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Outbound 5

This series goes way back . . . in fact, the first installment was in 2006 using some photos I took in 2003, on my first trip up the Hudson. What struck me yesterday as Nord Gainer headed out . . . was how much business was being taken care of on the fly . […]

… and into Tampa Bay 1

From the sea buoy to the dock where we’d arranged to refuel at the top of East Bay was 40 miles!  I’d never really studied Tampa Bay… On the way in, we passed an outbound Fednav bulker, a pilot boat alongside and some excursion boats on Egmont Key.  This is marks the beginning of the […]

Bafflin’ BigLift Baffin

You might be wondering what that is . . . so let me bring it closer in increments.  Of course, you may remember similar sights waiting in Gravesend previously, like here.  What’s different this time is the company carrying the new cranes.  Big Lift . . . you might remember them from the yellow-hulled “Happy […]

Chemical Pioneer No More

An icon of the sixth boro will no longer be seen in its waters.  Two days ago, Chemical Pioneer departed through the VZ Narrows for Philadelphia, where she is currently.  After discharging her cargo and being prepared, she will depart the Delaware on a towline to a foreign port to be scrapped.  An icon you […]

Random Tugs 329

Sea Fox as a cold front moves across the Upper Bay. Mary Turecamo off to the next job. Dorothy J returns from an assist.  I’ve lots more photos of the assist to post soon. Joyce and James eastbound in the KVK to start the work day. Dean Reinauer heads over to fuel up. Kings Point […]

Seatrade

I’ve seen blue, orange, and white.  Green is the only remaining Seatrade specialized reefer I’ve yet to photograph.  The other day I caught Seatrade Red outbound. Jonathan C. accompanied her out to retrieve the pilot. Seatrade was established in 1951, and chose to focus on small reefer vessels.  The fleet is comprised of about 50 […]

Silver Ray and Mary Alice

Although some companies do most of the ship assist work in the sixth boro, others do some as well, as in here. Still I was mildly surprised when I saw Mary Alice assisting Silver Ray the other day.  Note the docking pilot on the starboard bridge wing of the tanker, radio communicating with the tug. […]

Random Tugs 322

I’m fortunate to live within easy distance of all this activity:  Nathan G, Treasure Coast, B. Franklin Reinauer, an ULCV, Doris Moran, and who knows how much is obscured behind these . . .  And then there’s the crane atop the building to the left and the gull lower right. Or here . . . […]

Glimpses of Gowanus 4

I can’t leave you on the Gowanus Canal as I did a week ago, so let’s head back.  Here’s a look back; small tug Jimmy moves into our location with a mini mud scow.  Btw, if you’re unfamiliar with Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal, here‘s a bit of history. From the inland side of the Ninth Avenue […]

Random Ships 86

This is “restricted visibility,” and as you can imagine, lots of fog horn blasts were sounded.  An alternative explanation is that APL Dublin just folds herself into another dimension.  The ship was launched in 2012. Believe it or not, the vessel below is also APL Dublin, photo taken about 10 minutes earlier in a less […]