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I don’t mean to be disrespectful, but the opposite of “work” is “play,”  and I will trumpet out as quickly as anyone that I love to play . . . some games, certain toys sometimes.  Of course, playing with an almost 70-year-old toy involves someone working a fair amount.  But Argosy, as old as John B. Caddell, seems to have had quite the benefactor.  As a wannabe Jane Goodall of sixth-boro traffic, I appreciate the fact that the owner of this boat put the date and make of Argosy on that life ring just outboard of the helm.  Sobering is the thought that this Chris-Craft was built three years before Bloxom, one of the wrecks in the Arthur Kill here.


Here’s more info on the 40′ boat sporting a way-forward windshield.


I don’t know the make of this sloop, but Ariel is long, sleek, and the sailor and young companion seemed entranced as they sailed northward toward the Tappan Zee a few weeks back.


For what it’s worth, here’s another shot of Tack-Sea.


Is the blue sail a spinaker?  In the summer haze, it injected a refreshing dose of spirit into me.


Ruhen, Ontario-built and Nelson Zimmer-designed,  anchors up by Hyde Park.


Again I know nothing about this sloop, sailing off Weehawken, but I love the red sails.


Sometimes it’s fun to play with others, in this case, five others, each with an oar.  Off in the distance between the crane and the Statue is Argosy.  Just to the right of the Statue is the Communipaw Terminal.  To the upper left of the outrigger, looking somewhat like a surfaced submarine,  is a Buchanan boat pushing a clutch of rock scows.


And here’s a different foto of Lady Christine, a vessel featured in this blog some weeks back.  This fits under the category of what happens when a vessel leaves the sixth boro.  I got an email yesterday (or so) from Tom Mann, whose fotos were featured here back in March.  Anyhow, Tom read in his local paper about an incident involving Lady Christine‘s afterdeck cargo . . .starboard side . . . that thing with a rotor.  It turns out the helicopter went for a dip about halfway between Camden and Bar Harbor near Little Deer Isle.  All aboard, including the pilot Irving Laidlaw, were fine.  Stories here and here.  And thanks, Tom.


All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Unrelated . . except tangentially . . . remember the Turtle replica submarine in Red Hook two years ago that  caused a security storm because it approached the QM2?  See a slide show of that here.  This past week Riley created a Roman-style sea battle in Queens.  Story here.  I wish I’d known about it in advance.  Whatever might he create two years from now??

“Ship of the Day,” on my blogroll over a year now, states as goal to “concentrate on ships entering the Port of Rotterdam on that same day.”  That blog does that one ship per day.  The vessels in this post represent only a small percentage of ships that have moved through the sixth boro in the past week.

Intriguing was Pacific Winner, not only because of its place of registry– Chile–but also because  of its


its previous name:  Republica dei Pisa.  A ship named for a city with a “listing” tower would make me nervous.  Here she clears the Bayonne Bridge.


Maersk Matsuyama, launched from the Onomichi yard in Hiroshima a mere nine months ago, clears Bergen Point with assistance from Marjorie McAllister, recently featured here as having a wheelhouse on a stalk, retracted here.


Sichem Manila swings back NW in the Con Hook Reach.


Notwithstanding all this focus these days on the Dutch, Westerhaven arrives in the Bay at dawn and pushes up to the Buttermilk Channel unheralded.  Earlier this year it autopiloted itself onto a reef off Belize.  In spite of its name, Westerhaven runs largely between North and South America.  On or about 31 August, Flinterduin is expected to arrive in boro6 with a cargo of 20 traditional Dutch sailing barges.  How about an impromptu contest to get fotos . . . I could devise some incentive ideas . . . .


Energy Challenger at the dock at IMTT, less than a month after working in the Baltic.


Eagle Beaumont, one of the Eagle fleet I sported with a year ago, is registered in Singapore although it’s part of a fleet called “American Eagle.”


Blue Jade, beautiful name although somewhat unexpected for a tanker.  It sounds more appropriate for a drink or a restaurant, but it’s actually Korean-owned and Swiss-managed.  More Blue Jade soon.


NS Power, offloads in the Arthur Kill.  NS is short for Novorossiysk, a Black Sea city.


Ships in, ships out . . . I never tire of it, of watching it.  I also think it strange that these international machines moving over the watery parts of the entire globe, mostly have English names.  Or even if the name refers to a place so far from yet accessible to the sixth boro, their names are written in English.

