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But . . . being a person who can’t exactly follow the drum beats of others, here’s my version.
What my mother thought I do.
What bowsprite caught me do.
Happy Leap Day!
In case you’re wondering about the second foto from the end, that doorway with the gothic window is part of new construction at the KVK eat/drink/foto spot formerly known as R. H. Tugs, which I’m eager to see reopen. A friendly conversation with the new owners the other day confirmed they understand the attraction for many of us of that location. I use their door here as a generic portal, a pathway between one world and another. What I am gratified to hear some of you say is . . . my obsession as illustrated by this blog . . . helps you understand some of what you see in the harbor and draws you in to observe more carefully. Wow! Thanks.
Whatzit? What has dawn revealed coming into the sixth boro?
Thanks to perspicacious bowsprite for catching it with her ears first, then eyes, and camera. She telephoned me and I too telephonically heard the horns blaring out “New York, New York.” Port Canaveral, do you have a theme song it will play upon arrival there in late March? For one of bowsprite’s cruise ship renderings, click here.
For Fantasy 1 on tugster, a non-Disney Fantasy, click here.
Related: 4000 passengers!!! Also, it’ll travel to personal Disney cay!!
That bit of land on the upper right of the foto is Bergen Point. The shadow I hope you recognize as my favorite bridge, and the Sunday morning light plays with the water, bridge, and the pinkish
Behold the nostril!
Complementing Charles D.’s effort, it’s Maurania III starboard stern quarter.
10:21 a.m. Charles D. spins around, racing back to the west end of the KVK to assist the next vessel westbound under the Bayonne Bridge, while Brendan Turecamo heads over to the Arthur Kill for an assist there.
Footnote: last Sunday I took fotos of APL Indonesia as it exited the east end of the KVK for sea. Last night . . . i.e., seven days later, I took this “screen grab” of the same vessel standing off the Panamian port of Colon waiting to enter Manzanillo port!!
I’ve mentioned or featured Mary Whalen in tons of posts. Click here for the archive. Over five years ago the blog called “A Brooklynite on Ice” did my all-time favorite post of the vessel and PortSide NewYork here. “Brooklynite on Ice” title captures her dilemma . . . “613 Tons of Homelessness.”
She’s twisted and turned in the currents too long, her viability as a fantastic asset to sixth boro education and culture trifled with by her lack of easily accessible-to-the-public dock space. Befriend her on Facebook to see all the good things she’s been doing with that medium, and then
Please help MARY A. WHALEN & PortSide NewYork
The promised “real estate deal” aka “dock space” fell through and she needs a new home and some fundraising fast. Here are three possible ways to help.
1) Come to a meeting tomorrow Mon 2/27/12 6:30 p.m. Info here.
2) Submit a supportive comment here.
3) Donate via PayPal here.
I was delighted to learn that Birk Thomas had taken these last week. They are golden hour fotos of a highly unusual transit up the East River. That’s Queens on the left and a varying Manhattan skyline on the right.
In the past, this blog has published fotos of covered submarine parts headed south to Newport News, like here and here . . . ( read Les’ comment in that first link) but Birk caught the uncovered and partially assembled cargo headed north toward Connecticut.
A large part of what motivated me to start fotoblogging the traffic in New York harbor, which I started to call the sixth boro, is the diverse and intriguing traffic on the waters. No single person I met knew the whole story or appreciated all the details. New York is no simple river town where one person could sit on the bank and see everything that passes. So to all of you who’ve collaborated on this tugster project in some way, I really appreciate it.
Here, in Hell Gate, Birk Lyman and Sea Shuttle look to be a whole different tow, given that the late afternoon sun is now behind the camera. Here’s my first posting of submarine sections on tugster almost three years ago.
All fotos today come from Isaac Pennock at various Canadian shorelines along the eastern Great Lakes. And an interesting set of vessels this is. Take James A. Hannah, foto shot in Hamilton. Look at her lines. You’ve seen a sibling of this vessel here before. Recall Bloxom here and in the graveyard here. More on James A. Hannah and siblings at the end of this post.
This foto of M. R. Kane was taken in Toronto. Kane appeared in the sixth boro on this blog three years ago in a foto Bowsprite took from her cliff. Finally . . . a closeup.
Salvor is Long Island-built former Esther Moran. Salvor, delivered in 1963, was hull # 417. To add some context here, K-Sea’s Maryland was also built at the Jakobson yard in Long Island, hull # 406 and delivered a year before Salvor.
There’s not much to see here, but I believe–Isaac asserts– is the Australian-built, Canadian-flagged K-Sea tug William J. Moore, taken here in St. Catherines. I’ve never heard of this vessel. I quote from Birk and Harold’s site: “at one point she was dubbed the largest and highest-horepower tug in Australia.” Who knew?
