacific side just “south” of the Miraflores locks.
Here was River Wisdom about a half hour earlier. Any idea what she paid for the transit? Warning . . . I don’t know the answer, but I can come close. Number of vessel transits annually? Answer follows.
Some answers or attempted ones: PTCC Tortugas paid over $200,000 to transit the Canal. In cash. At least 48 hours in advance. The alternative is 8000 miles around Cape horn and about two additional weeks . . . . Richard Halliburton swam the Canal in August 1928. Took him 10 days. Cost him 36 cents!
For River Wisdom, New York PLUS 7 days put her here. Balboa PLUS 30 days will put her in Qingdao.
Might Duncan Island arrive with her bananas and other tropical fruit at the dock in Red Hook around March 22? (Just looked it up . . . they could be there already the 18th!!!.)
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, in the past two hours.
Quick post . . . more on the 1934 Panama-built B/E Atlas III. My guess about the B/E is that it’s Spanish for “barco d’educación” since it’s a training vessel. Actually, check this site for dozens of “canal zone” era fotos and newer ones.
Let me focus on the Z-Tech tugs a bit. Click here for more info on them. Kamari . . . have seen it in New York’s sixth boro… here assisted Atlantic-bound by Calovedora on the stern as Dolega heads back south for the next job. I’ve never seen a paint job like the one on the lighthouse.
Sub-sea construction oilfield services vessel Intrepid here geta assisted by Cacique on on bow and
Besides all the construction you see in the background, the foreground shows the Panama Canal Railway. Originally I’d planned to take the passenger service up to Colon, but I decided to stay here and watch a day go by from relatively the same perspective, like hanging at my “offices” on the KVK. Note in the background the vessel above the Miraflores lock waiting for traffic to flow Pacific-bound.
Passenger service runs north early in the morning and south late in the afternoon. Victims of SS Central America, their pockets and bags stuffed with California gold passes from the Pacific to the Atlantic on this railroad. One of my favorite books in Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea.