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Grande Gabon

Grimaldi trademarked yellow appears fairly frequently in the sixth boro, but I’d never seen this CONRO until the other day.  Partly it catches my attention because I spent half a decade working in two of Gabon’s neighboring countries. I’ve always enjoyed the dawn.  The cool air and rich light cannot be topped, and now, it […]

RORO Variation

In the continuing project of posting a sampling of the variety of vessels calling in the sixth boro, here’s a variation on the RORO profile.  Click here to see the many previous RORO posts.   Several minutes before I took this photo, I saw it and couldn’t quite understand what I was seeing. It’s about […]

Grande NY and Morning Peace

Eric McAllister went out the Narrows to meet her ship out beyond Swinburne.   It seems the gulls are excited by whatever chum follows in the wake, chum made from all those shad. The shine on the hull suggested a fairly new ship, and in fact, I’d never seen this one before, Grande New York. […]

Grande Senegal

I’ve seen other Grimaldi Grande vessels, but never Grande Senegal. So not matter that it was a gray day, I was happy to see this vessel calling in NYC’s sixth boro for the first time. Grimaldi is the parent company to ACL, whose unique new vessels have appeared on this blog here.   Click here […]

Atlantic Star Sixth Boro Arrival 2

Let’s pick up from yesterday and follow Atlantic Star from the Narrows to the part of the KVK called the “salt pile.”  To the right off the stern of Atlantic Star, that’s lower Manhattan. Ellen McAllister swoops in to deliver the docking pilot.  The signature “G” on the stack points to Grimaldi Group, of which ACL is […]

Names 17

Such great names on steel vessels that . . . ply our waters Indefatigable vessels like   Hyundai Grace, which left Shanghai on 6 February, entered the Narrows on 2 March–when I got these shots–and by 1 April will be back in Korea!  And what bright orange tanker could ever carry claim for being stealthy . . . […]

Random Ships 21

Chain link fence topped by accordion razor wire coils stand exposed only after a solid steel door is raised and an even heavier drawbridge lowered . . .   what is this? And what lurks toothily below in the moat that’s most certainly there? Salish Sea water, of course.  Many thanks to John Van Staalduinen […]

From Here to Angola

I saw this vessel tonight as I drove home from work, drove exuberantly into spring break 2012.  I’m through with cubicles and classrooms for a while.  But seeing the “boxaceous” stern of Grande Morocco from the Goethals Bridge gives one pause.  Said stern is supremely boxy, quite different from the bow, here bathed in first morning light. These […]

Meditations C

OK, so I’m a curious blogger who  looks in on a world I don’t really inhabit, a set of professions I wish to know more about than I do, a realm where I might re-engage.  If I’d made different decisions years ago, I could have been this crewman, almost lost among the steel members of […]