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Any ideas?  Note the pulley and cable fitted into the metal knees supporting columns, once vertical but now leaning to almost “two o’clock.”

Here’s a decaying and woebegone version of what Lehigh Valley 79 preserves.  This may be younger edition, even.  And note the metallic vessel over in the lower left corner of the foto;  it’s foto 4 in this post.

Is this an elements-diminished Orange, built 1914 in Newburgh at T. S. Marvel Shipbuilding?

Read the text between the two intact portholes?  Here’s what John wrote on Opacity five years ago:  ” Truly a sad and melancholy scene, one that truly saddens the heart of any enthusiast of classic harbor ferries. That ferry was one of the old diesel-electrics operated by the City Of New York from 1959 to 1966. The wreck in this picture is either the remains of the SEAWELLS POINT or her sister, JAMESTOWN. These two ferries were built in 1926 by the American Brown Boveri Electric Corporation of Camden, NJ. During the 60s, these two boats operated between E. 134th St in the Bronx, and Rikers Island, until a bridge was built in 1966. The ferries last ran on October 31, 1966.”

Sewell’s Point was initially delivered as  Greenville Kane in November 1926;  later it went as Palisades before rechristening as  Sewell’s Point.  Anyone have fotos of her operating in conjunction with the 1964 World’s Fair?

I wonder  what passengers these decks have trod . . . and from and to what missions, tasks, assignations . . .   this makes me think of the Edna St Vincent Millay poem . . .  By the way, the top foto above shows the underside of the wheelhouse of Sewell’s Point, where cables moved between the wheel and the rudder.

And this . . . looking forward . . . quadrant submerged and sheltering a crab;  with H-bitt once worn shiny with line now gone,

an engine head long gone cold

a house top rearing back like a stallion dying from the hind legs forward . . .   and is that a collar between the boiler and the longago-toppled stack?

Alas, what once was Ned Moran . . .  and a half decade ago looked like this . . . or this even before.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

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