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Here are tugster-takes on car-carrying ferries off North Carolina, on Champlain, and in the tropics.

And this is likely a Forks ferry entering the Upper Bay in the fog a few years back, almost invisible.  Long Island has a plethora of ferry companies.

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It seems from Shelter Island north you take a ferry of one company, like Menantic here or Manhasset or another, which I conclude is built way south, and

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from Shelter Island south you take a ferry like Sunrise built farther north.    I need to get back to the Forks of Long Island to find out more.

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Since Islander seems a fairly generic name for ferries, I’ve yet to find any specifics of this one, on the hard in Greenport.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who has failed to find a complete listing of Forks ferries on the internet.

By the way, I itching to gallivant soon . . . inland to Nola, then up the Mississippi to Vicksburg to  . . . St Louis and then zigzag back to the east coast, provided that storms stay elsewhere.

Like a galley or head or deck, the harbor itself needs maintenance of the routine as well as the extraordinary sort.  Given the amount of oil that’s found its way into the sixth boro the past two months, the latter sort is going on.  The bird sanctuary mentioned in the first sentence of this link is Shooters Island .  . whose history I spoke of here about a year ago.

A routine removal of silt from shipping channels is performed by the vessel below–Atchafalaya–as well as Padre Island, which I got closeups of here two and a half years ago.

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Here’s shipspotting info on Atchafalaya (1980, Minnesota Twin cities along the river built!!) which I’ve yet to catch close enough for many details.   Here’s still another link on Atchafalaya.

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Back to a different set of  post-Sandy extraordinary cleanups involve this vessel, with the appropriate name Driftmaster . . . not that it drifts around the sixth boro.  Rather, it collects and either removes or secures large floating materials drifting in the harbor.

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These fotos come compliments of bowsprite.  What I believe is going on here is Driftmaster securing floating docks that in the highest of the surge floated right up off the pilings.  I’m not sure where this Driftmaster was built . . .  It may date from 1947.

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Ditto here.  This floating dock needs to be locked back into the pilings.  The crane barge here is moved around by 1965 tug Harry McNeal.  In the bottom foto, notice the square holes through which the cylindrical pilings must fit.

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All but the first two fotos (mine) were taken by bowsprite, whom I thank.

Call this  . . . everything but the kitchen sink and ballast water.

I’m still arrested by the thought of the squeezing pressure on this hook dangling from the boom of Chesapeake 1000 and all the loads its carried.  Click here and here for that hook and crane on other gargantuan jobs.   Here’s one more.

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Seas . . .  check out the “must-read”  article by Keith Gessen in the Dec, 24 & 31 New Yorker.  “Polar Express:  A Journey through the Melting Arctic, with sixty-odd thousand tons of iron ore,” and the odd there is significant.  On the voyage from Murmansk to Huanghua, Nordic Odyssey traverses seas by the names Barents, Kara, Laptev, East Siberian, Chukchi, Bering, of Okhotsk, of Japan, East China, and Yellow . . . and that’s more than seven.

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And finally from Astoria on the West Coast, could the sixth boro some year have a new year’s concert like this described by Joanne Rideout of the Shipreport?

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Take 2 . . . some the same, some different.  Lynx southbound at 16:08.

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Evening Star anchored at 16:09.

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Christine McAllister anchored at 16:10.

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Julia and Twin Tube attending Maersk Katarina at 16:13 at the 28 buoy.

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Crystal Cutler heading for the Kills at 16:30.

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Overseas Atalmar and bow of American Spirit at anchor . . . 16:37.

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Another shot of Christine McAllister at 16:44.

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Discovery Coast at 16:46.

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Liberty V at 16:53 bound for Liberty Island . . . a crewboat.

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Twisted #2 sign at the Battery looking toward Jersey City at 17:07.

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Barbara McAllister preparing to remake the tow at 17:26.