I located this image in the photo archives of Marietta Manufacturing. Taken on May 20, 1944, it shows LT-650. Bloxom was launched a month later, same location, as LT-653. Two years later, LT-650 was sold to China, and current disposition . . . I’ve no clue how to trace. Is there an US Army tugs-in-China expert out there? James A. Hannah was launched a year later–July 1945 as LT-820. Fleet siblings of James are David E. Hannah and Mary E. Hannah, respectively LT-815 (April 1945) and LT-821. David E. appears to have been out of service since 2009, somewhere near Chicago. Birk and Harold have her series of names listed here; one of those former names was Kristin Lee Hannah, shown here, although the date of build listed as 1953 is wrong. Click here for a 2009 article on the demise/auctioning off of Hannah Marine. I’d love to see a current foto of David E. or know her approximate whereabouts.
A year ago I was pessimistic and wrote a bleak post and made this offer. I have now officially passed some benjamins. Last Saturday I went back to the South Street Seaport Museum and the new life excited me. First, there’s this new blog, which I hope continues. My friend John Watson, volunteer at the museum for decades and frequent contributor on tugster, has been responsible for many of the fotos.
Then, of course, volunteer spirit at SSSM has been irrepressible. On Saturday February 18, over two dozen volunteers doing winter maintenance worked on or in four of the vessels at least. A year of idleness has allowed rust to invade everywhere, rust that needs to be busted.
Hammers, chains, power grinders . . . whatever would combine with sweat to prep for rust inhibitor and ultimately new paint was pressed into service. I even set down my camera a few hours and assaulted some areas of rust, just because I enjoyed it.
It’s no simple cliche that rust never sleeps, and big projects like Wavertree require huge infusions of cash and effort to hold off the ravages of time. But the spirit of volunteerism is also indispensible.This googlemap view shows where all the current museum vessels used to park. Can you name them all? Some may still go to better places.
Ambrose and Lettie G. Howard often docked in the open space here; they are off-site for repair and refurbishing before they return.What really impressed me was inside Schermerhorn Row. Floor 3 has “Super Models,” ship replicas from the collection, smartly displayed.
On the way back down, stop again on Floor 3 for a set of Edward Burtynsky‘s stunning fotos of shipbreaking in Bangladesh.
But don’t take my word for any of this. There’s more than I describe here. And more to come . . . like the re-opening of some form of research library . . . . Become a member. Come and visit. Stop by and bust rust. The barge name here describes what’s happening at the Museum.
Huron Service used to be Eric Candies. Look at the lines of her hull and house. Do they
Not that only a few containers fit on the vessel. CSAV Rio de Janiero is post-panamax, i.e., she won’t fit through the current Panama Canal. To compare her dimensions with a container vessel recently featured here, she has the same beam as APL Indonesia but is 111′ longer and carries 1045 more TEUs.
Unrelated: Hats off to Rick Old Salt for this post on the crisis PortSide NewYork’s Mary Whalen. A public meeting to discuss saving her will be held this coming Monday. See info at the end of Rick’s post. The folks at PortSideNewYork and Mary Whalen HAVE contributed much to sixth boro cultural programming the past few years, but “homelessness” has reduced their capacity to succeed. Here’s a post I did on Mary Whalen back in 2008.
There are ports and bottlenecks, and the sixth boro is surely a port, not that within it bottlenecks do not exist. Yesterday afternoon I caught Charles Island headed for sea, and ultimately Ecuador . . . so it’ll pass through that bottleneck called Panama, which has so frequently preoccupied me these days.
Zim Luanda also departed yesterday, bound for Savannah.
Meanwhile, an equal number of vessels enter port, the sixth boro, our enormous honey pot. Like this one, huge but fairly empty. This foto of CSAV Rio de Janiero –and the two after that–come compliments of John Watson. CSAV Rio de Janiero leaves here (probably tomorrow) for the Mediterranean.
Also, new in town and caught by John’s eye, it’s USNS Grasp T-ARS-51. Possibly in town for maintenance? And while I’m on the subject of sharp eyes and unusual craft, check out Mage’s report from San Diego, featuring USS Peleliu LHA-5, Navy dolphins, and an unusual vessel that defies my ability to identify it. Any help? Ooops . . . here’s Mage’s link.
And finally, arriving this morning, Polish-built Ice Pearl, vintage 1980.
To a casual observer of the harbor, a lot of vessels come in, park, and then leave. They all do, but some areas of the sixth boro ARE designated anchorages. This explains vessels like Pacific Quartz (recently arrived here from the Arabian Sea) and Avonden. Tug Mary Gellatly (1978, ex-Capt. Jentry, North Star, North Service) leaves her dock and heads north.
Thanks to John Watson for the three fotos in the middle; all others by Will Van Dorp, who’s happy to find others too could while the time away doing the Otis Redding thing on a bay, any bay any day. Just think, what if Otis had started waterfotoblogging!!!