All fotos here by Will Van Dorp.

Reminder:  Flinterduin . . . 31 August . . . I’d love a pic.  It’ll be headed through the Narrows and then into the East River.


You’ve got only three nights left to see the first run of “The Report of my Death,”  a docudrama written and directed by Adam Klasfeld and starring Michael Graves. Don’t miss it.  “Written” in the first sentence should maybe say “compiled” because the script has been constructed using rare and unpublished prose gleaned from Twain’s letters and notebooks.  And what better stage exists  in all of  New York than ON the sixth boro.  Brian’s shots here show the set in rain mode and capture Iggy, ship’s cat.  In the foto below, nature’s house lights begin to dim, and


Bowsprite catches this glimpse of Tugster saving the best seats in the house . . . er . .  . on Lilac.


Lights continue to dim.  Most associate Twain with light reportage of his earlier writings, but in the last years of his life, his writing turned dark and sarcastic.  “Reports of My Death” draws from this darkness.  The setting for the performance is a lecture tour of the British empire; such a tour a century ago would obviously be made by sea.  And Lilac as a venue works well for this; Michael Graves points to the lights in Hoboken . . . and –magic–we’re entering the port of Suva . . . or Manilla . . . or


London.  Twain’s prose mentions dolphins, and –presto–we see them with the actor over Lilac‘s bulwarks.  Or albatrosses . . . and they glide overhead.


Never has a chandelier looked better than suspended from Lilac‘s buoy-lifting boom.


High bulwarks and forepeak enclose the audience and performer in an intimate space en plein air.


Where is Lilac and the three remaining performances?  Pier 40.  At dusk, look for the building along West Side Highway with a trapeze school on the roof.   Below the aerialist is a net, a dock, and  . . . the sixth boro.

See this article on summer stages from the NYTimes a few weeks ago.


All fotos except Bowsprite’s, by Will Van Dorp.

Unrelated:  Given how dynamic and diverse the sixth boro is, I was pleased to learn earlier this week about a new waterblog:  Everyday East River.  Check it.  My only regret about this new blog is that I can’t find a way to contact the blogger.  Anyone help?

First, unrelated . . . thanks to Norman Brouwer for his corrections/additions to my “Circum …2” post;  once I get any other comments, I’ll make corrections and re-post.  Norman, maritime historian, thank you.

Horns , , , well, actually, more than one.  But can you identify this one below, which awed me?   Joel–over 6 feet tall– gave permission to use this foto, in which he serves a “scale model.”  Considering the size of this horn, what is its origin?  Answer follows.  For the record, I asked Joel to show how “awed” he was;  he may have heard my garbled request in a very noisy powerhouse as “odd” instead.


The person behind the horns in Brooklyn (you can hear them below) is Conrad Milster, engineer at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.  Conrad–posing here with a few of his horns– says horns have fascinated him since the days he worked on the Hudson River Day Line.  See a vintage Day Line TV commercial here.


And here’s more.  Notice the ruler projecting downward from upper left side of foto.  Conrad has manufactured the “brassier” of these horns, as


he did this calliope.


Notice the white marble base outside the window beyond the calliope on the left side of the foto above.  Here’s an apt figure carved there and


some others, intriguing although slightly marred by ancient–no doubt– vandals . .  or bowdlerists


Back to the horns, the one in the middle–note the size–dates from just post-Civil War era, when it was safety equipment on the ferry Landsdowne, running between Detroit and Windsor.   Yes, you will hear it at the end of this post.


Conrad also collects gauges from the era of steam.  Here  are some previously of the the steamer Orange, running between Newburgh and Beacon, New York.  Many thanks to Steve Turi for passing along the following two links:  live steam voices on New York harbor the sixth boro from 1987 here and here.  If you read the first  paragraph of the first brochure, you’ll see Conrad listed as “special consultant.”   If you look at the second foto in the second link, you’ll see this traveling steam horn exhibit got towed through the Canal by none other than the 1929 tug Governor Cleveland, recently part of the River Day trip.


By the way . . . horns or whistles ? . . .  I can’t quite sort it out.  Steam horn/whistles have largely disappeared from our lives.  As a kid in an agricultural town way upstate, I recall the whistle atop the cannery, announcing shift changes.

