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Winter Solstice 2021

Winter solstice is one date I pay attention to, and yesterday demanded an undivided portion of it.  I was out on the sixth and primordial boro at sunrise, although when it rose, a gauzy film of stratus filtered the light.  I tinkered with the image a bit to enhance the cosmic eeriness. Along the Brooklyn […]

Random Sixth Boro 10

The sixth boro, i.e., the watery part that holds the other boros together, is the one that never sleeps, with current, tides, mechanical denizens and their operators, their flora and fauna,  . . .  I’ll leave the list there for now. You can read the season changing in the fact that Eastern Welder has reappeared […]

Random Sixth Boro 12

It’s hard to beat morning light for drama, as is the case here with QM2 getting assisted by James D. and Doris Moran into her berth in Red Hook, as I shoot into that light. Taken only a few minutes later, this photo of FV Eastern Welder dragging the bottom in front of the Weeks […]

Fall 2020 Fishing

Fishing grounds . . . the NJ Upper Bay portion of the sixth boro. Quick question to be answered at the end of the post:  how many commercial fishing ports does NJ have and can you name them?  Eastern Welder is a perennial boat here;  Hyundai Victory is one of the ULCVs newly recent here. […]

Outbound 5

This series goes way back . . . in fact, the first installment was in 2006 using some photos I took in 2003, on my first trip up the Hudson. What struck me yesterday as Nord Gainer headed out . . . was how much business was being taken care of on the fly . […]

Spring Fishing 2020

It’s the sheer diversity of traffic on the sixth boro that keeps me coming back, although diverse does not mean unpredictable.  In summer, mermaids gather, specifically around the very day of the solstice.  In winter, fishing boats come .    In fall, the fishing boats are of a different sort. Chele-C was fishing on the west […]

Fishing February

I’ve done lots of fishing posts, mostly about this unlikely estuary, where I’ve never fished. Here’s Virginia Sue heading past Sakizaya Champion and out   the Narrows.  By the way, I’m planning a post on that fort in the distance some day soon. Dutch Girl is a regular here, as is the unlikely named but […]

Random Tugs 188

If you squint, you can almost imagine Ellen McAllister is out at sea, with a big blue sky beyond her.  But that blue is also Maersk blue;  to know how to create that blue, read through this thread and you’ll get the mix.  And this name . . . I couldn’t get the echo “sheer […]

Small Craft 15

Hats off to the small boats that work all year round . . . crew boats, patrol boats, fishing boats, line boats, pilot boats, dive boats, more fishing boats, more crew boats, government boats, more —soon to face major cuts–government boats more line and boom boats, and here’s a special . . . a historic […]

Random Traffic March 2016

I don’t actually go looking for parallel posts;  maybe it’s just that my brain thinks and eyes see in similar ways from one year to the next in March, but here and here are posts from exactly four years ago. Although this blog focuses on work boats, I’ll comment on backgrounds today.  What’s on the […]