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(Unrelated: If you are in or near NYC tomorrow, come to the “Save Our Seaport” rally at South Street to make a loud noise.) I will be there.
It has NOT rained non-stop the past week, but enough rain and cloud have visited us that . . . if today continues as glorious as it has started, the predictions will be correct: I might just feel rapturous. (Doubleclick enlarges.) If you’re not in this drenched zone, here’s the sodden seaside you’ve missed. Brendan Turecamo escorts in East Point with Lois Ann L. Moran and Turecamo Girls in the background.
But then the rain starts up again . . . yet traffic ebbs and flows, like here Horizon Traderin the distance and Resolute escorting in Hyundai Integral closer by, and still later, as I shot from under a pedestrian bridge,
Sandmaster (ex-Ben Candies) enters the harbor with so-called Blue Marlin in the background.
Here’s a bit more context. The sun shone for only a few minutes this morning, and after that drizzle was steady, and distance was far, so your imagination may be called upon. Blue Marlin is orange and
–uh–colossal, elephantine. If any vessel should be called a whale, this is it. And maybe the Reinauer tugs (Monarch, Curtis, Janice Ann !!, John, Dean [scroll thru each to find it] and seven barges) could be renamed for the transit as
Jonah 1, Jonah 2, etc. . . especially as they might be passing through a rapturous sea, if the folks in Times Square are correct. Nevertheless, with Twin Tube’s help, provisions are laid on, and all manner
From my reading Stephen King phase, I remember a formula that involved a storm or fog moving on and leaving something inexplicable, usually malevolent. If I
hadn’t expected Gazela at this appointed hour, my imagination would have raced. Instead, it did my heart good to see Gazela–who was still dory fishing on the Grand Banks when Armstrong strolled around some lunar real estate since abandoned. Crossing paths with Gazela as it entered the KVK was John P. Brown. If you’re interested in dining (DINING) aboard Gazela Friday evening, click here for info and reservations.
This too, had I not been forewarned, would have conjured up Stephen King thoughts; given its beam, I’d call this “one big-ass ship” aka Makulu . . . if you speak Zulu. Dimensions: 735′ loa x 210′ beam!
It looks like it could carry all of BAT to some foreign shore.
In spite of its color, it’sBlue Marlin. Click here and scroll through to see Blue Marlin–back when it was still blue–carrying the DDG-67 USS Cole from Yemen back to Mississippi in 2000. Click here on Fogonazos to see some huge loads.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
So I have this set of unrelated fotos lingering in my mental hopper, and it’s the time of year to clear out hoppers. My decision . . . post them as , well, a set of unrelated fotos. Like this one. It reminds me of an Eagles’ song from long ago except not quite. Where taken? What would the lyrics of this song be?
From Allen Baker, who took it as he was leaving the Morris Canal back in 1984. Besides the new skyline, the waterfront is entirely different. What exists there now could be imagined in a parallel universe that has sen tectonic uplifting that has created a new set of escarpments, disjointed cliffs.
Taking a picture through a window could create a whole new series. Has a tjalk ever before worn such fanciful sails? Foto thanks to Rene Keuvelaar.
And finally . . . from Fred Trooster, who also supplied the Hotel New York foto taken in Rotterdam, a sidewheeler steam tug alongside cliffs on the Rhine pulling a string of barges. Do such fotos exist of sidewheeler tugs on the Hudson or in the sixth boro?
A quick and dirty post on the 1912 tug formerly known as Grouper. New name will be forthcoming. The following four fotos show the removal of the DRXC Hercules diesel, which runs the generator and would, among other things, run the compressor to fill the air tanks. Note the electrical board to the left. This foto looks forward on the starboard side.
Imagine a tugboat with a bowsprit, at least some of the time? See the link at the end.
First from Robert Apuzzo . . . Crow (1963) in the East River, and
Susan Miller (1981, ex-Uncle Ned) in the Bronx River. Speaking of the Bronx River, here’s its namesake tug and some info on doings in the Bronx River this summer. By the way, you saw Bronx nearly lost in the lush bow pudding of Cornell here last September… scroll through a bit.
From John Watson, the newer (Feb 2011) and bigger (630′) orange juice tanker Orange Stararrives escorted by Laura K. Moran.
