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Some days more than others I’m only a bit more acutely aware of change. Certainly this is true in the sixth boro if you watch it over time. Name boards migrate from
one vessel to another. Actually, I’m told the foto above is Mary Gellatly the third, with the second below. It appears the first was a Navy built tanker. I’d love it if someone know the whereabouts of a foto.
Companies buy and sell floating stock . . . renaming and repainting . . .
Freddie K Miller is the fourth name for this 1966 vessel that was first dubbed New Haven. I can vouch that her interior looks brand spanking new as she nears the mid-century mark.
I don’t know that much about Sam M, 1972, other than that she was fire-engine red around Christmas, and
bleached-out white last summer.
Kimberly Poling, 1994, looks much better with the
modified roofline and more complex paint scheme.
June K in orange was one of my favorites some years back, but pushing old metal or
holding new metal as Sarah Ann . . . the 2003 vessel remains one of my favorites.
Herbert P. Brake 1992 . . . red or
blue . . . I don’t see her that often.
To paraphrase Heraclitus again . . . only change is unchanging . . . and it surely doesn’t happen at a constant clip.
All foto by Will Van Dorp.
The sixth boro’s blue Friday this year is . . . of course . . . the day after Thanksgiving, notable because that was the day DonJon blue Atlantic Salvor re-entered local waters from Montreal with a barge of Canadian-fabricated segments for the WTC1 antenna. So . . . last night, three full weeks after that arrival, here’s what I stumbled upon over near Pier 25. Around 9 pm, the huge Christmas tree-crane called Chesapeake 1000–same one that deposited John B. Caddell into the waters earlier this week–arrived, and splashed workboat Green Bay into the river.
Brian Nicholas assisted in positioning the 1000.
I shot this looking mostly south from Pier 25. The multi-color tower is WTC-1 in holiday lights, soon to be crowned with the assembled portions of antenna.
From this angle, I might talk myself into thinking the 1000 could just land the segments atop the tower.
I shot this looking north from the area of Stuyvesant High School. That’s Sarah Ann tending Witte 1407. Here’s Sarah Ann when she was orange as a safety vest and operated as June K. My anthropomorphizing brain sensed that last night this 10-year-old tug felt very honored.
Again, I’m shooting south from Pier 25. Borough of Manhattan CC is to the left.
I’m wonder the weight of the hook and block . . . 15 tons maybe?
I’m guessing mostly Supor crew here begin to secure the segment for the lift.
At this point, I had to leave for a few minutes. By the time I returned, the safety crew had blocked access to my former locations and the lift had already occurred.
The 230′ boom of the 1000 landed the antenna segment onto the trailer waiting in the southbound lane of 9A, West Street. Click on that link to see the 1000 lift a retired sunken Staten Island ferryboat.
This foto is taken with my back to BMCC, looking across West Street and toward the river.
Here the Supor trailer–with at least 64 tires NOT counting those on the tractor–prepares to turn east onto Harrison Street . . .
and then south onto Greenwich Street.
The tower to the right side of the foto–colors now dimmed–will receive this segment.
As the train proceeds south down Greenwich . . . notice the WTC1 again, above that green reflection.
Once the construction is complete and –say–10 years from tonight, I hope that we remember the crews who worked this night–and have been working for weeks– to position these materials.
Indulge me . . . I have a bit of unfinished doggerel:
‘Twas 10 days before Christmas
And all lower Manhattan
Seemed gathered the the business
Of drinkin’ and eatin’ and chattin,’
But down at the docks
Near Pier 25
A company of workmen
Was making some barges come alive.
Bowsprite in boots . . . I in my cap,
And artist, riggers, and an engineer
Delighted to watch, had fotos to snap
It brought us good cheer . . . .
All fotos by Will Van Dorp. Apologies to Clement Clarke Moore for my partial parody.
It’s noteworthy that Chesapeake 1000 and this lift is happening about 200 yards from where where the Weeks crews almost four years ago fished US Airway Flight 1549 out of the river, then again delivering the plane ultimately to J Supor crews as well. Click on that link for that long-night tugster report.
(Doubleclick enlarges these again!! I’ll go back when I can and correct the “display setting” for the past few days.)
Thirty-six or so days after surging sixth boro waters tossed this “mothballed” tanker onto the shoreline at Clifton, Staten Island, efforts appear to be preparing to move it off. Crews have been assessing the condition of John B Caddell for some time, but as of nightfall today, tug Sarah Ann had barge Raritan Bay
I can’t say what this beach will look like tomorrow, so
I took advantage of the 65-degree foggy evening to get
what fotos I could. It’s only an illusion caused by flood lighting that John B no longer has a bow, but come . . . a month from now,
who knows. This press release about a unified approach to removing the wreck made the rounds in my email yesterday. Thanks to all who passed it along.
All fotos fresh from the camera and the dark room of Will Van Dorp.