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Hell Gate Traffic 1

Hell Gate has to be one of the most storied waterways in the sixth boro.  How could I have mostly ignored it so long?!! The other day I caught Vinik No. 6 and Liz Vinik westbound  through that section of the East River.   In the background, that’s the Bronx. An indicator of current is […]

LCM through Hell Gate

I had a notice, so when the LCM came around the bend, I was waiting.  This LCM I knew well from Jake Van Reenen operated it for barging in the Seaway areas of the 1000 Islands and Lake Ontario. The 1000 Islands is a very different environment than this, the East River headed into Hell […]

Winter Fishing 2021

The combinations in the sixth boro might surprise you, cargo and clams, for example. Mary Virginia crossed Gravesend Bay to get to the Upper Bay. Back in 2013 I posted photos of Mary Virginia here. Over in Stapleton . . .  Giulianna Maria  . . .  is that an anchoring system? Crossing Hell Gate and […]

Patrice McAllister 2

The backdrop for Patrice and the barge that wants to go its own way is the Bronx. It’s under the Hell Gate RR Bridge, and past the WIWTP, which has its own fleet. I may have seen GT Bulkmaster before, but this is the first time to “see” it. It appears to yaw one way […]

Dredge Mystery Solved

I’d seen Ocean Tower on AIS earlier and watched it pass along with its tow, but I was focused on something else, so this was my best shot.  I had caught its reddish color, the Great Lakes Dredge and Dock color.  Phil Little caught this photo from his Weehawken cliff.  I believe the tow had […]

Specialized 25

[Specialized] vessels don’t push or tow or transport cargo per se.  They are tools with a variety of applications, as diverse as the tools in a professional mechanic’s chest, in an entire full service garage, in fact. Ocean Researcher has appeared here before, but not escorted by a tug, as James D. Moran is doing […]

East River Tow

Tech astounds me . . . yesterday morning I got an email from a New Yorker in the UK telling about this event;  tugs are already under way, he said. I missed the first tug but arrived in time for Liz Vinik, shown here in classic NY context as well as state-of-the-art architecture. Following Liz […]

Random Tugs 265

A few weeks ago I posted photos erroneously identified as Dorothy J, even though plain as day Robert IV was on the bow.   That’s called distraction.  But the photo below, plain as day, is Dorothy J.  Here was Dorothy J on a foggy morning upriver almost two years ago. Plain as day again . . […]

Random Tugs 223

Here’s a good view of the props on a z-drive boat.  The 8.5′ props are part of the Schottel SRP 1515 FP drive system.  Note the port-a-potty between the stacks, a dry-dock worker convenience? The scale of the cranes at Howland Hook belies the fact that Jay Michael and Bosco, passing Shooters Island, are still at […]

Empire State VI Returns from Hurricane Duty

Here was the previous 2017 return, before the venerable vessel was called out for extraordinary duty in early September assisting in relief efforts after the devastating hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. I caught these photos of the classic 565′ steamer–launched in 1962 as SS Oregon–from Roosevelt Island on a rainy blustery morning. She […]