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Left Coast (Dropper) Lowerer

About four years ago she arrived  . . . and has been lifting into place this huge structure sometimes described as one of the largest current civil engineering project in the country.  Her original name Left Coast Lifter , a ZPMC product, stuck despite attempts at New Yorkizing it, renaming it I Lift NY or Ichabod […]

Super Bull Crane 3

She arrived in the harbor almost six years ago, just before the annual football event, and that’s why I called her that.  Speculation about a name change then from Left Coast Lifter had been rampant, but so far as I know, she has remained LCL. Above, that’s the last photo I took of her by […]

Chicago Bound 1

 i.e., CB.  I’m writing this on the 8th . . .  my first encounter with serious wifi. After today, I might not have wifi again for a spell.   Last year I posted about this trip under the title GWA.  Two years ago it was Go West. Let me post some highlights from August 1 […]

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 […]

Helen Laraway

My sidekick and I caught glimpses of Helen Laraway over a period of about 30 hours starting in Coeymans. At the first sighting, Helen seemed to be moving astern with a load of scrap, whose origin I wondered about.  SS Binghamton perhaps?   My sidekick? Oh, I borrowed this beauty from Diana, who had been […]

GWA2: Hudson River

I took these photos over a two-day period in late July, traveling the entire 130 miles of the Hudson from the Battery to Troy while on the trip from Narragansett Bay to the “source” of the Chicago River.  RV Shearwater here surveys the river/bay;  that’s Willy Wall on the horizon left, so the Battery is behind […]

Random Tugs 170

Here’s a seldom-seen tugboat, delivered in 1977 by Gladding Hearn, who builds everything from rowboats to pilot boats to tugboats . . .   it’s Tappan Zee II,  dedicated to serving the bridges  (for now, plural) and waters called the Tappan Zee.  In the distance is the renowned Left Coast Lifter. Here’s a photo of […]

Go West 1

By 1330 Tuesday, we docked at West Point, the first non-red pushpin in yesterday’s map.   Working backward, we saw Tappan Zee II at the TZ, as we did the Left Coast Lifter. Off the Palisades, we saw Sarah D; in Wallabout Bay, C. Angelo; at the southern end of Narragansett Bay, Dace Reinauer; and […]

Random Ships 32

Red Hook with Alice Oldendorff in background. Lia with Stolt Effort on the far side. Hellas sisters with Left Coast Lifter in the background.  Anyone know when the gargantu-crane will move toward the TZ Bridge site? Ever Divine has seraphic lines . . . Zim Luanda follows a sinuous path through the KVK with assistance […]

Super Bull Crane

It’s referred to now as Left Coast Lifter, I Lift NY, Ichabod Crane, and others.  But I call it arrived and on a glorious if frigid morning. Touchdown!! And Lauren Foss is the clear MVP. Bravo to all the crews and people behind the crews! All fotos by Will Van Dorp.  More soon. Here and […]