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Shooter’s Island: Then and Now

Maersk Kentucky turns at least 90 degrees to starboard after passing under the Bayonne Bridge.  Beyond Shooters Island lies the city of Elizabeth, NJ.  More close-ups of Maersk Kentucky–eleven years running and a fifth of a mile long— tomorrow, but for now, she draws more than 30 feet max . . . and notice the […]

Shooter’s Island: Obstacle

The foto I posted yesterday dazzled my image of Shooter’s.  Sure  . . . I knew it once saw shipbuilding operations beginning with David Decker’s yard, but I never imagined the scale.  And when that industry collapsed, the island was reduced to a speed bump.  Obliterate it was the solution proposed by a politician half […]

Retro Sixth Boro 4

OK, if old songs make for “classic rock,” then old photos of tugboats could be called classic roll or pitch, yaw, or some such. Let’s start with one from March 2008 . . .  American Patriot over NW of Shooters Island as seen from the Port Elizabeth shoreline.  I’ve no idea why she was here […]

Random Tugs 227

Joyce D. Brown with a resplendent paint job on a bright spring morning. A new boat entering the Narrows in springtime.  Know it? Sea Oak, which I last saw in Southport, NC. Crystal Cutler, also looking great in the spring sunshine. The extraordinary Bosco, passing the boscage of Shooters Island. The vertically oriented Genesis Vision, […]

Random Tugs 223

Here’s a good view of the props on a z-drive boat.  The 8.5′ props are part of the Schottel SRP 1515 FP drive system.  Note the port-a-potty between the stacks, a dry-dock worker convenience? The scale of the cranes at Howland Hook belies the fact that Jay Michael and Bosco, passing Shooters Island, are still at […]

Vive OOCL France

That’s twelve hundred feet of France heading into Bergen Point.  Note the scale of 108′ McAllister Sisters near the bow.  Of course, this group of ships set a record back last summer and that was then eclipsed by early September with the arrival of CMA CGM T. Roosevelt.  But it is my first time to photograph […]

Sixth Boro Snow Day 7

A dusting of snow covers paint and obscures names, so how well can you identify these boats? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. All photos by Will Van Dorp, who was “on assignment” at the Bayonne Bridge and therefore got these photos with backgrounds of  Elizabeth NJ, Shooters Island, and Mariners Harbor. And the answers […]

Cheyenne 2

Here was the first post with this title, from almost 9 years ago!  But for the first image of Cheyenne, I can go back to February 2007 here. Anyhow, less than a half hour after leaving the dock in Port Newark, she rounds the bend near Shooters Island, departs the modified Bayonne Bridge, exits the […]

Jetster Inbound

The flight back home through LaGuardia the other day chilled with its turbulence but thrilled with scenery.  I used my phone rather than camera to avoid hitting the window with the lens. Here we enter  NYC airspace over Raritan Bay.  Imagine this on a clock face at the 0800 and heading clockwise. The land is […]

Neptune and Hudson

Coming out of Newark Bay, Hudson, the newest Vane 4200. And a bit later, exiting the Arthur Kill past Shooters Island, it’s Neptune, the former Chevron Snohomish.   I’ve not seen Neptune here much, and here, thanks to Jonathan Steinman, here’s the first I see of Hudson pushing a barge likely toward the mid North […]