OK, give a listen to Conrad’s whistles here.  Conrad is the man in the one-piece wearing the green/yellow ski hat.  Blowing the horns is an annual New Year’s Eve ritual at the Pratt campus.  Other videos can be found in the links on the YouTube page.

The mystery horn from foto 1 blows at between 2:20 and 2:30 of the clip above.  Guess its provenance?

SS Normandie!!!  The horn was saved from the scrap pile and lives on to sing another day and another . . . .  Thanks to Allen’s suggestion, I went looking for a Normandie video:  here it is including the ecstasy, a horn, and the agony.

Hear’s my call to action:  let’s get all the horns we can available on YouTube.  And I’m directly appealing to someone from Kristin Poling–whose horn I recently heard–to help me set up a time/place for me to film/record the horn. I’ll sit on the appointed riverbank and record the sound, the song.    And here’s another, anyone looking for a harbor culture project . . .  organize a reprise of the 1987 “live steam voices in NYC harbor” event?  Here’s current info on Arden Scott, of that event.

Many thanks to Conrad Milster.

In the numismatic world, “pristine” means “never cleaned.”   This captures something about the beauty of the “inner coast” aka “the Kills.”  As industry moved there, particularly, petroleum, which–like it or not–is the life blood of our world culture, the Kills have served as a laboratory in which human environmental modification and nature’s reaction have struggled in a dance of action v. reaction.  Click on the fotos to enlarge them.  I admit I can’t identify a lot of this debris, so please help me out and I’ll revise this post as we go.

Between Shooter’s Island and Mariner’s Harbor lie these remnants of  . . . paddlewheels and ship’s boiler.  Osprey have recognized the strategic value of the boiler as a nesting platform and moved in.  Anyone know the paddlewheel story?


Here’s a view of the second paddlewheel.


Farther down by Rossville rests retired Army tug Bloxom (1944), which I wrote about last year.  Amazing to me is that tugs of this same era–and older–still work.


A little farther south are two unidentified wooden tugs.  Anyone know them?


In the same Witte yard, here’s another wood-hulled tug.


This interesting steel hull–on the bank off Charleston (Staten Island)–seems to have been a smaller ferry.  Anyone?


In the same collection of decrepit wrecks, notice the nest (osprey?) on the stem bitt of the vessel to the left.


More interplay of decaying machinery and nature, here with a car joining in.


Also off Charleston, and in this case, a meadow forms on the erstwhile deck.


I hope to get back here soon.  More Circum Staten Island fotos next time.  For now check out fotos of Shaun O’Boyle, opacity, and –of course–the intrepid Miru Kim.

All fotos here by Will Van Dorp.

Working Harbor Committee (WHC) yesterday offered their first-ever trip around Staten Island;  tickets sold out fast.  Next circum with them:  next year.  Next trip with them:  August 18 and then the tug race.  I’ll post about the trip along the so-called “NJ inner coast” for the next few days.

A highlight for me was seeing the inimitable Nicole Leigh, one of Reinauer’s 7200 hp behemoths, also known to some as camera platform for some fantastic video of his rig moving with total control at a virtual 200+ knots. Here’s nytugmaster’s entire YouTube oeuvre to date.


Coming through Port Reading Reach, I saw Sandmaster–first time ever–out of the notch.   Sandmaster in notch was here the last foto here.


Southbound on Outerbridge Reach, we met Anacostia, another first for me.


Anacostia, four months since launch, is Vane’s most recent Patapsco-class tug.  More of that class soon.


Just south of Outerbridge Crossing, we passed Pati T Moran.  Outerbridge is named for Eugenius Outerbridge;  the fact that it’s geographically descriptive is entirely coincidental.


After a quick dash across Raritan Bay, we cut inside Swinburne Island as Duncan Island approached the Narrows.


Once in upper Bay, we encountered Charles McAllister and Ellen McAllister assisting CSAV Moema bound for sea.  More CSAV history here as well as a gallery of Panama Canal tugs here.


More inner coast soon.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.  Many thanks to Working Harbor Committee for their efforts.

I’ve seen this odd upper wheelhouse and failed to identify the tug–obscured behind a barge– so many times I put the question it raises out of mind.  The question:  how come I never see tugs with such a “stalk” light?


But yesterday in Raritan Bay I had my chance to make an identification:  Bruce A. McAllister, house raised high.


