Timbuktu?  Taudenni?    Has tugster gone back way west?

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A buried ship?

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Nah . . . See the Newark Bay Bridge in the background and if you look carefully just under the open clamshell in the center of the foto, you might spot WTC1 in Manhattan.

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Here’s a closer up of United Challenger–now back at sea and bound for Norfolk, actually Newport News, I think, to load coal.    See the WTC1 between the crane cab and the bridge?

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The workday is getting under way.

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Clamshells drop the salt into the loader.

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Huge trucks loaded with relatively small increments of the 61,000 ton cargo transport the road salt to

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the top of the mountain.

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Here you’re looking from the ship at–I’d guess–at least a million tons of road salt.

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And these are one of two sets of hands that unload the ship by controlling

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clamshell buckets this size.  Think of these places, ships, and crews when next you’re driving on icy roads.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.  More soon.   Many thanks to Brian DeForest of Atlantic Salt for permission to get these fotos.

Tangentially related:  Check out this article in the NYTimes about my friend John Skelson.

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