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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 […]

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.   […]

Other Peoples Photos 83

This series I use to feature others’ photos that are different from what I typically shoot, different in either location or perspective or subject.  I am very grateful to you, readers,  when you send these photos in. David Silver sent this in just yesterday, taken in Norfolk. Down in Norfolk, Mike Vinik and Rhino had […]

Other Peoples Photos 84

Timo Pajunen took this photo back in 2010.  Here are my questions for you:  whose livery?  what mission?  what was McArthur‘s original mission?  I’ll answer at the end of the post. Charles Ritchie took this.  Hawk YTL-153 has fine pedigree:   in 1941, she was built and launched in Pearl Harbor and was present during the […]

Thanks to Tony A 33

Tony A has a sharp eye on the sixth boro traffic, like here, Durable, cable ship that worked off Fire Island for some time this spring.  I did catch Durable‘s fleet mate here a while back.   Durable was working on offshore wind farm elements, but has returned to the UK at this moment.  He […]

Deep and Clear

You’ve likely walked in a muddy wilderness area and seen animal tracks and tried to identify then.  Or, you’ve had the same experience with tracks in the snow.  So what would leave these tracks on AIS? The vessel has been working the Sound for a few weeks.   The two blue vessels here are Cross […]

Out of the Bayou 4

Before you read this post, you might enjoy studying a Google map satellite view of the area between Port of Iberia and Atchafalaya Bay, about 80 miles away.  Locate Lafayette and then zoom in and go to the SE.  Bays, islands, bayous, and lakes abound.  Soon after we made the eastbound turn onto the GICW, […]

Exotics 23

The Deep Helder post could have been an exotic post, but I’ll wait to do that until it comes into the sixth boro, which it just may one of these days. But Hammerfest as port of registry . . .  this may very well be the first time I see that registry on a vessel […]

Exotics 21

Wind farm surveys have brought a number of unusual vessels to resupply periodically in areas of the sixth boro.  Ocean Endeavour is a science ship that fits into this set that I’m calling exotics. Saturday I caught Ocean Endeavour taking her crew of scientists and technicians back out to sea, to their survey work. Her […]

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 […]