Up in the Headwaters I wrote about in June, a friend named Clark builds “woods cruisers.” These assemblages of a decaying fleet of Toyotas (recovered thefts) allow him to move tools around a large tract of land in forest conservancy. A cruiser must meet two criteria: functionality and reliability . Harbors have counterparts to his cruisers, often repurposed, one-offs, unique and lavished with care to keep them functional and reliable. In the Harlem river, it’s Joseph P, a clean basic platform that can haul and push. I’ve no idea who owns Joseph P.


This unnamed workboat on the Arthur Kill passed with such throaty sounds that I’m convinced its small size masks substantial power. Anyone interpret the dayshape just forward the twin stacks?


The crowd on this boat passing Ellis Island puzzles me.


One of the strangest places for a workboat is here, hanging from the Manhattan Bridge all summer, puzzling especially when no one ever seems working in the scaffolding.


Last one for now, Julia, small but seaworthy and elegant. Call it a “harbor cruiser.” This one’s for Clark, who’d just love to tinker.


Finally, an unrelated link, YouTube clips from Mr. Boat aka Menheer Boot. Stuff goes wrong.

Also, check bowiechick’s waterlogged helping of sand here.

Except the links above, all images by Will Van Dorp.