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Texas A&M Kennedy

I knew TS Kennedy was in the Upper Bay, but I thought I’d just catch her at anchor.  Then I saw a puff of smoke and she came around and met us on a parallel course. I know this is a digression, but don’t these lifeboats look a bit like well-rounded automobile bodies? I got […]

Fading Kennedys

They may be fading, clock ticking until they retire, but they’re still working.  This 277′ x 69′ ferry with limits of 3500 passengers and 40 cars came off the ways in 1965.  New ferries are currently during sea trials down south.  The new ferries will be rated at 4570 passengers and no cars on their […]

Fort Lafayette and Robert C. Kennedy

See the Fort? No, I don’t mean Fort Hamilton on the other side . . . or the top of the bunker at Fort Wadsworth. This is the closest you can get to Fort Lafayette from land . . . at least, what’s left of it, where it once stood before it was dismantled to […]

Requiem 1

August 2021.  Samatha Miller follows the channel just north of the Staten Island Yankees stadium.  Note today’s skyline. 1970.  The rest of these photos I share thanks to Steve Munoz. Note the early night skyline here shows the Towers under construction. 1970 Dalzelleagle in the Buttermilk Channel passing USCG cutters tied up alongside Governors Island.  […]

TS Empire State VI Returns 2021

Welcome back from Summer Sea Term this year.  An FDNY boat provided a water display welcome on the far side of Governors Island, but my vantage point, as suggested by a SUNY grad, was Brooklyn Heights.  This was the view from the Esplanade and Pierrepont.  To see my perspective on previous occasions, click on the […]

Names 45

Credits at the bottom . . . I took none of these photos. Above and below . . . CMA CGM Jules Verne is the second 16k + teu vessel to call in the sixth boro.  She arrived at night and she departed at night.  Another interesting feature of this Explorer-class CMA CGM vessel is […]

Don’t Swing that Thing

A few weeks ago, I noticed the orange structures, comfort stations for the workers at the VZ Bridge.  Given the ladders from the underside of the roadbed to the orange privy, I wondered how long it would take for a bathroom break.   Some days later, I was social distancing inmy car and noticed Gabby […]

Random Tugs 279

Radar helps when you can’t see in the fog, but even on a clear day, you can’t see the crew operating this 2013 2000 hp tugboat, or its history . . . how it got to become a fixture in the sixth boro. Ditto this 1994 tug, operating with 3000 hp.  Here Kimberly Poling is […]

Small Craft 22

This will be a photo-rich post, starting with bridge workers currently at the Brooklyn side VZ tower, aka the former Fort Lafayette. You might remember Michele Jean;  Christina is the replacement vessel. Most small craft in the sixth boro work all year round, in either construction, hydrographic surveys, boom handling, launch service, law enforcement, and more. […]

Janet D and Patricia

Some “infra structuring” for cars, trucks, buses requires barges and boats. In past months I’ve done a number of posts where bridgework is, if not the foreground, then certainly the background.  The other day I was fortunate to catch Janet D moving barge Patricia sound to perform some of the work. Janet D shuttled her […]