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Sometimes serendipity smiles on me. Like yesterday. I’d left quite early for an event and saw this red dot on the horizon. If I hadn’t seen the vessel before, I might have thought it a phantasm. But four-plus years ago, I’d even gotten a tour of WLV-612 . . . a vessel so exquisite inside now you have to take your shoes off, not for security but just because the floors . . . are gorgeous.
This is the Norton Point Light . . . technically the Coney Island Light at Norton Point. Vessel in the distance is Rotterdam Express.
Not a rock and a hard place . . . but a bridge and a parachute jump . . . .
As if on someone’s invisible cue, the sun broke through overcast sky for about 30 seconds just
before she passed under the VZ Bridge and
crossed paths with Mediterranean Sea heading out to pick up a barge.
To repeat myself . . . if I hadn’t known Nantucket was spending winter in the sixth boro doing events, I might have questioned my perception or sanity, but
knowing that she’s around still did not diminish
the sheer joy I felt seeing her. My afternoon definitely picked up after this. Is that Pati R. Moran?
All fotos by Will Van Dorp. And truth be told, seeing this reminded me of a song I loved as a youth growing up in what today would be called an fundamentalist immigrant place. Tennesee Ernie Ford version and church version.
Any guesses on the identification of vessel/structure X above? I assumed it was military. Answer follows.
The long frustrating lines at the gas pumps locally are NOT the result of absence of fuel in the port. From l to r here are tankers Queen Express, Romo Maersk, Sira, and Mercini Lady . . .
Closer up of Romo Maersk and Sira. Although these tanker are in port, they’re not at the usual docks because
this activity is in high gear there: hydrographic surveying for hidden obstacles and possibly
retrieving them. Tug here is Harry McNeal.
Oil is being moved, however, in the likes of barge Edwin A. Poling, pushed by Kimberly Poling, and
barge Pacific, pushed by North Sea and assisted here by tug Pegasus. Clipper Legacy is obscured at the dock there also.
Here it is . . vessel/structure X aka Happy Delta bringing in some large structures marked
NYC Sanitation. ?
It’s great to get this angle of Pati R. Moran, but noteworthy also . . the orange vessel in the background . . . it’s Duncan Island, bringing NYC its bananas.
Western Highway . . . transports who knows what vehicles
And surely some parts of the port are flowing when APL Cyprine ingresses as Hoechst Express egresses.
Note the tan colored vehicles atop . . . port side. Charles D. McAllister escorts.
JLTVs mebbe? Among other things . . .
And the two final images thanks to AIS marinetraffic . . . . the inflow Monday morning at 0800 . . . and
today, Tuesday, at 1400.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who is mindful that many folks on land around the sixth boro still lack electricity, heat, and cable communications; and walk up and down dark stairs in high rises to get MREs passed out by the National Guard. Temperatures this morning here were in the mid-30s . . . i.e., just a hover above freezing.