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Whatzit 43 Redux

This overcast day contributed to photos that appear to gray-out all but the range of bronze, red, and orange.  But what is this cargo and why is the title here a “redux”? Here’s a closeup and an even closer up.  I counted a total of 14 of these Kalmar straddle carriers aka straddlers on deck. […]

Infrastructure 4

Thanks to John Paul for this photo of the big crane as seen the land area called Spuyten Duyvil in the Bronx.   The tidal strait–entrance/exit of the Harlem river–is also called Spuyten Duyvil.  That 328′ boom shrinks the swing bridge it’s assisting with the repair of.  Of course the crane is the one that arrived […]

Out of the Bayou 5

Technically we were out of the bayous once we entered the Atchafalaya on day 1.  Ever wonder the derivation of the word “bayou”?  It’s Choctaw for “sluggish watercourse,” and there was not much sluggish about the Atchafalaya. While on word/place name derivations, “atchafalaya” is Choctaw for “long river.” On the annotated map below, red shows […]

Infrastructure 3

Here are previous installments and related ones. Technically, infrastructure could include launch services, without which port activities would slow. Survey services ensure that channels and depths at docks allow activity without literal impediment. USACE overlaps with Rogers in some areas. But more commonly when one thinks of infrastructure, it’s what allows terrestrial activity, like bridges […]

Out of the Bayou 4

Before you read this post, you might enjoy studying a Google map satellite view of the area between Port of Iberia and Atchafalaya Bay, about 80 miles away.  Locate Lafayette and then zoom in and go to the SE.  Bays, islands, bayous, and lakes abound.  Soon after we made the eastbound turn onto the GICW, […]

Where “Exotics” Ain’t Exotic 1

Long time readers of this blog know I’ve assigned the term “exotic” to vessel types not commonly seen in the sixth boro.  If I’d begun the blog in the SW Louisiana section of the Gulf of Mexico, I’d never have called the boats in this post “exotic.”  For a primer on types of offshore supply […]

6th Boro 5th Dimension 9 Follow-up

Here’s a photo I posted 8 years ago of the northeast side of Jersey City as it looked in the early 1980s.  The key landmark here should be the two Jersey side ventilators for the Holland Tunnel.  Here the ventilators show at the extreme edge to the left of the photo below.  Seeing this old […]

Infrastructure

From this angle, Fort Lee–birthplace of the motion-picture industry– looks quite pristine.  Yes, that’s the west tower of the GW Bridge.  Am I correct in thinking the marketing name of the twin towers in the distance is the Moderns 1 and 2? And on the subject of “towers” that Ocean Tower, a name I never […]

Road Fotos 2021 D

I had to leave the Missouri way too early, and will return as soon as possible.  For my last set from the roads of eastern Nebraska, let’s start with friendly boaters zipping downstream.  Barges loaded with Iowa and Nebraska grain head south for the lower Mississippi and export. Note the red floats on either side, […]

Infrastructure 2

This view looks south at what for a short term will be two TZ Bridges. Lurking around the supports is the Tappan Zee II, bridge-dedicated tugboat, profiled a year and a half ago here.   At some point soon, the bridge to the right will be gone. I’ve read the new TZ Bridge has a […]