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You may have seen this foto sequence yesterday of Orlando Duque diving from a helicopter near the Statue of Liberty?  Well . .  more on the foto below later in this post, but the diver here is in fact she who inspired my post today by her instructions on how to swim from a schooner . . . a few years back.

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If you’ve looked at bowsprite’s link above, you’ll notice that my instructions begin differently.

1.  Choose your location, and few locations are as enticing to me as the Hudson north of the Bear Mountain Bridge, where I hiked a few months back.

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2.  Select a tugboat.  Buchanan 12, here managing eight stone scows just below Breakneck Ridge,  is photogenic but absolutely the wrong choice for this.

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Nor should you choose Kimberly Poling, here headed southbound on the Hudson in the same bends.

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Patty Nolan, however, fits the specs perfectly.  You may remember Patty here  from a few years back looking just a little different and facing a dilemma.

3.  Here’s where I concur with bowsprite’s first item:  find a captain who will let you off the boat.    We did.  The dock worker here belongs to the blue-hatted union.

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And off we go in search of an anchorage.  Now I know that since contemporary life comes with an infinite lists of troubles and limitations,  to relax . . . and celebrate life  . . . you gotta do it!

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The mature days of summer demand celebration.

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4.  Anchor in a safe location.  Bannerman, haunting in springtime, seems more welcoming in late summer.

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5.  Check the equipment.  Will Patty the figure figure be enticed to come up out of her cabin by this gold lamé?

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6.  Set up the sturgeoncam

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and deploy

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the crane.

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7.  Swim . . . without the strap or

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or with, in a variety of entrance styles.

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8.  Board the boat when the day is done . . . if you can figure out how.  I need to work on that one.  Or sturgeoncam here might have to swim down the Hudson . . . .  In late summer, that’s not a bad option.

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Would you believe this waterspotted lens proves I followed Patty and crew all the way back to Bear Mountain?

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Do you think I’d conclude this post without a video of tugster swinging from the crane?  Click on the foto to see.

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Don’t let Labor Day find you without a Hudson River dip in your experience.

By the way, from the local paper, one of my favorite weekly columns,  twelve places you should also visit in the Hudson Valley. 

The season comes to the east coast in late summer.  New York’s 2013 sixth boro race is 12 days away, but you can get tickets to watch it from a boat already by clicking here.  Be patient  . . . it may load slowly.

This is NOT a foto from NYC.  Can you guess where you’d see this original OSV design?  OSV here means “offshore (lobster) supplying vessel,”  which I confess are my first love in workboat design, dating from back when I lived in New Hampshire.  All fotos in this post come thanks to Birk Thomas, a force behind this site and its Facebook version, which generates a lot of pics  of workboats from all over.

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If you guessed Portland, Maine . . . this is the pre-race lineup for the MS Harborfest.

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I’m pretty sure this foto was taken from Andrew McAllister.

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And it’s push-off time.

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So in New York on September 1, whether you ride the boat or watch from the pier . . . I hope to see you there.

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Although the September 1 race in NYC is the 21st annual in the current series, the races date back to before I was born.  See fotos of the vessels from the 1952 race here.  Back then, an international lifeboat race–rowers came from whatever cargo ships were in port at that time–was part of the festivities.

Again, many thanks to Birk Thomas for these fotos.  And if you do Facebook, check out tugboatinformation there.

This summer has taken me to memorable places and points in time, one of which was this comparison of the NJ-side Holland Tunnel vents today and thirty years ago.

This morning as I walked to a meeting on the Lower West Side of Manhattan, I took this set of fotos, all within a quarter mile . . .  More time travel?

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Here’s a perspective of Lilac and Pilot from an angle that was not available–due to construction–as recently as two months ago.  Click here (foto #11) for more info on Pilot, the 1941 tug along Lilac‘s starboard side.

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Fair early morning sun illuminates tug Red Hook and the CRRNJ building, seen here 30 years ago.

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Brendan Turecamo passes the Hoboken Terminal, originally completed in 1907.   For a look at what’s behind the Terminal, click here.

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Tailing Brendan Turecamo was El Galeon Andalucia, presumably headed south for Puerto Rico and Florida.

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In Spanish . . . is the phrase “Felices vientos,”  I’m wondering . . .  Also, is El Galeon Andalucia the same vessel that I saw a half year ago in San Juan then called Galeon La Pepa?

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All fotos taken this morning between 7:30 and 8:30 by Will Van Dorp.

 

Here’s a followup on the Rockaway sand pumping, and there’s gold in those sands, over $36 million worth.   Notice the dredging/pumping vessel upper right.

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This was the fountain this morning.

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Once the slurry exits the mouth, water flows back into the ocean and sand is pushed up the beach.

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This repurposed container is project headquarters.

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The top foto comes thanks to Barbara Barnard;  all others by Will Van Dorp.

Here’s my response to bowsprite’s post on Albany-bound ships . . .  she drew a TEN tanker called Afrodite, but when I came looking–more on that later–I saw only Apollon, not necessarily Albany bound.

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I saw MOL Encore, again bound for Asia.

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I found Maersk Memphis . . . until very recently Maersk Kwangyang.

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I noticed C. Angelo passing Explorer of the Seas.

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I noticed workers walking the cables of the

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VZ Bridge . . . .