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Maserati VOR70 at the dock, heeled over for repairs, at 17:40

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

I first used this title a year ago . . . when I caught morning light in December here.    Solstice time for me . . .  I want there to be light, preferably the golden kind outdoors.  These fotos were all taken in less than 90 minutes.  Lynx was southbound,

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as was Joan Turecamo, each on the far side of a barge.

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Maersk Katarina and Soley-1 awaited on the hook.

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Overseas Atalmar did the same, closer to the Staten Island side.

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As the sun declined behind Staten’s summit, a last gleam of sunlight did its magic.

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A fortunate building in Brooklyn appeared to catch fire as

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sun set over beyond the Kills.

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Craig Eric Reinauer headed north and

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Barbara McAllister slowed up to remake the tow.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp, whose batteries run low in this season when there’s a need for light . . . .  If you’ve never been down at the Battery at sunset this time of year, it’s high time you treat yourself.

The sixth boro’s blue Friday this year is . . . of course  . . . the day after Thanksgiving, notable because that was the day DonJon blue Atlantic Salvor re-entered local waters from Montreal with a barge of Canadian-fabricated segments for the WTC1 antenna.    So . . . last night, three full weeks after that arrival, here’s what I stumbled upon over near Pier 25.  Around 9 pm, the huge Christmas tree-crane called Chesapeake 1000–same one that deposited John B. Caddell into the waters earlier this week–arrived, and splashed workboat Green Bay into the river.

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Brian Nicholas assisted in positioning the 1000.

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I shot this looking mostly south from Pier 25.   The multi-color tower is WTC-1 in holiday lights, soon to be crowned with the assembled portions of antenna.

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From this angle, I might talk myself into thinking the 1000 could just land the segments atop the tower.

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I shot this looking north from the area of Stuyvesant High School.  That’s Sarah Ann tending Witte 1407.  Here’s Sarah Ann when she was orange as a safety vest and operated as June K.   My anthropomorphizing brain sensed that last night this 10-year-old tug felt very honored.

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And the crews . . . seemed intent, careful, and equally honored.  At least four crews were there:  Donjon, Supor, safety folks, and then the bloggers and scribes and documentarists.   Greetings, Marcus.

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Again, I’m shooting south from Pier 25.  Borough of Manhattan CC is to the left.

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I’m wonder the weight of the hook and block . . . 15 tons maybe?

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I’m guessing mostly Supor crew here begin to secure the segment for the lift.

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At this point, I had to leave for a few minutes.  By the time I returned, the safety crew had blocked access to my former locations and the lift had already occurred.

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The 230′ boom of the 1000 landed the antenna segment onto the trailer waiting in the southbound lane of 9A, West Street.   Click on that link to see the 1000 lift a retired sunken Staten Island ferryboat.

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This foto is taken with my back to BMCC, looking across West Street and toward the river.

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Here the Supor trailer–with at least 64 tires NOT counting those on the tractor–prepares to turn east onto Harrison Street . . .

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and then south onto Greenwich Street.

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The tower to the right side of the foto–colors now dimmed–will receive this segment.

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As the train proceeds south down Greenwich . . . notice the WTC1 again, above that green reflection.

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Once the construction is complete and –say–10 years from tonight, I hope that we remember the crews who worked this night–and have been working for weeks– to position these materials.

Indulge me . . . I have a bit of unfinished doggerel:

‘Twas 10 days before Christmas

And all lower Manhattan

Seemed gathered the the business

Of drinkin’ and eatin’ and chattin,’

But down at the docks

Near Pier 25

A company of workmen

Was making some barges come alive.

Bowsprite in boots . . . I in my cap,

And artist, riggers, and an engineer

Delighted to watch, had fotos to snap

It brought us good cheer . . . .

All fotos by Will Van Dorp. Apologies to Clement Clarke Moore for my partial parody.

It’s noteworthy that Chesapeake 1000 and this lift is happening about 200 yards from where where the Weeks crews almost four years ago fished US Airway Flight 1549 out of the river, then again delivering the plane ultimately to J Supor crews as well.   Click on that link for that long-night tugster report.

