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Canal Reef Express 4c

Hats off to Glenn Raymo for figuring out where to be to catch this tow at first light. I know it’s fruitless to wonder whether any archive has photos of any previous trip Ward’s Island made on the Hudson.  The only other trip it’s made may have been northbound in the late 1930s. Hats off […]

Canal Reef Express 4b

What is that? asked one gentleman standing at beside a lock.  The geese took no chances and scurried as it approached. From this angle, its ferry origins are quite evident.  Scroll to compare with SS Columbia and SS Astoria. This is the bow of Ward’s Island;  she’s departing the way she arrived around 1937 but stern […]

Canal Reef Express 4a

Here are the previous posts in this series.  And here are the posts I’ve done earlier on the 1929 Ward’s Island, whose builder’s plate photo I took in October 2016.  I was told it was removed some time ago and is in a safe place.  Here was my first post on “Ward’s.” As a baseline photo […]

Canal Reef Express 3

Following on the photos from April 29 and May 19, here is finale for Tender 6 and Reliable of Utica.  As of this posting, they are 2.5 nautical miles off Shinnecock and 80′ down, precisely placed and not sunk.  My guess is that soon this section of this chart will be updated. Here is the […]

Canal Reef Express 2

See a statement at the end of this post. The next vessel headed for the reef is Reliable of Utica, once a twin of Syracuse of Syracuse, which has been featured here in many previous posts. Fred of tug44 has also gotten some photos I have not. For years–I’d estimate about two decades–Reliable has languished […]

Canal Reef Express 1

By now, many of you have read about the governor’s April 17 decision to use “33 barges of Tappan Zee Bridge recycled materials and 30 vessels” to build reefs at six locations north and south of Long Island.    Well, an expeditious eight days later, the first two vessels were already on the Hudson headed […]

Robbins Reef 3

Here are previous posts in this series. And today, April 1, I’m not fooling;  Noble Maritime Collection is a “must see” in NYC.  You can actually see their buildings from the KVK, just west of the salt pile.  Their latest exhibition is called “Robbins Reef Lighthouse:  A Home in the Harbor,” a collection of works by […]

Robbins Reef 2

Many thanks to Erin Urban, executive director of Noble Maritime for those photos and information. What’s this? The interior view is unique;  the exterior  . . . of course has been seen so often that your eyes might see right past it.  This beacon in the harbor has appeared in countless tugster posts, and will […]

Robbins Reef

. . . sometimes aka Kate’s Light.   And I did a Katherine Walker post here without including the light in that post.   So here’s my attempt at amends.  All Robbins Reef today . . . The tug Robbins Reef is an ex-army tug, sibling of 8th Sea, built in 1953 in Fells Point […]

CB 2019 M

Anna May is not anime, not matter how much they sound alike.  She’s a cargo boat, sometimes carrying horses over to Mackinac Island. Here she is at the St Ignace dock. And the 906 Express . . . she’s AF’s landing craft mail boat, Mackinac Island’s version of the supply boat Ojibway or the mail […]