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Then I had obligations and headed over to Staten Island and caught Dalian Express passing Maemi II.

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I was there when Hanjin Nagoya headed underneath the Bayonne Bridge, as did a pack

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of Moran boats . . .  .

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And only later did I find Mischief–S/V Mischief, or I think that’s her, sailed by Harry and John.   But that’s when I found  . . . if not more mischief then misfortune.

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the Bayonne Bridge walkway/bikeway . . . is now closed!!  I wish they’d put up a re-opening date . . .  8/5/15?  8/5/16?  Until then, there’ll be no more fotos like the last seven here.

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All fotos today by Will Van Dorp.

I’m back, with lots of gallivanting to catch up, but first . .  a whole lotta fotos from this morning in the sixth boro.  Any ideas what’s going on here?  What is that gray blur in the center of the foto and why are the gulls so frenzied?  Be forewarned . . . this post has so many twists/turns . . . it’s divided into parts, even though I took all these fotos in the span of less than an hour.

Part 1

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Answer:  It’s how over three million cubic yards of sand is being added to Rockaway Beach . .  at least for a while.  Here’s what the NY Daily News says about it.  Here’s an article and video from Dredging Today.

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And here . . . off in the Rockaway Inlet are the machines mining and pumping the sand, seen closer up in this recent  tugster post.

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Part 2.  Notice  the piping coming from the stern of McCaskill.

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I could not resist wondering about these birds whose name rhymes with “lovers.”

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Part 3.  Follow this sweep of fotos as I turn to the left.

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An Atlantic City billboard on Far Rockaway?  Is a mixed up sense of geography part of Sandy’s legacy?  I keep turning left.

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A Potemkin village and that’s an A  Train station to the right?

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See the silvery cars of the A train?  It’s a Boardwalk Empire set in the wasteland of eastern Rockaway Beach . . . . I was hoping to buy some of that food at those prices!

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Of course, I had to look behind.

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I half expected to find some Aral Sea boats back here too.

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Part 4.  Once back on the boardwalk, I saw this fishing boat about a quarter mile from shore.  I’m guessing it’s unrelated to the sand piping and pumping, but   . . . who knows.

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All fotos today by Will Van Dorp.

Maersk Wisconsin headed out,  . . .  my attention is on the figure between the tugboat and the ship.

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You know the unseen players on two vessels in this maneuver must be 100% focused here.

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The way is prepared and the pilot begins the final steps of egress as all eyes remain on him.

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Once he steps back onto Catherine Turecamo, the tug breaks to starboard, and

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the Maersk crew begin to retract the passageways as

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vessel heads to the next port and the next pilots.

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I took these fotos and assembled this draft on a cold morning back in March 2013.  Pilots must have one of the more potentially life-threatening jobs in the harbor.

I’m in the sixth boro, but I have more fotos from the southern US, all by a friend who still wishes no credit.  So enjoy –for starters–a NY-built vessel with a New England name working the Neches River via Baltimore in east Texas . . .  Cape Ann.

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Signet Valiant (ex-Natalie Cole) in Mississippi . . . with a “special project” to the left.  Signet Valiant should not be confused with a Valiant Signet.

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In Texas . . . Corpus Christi, it’s C. R. Haden working

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on the stern of USNS Benavidez (T-AKT-306), while Denia leans on the forward portion of the hull.

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All 138′ loa of Kirby’s  low-ridin’ Leviticus at Southwest Pass.   I don’t believe they have a Numbers or Deutoronomy.

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Alva Dupre (ex-Compass Hero and others) on the Neches in Texas.

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And finally, from a barge company, David G. Sehrt, which has previously appeared on this blog here.

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Today near Meadow Lake there’s a convergence of dragons . . . similar to but maybe bigger than the one I documented here five years ago.

A half century ago, that lake was the site of the World’s Fair.  And the three images that follow are stills clipped from a short video called Sinclair (as in the oil company today subsumed by Arco) at the World’s Fair, which today we might call an infomercial.   Thanks to all your comments–here and via email–that lead me to conclude that the hydrofoil era in the sixth boro was quite short.   Looking at these fotos, I wonder if any reader here was among the 100,000 passengers transported in the summer of 1964, if any fotos out there could be shared, and

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what this “driver” did after hulls receded back into the water for good.   Thirteen boats–maybe unfortunately named–operated in the sixth boro!  Where did they dock?  Who maintained them?

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Here’s an intriguing eBay foto, which I’ll not bid on.   Boeing seems to have built a number of hydrofoils–as the Boeing 929.  Of those still operating, most are in Eastern Asia, including these “Seven Islands” boats that once–about a decade ago–tried to establish a run between Florida and the Bahamas.   Seven Islands features an up-to-date crew blog–only in Japanese–that has interesting fotos.  Here and here is info on a hydrofoil operating on the black Sea out of Bulgaria.

Here’s where I’ll leave this until I find out more.

Meanwhile, if I get all my work done today, I may go see the dragons tomorrow.

I can’t look at this foto from a half year ago of Diane B up the creek . . . aka Hutchinson River . . . and not feel cold.   Notice the snow on the banks. I posted this set once my ProMariner article was out.   Meanwhile, some

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maintenance got done.  Here are some fotos of a creek specialist high and dry.

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By the way, I have noticed her movements on AIS recently, although I haven’t made visual.

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Greetings to the crew.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

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