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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.

 

aka Blue Marlin‘s Vigorous cargo, with all photos and most text by Seth Tane, whose painting site has long been linked to this blog AND who took the photos of the sixth boro during the 1970s and ’80s that he and I collaborated on last year in the 10-post series I called “sixth boro fifth dimension.”  By the way, the dry dock will be the largest in the US, built by ZPMC.  Do you recall hearing of them here and in other posts like here and here?

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 On the bow, Foss’ Pacific Escort.  On port, Tiger 9.  The view is from the St. John’s Bridge.

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On the stern is Shaver’s Sommer S.   That’s the city of Portland upper left.

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Ahead is the BNSF drawspan. They’re going to crane lift a few bits and pieces at the Vigor Swan Island shipyard (Click here for photos I took there last year.) and then transit back under the bridges to a deep hole off terminal 4 to float off the dock where they have the required 50′ draft.

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Here’s the side view.  Recall that it was Blue Marlin that returned a damaged USS Cole from Yemeni waters.

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Many thanks to Seth Tane for these photos.  Click here for another look at his painting.

 

Here was 15.  The first relief crew post appeared here over seven years ago.  The idea is to feature someone else’s photos and/or writing, just because so many of you see, photograph, and write such interesting stuff AND –of course–because collaboration is such powerful leaven.

All these photos today come from Birk Thomas.  The event was the departure last week of CV-60 USS Saratoga–Brooklyn built–for the scrapyard.    For some intriguing photos of the other end of her life, click here for this navsource site.

Signet Warhorse III is the motive force.

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Iona McAllister, Rainbow, and Buckley McAllister assist with the hookup and departure from Narragansett Bay.

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Not until last night did I learn that a final aircraft takeoff and landing was happening at this very moment up on her flight deck.

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Warhorse . . . what a name!

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Note the riding crew on the deck.

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Rainbow straightens out the tow. . .

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in the early minutes of the tow.

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Again, many thanks to Birk Thomas for use of these photos, which not all of you have seen on Facebook.

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.

Oswego is one terminus in the NYS Canal system that sees regular calls from non-US ships, like Stephen B. Roman, named for this mining engineer.   I wish a shiptrafficwatcher would start an Oswego-focused blog.

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A joy of traveling the Canal system is seeing the craftsmanship  . . . of all sorts;  this building and its neighbor

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date to one of the first families of the Oswego area.

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Innovative solutions intrigue me.  Look closely at this dock . . .

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Here’s a whole new opportunity for recycling  . . . Gypsum Express style. For updates on the ways in which the Canal corridor is attempting to rediscover the spirit it once had–that’s a whole ‘nother subject–check this site.

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This boathouse near the west end of Oneida Lake conjures up a past age . . .

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Roman Holiday, a 1939 Elco built in Bayonne (ex-Unicorn and Nancy) is an example of the surprises that may pass you on the Canal.

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Nietverdient . . . in Dutch the name means “un earned”  . . . at this point has traveled from Minnesota.

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Here’s another classic . . . a 1969 Trumpy named Angelus, ex-Showtime, I think.

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A different form of craft . . . markers along the Canal to ease resetting of navigation buoys.

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A row of trawlers set out westward across Oneida . . . from near to far, it’s Don Mariner, Symmetry II, and Deju Vu.

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Here’s a totally homebuilt interpretation of a cruising barge . . . Eriecuse.

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And finally . . . since most of these photos were taken in the vicinity of Oneida Lake, there is the craftsmanship hidden and disintegrating beneath its waters . . . like Thomas H, whose existence I learned about from a passing stranger to whom I am grateful.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

Of course, there is Tilly, seen afloat here just  a few weeks before she was allowed to sink near Key West.

And then there are a set of ice yachts, built in the Bronx but not listed on this website, although I’m not sure why.

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And then there was sub chaser PC-1264–two dozen projects BEFORE Tilly, sold for scrap but never scrapped.

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Close up of 1264 starboard at low tide.

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A view of her port side . . . three years ago.   But if you go decades farther back in products of the Bronx, there is

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this!!  Here’s an article from a 1916 issue of Power Boating (scroll to p. 37) on the Speedway products of the Consolidated in the Bronx.  Besides Consolidated, the Bronx also had Kyle & Purdy and

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Here’s a Bronx product of Lyon-Tuttle shipyard, previously Kyle & Purdy.

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And here’s another . . .

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, who snapped the last three photos above at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton NY, a must-see for anyone interested in recreational boats.

And although this is a bit late, I’ll be at the midtown main branch of the New york Public Library this evening with Gary Kane to show and discuss our documentary . . . Graves of Arthur Kill.

 

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Ah . . . failure breeds persistence.

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If you’re reading this, I’m back on the canal, wondering when my next dose of wi-fi will appear.  A little self-disclosure . . . I grew up in Wayne County between Syracuse and Rochester about four miles from the canal in a town of about 2000 that was then mostly Dutch Protestant immigrants.  My most vivid recollection of the canal was having to cross an open-grate bridge over a “spillway” on the way to school, and seeing the water below terrified me the first day.  After day one, I was fine.  My little town has doubled in size, and many places where I used to load hay or harvest pickles, cherries, and beets are now either subdivisions or woods.

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Here is an older canal, called the Enlarged Canal.  The Barge Canal bypassed this older waterway, which had a towpath.

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Here’s what today’s canal looks like in “the noses” of Montgomery County.  Note to the left in the distance is the

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New York State Thruway, and to the right

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it’s the Mohawk Subdivision of CSX.  I don’t know much about rail, but if anyone wants to see a lot of trains .  . about four per hour, here’s the place.  Containers, oil tankers, scheduled passenger cars, and even private passenger cars pass. Trucks and trains were two of the facts that undid commercial canal traffic of the scale it once saw.

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Many boats on the canal today are private . . . and of all designs as long as they conform to height and draft limitations.

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Some places along the banks seem timeless, like these amusement park rides that could be modeled after automobiles of more than half century ago.

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This narrow gauge locomotive does tours at Erie Canal Village, a private history park right on the older canal.

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Erie Canal Village has great exhibits, like this photo of a canal side store east of  Canajoharie.  Click here for another photo of the store and more.

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Here in Clay is a fuel barge dock that long ago gave way to oil transport by pipeline.

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The current canal is about a mile from where I took the next three photos.  Keep in mind that of course I could have taken thousands of photos.  I did take what surprised me.  As evidence of change in Utica, read the banner.

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Stanley Theater was to my right and

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this formerly United Methodist Church was just around the corner.  Read the article here for some startling facts.

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Quite a ways farther east in Niskayuna is Knolls Atomic Power Lab.

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Here’s the Herkimer Home, and here

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is one that recently sold for a mere $1.9 million.  Read the article to understand why I said . . . mere.

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And finally . . . from a poster in front of the old Matton Shipyard, which Mary Turecamo was this?

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All photos–even those of photos–by Will Van Dorp, now back along the canal.

 

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