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Cranes: Weeks 533

Weeks 533 has credibility: she lifted the USAir Flight 1549 Airbus A320 out of the Hudson back almost 11 years ago and more.  So the other day when I was on my way to “yon” and saw her “hither” and she was working with Susan Miller, I decided to linger and inquire. That’s when I […]

Plethora of Cranes

I’d say a “dance of cranes,” but then you’d think of the plumed type.  So plethora will have to stand in.  If you look at any links in this post, check out this one from November 2007, where the gantry cranes appear to tango . . . or duel with booms as blades maybe . […]

A to P 11: Cranes

Our pilot identified Titan, located in Gamboa,  as “Herman the German.”  Any idea why? She’s a floating crane, docked along the Canal but still in service.  She was one of four built in Germany for the Kriegsmarine in 1941.  From 1946 until 1994, she worked in Long Beach as YD-171.  And in 1997 she was […]

Cranes: Columbia New York

On January 10 Emily Ann was moving crane barge eastbound in the Kills. Columbia New York has lift capacity of 400 tons. Any time I see Emily Ann, I think of a story shared here by a reader about her role in saving lives in the Florida Strait. A reliable source tells me that even […]

Cranes: Weeks 531

Traffic on the East River captivates, in part, because of the context, the vertical density shrinks even large vessels, or flotillas like this. Weeks 531, I’m thinking, must be fairly new, not only because I’ve seen her only in 2018, but more so because she doesn’t show up on the Weeks crane pages.  For a […]

Cranes 2

Here was the first in this series. The first three photos below–Weeks 535 to the left and Weeks 529 to the right–I took on December 3, 2013. The rest of the photos here–taken by Brian DeForest–show cranes including Weeks 535 taken in mid-July 2014.  Note the orange-helmeted man at the lower left point in the […]

Cranes

. . . raised arms.  When I notice something about them, maybe the angle, they seem everywhere.  On this blog you’ve seen them lift airplanes and containers and locomotives and even tugs.  Stephanie Dann moves this one west to or from a job while Mighty Helen Parker moves this crane to the east.   I say […]

Super Bull Crane 3

She arrived in the harbor almost six years ago, just before the annual football event, and that’s why I called her that.  Speculation about a name change then from Left Coast Lifter had been rampant, but so far as I know, she has remained LCL. Above, that’s the last photo I took of her by […]

1964 Sixth Boro b

In continuing reportage from Steve Munoz:  “On Sunday, July 12th, 1964, my family sailed out of Paerdegat Basin in Jamaica Bay on the Evelyn Mae (below) and arrived at the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, still under construction and not to be opened until late November [1964]. Throughout that afternoon we drifted and steadily rolled in a southeast […]

Random Tugs 262

Sarah D makes for Global Terminal, Helen Laraway passes an inbound container vessel, Ava M. guides a ULCV in beside a cruise ship, Rebecca Ann moves a light scrap barge, Capt. Brian A. tails a box ship into her berth, Genesis Glory passes GM 11105, Eric McAllister assists a tanker into its berth, Rhea I. […]