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So Long, Alice

I took the photo below on June 7.  My special interest in Alice stems from her being the subject of my very first blog post.  Since then, I understand from two sources that Alice Oldendorff will be renamed.  Algoma Verity. Verily?  Verity it’ll be when she next returns?  We’ll see. Anyhow, here’s one source, and […]

Alice’s Family

Some great pics of a self-unloading Oldendorff bulker, Sophie, come our way thanks to John Watson, from his perch high above the sixth boro.  Alice has been around recently as well.  Sophie delivered salt, since we don’t know how many times winter will resurrect before summer comes..  I’m not sure what procedure Siteam Adventurer expected […]

Alice’s Sibling

Harmen . . waited just north of the Narrows for her to offload in Brooklyn. He’s five years younger and carries 15,000 dwt more.  If you don’t know the “her” here, type Alice into the search window on left. What’s intriguing is his mixed Ukraine/Romania heritage. Read about it here. See info on Mangalia, oldest […]

Lovesong for Alice

. . . what an idea, tea with Alice. Consider that an invite, my dearest. Dedicated to Thomas Pynchon for his classic rocket limericks . . . There was this belle bulker named Alice Who enters New York heavy, then leaves in ballast. As she follows that beaut bulbous bow I am oercome with desire, […]

Alice in Wanderland

I first began researching shipwrecks 20 years ago. I lived on a beach north of Cape Ann, Massachusetts. One evening while walking along the low tide mark, I noticed wooden remains of a ship sticking out of the sand. These were like a blowtorch to my imagination. After some “digging” at the local historical society […]

Meet Alice

First we’ll look around the East River, Brooklyn Navy Yard. Alice Oldendorff, a bulk carrier, is a regular there. She hauls such bulk materials as ore and gravel. Notice the bulbous bow and the draft markings. This self-unloading system allows off-loading of up to 1500 tons per hour to a distance of 210 feet from […]

Random Ships 69

Let’s start with Alice Oldendorff, inbound with a hold full of Nova Scotia stone and about to turn to starboard on her (almost) final approach to Brooklyn.   Alice and I have a long history. YM Wind makes the final approach her into Global Terminals, her first call at sixth boro docks.  In contrast above, […]

Late Season Lakers 2

Because of a cold brisk wind, I shot some of these through glass, which is never a good idea.   But looking at this set, taken between Belle Isle and Sarnia, illustrate the variety of lakers, all in a context of not a single recreational vessel, something you’d never see in summer. Select info from […]

Sixth Boro Self-Unloader

Preliminary question:  Where in the world is Alice Oldendorff?  Answer follows. This profile below–not Alice— might make you imagine yourself in the St Lawrence Seaway or the Great Lakes.  But I took this photo on the Lower New York Bay yesterday.  I had not caught a self-unloader of this style in the Lower Bay since […]

Really Random Tugs 41

Sea Power has been lurking in and around the sixth boro the past few days, and I will continue trying to get some good photos of her, but on 9-22-16 Jack Ronalds up at the Canso Canal caught these photos of her as she headed into Lake Erie to pick up her barge constructed in […]