One of the joys about living in the sixth boro is its size and dynamism. There are three bridges in this photo below that will not be the same if I take this shot again in three or four years; this is my first notice of the stays already in place at the new Goethals. Will the new bridge still honor an engineer who worked on the Panama and then the PANYNJ? I was interested in the ship because a friend had assisted docking when she arrived . . .
Overseas Long Beach last had a strange paint job, too. AIS showed that Erin McAllister was on the bow, which I took possibly being a misspelling of Eric, pictured a bit farther below.
To my astonishment, when the escort emerged around the stern, it was
Erin, not Eric. After the pilot was retrieved,
to port and
returned to base, allowing me to get a closeup and
compare the two boats, Erin from 1996, although I believe her bow has been modified since then, and
Eric from 2014. And the differences are clear.
Erin actually originates from the same time, design, and shipyard as this tug, Z-One.
For more comparisons, click on this “Tale of the Tape” post from a year and a half ago.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.