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Small cetaceans hanging out around the Narrows.
pinnipeds. I am surprised by the total disregard by these cetaceans and pinnipeds of regulations governing their approach of paddlers. You’d think they’d show a little restraint, but . . .
Many thanks to Vladimir for permission to use his fotos from last Sunday. A previous post featuring Vladimir’s fotos is here. Click here for more stories on sea creatures that just do NOT follow the rules.
Remember, if you’re in NYC and free tonight . . . Working Harbor Committee is presenting movie and panel: Women at Sea. If I didn’t have to work, I’d be there.
I’ve posted a set of fotos about this vessel here before, but still been unable to learn anything about it. It lies where Westchester Creek (In fact, click on the link and you’ll see another foto of the same grounded vessel!) flows into the East River west of the Whitestone Bridge. And not that I haven’t looked, though it’s clear that my searches have focused on the wrong places. Uncorroborated stories are these: it was coming from South America, the owner abandoned a plan to turn Christina or Cristina into a floating restaurant . . possibly in Philadelphia, it was dropped off there to mark a shoal. A search of NYTimes archives from 1920 until 1980 turns up nothing about either this grounded vessel or
When spring actually gets here and work slows down, I plan to put a human powered vessel in this area and look around more. Thanks to Robert Apuzzo for these fotos.
But . . . as often happens, I found some interesting info on other groundings in the harbor in the past 80 years . . . yes, one happened in the East River less than two weeks ago, as of this writing. Some of these include:
Dec 1936 freighter Malang Roosevelt Island, then Welfare Island
Aug 1951 battleship Wisconsin (actually North River near NJ across from 79th Street)
Oct 1955 battleship Wisconsin Diamond Reef
Dec 1972 tanker Vitta (659′) south of Ward Island, spilling 150 tons of oil
April 1979 tanker Algol East River off 10th Street. If you have a NYTimes subscription, you can read the article here, telling that six Moran tugs came to the assistance of Algol in sprite of the strike then happening.
Apr 28 2005, a gasoline barge struck Diamond Reef, with some spillage. See here.
Meanwhile, if I don’t find some info on that top wreck, I’ll succumb to all the imagined histories, maybe even embroider them a bit, and call it fiction. Not so bad, eh?
Unrelated: Check out this site dedicated to the waterway leading from Rotterdam to the North Sea . . .Maasmond (mouth of the Maas River) Maritime.
Hercules, something new,
Rae (ex-Miss Bonnie) . . . something as old as I am (launch 1952). And what dock structures is she moving?
McAllister Girls . . . and something serene before
As to that swan in the serene foto above, click here and scroll through for a previous fabulous encounter with a sixth boro swan, one who’ll never sing.
It’s Friday afternoon, and the Upper Bay seems congested . . . Yano is being spun in the distance as McAllister Responder and McAllister Girls head east and Amy Moran enters the KVK.
Cold, gusty Saturday the same basic area sees Taurus and Davis Sea jointly leveraging DBL 25 into a berth, and . . .
Duncan Island heads for sea from out behind a dredge spoils scow holding station with Captain D. Ever wonder why a reefer vessel of the Ecuadorian Line is called Duncan Island? It’s Duncan Island aka Isla Pinzon, said to be named for the Pinzon brothers who captained the Nina and Pinta of the Columbus fleet. Here’s a statue of the brothers, quite unknown in North America.
Most congestion as these two Moran groups cross: left to right, Jean Turecamo, Catherine Turecamo, Scott Turecamo pushing New Hampshire, and Linda Moran pushing Houston. Minerva Vaso lies at the dock in the distance.
At the end of this post is a video that really shows congestion, but as background, consider these two AIS screen captures, each showing about 2000 square miles. The one below displays regularly about 100 vessels, whereas
Now enjoy as much of this 15-minute video as you have time for: heavy traffic on Nieuwe Waterweg connecting Rotterdam with the North Sea. Included are at least two container ships–MSC Alexandria and Maersk Edmonton– with three times the capacity of any vessels currently serving the sixth boro aka Port of New York and New Jersey.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
A floating door aka caisson can mean only one thing . . .
something new is headed into the GMD graving dock.
Helping with the rotation is Resolute (starboard) and Maurania III, port stern, and
inside the graving dock, about 20′ margin exists on either side.
How many of these tugboats cruising through along the Brooklyn waterfront here can you identify? One might be as rare as a Mississippi kite soaring over New York. Answers and more info follows.
And what’s this? Also a rare film Manhatta (click here to watch the entire 10-minute 1921 silent film) by Charles Sheeler and Paul Strand greets gallery-goers at the Whitney entering “modern Life: Edward Hopper and his Time.” Only a few weeks remain to see this, as it closes on April 10. In this capture from the video, a half dozen steam tugs wrestle RMS Aquitania into a finger pier. The film becomes tugboat-intensive at the 6:25 point.
Also, Working Harbor Committee presents a rare and exciting documentary followed by a panel discussion THIS Wednesday in New York; tickets are available here. I have to work elsewhere that night, but panelists will include my friends Ann Loeding (below) and Jessica Dulong (scroll through), but also
If you haven’t checked bowsprite’s latest work, check it out here. What caught my attention other than the actual fantastic drawing was her use of the term “wooden freighter.” Well, Marion M was built in 1932, and that–from this collage of fotos–was a very different era, a time when freighters could still be wooden vessels.
