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Veterans 2

Veterans of the uniformed, non-uniformed, and the clandestine services are everywhere.  Many prefer others not even suspect they served.  My hat’s off to you all.  Click here for “five facts to know” about the day. Pondering what to post today, I came to these photos shared by an anonymous photographer from years ago, back when […]

Raving about Rae 2

Rae was on AIS such a long time I suspected it was a ghost signal.  But sure enough, she came eventually into view, her 450 horses moving at a snail’s 3 kts. She was pushing some sectional barges with spuds as cargo. She was making progress however. Go, Rae!   All photos, WVD.    

Random Tugs 355

Happy 31st, aka Halloween, World Savings Day, Day of Seven Billion, National Candy Apple Day, Annual visit a cemetery or graveyard day . . . and more.  If you need suggestions for a graveyard, consider this one.  And just yesterday, I learned of this one and this one.  Who knew?!!?  Want to revisit a tugster […]

Random Tugs 318

Name that tug?  She’s 91.5′ x 26.8′ and used to be called Traveller.  Answer follows. Part of a defacto ghost fleet around the sixth boro, it’s J. George Betz, and mostly invisible beyond, Rhea I. Bouchard. J. George is longer, stronger, and newer. Also in the dry dock a week or so back, it’s Emily […]

2020 Calendar October

This post (number 4650+) may stay front and center for a few days because I’ve left my desk, seated myself, precariously, on an unmotorized bike, and am (I hope) making some speed from the western end of the Erie Canal to the eastern one.  I started pedaling Sunday morning from Tonawanda, not Saturday as I’d […]

Local Exotics

I realize the oxymoronic twist of this title . . . local v. exotic . . . but these are boats that are seldom seen.  When this stack and upper superstructure first cameinto view, i suspected it might be one of those ghost AIS signals like Hunter D or No. 11 Asomaru I’ve been noticing […]

Assists 9

As coronavirus spasms across the globe, affecting all aspects of public activity, container ship runs has been blanked.  But you would not guess so from the string of CMA CGM vessels that came in one sunny day last week.  La Traviata rounded the bend just before 1100. The teu capacity of this 2006-built ship is […]

Retro Sixth Boro 40 B

Today the sixth boro and environs face Henri, whose story is yet to be told.  August 26, 2011 . . . I was at the Staten Island Ferry terminal, and these Hurricane Irene signs were up.  When Irene’s story was told, it had done unusual damage upstate far from salt water;  here’s more.  Some repairs […]

22 to 2 Small Craft

And that’s not some sports scores.  This is a set of photos from a two-day run from Sylvan Beach to Waterford, locks E22 to E2. A chart identifies locations along the Canal that are just ghosts, absences now like “USAF oil docks” rather than presences. Eyes outside though show presences, lots of small boats, very […]

Lights Near Bear Mountain Bridge

Crossing Bear Mountain Bridge the other afternoon–it’s December–I saw this light for the first time. A bit later on the east side of the River, I pulled off at the “scenic overlook” because I knew this tug and barge were approaching, southbound.  See the same star near the ridge line, directly above the flat snow-covered […]