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Exotics 18

If you’ve forgotten why I call these exotic, it comes from a bird book I have on the shelf.  Read about it here. RV Ridley Scott Thomas came into the sixth boro yesterday, arriving here between Driftmaster, 1949–exotic in a different way–and the light, West Bank. Here’s my question:  where and when was Ridley Thomas […]

Small Craft 27

I caught this small open boat eastbound on the KVK. She passed Ernest Campbell.  Clearly by her markings, she’s a survey vessel.  Between traffic, they seemed to focus their work near the transition between the KVK and the ConHook Range . . . returning to their area of interest, as I said, between traffic. Work […]

RVs 3

I value classification, so here are the previous posts with this title.  And here’s a cadillac of research vessels that’ve called in the sixth boro.  Some others elsewhere have included a NOAA boat, Weatherbird II, and a larger NOAA boat.  I was there for the christening of Kaho.  Michigan has the venerable Neeskay,  Huron has […]

Sixth Boro Solstice Surveyors

Let’s start with one at Brooklyn GMD, thanks to Mike Abegg, whose previous photos can be seen here.  I’d seen NOAAS Hassler before, but I’d never realized she was a catamaran.  Might she be NOAA’s only large multi-hull?  And the horizontal inboard-pointing fins, I’d not expected those, although they may be standard stabilizers on a […]

Small Craft 30

All year round, bathymetry happens with small boats like this from McLaren Technical Services.  I couldn’t tell if it had a name.   Click on the photo above for more info on McLaren. Ditto . . .  boom boats they work all year round near oil docks and around vessels where petroleum products are transferred. Here […]

Second Lives 30

The photo below shows Neptune, a survey vessel doing wind farm related work.  It was first posted here in late July 2019. As of Monday morning, this vessel has been anchored in Gravesend for over 24 hours.  Previously she was Neptune with that wilder paint job.  EGS loosely expands to “earth sciences & surveying” and […]

Thanks to Great Lakes Mariner 3

Well . . . a couple of Great Lakes mariners who prefer to remain nameless . . . but let’s start with a photo of Joel B from a few years ago.  She’s quite the attractive boat! Thanks so much to a GL Mariner for responding to Saturday’s post by sending another of that boat […]

CB 2019 N

Many thanks to Denis O’Callahan for all these photos from up the Manitowoc River. This RV Spencer F. Baird was launched in 2006. Anyone know how long she’ll be out of the water?  She replaced the MV Togue. Also out of the water was the 1937 Dauntless.     Also from 1937 AND from Burger […]

Big Ones 4

A top hat tip to my eagle eyed collaborators in and around the sixth boro . . . Here are previous “big one” posts. See those marking on the base portion of that vertical structure behind the RV? this is a mighty high-reaching crane base painted like a giraffe’s neck.   It’s actually a perfect […]

RVs 2

Previous research vessel posts have mentioned or focused on–in no particular order– Kaho in 2014,  Laurentian this year, Clean Waters after Sandy, Kenneth Biglane in 2009,  and Bold back in 2010.   There may be more. Here’s USEPA Lake Guardian entering Milwaukee in late August. I was quite fortunate to get these two photos . . . […]