Back to the first foto of this post: from left to right and excluding the white vessel in the foreground, it’s Sea Raven, East Coast, and Penn No. 4 . . . all of which you’ve seen on tugster before . . . and can relocate by typing each name into the search window. But that black-hulled, white and blue trim vessel in the foreground . . . is Hercules. I believe she’s a 2011 launch from Washburn & Doughty.
Is it possibly this is her first voyage and that she’s not yet seen the GOM waters where she live? If so, these are some rare snaps? Here she heads for the Narrows, Miss Gill behind her and Amy Moran in foreground. And why do I not recall having seen Amy Moran before?
Fotos of Ann Loeding and Linda A. Sturgis are used by permission from Jonathan Atkin. All other fotos by Will Van Dorp.
An email from Harold yesterday prompts this post now, starting with this foto he sent me. It’s Dong Fang Ocean. Any associations? A two-word clue is Bligh Reef.
Much newer (newest?) in the South PR Towing fleet is Hector P. I like the paint scheme.
McAllister also keeps some boats in PR, including one I’ve never seen, Brooklyn McAllister (ex-Brooks K. McAllister). But I’ve got to return there if I want to see them.
I hope to get out on the sixth boro today . . . it seems like I’ve been away for ages.
Some great pics of a self-unloading Oldendorff bulker, Sophie, come our way thanks to John Watson, from his perch high above the sixth boro. Alice has been around recently as well.
Sophie delivered salt, since we don’t know how many times winter will resurrect before summer comes..
I’m not sure what procedure Siteam Adventurer expected to undergo, but she seems unusually positioned.
One of my favorite writers from West Africa compares elders with libraries, how the accumulated experiences of our lives get transformed into living, breathing archives. Because, for me, Harold Tartell is one such person (though in no way elderly) , I’ve decided to devote a few posts to him. And he gave me permission to do so. Here he poses at the helm of Sturgeon Bay, WTGB-109; part of the four years (1966-70) Harold served in the Coast Guard, he broke ice aboard Manitou, WYTM-60 along his native river, the Hudson.
Growing up along the Hudson meant seeing a world now gone, like this vessel SS Santa Paula, fresh off the ways of Newport News Shipbuilding in 1958, make her maiden voyage to New York City by way of Albany. I have my own connection with this vessel, which Harold does not know about; I’ll reveal it at the end of this post.
A few days ago I included a note at the end of a post, saying I’d been unable to locate the name of a tug detained in the Tripoli harbor. A few hours later, an email arrived from Harold with not only the tug name but also this foto below. My “Asso 22 aka twenty-two” had become Harold’s “Asso Ventidue.” And he sent not one foto but six! By the way, have the crew and tug been released?
Here’s another recent unsolicited set from Harold in response to an intriguing foto by Steve Schulte I’d stumbled upon; the four-engined,
four-stack pushboat made me want to head right over to the Mississippi to have a look for myself, and I will
All fotos above from Harold Tartell.
Now my SS Santa Paula story: if you’ve been reading this blog awhile, you may have seen the icon on the left side called My Babylonian Captivity, my memoir of the four months I spent as a hostage in Iraq in 1990. I’d been teaching in Kuwait prior to the invasion. Along the coastal highway in Kuwait was Al-Salaam, a ship, then only a restaurant but previously a floating hotel as well. The 1990-1 Gulf War damaged it to the extent that it was soon therafter scrapped, right there. Al-Salaam . . . ex-Santa Paula!
More on Harold soon.
Doubleclick to enlarge, and take this in by details . . . name on the forward portion of the cargo deck and house as well as profiles on the horizon. Surprise at the end of the post.
I hope by now you’re asking why an obvious European self-propelled barge carries a name like Alabama, right? By the way, a personal connection here . . . my father reported that as a kid, he imagined growing up to be captain of such a vessel in the inland shipping business, aka binnenvaart.
So the surprise . . . Alabama (1947) and Alblasserward (1949) and many other European waterway barges were built in . . . Alabama! So you’re thinking . . . somewhere near Mobile? Nope! Up in Decatur, on that tributary of the Ohio called the Tennessee. As part of the Marshall Plan. What’s interesting is that these vessels do not appear on the Ingalls (now part of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding) record here.
The after and fore part of the vessel were built completely on the yard, living quarters including what was touted as an “American kitchen,” engine room,wheelhouse, etc. The middle section was shipped in crates and the engine was installed at the yard in Dordrecht, Netherlands, after traveling the Tennessee, Ohio, Mississippi to New Orleans, and then the Atlantic. Upon arrival in Rotterdam, the crates and forward section were placed on a barge and towed to the yard, and the aft section was towed to the yard separately.
All fotos thanks to Rene Keuvelaar; info thanks to Rene and to Jan van der Doe. Rene runs a web-log linked here. You might also check a different forum/database called “binnenvaart” aka inland waterway shipping, which in Europe like the sixth boro among boros and states, seamlessly connects waters through different countries. . And given that these vessels are still earning their keep, I’d love to hear from anyone who knows, firsthand or otherwise, about construction and transportation of these US hulls to their final destination. If one of these were brought back to the US, would they be considered US hulls even though they’ve never . . . in over 60 years, worked in US waters? Europeans in Europe doing short sea shipping with US-built vessels . . . who knew?!@!!
More on this soon, I hope.