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Cable Regents

Soon I hope the sixth boro will see more of Cable Queen, a vintage vessel with staying power, workability beyond the half century mark.  We saw Giulio Verne, an updated version of the Cable Queen here three and a half years ago.    So what’s this? Nexus‘ mission is to lay cable/pipe, especially in wind farms applications, an enterprise […]

Cable Queen

Many thanks to Brad Ickes, who recently contacted me with some info about this vessel shown above, a one-0ff launched at Luders Shipyard in Stamford in 1952, their first ever steel vessel.    Like me, you may have seen her–seemingly always docked just west of the Moran building on the KVK.   Note the large […]

Virtual Erie Canal 7: The Summit Level

Let’s catch up on numbers using the distance table from tug Seneca.  At lock E-20, we are 95 miles west of Waterford.  Also, we have risen from 15′ to 420′ above sea level. For the next 18 miles, we’ll be navigating at the summit level in a laser-straight narrow channel, with a bike trail along […]

Exotics 17

. . .I finally caught photos of Decisive, just a few hours ago, coming into the sixth boro. Some of you may recognize the crewman with the orange hard hat. Decisive is in the cable business . . . i.e., these are the cable guys. Since I’m right against my post time, I’ll keep the […]

Freshwater Ice 2

I started this series yesterday to complement the Clyde S VanEnkvort article.  Without the crewman below, you might have difficulty identifying what this shows. It’s the bow of Erie Trader after a night on Lake Superior. The photo below shows the location from which I shot the photo above.  Note how calm the cold waters […]

Assists 8

This is what 13,000 teu looks like coming straight at you in the early morning . . And when another 8500+ passes you, that’s a lot of boxes, tractors, and stuff.       See the three bridges in the distance . . . Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg?     I’d like to see a comparison of […]

Something Different 48

Before the internet and interactive maps of all sorts, I covered my walls with maps and studied atlases.  I’ve moved along with some technological modifications.  Recently when a friend reported a planned trip to Guinea Conakry, I was looking at various ships in the offing there, and saw this notation below for STI Onyx.   […]

Thomas J. Brown 2

Thomas J. Brown came off the ways in 1962 as Thomas J. Brown.  Here‘s part 1 of this post, from almost a decade ago, and here are many photos since . . . 1962 is the same vintage as this truck, then newly arrived as a grounds truck for a Queens cemetery.  John Glenn went […]

Retro Sixth Boro 21

I have represented these “retro” posts as a slice of the sixth boro exactly a decade ago, but it more like  . . . what in the boro caught my attention.  So welcome back to December 2009, as seen from today, December 2019, taking advantage of 20/20 hindsight.  And, to digress, I’ll bet the term […]

Assists 7

Seen from this angle, Houston Star, 817′ x 144′,  is a wide-bodied petroleum carrier, recently assisted in with   Kirby Moran on her port side.   I was having difficulty finding more info about the tanker until, using her IMO number,  I stumbled onto her previous name.  Any guesses?   This, I gather, is an ice […]