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Retro Sixth Boro 24 B

Some things like winter fishing in the harbor appear not to change in a decade, but Houma will never again move Mary A. Whalen.  Houma, built at Jakobson in 1970, was scrapped in 2017.  PortSide NewYork currently has a berth for the tanker and many other activities in Atlantic Basin, Red Hook. B. E. Lindholm, […]

Mary Whalen Moves Again

Here were some of the previous Mary Whalen moves.  And here was one return.  A few days ago, Mary Whalen moved into Atlantic Basin, where the 70th birthday party was held and public access will be much easier than it has been for future programming TBA.   This post shows pics taken onboard during the move;  I […]

Checking Back 2015 b

Picking up this retrospective post with the beginning of May 2015, it’s a nearly 40-year-old and tired Barents Sea, waiting then as now for what’ll likely be a “fish habitat” future. The end of May saw Quantico Creek move Mary Whalen to its public space over in Atlantic Basin.  Was there a docking pilot calling it […]

Around the Sixth Boro 3

Here was ASB 2.  There might be eight million stories in the naked city, but in its primary boro aka the sixth boro at least half again that number of other stories could be told  . .  by the collective whoever knows them. Captain Zeke moves with the diverse stone trade past folks waiting below […]

Tug Work

As I post this, Hurricane Isaac approaches New Orleans, and the work  of every mariner on the river is to ride out the storm. Even if it appears that almost nothing is moving on the river, movement is there and intense.  Click here (now) for live views on the street and on the river in […]

Mary Whalen Moves III

Mary Whalen‘s moved several times that I missed, but today was my third, or so.  Click here for one of her previous moves, and here for an orange tug moving her.  In small, quick patches of sunlight between the raindrops, she has a new dance partner–K-Sea Houma– while off to the west, storm clouds churn […]

Three Queens 2

Three years ago and a day exactly, I did a point-by-point comparison among QE2, QM, and QV.   I attempt something similar here.  I’ll throw out some names too, which wil be identified by the end of the post.  First set of names:  Olsen, McNaught, and Wells.  Know ’em? The foto above and the one […]

Small Tugs

Uh . . . outboard up?  Just an illusion.  And official uniform?  uh . . . just a hot-day display.   This one’s small enough to be trucked, yet it can move a sizeable barge.  No name was visible anywhere as it passed through the KVK Thursday.  In the background is (I think) St. Andrews, […]

Mary Whalen Moves

At the appointed hour, a tug sidles up and the deckhand handily lassos the midships bitt on Whalen‘s port side. Step one in “making the tow” is about to happen.   In minutes Mary Whalen and Nathan E. Stewart are ready to tango . . .   with these two connections and one on the […]

Mary Whalen Moves II

(continued from earlier) The journey should be at least as interesting as the arrival, and Portside‘s  Mary Whalen does not get out much these days anyhow, so clear destination notwithstanding, she has to turn a bit, do a molinete, glance southward; wistfully looking back toward the Kills, she feels a frisson of seafaring from a […]