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Government Boats 58

The sixth boro has lots of government boats . . .  aka taxpayers’ boats, like the 29 Defiant… This RB-M appears to be training a large crew. This BUSL is headed out for some ATON work. Besides the many federal boats, NYC has its own fleet including three GUP carriers of this latest class.  This […]

Government Boats 56

I believe this is the first time I post a photo of 1961 FDNY Alfred E. Smith.  She was sold to private owners in 2016.  Nearer the mainland on Pier 25, Lilac has held this berth since 2011. USACE Gelberman has been a regular here, as has  Dobrin. USACE Driftmaster has worked collecting debris since […]

TUP or DUP

You can refresh–a choice word here– your memory as to the meaning of GUP, or just trust me that it’s my euphemism for Scheiße….  In the spirit of creating a parallel term to GUP, I offer “trashed [or discarded] universal product,” or TUP and DUP.  I prefer DUP, as it sounds like a term in […]

Hell Gate Traffic 1

Hell Gate has to be one of the most storied waterways in the sixth boro.  How could I have mostly ignored it so long?!! The other day I caught Vinik No. 6 and Liz Vinik westbound  through that section of the East River.   In the background, that’s the Bronx. An indicator of current is […]

LCM through Hell Gate

I had a notice, so when the LCM came around the bend, I was waiting.  This LCM I knew well from Jake Van Reenen operated it for barging in the Seaway areas of the 1000 Islands and Lake Ontario. The 1000 Islands is a very different environment than this, the East River headed into Hell […]

GUP 4

Here was GUP 3, and here was one GUP-related post since then, about the sale of a peer of the vessel below.  In case you don’t check the links and are wondering what GUP is, it’s my neologism for “gross universal product,” AKA sewage.  I’m doing this post now as a complement to my article […]

Up the Last Creek

Uh . .  any guesses which creek that might be?   It’s still the sleek lines of the GUP carrier once so familiar to folks paying attention to sixth boro traffic. Newtown Creek is now going up a waterway for the last time and what a waterway this is.  From here, she’ll be further dismantled […]

From the Line Locker 21

This series handles my miscellaneous needs with updates, follow-ups, and oddments. Let’s start with the mage below.  Click on it and you’ll learn how soon a sixth boro GUP vessel transforms into dive attraction named Lady Luck.  Thanks to Mike Hatami for passing along this info. If the image below looks like a boat, it […]

Valentines, Skiffs, and GUP

With Valentine’s Day only a dozen days away, how about a honey boat for your honey . . . and you? Click on the image below to find details.  Newtown Creek, the GUP carrier, really can be yours for a mere $235,000, unless someone takes the bid higher.  Click here and here for some of […]

GUP 3

Here were 1 and 2 of this series, and here was a much earlier post about NYC DEP’s essential service. Below is North River and Hunts Point as seen from Rockaway. Port Richmond heads into Hell’s Gate, Red Hook in the distance and Port Richmond passing by, and finally all three new boats with Red Hook […]