A distant sound like a train whistle Saturday morning . . . that was the aforementioned Cornell.
Like Eagle Service, Greenland Sea was originally built as a Bollinger-built Candies boat. . . Grant Candies (November 1996) and Doc Candies (December 1990).
Buchanan 12 (1972) heads into the East River. See her light here.
Thanks to Robert and John for sharing their fotos.
Unrelated: Here are some fotos from the Seattle Maritime Festival, tug race and more, from yesterday. Wish I’d been able to go. Here and here are some Seattle water fotos I took last summer. For updates on Coot, the tug in W. O. Decker colors, click here. Scrolling through you’ll also find some great tugboat names as well as the hull–high and dry–of a supertug under construction.
Also unrelated but . . a two-minute video honoring WW2 vets. Watch it all, please.
(Doubleclick enlarges most fotos.) When I visited Village Community Boathouse (VCB) late last winter, we discussed a “photographic rowfari” to the Gowanus, come spring. Spring has arrived, and so . .. yesterday, John Magnus and JML
making a stop to greet the folks at Red Hook Boaters near Valentino Pier before
past the experiment vessel Jerko
huge bubbles? Reverse maelstrom? Vortex reversus? Belch of sludge lusus naturae? Maybe it’s just evidence that the flushing canal actually functions in spite of its sisyphean task of cleaning what has been rendered most foul?
In spite of Gowanus‘ uberpolluted condition, an ecosystem exists, with feral cats,
an intrepid canoe club,
Is the intention of this sign (above a novel use of tires) to invite us back? See the VCB version of events here.
Questions I have are . . . how soon might the Canal’s Superfund status show results?
Related and very important . . . if you’re in a human-powered and relatively small vessel, be aware that you are difficult to spot for huge cargo vessels of all kinds that travel fast and have limited maneuverability. Read Towmasters post here
The two boats here–Grouper (1912) and Elisabeth (1925) –have nothing to do with each other, but they clearly illustrate two extremes of restoration. Elisabeth lies starboardside to in Schiedam, whereas
same is true of Grouper in Lyons, New York.
Here’s another shot of
A final two words about Elisabeth here: first, she’s vying for Dutch tug/pushboat (opduwer) of the year . . . to be named during the Netherlands National Tug Day, June 2, 2011. I’m trying to learn how/if at all non-local readers might participate. Second, here’s Elisabeth, foto taken yesterday, National Windmill (molen) Day. to mark the completion of reconstruction of the Camel, a malt/gin mill in Schiedam originally built in 1715.
Unrelated: Happy Seattle Maritime Festival this weekend. Wish I were there. I’d be happy to post any fotos from there.
More on all these projects and events soon. Thanks to Alen and Angela Baker for the Grouper documents and to Fred Trooster for the Elisabeth fotos.
That this green icon dominating our harbor came as a gift to us from the people of France . . . astounds me. Here Liberté greets Gramma Lee T and a Virgin Atlantic plane simultaneously.
This astounding gift from the people of France lives on and on. All of which leads me to this . . . wouldn’t it be just super if people of another country decided to . . . as did the people of France … make us a gift of a really tall observation tower? Just think of all the great harbor shots to be taken from a 1500-foot tower along the KVK . . . I’d just love it. Somewhere, we must have grateful friends willing to do this, shouldn’t we? Might the Emiratis give us a Burj of our own atop Todt Hill ? Maybe the Chinese could gift us with an Occidental Pearl Tower on Bay Ridge? We must have friends like the French people of a century and a half ago somewhere.
Ever been in close proximity with someone but you’re each focused elsewhere and that’s all fine? This might be a cautionary tale; action…. I thought …. is provided by Cape Talara (2008) assisted in this pirouette by Resolute (1975) and Barbara McAllister (1969, ex-Bouchard Boys and T. J. Sheridan). Let’s call this roughly 4 pm.
7 minutes past focus medium and
8 minutes past.
Whoa! Warn me next time. These are NOT the right lyrics; I think they beg to be parodied to fit this tale, but until they are, enjoy.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Looks like a new blog about the sixth boro . . . welcome Vladimir and Johna!