But I also had this winter shot of Bruce A. , house retracted.


And Bruce A. yesterday, close-up of the stalk.


Now the same about Marjorie B?  Here she lies alongside gantry-craned bulker Sun Suma


and a close-up.


Which brings us back to this foto.  Is this Marjorie B?

aaaats5This blog is–in part– about seeing, and I’ve have many instances of my looking and looking but just not seeing.  Thanks to all who help me see, without which assistance I would be had.


So .. . which other McAllister boats have the periscope house:  Justine?  Sisters?  Rowan?  Girls?

Insight and first and last fotos here thanks to Joel Milton.  All other fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Someone I care about expressed delight in seeing Hornbeck boats.  “They’re pretty, beautiful white and orange,”  I recall a statement.  Well, I have news for you:  they’re Candies.  What? are Candies?  Well, many of them are ex-Candies, at least.  That’s Otto Candies, LLC, Marine Transportation and Towing.

Like Patriot Service, ex-Sean Candies.   From a distance, I imagined the black stack-fronts as darkened windows.  Guess the total horsepower.


114′ loa and launched in 1996.


Spartan Star . .  new to boro6 this summer?  Formerly Domar Captain.


Redundant radars?  Spartan is 101′ loa and launched in 1978.


Huron Service, ex-Eric Candies.  Left to right in background:  Zachery Reinauer and Baltic Sea.  I first wrote about Huron here over a year ago.


Left to right here in Gowanus Bay:  Huron Service 98′ loa and from 1981, Sea Service 104′ and 1975, and Atlantic Service 100′ and also 1975.  Bridge in the background is the BQE.


Here’s Sea Service over at the Palisades anchorage . . . or is it called Yonkers anchorage.


Erie Service, ex-Brett Candies 98′ and 1981.


And here’s Michigan Service, ex-Kevin Candies 980 and 1981; along with Erie.  Now given these names, you know there has to be a Superior Service.  I’ve just never seen it.  Maybe it operates elsewhere.  Here’s the Hornbeck site.


When I saw the colors here, I thought it was a Candies boat operating as a Candies boat in boro6.  Wrong.  It’s Sandmaster of Amboy Aggregates.  Oh, it’s ex-Ben Candies, 107′ and 1983.


Answer to Patriot Service hp:  6140.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.  Again, click on a foto to enlarge it . . . at least, it does so on my machine.

The dawn sun communed with harbor waters for   about 10 minutes before retreating behind thick cloud, but


those few minutes delighted me.  That’s Hellespont Prosperity in background and Margaret Moran headed for the Upper Bay.


Thomas D. Witte moved in some dredge equipment, and then looked for a dolphin to hang on.  “Dolphin”  See meaning 3.


Would you believe I asked these three vessels to line up like this?  Left to right:  Ruth M Reinauer, Christine McAllister, and Nathan E  Stewart.


And a beastly shot.  Left to right:  Sea Wolf, Wildebeest, and Falcon.


If the sun rises tomorrow, I hope to post more, as usual.

All fotos August 6 morning by Will Van Dorp.

Someone asked what prompted the “meditations” series . . . well, I’m facing some big decisions  with respect to work and aging . . . you know . . . fun stuff.

I wonder who Laura K Moran is.  I hope she knows what a formidable vessel carries her name around the sixth boro.  The first two fotos come compliments of Stuart Pate, who took them last December from Norwegian Gem.


That’s one very clean and organized deck.  This overhead shot clearly shows the hawser winch that Les identified a few days back.  Now I need to go back to fotos of Laura K from a year ago to see if that winch was already there, and I just missed it somehow.


Here Laura K heads past Shooter’s over toward the Arthur Kill.


Laura K ending an assist into IMTT, and another where


she escorts in CMA CGM Florida.  A little background on CMA CGM Florida:  launched in 2008, it’s 965′ loa by 105′ abeam, 5078 teu.  And  . . . on CMA CGM, the company:  Walmart named it “ocean carrier of the year” for 2008-9.  Remember that next time you see a Walmart trailer on the highway or  the ubiquitous retail outlets all over this country.


Below is a short video showing CMA CGM Florida westbound in KVK with Laura K tailing.  The video opens with the sound and image of Hornbeck’s Spartan Service passing.

Fotos other than Stuart’s by Will Van Dorp.  Click on an image to make it bigger.

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