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. . . well it’s actually on the Bay, San Juan Bay. Coming upon this . . . I first thought an accident had occurred.
Note the two objects–helmeted heads–bobbing on the water in lower left.
Then a basket exits and lowers,
half a minute later it’s returning to the aircraft,
fifteen seconds later,
three minutes later,
and a minute later.
These vessels slowly left the scene. My conclusion . . . a drill.
But I’m not sure.
All fotos in San Juan harbor by Will Van Dorp.
Quick post from San Juan after the better part of a good week in Vieques, where I first went two years ago. Involved were ferries,
and lots of boats . . . notable being schooner Virginia, last seen on tugster here in mid-October last year. . . foto 8.
back in October. At first I thought it was Amistad, but Amistad has more headrig.
Vieques has an appeal that tries to just hold me here, and
if my return trip was aboard Arawak,
I might just stay here. I had a job offer already the second day I was here!!
Thanks to Fairlane and Ben for pointing out an example of “you travel far away to find what you left behind” : shipbuilders in southern New England labored to create vessels like Cayo Largo (2008) , below and here (fotos 6 and 7). In fact, Cayo Largo displays front-and-center on the Blount Boats Shipyard site here.
The same Blount workers built Isla Grande (1976) and Cayo Norte (1995) , and if you want graphic evidence, look at this shot of Cross Sound’s Caribbean Ferry (1972) that despite its name never left New England, I don’t think. They built Isleno in 2004. (third foto down) and La Princesa (2009) (fotos 2 and 3).
As you enjoy these “walk-around” shots of Isla Grande, some of you
Other Blount boats already depicted on tugster include the following:
Twin Tube (1952)
Bergen Point and Vulcan III (ex-Bethtug I and Bethtug III, respectively. 1958)
Scotty Sky (1960)
Miss New Jersey (1991) and bunches of other Circle Line boats.
Mister T (2001)
Labrador Sea (2002)
I’m sure I’ve missed some Blount boats that I’ve seen. The one I’d really like to know the disposition of . . . is Kasai (1960) and built for the rivers of the Congo, where I worked from 1973 until 1975. Anyone know? Here’s a story of a ferry disaster on the Kasai River just a few years back.
Unrelated: I’ve looked high and low for fotos of Asso 22, the tugboat seized yesterday off Libya. See story here, with fotos, of course, of politicians.
Back in the sixth boro USA. My best “tug” foto comes at the end of this post. I loved Puerto Rico! But there were disappointments: instead of this sportfisherman passing the “devil’s sentry box,”, I’d hope to catch Pilot
Sabre Spirit. I know there’s another vessel (yellow trim) beyond Sabre Spirit.
Again, through the fences . . . Megolly Hawk of Black Hawk Shipping.
Over toward La Aduana, the pink Customs House (which I did NOT study closely enough) is the Coast Guard pier, and (from right to left) the 85′ Reef Shark and 110′ Key Largo and another 110′ cutter behind here.
in port. Compare the 1960 replica with the original in stats here.
Finally, as promised at the start of this post . . . here’s my best San Juan “tug” foto. When I return to PR, Harold, I know exactly where I need to go to see the McAllister tugs there.
I have more pics I’ll put on Flickr . . . soon, and I’ve added a few links to the posts I did on the road, if you’re interested in going through them again.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who returns to his paying job manana.
ok . . . am going to withdraw the “tugster” filter on content and show some Vieques scenes, like the beach along the Esperanza “malecon” aka “boardwalk” at
somewhere along the southern coast where hundreds of eggs from leatherbacks, hawksbill, and green turtles await the full moon while vulnerable to predators of both the mongoose and featherless biped variety.
stilt coming in to land in freshwater pond near the hydroponic project. i loved the hummingbirds but got no fotos.
in the waterway between Isabel Segunda and the “mainland” of PR, the cargo ferry Islena . Of course, I tried to cross on it but was denied. Vieques’ second town of Esperanza, as seen from one of the peaks (not Monte Pirata) at the western end of the island, here looking east. The ilsands from near to far are Cayo de Afuera and Cayo de Tierra.
Tugster in the tropics . . .? Some quick posts.
Bahia de San Juan, looking towards the Crowley yard from old San Juan. No Crowley equipment, but that’s New Ranger.
Looking east, it’s Bounty and Carnival Victory.
and looking west, it’s ferry Amelia heading across the Bahia. Love the exhausts. Amelia came off the ways in Oregon.
Kites aka chiringas get played on the wind over Castillo de San Felipe del Morro.
cargo ferries at the pier in Fajardo
wreck of Karen Elizabeth, looking from Fajardo to Vieques.
Sorry if I made any errors. Fotos by Will Van Dorp