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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, […]

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 […]

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 […]


Atlantic Huron arrives at Eisenhower Lock from Snell Lock. Cargo is iron ore from Labrador and loaded at Sept-Isles. Anyone know why the hatch covers are kept wet? LOA is 736.’ Lock chamber is 740′ by 78.’ Breadth of vessel is 77.’ Notice the two crewmen standing by.  I heard no scraping along  the sides. […]

East River Float-by by JM

JM, that’s John McCluskey, sent along these photos yesterday.  I’d planned on doing that same trip yesterday, but time got away from me and today it’s rainy and darker! This shot greatly resembles one of the first set of photos I ever posted on a blog, my very first post. You can see it here. […]

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, […]

Random Ship or Random Ship *

Using the asterisk or not is something I started a few years ago, to distinguish vessels mostly used in salt v. fresh water on this blog.  Ships v. ships *  …. the asterisked set is up to 8 now. So where might this vessel have been photographed? For what it’s worth, it was built in […]