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Na Hoku (“stars” in Hawaiian) 1981, ex-Chris Candies. Sunset Park in the background.
Miriam Moran 1979 on Citron 2007 bow. James Turecamo westbound.
Kimberly Turecamo 1980 (ex-Rebecca P.) and Serifos 1995 named for an Aegean Sea island.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who’s looking for fotos of Eldia, as she was towed from Cape Cod into the Kills and ultimately Witte’s yard in the mid-1980s. Eldia blew ashore at Orleans in a spring storm 1984 (Click here to see how photogenic she was thought to be on the beach.) and ultimately was towed to Rossville. Someone out there MUST have fotos of her as “dead ship” coming into sixth boro waters.
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First, fotos I didn’t take include ones of a half dozen sailors riding the Staten Island ferry this past Sunday. These days that’s not a common sight. Should I have said . . . Can I take your picture? I usually don’t take close-ups of people, at least not strangers. Of course, if USS Iowa had been homeported here, seeing sailors on the ferry would have been routine. Bitterness persists in some circles about the Navy pulling out of Homeport Staten Island. Here’s what’s happening on that space . . . although as of Sunday, the federal buildings are still standing.
Now a foto I did take. Can you see the rest from this?
FFG-28 USS Boone was in town this past weekend after its last deployment before decommissioning, scheduled for February 2012. Anyone fill me in on what chain of events that sets into motion? Do all personnel get reassignment? Will it be mothballed? Is sale to another country a possibility?
There always needs to be a first time, for everything. Maria J (ex-Jesus Saves) did it for me . . .
my passing from innocence to experience. I picked the day, bridge dedication plus 80 years with vivid bridge shadow on the water. Land in the distance is Elizabeth, NJ; point on right is Bergen Point . . . a section of Bayonne, NJ that once was a farm of tanks . . . an orchard if you prefer.
Zim Virginia was the first ship
Happy dedication day! If you missed the link to the pdf published by the Port Authority upon the 75th anniversary, click here. Great vintage pics. If you missed the diagram of the planned approximately 80′ raising of the roadbed, click here.
All foto by Will Van Dorp.
The pattern here is what divides those sets of fotos, the bridge . . the one that turns 80. Page through this fabulous PANYNJ pamphlet.
or the Bergen Point-Port Richmond Bridge, mimicking the name of the ferry it displaced.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Over 22 million . . . the number of living US veterans. I salute you.
Staten Island, less than 15 miles from the old Consolidated Shipbuilding Company in the Bronx. Today I’ve been reading Black Company: The Story of Subchaser 1264, published in 1972 by her first commanding officer, Eric S. Purdon, later Commander. Click here to read Purdon’s obituary.
A former crewman on PC-1264 was Samuel L. Gravely, Jr. , later Vice Admiral Gravely.
The top foto comes from Purdon’s book and is used without permission.
I see a lot of tugs, but I haven’t seen Atlantic Salvor since August, and here . . I learn why. It must have followed the reverse track of Staten Island ferries coming from the Great Lakes to the sixth boro.
Deckhand on Bohemia the other day charmed the eye of this line right around the bollard, untangling itself as it flew, like
this group of tugs in mid-KVK the other day. And it made me think that if starlings are said to group themselves in murmurations (and crows in murders), then . .. how about sometimes . . a “tangle of tugs?” Or
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Here was Birds 4. Birds intrude on these fotos a fair amount just because they do. I usually don’t intend bird fotos, but like the second from bottom here, they happen and make intriguing juxtaposition. Vastly different proximity of bird and vessel sometimes makes for apparently huge birds and new ways of seeing, as in the fotos of Julia Fullerton-Batten.
But sometimes birds distract me from my usual subject. Indulge me and take two minutes to watch this two-minute vimeo called “murmuration,” starting out with two girls in a canoe on a lake in Ireland. If you’ve already seen it, pass it along to someone.
Here’s another shot of an osprey I included here about two months ago, third foto from last. To me this one suggests bird on fish like surfer on board.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp. And seriously, if you didn’t watch that vimeo . . . it’ll make your day. Thanks to Maureen for sending it my way. To me, it rivals the amazingvirtualreal sequences in Avatar, the movie. Here’s another bird/water video.
HanJin Lisbon can be called a “lazarus ship.” Although the other three tugs are obscured in this foto, HJ Lisbon came in “cold” last Saturday, technically a “dead ship” as she was escorted to Port Elizabeth. But a bit over 24 hours later, she left under her own power, raised from her earlier cold. No further details. Foto and info from John Watson.
James River Bridge . . . lots of Bridge vessels these days. I’m not sure which James River it’s named for.
BBC Germany on the KVK . . . sounds like a great name for a movie . . .?
Here’s Quantico Creek lightering Glen, who arrived in the sixth bro just before
Over in Bayonne, Celebrity Silhouette loads. Believe it or not, she carries a half acre grassy plot! Might it be a greens garden for frisee and arugula, escarole and cress?
And finally, Newtown Creek, she who accentuates our commonality, she the sludge tanker.
For me it starts here . . . in Kennesaw, Georgia. No . . . not the Passaic River . . but my interest in visiting Paterson, NJ, which I did last Saturday. And I got there from Manhattan, by train, in 44 minutes. But I digress: three years ago in Kennesaw–visiting family at Christmas, I was talked into visiting a Civil War museum that featured this locomotive. In the fine print, I read that it was built at Paterson’s Rogers Locomotive and Machine Works, which I’d never heard of.
Behold the totally freshwater wild Passaic, only about 20 miles from the sixth boro! This view is less than a mile’s walk from the Paterson passenger rail stop.
I’d heard people ridicule the Great Falls, but judge for yourself. I took this foto from an arched steel walkway with wooden treads, so icy Saturday morning from a glaze of spray that froze that I skated my way across. Shangri-la in Paterson!!
Here’s a shot from below the Falls. Just to the left of the foto is the power house, where water power gushes through raceways to turn the turbines that powered this birthplace of American industry. Besides
manufacturing 12,000 locomotives, factories within a quarter mile made the seminal revolver called Colt Paterson and a certain engine called J-5 Wright Whirlwind that ran on a “spirited” 33.5-hour flight.
The Paterson museum houses not one but two early Holland subs, both inside now after some years outdoors (one of them) and at the bottom on the Passaic (the other).
I currently work in Elizabeth, NJ, on the Arthur Kill. Today there appears widespread amnesia about Elizabeth’s connection with subs, but 95 years ago, folks there made quite the ceremony to honor Holland.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp. And guess who visits Paterson today? Salazar. Maybe he’ll have time to take a boat ride from there down to the sixth boro?
Imagine Great Falls after Irene’s dump? See it here.