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Plus 80, 80 Plus Redux

There always needs to be a first time, for everything.  Maria J (ex-Jesus Saves)  did it for me . . . my passing from innocence to experience.  I picked the day, bridge dedication plus 80 years with vivid bridge shadow on the water.  Land in the distance is Elizabeth, NJ;  point on right is Bergen […]

Plus 80, 80 Plus

East side, west side. Summer, winter. Container ship, tug. Midday, dawn. The pattern here is what divides those sets of fotos, the bridge . .  the one that turns 80.  Page through this fabulous PANYNJ pamphlet. The GW turned 80 last month and–unlike others— I mostly missed it, because I don’t see the GW much. […]

Post Post-Panamax Plus 2

Yesterday’s post showed a larger than average container vessel in the sixth boro, CMA CGM Pacific Link.  That post prompted Allen Baker to send along photos he took last month in San Francisco. Pacific Link‘s teu capacity was just over 8000;  CMA CGM Margrit‘s teu capacity is 13,102. CMA CGM Margrit used to be MSC Margrit. […]

Post Post-Panamax Plus

Seven and a half years ago I posted on APL President Truman and  even longer ago tugster did this on Bellavia. Enjoy a few more pics of President Truman before learning its fate.  The photo below was taken in September 2007. March 2009. June 2009.  Dimensions on President Truman are 902′ x 129.’  As such, […]

Turning 80a

About a year ago this blog featured “turning 70,” with a vessel that subsequently played an unexpected role in history. See the crewman on the bridge wing looking up?   What’s he monitoring? Ten minutes earlier I’d caught Suez Canal Bridge nosing around a bend on E 1st Street in Bayonne.  That’s Caddell Dry Dock […]

Blue Marlin Update 2 Plus

Today’s update on the loading of Blue Marlin–rumored to happen today–is that there’s no update, other than more prep work.  Maybe tomorrow?  Clearwater passed to check progress.  Technical question:  does Blue Marlin have dynamic positioning system to keep it stable while loading happens? So, let me catch you up on Saturday’s water portion of the […]

Lyons to Palmyra

Happy 120 years old, Urger!  I urge you  to read the note at the bottom of this post. And . . . .Oops!  I read the timer wrong. Bidding for Grouper, in Lyons NY,  ends about six hours from now.  Lyons is a county seat, but it’s possible to take a photo of lock E-27, […]

Grouper et al. Auction Update

I suppose if you are bidding, you might not like this post.  As of this posting and with one week left for the auction, the high bid on 1912 74′ x 19′ x 12′ draft Grouper is $145.  Period.  That’s not $145k;  it’s as much money as you might be carrying in your wallet right […]

Retro Sixth Boro NYC Tugboat Races 5

Call this “thanks to Steve Munoz 20:  the 9th Annual North River Tugboat Race September 2, 2001.”   As Steve writes,  “The tug race on 9/2/2001 was  nine days before 9/11/2001. I was on board the tug Janet M McAllister for the race. My son was on board a Seabulk oil tanker docked in Bayonne […]

Virtual Erie Canal 10: Three Locks to Lake Ontario

The Oswego River is the second largest river flowing into Lake Ontario, but it feels in places like a stream.  I don’t have to tell you what the largest river into Ontario is, I hope. If you study the east bank, lots of traces of the original 1828 Oswego Canal, a verdant mudbank and even […]