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This foto in no way conveys the intensity of this moment: that car crept down Iberville Street at dusk blasting out a shock wave of engine roar that rivaled the scream of 747 engines.
The shadow of Christ emerges on this end of St. Louis Cathedral as night falls.
Tugster dips his toe in the Mississippi near where Capt. John hugs the wharf just northeast of JacksonSquare.
This statue is called Old Man River, and I’m intrigued though
I’m deep in the “fog of travel,” a phrase I learned from David Hindin. So only the facts, here:
If you didn’t see it yesterday, check out bowsprite’s nola.
Muddy water fast and wide separates St. Louis Cathedral from
Tugboat New Orleans assists Power Steel make
Capt. Jimmy T. Moran, developed for the Panama Canal but never used there, heads downriver for an assist while
It would be easy to stay here longer, but . . .
Many more Louisiana fotos to come though.
Can you identify this general area? I just arrived here, but all last night I was dreaming about the Canal. Should medical attention be sought?
A final observation: Panama was dusty, generated by all the urgent excavation, blasting, and construction. I felt an excitement. Dozens of large trucks like this tranported rearranged earth along the ridge between the old and new canals at Miraflores . . . day and night. Notice the spotlights. I’m guessing a return trip in a few years to see the results is a must.
This sign speaks volumes about differing national style, I believe. In the US, hyperbole would scream out danger; here a benign-looking reptile is announced as “possibly present.”
I made arrangements for a boat ride on the Canal with the Other company, and they cancelled on me. I could have had this!!! And on a historic vessel once used by Al Capone and John Wayne. Separately. Gotta research this.
Talofa happened past, headed for the Caribbean. Be friends on Facebook. She’s 97′ loa, started in 1928.
That IS a monkey’s fist on the heaving line on this electric mule aka locomotive. Built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries. Click here for other clients. The Canal has a hundred of these, whose purpose it NOT to tow, only to keep the vessel centered by
A final thought: Miroflores Locks Visitor Center stems from a realization by the government here that shipping attracts tourists. If any of you have the ear of decision makers in New york, could you plant in their ear the possibility of creating a visitor center/observation deck along the KVK to accommodate tourists who wish to see and learn about the maritime activities of the greatest port on the East Coast . . . as those same politicians like to call it. And it should be where the shipping traffic is densest and closest . . . along the KVK. New York, IMHO, has surely neglected this. If you want me to help pitch the idea, get in touch.
I hope someone is replicating what William B. Van Ingen did a century ago. I’ve never heard of him before, but I like this sentiment of his related to the murals he did showing the construction of the Canal a century ago: “[a]ny success the paintings may have had, came, I believe, from an endeavor to see with the eyes of the man in the ditch.” Oh for what access he must have had. Getting access I know takes time. Hmmmm . . .
What I’ve seen so far, mariners transiting the Canal seem to love it . . . they wave and laugh and take fotos of local flora and fauna!
in a mariner. This link for the Visitor Center provides lots of further links for Canal info.
Some crews locking through, like that on D. P. McAuliffe (ex-Victoria, 1990, built in Houma, LA at Houma Fabricators), have to work
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
I had planned something different, and this foto is certainly NOT great, but . . . what it shows is River Wisdom Qingdao, China-bound and Duncan Island Red Hook, Brooklyn, USA-bound. They’re passing each other at sea level Pacific side just “south” of the Miraflores locks.
Here was River Wisdom about a half hour earlier. Any idea what she paid for the transit? Warning . . . I don’t know the answer, but I can come close. Number of vessel transits annually? Answer follows.
Some answers or attempted ones: PTCC Tortugas paid over $200,000 to transit the Canal. In cash. At least 48 hours in advance. The alternative is 8000 miles around Cape horn and about two additional weeks . . . . Richard Halliburton swam the Canal in August 1928. Took him 10 days. Cost him 36 cents!
For River Wisdom, New York PLUS 7 days put her here. Balboa PLUS 30 days will put her in Qingdao.
Might Duncan Island arrive with her bananas and other tropical fruit at the dock in Red Hook around March 22? (Just looked it up . . . they could be there already the 18th!!!.)
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, in the past two hours.
Quick post . . . more on the 1934 Panama-built B/E Atlas III. My guess about the B/E is that it’s Spanish for “barco d’educación” since it’s a training vessel. Actually, check this site for dozens of “canal zone” era fotos and newer ones.
Let me focus on the Z-Tech tugs a bit. Click here for more info on them. Kamari . . . have seen it in New York’s sixth boro… here assisted Atlantic-bound by Calovedora on the stern as Dolega heads back south for the next job. I’ve never seen a paint job like the one on the lighthouse.
Sub-sea construction oilfield services vessel Intrepid here geta assisted by Cacique on on bow and
Besides all the construction you see in the background, the foreground shows the Panama Canal Railway. Originally I’d planned to take the passenger service up to Colon, but I decided to stay here and watch a day go by from relatively the same perspective, like hanging at my “offices” on the KVK. Note in the background the vessel above the Miraflores lock waiting for traffic to flow Pacific-bound.
Passenger service runs north early in the morning and south late in the afternoon. Victims of SS Central America, their pockets and bags stuffed with California gold passes from the Pacific to the Atlantic on this railroad. One of my favorite books in Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea.
Day 1 . . . and I won’t call these “road fotos” since this was the arrival . . the Pacific side from . . . 10,000 feet?
I caught Ever Dynamic rounding Bergen Point about a month ago. . . and Bow Summer has just come off the US East coast. That tug is Verdaguas 1 it seems she assistsvessels entering the locks. As nightfall approached, she cross from above Miraflores to below to turn the traffic to north and Atlantic bound . . . probably til midnight. And those locomotives, they do NOT pull vessels through; they only keep them stable between sides of the canal, i.e., prevent collisions with the sides of the chamber.