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Happy Labor Day.  And for most of these photos, I’m grateful to William Hyman, whose perspective was Pier I at 69-70th Street.

The event starts with a parade . . .

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including a range of serious muscle.  That’s the gray Willard operating as New York Media Boat in the distance to the right.

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Even The Bronx represented that bor0.

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Then there’s the line up . . . .  Anyone have the experience of waiting in the starting blocks before some foot race?

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And then many engines roar . . .

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and churn up the river.

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William does a good job of capturing what it looks like from behind.

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Scroll through this 2006 tugster post for photos of my current boat–Urger–in this race eight years ago and seen from the back of the pack.

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And I took this photo yesterday of the 343‘s addition to the festivity.

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Many thanks to William Hyman.  And have a great Labor Day.

 

Here were 2 and the first.  This was Sunday morning August 24 at dawn.

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Maersk Atlanta was headed out and

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the lifters –Oops I mean Ardmore Sealifter and  . .  Ichabod Crane–were at different stages of prep to move and

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and who be that . . . incoming  . .  . hull down?

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with lots of deck gear . . .

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why it’s Alice!!

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with all her sculptural machines all

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ready to discharge more aggregates on the projects hither and yon in the terrestrial boros of NYC.

All photos by Will Van Dorp, who offers this in case he’s NOT back in the city for the tug race on Sunday.  On verra.

Click here for the many posts I’ve done on my favorite Alice.

Coexistence . . . is vital.  Click on the linked words for info on the Bisso family history and their fleet of derrick barges.   I can provide no info on the surfers other than that they were having fun at the beach.  You should have heard what the gulls–lower right–were saying.

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Click here for info on their pipe lay equipment, and here for their dive support boat, featured here last spring.   No info on the rower.

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I’m not sure whose survey boat this is.   . . .

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Head on over to Riis Park before the season is over!

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

Here was the first post  . . .LNYB . .  being Lower New York Bay.  I’m wondering, though, if this might technically be the corner of New York Bight, not the Lower Bay.    The “sixth boro” nomenclature  . . . blurs the distinction.

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The Rockaway Lateral pipeline project is . . . partly about pipe.  How the pipe gets “injected” into the earth is illustrated in this video.  Bear with the first 45 seconds . . . the remaining 4 and a half minutes are illuminating.

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Thanks to a secret salt for these photos of taking on pipe and provisions.

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Here’s a closeup of OSV Michael Lawrence, which first appeared in this blog here.

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Here are fleet mates.

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All above photos from a secret salt.  If I’m not way off, the photo below–not so close up–shows Michael Lawrence alongside the “pipe-injector” barge.

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This last photo I took on Tuesday.

LNYBL?  Gulf of Mexico?  North Sea?  Persian Gulf?  No . . . it’s Lower NY Bay, and these days it’s populated with unusual equipment.

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That’s a spudded jackup barge holding Weeks 751, and off to the right, it’s an exotic

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called Michael Lawrence.  And I’m betting the working is happening in the same place DSV Joseph Bisso was operating about a half year ago.

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Two other tugs tending the work barge Bisso D/B Boaz are Pacific Dawn 1974 (ex-Pelican Magic) –above and below–and

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Smith Invader (2006).

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And what’s going on is the LNYB Rockaway Lateral Project, a  three-mile connection between Brooklyn and the existing offshore pipeline.  A closer-up map can be found here.  Anyone know how long ago the existing Transco pipeline went in?

More details of the deal here.

All photos by Will Van Dorp, who’s off the Canal for at least another day and a half.

Here was 1.  Part of my inspiration here is Paul’s hawsepiper blog, sorted here by the topic of bunkering.  Here’s bowsprite’s POV on this.  Another part of the choice here–other than muggy August weather–is the appearance of this story in Professional Mariner, for which I took the photos.  This post uses some of the other photos I took that cold, dark morning a half year ago.

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Behold a problem of having a dripping water hose too close to the fuel inlet.

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The crew of Capt. Log topped off quite a few tanks that morning, and

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printed out a ticket a the end of each job.

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Here’s the first post I did on Capt. Log, whose days delivering fuel as a single-skin tanker are numbered.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Dorothy J was once known as Angela M

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and first appeared here about four years ago.

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Mediterranean Sea working and

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being worked upon.  There’s no significance to the blue bicycle in foreground lower left, but I like that it’s there.

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Peggy Winslow is a boat I’ve not seen in a long time, unidentified here but identified in the next one here, in town last week with Mrs W.

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Mrs W has some sort of shaft on board.

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It’s a Hebert boat . . . Larry J?, and Bering Dawn dredging in the Arthur Kill.

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Now known as Caitlin Ann, this 1961 tug first appeared here (scroll) in 2008 as Vivian L Roehrig.

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And if that’s Oleander, it must be Thursday.

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Most photos taken fairly recently by Will Van Dorp, who is amazed by changes in ownership in the sixth boro.

And unrelated, check out George Conk’s post here about a vessel with an unusual name and even more unusual purpose.

 

Text . . .  identifies, makes parts reorders easier.

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even if those parts just aren’t made any more and their places of manufacture long ago obliterated.

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Some remain.

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Some become barely decipherable.

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This would be a treasure for what the NYTimes article today called a “shard hunter.”

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I like these . . . perennial ones or

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advertising from long ago.

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Other text–like this stone from Christ Church Burial Ground in Philly–is clearly intended to memorialize someone.

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In contrast .  .  . this hardware gives no clues about its age even as it clearly outlives the deck to which it was attached.

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This is where I’m headed with this post . . . a barge cleat I saw on a fireworks barge in Oswego, NY.  The name Harry Cossey led me here with some great pictures from almost a hundred years ago.  And here.    And here . . . which I need to order.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Again . . . in my field guide to birds, an exotic is a species neither indigenous to nor common in a region.  Transferring this definition to machines that float, I guess that makes almost all large vessels in the harbor exotics.  Here were installments 1 and 2 for smaller boats.

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This is not a vessel type commonly seen in the sixth boro, although it is common in other places.

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Arrival of this vessel did stir some excitement among the herd of ‘scapegoats over at Fort Wadsworth, where I’d stopped by on this morning that I chose to visit my haunts around the harbor on my days off from Urger.   That’s Australian Spirit over in the distance.

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Identification via VHF transmission did sound like “makel lornce” headed for the “wakes” yard,

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which translated through my ears was Michael Lawrence bound for Weeks.   Well, welcome to NYC if this is the first trip in.

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When I was finished with my other business and heading back home to Queens, there it was again, this time

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headed to the job site off Rockaway.

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All photos this morning by Will Van Dorp.

 

 

 

Here was the first in this series.

The first three photos below–Weeks 535 to the left and Weeks 529 to the right–I took on December 3, 2013.

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The rest of the photos here–taken by Brian DeForest–show cranes including Weeks 535 taken in mid-July 2014.  Note the orange-helmeted man at the lower left point in the crane barge hull.

 

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Here are the cranes of Howland Hook where Grande Morocco 

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prepares for her run along the coast of West Africa.

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Finally . . . a unique perspective for landlubbers . . . Weeks 573 working on the Goethals Bridge southeast side.

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Many thanks to Brian for these photos.

 

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