. . . although a more accurate title might be a RIB for all latitudes.  Guess what this is?  It has nothing to do with the Sedna comments I made yesterday.  These fotos were taken at 78 degrees north . . . Point Barrow is 71!!!  Yes, it is the time of year when our culture turns toward the far north, although a strongly fantastical version rather than this . ..  the real polar areas.

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Guess the 78th parallel location from this?

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Actually this post has its origin in the sixth boro.  That’s Mary Whalen in Red Hook over in the distance.  And closeup . . . it’s a 50′ RIB made by Rupert Marine.    Rupert Marine saw a “few seconds later”  foto I posted here (sixth foto)  and got in touch, sending along these fotos.

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Click here for more fotos from Portlongyear.no       and the place is

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Spitsbergen, where this Rupert 34 attempts to redefine line boat and mini-tug.  And yes . . . Costa Pacifica is a sister vessel of the infamous one.

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All fotos come thanks to Thomas Rönnberg, founder of Rupert Marine.   Thomas, Många tack!

Two recent appearances of pinnipeds on this blog were one from the Northwest Passage and the one from Fire Island, NY.

Here was 21.  22 .  .  . let’s call it shifting perspectives.

The name alone arrested me .  .  .  Sedna.   I used to refer to Sedna as my retirement plan.  Don’t know  Sedna?   Sea goddess.  Back then, I imagined that when I was too old to work or enjoy life, I’d get into my kayak and paddle seaward until I met Sedna.  I’m not being morbid;  it’s just the reaction I imagined I’d take to a diminished quality of life.

Funny thing, though, I googled the vessel below and learned she’d had her own near-encounter with the bottom recently.  Sedna Degagnes . . . we’re glad you’re spritely again.

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Bow Sirius, here being provisioned by ABC-1 , is a Polish-built Odfjell tanker.

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Another great name . . . with a recent itinerary running mostly between the Gulf of Mexico and Scandanavia.   Moonlight Venture  . . . seems to  hint at subterfuge.  Brendan J. Bouchard is a vessel I can’t recall seeing much around the sixth boro.

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And Baltic Merchant, another great name, though one that accurately reflects its itinerary.

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All fotos yesterday by Will Van Dorp, who info above notwithstanding, is not morbid.

Almost three years ago, I used suspension as a title, using a foto from Bill Benson of a Donjon crane lifting a Donjon tugboat  . . . for maintenance.    It seemed appropriate for this post, given that this vessel below, below foto taken in August 2009, wandered onto dry land six weks back and yesterday was finally

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brought back into its element

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by possibly the same crane.

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Of course, before she would float

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along this rocky Staten Island shore, divers most likely needed to apply some patches before she would float to  . . .  possibly the scrapyard.

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At the same moment, along the southwest corner of Manhattan, another DonJon effort is underway to transfer the WTC antenna segments from the water, which has borne their conveyance down here from Canada,

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onto land and from thence into the sky. These last two fotos come with many thanks–again–to l’amica dalla torre .

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Fotos 2, 3, and 4 above I use with many thanks to Carter Craft and Outside New York, LLC.  All fotos, not otherwise attributed, by Will Van Dorp.

Two and half weeks ago, the big segments of the WTC antenna came to town via the roundabout called Gulf of St Lawrence and riding Witte 1407 towed by the dauntless Atlantic Salvor.  I was fortunate to capture “blue friday”  . .  on “black friday” here.   Well, today, there was a quite visible move of these segments to Pier 25, from which they’ll be trucked to the base of the WTC.

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Meagan Ann arrives with Witte 1407.

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Brian Nicholas here stands by with the preliminary lifting equipment.   See what Brian Nicholas was up to a few days ago here (sixth fot0).

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Many thanks to l’amica dalla torre  for these “jilly-on-the-spot” fotos.    Somehow,  seattlepi.com scooped the story here with great pics.

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