A hex sign?  Well that “boss” is just about a variation on those folk magic symbols so common in parts of PA.

But it’s a logo here, or a symbol I can’t interpret on a crude (?) tanker rotating away from the dock and turning in the length of the KVK . . . one of my favorite maneuvers to watch in the sixth boro.  Previous examples can be seen here.

The evolution started with James D, likely delivering the pilot to the catwalk, as no gangway was deployed.

Then JRT took station near midships.

James D took a line frowner the bow.

See the pilot on the starboard bridge wing?

 

Smoke is in the distance, about a quarter mile on shore.

 

Note the ice buildup on the part of the hull that had been in the shade.

 

When the rotation had reached nearly 180 degrees, JRT broke off in a hurry and  . . .

… well, that’s a post for another day.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.