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Small Craft 30

All year round, bathymetry happens with small boats like this from McLaren Technical Services.  I couldn’t tell if it had a name.   Click on the photo above for more info on McLaren. Ditto . . .  boom boats they work all year round near oil docks and around vessels where petroleum products are transferred. Here […]

Small Craft 29

All small craft working in January get my attention, but this one attracted me even more because of its lines.  Is this a one-off or can someone identify the manufacturer?  An indicator of my severe case of cabin fever this year is that I’ve been looking at lots of small boat ads.  I’d really be […]

Small Craft 28

So in a recent post, you had a glimpse of this small craft, which I initially thought was a fishing boat.   I know how addictive fishing can be, since I used to ice fish and canoe fish. But it turned out to be Lynn, a Ken‘s boat, used for line and boom handling. I’d not […]

Small Craft 27

I caught this small open boat eastbound on the KVK. She passed Ernest Campbell.  Clearly by her markings, she’s a survey vessel.  Between traffic, they seemed to focus their work near the transition between the KVK and the ConHook Range . . . returning to their area of interest, as I said, between traffic. Work […]

Small Craft 20 Followup

A year and a half ago, I saw a small craft that I’d first misidentified.   No, of course it was not Atlantic Enterprise or  Witte 4004, shown here returning from the dump on a rainy morning. But right outside the Staten Island side of the VZ Bridge, this small craft, the RIB, showed up, […]

Small Craft 26

The variety is  . .  infinite:a survey boat from Georgia in the KVK, a NJ State Police RIB in the same waterway, a sloop heading south crossing Radiant Ray,   [I wonder if that tanker is nicknamed Ray Ray.] a camouflage boat of unusual design, a trawler southbound opposing Seaways Guayaquil, My Way yacht from Charlotte […]

Small Craft 25

I’m always out looking for new sightings, and this is one . . . James C. Miller, based in Port Jefferson. By the amount of freeboard in the stern, I’m guessing she could take on a fair amount of cargo. Emily Miller is a sweet launch. To me, this work boat was complete unidentifiable.  It […]

Small Craft 24 b

The winter fishing boats are gone, likely fishing elsewhere and replaced by these minimalist machines.  There must be good fish to be had by the Staten Island side of the VZ Bridge.  They’re around in fall also. Otherwise, like leaves on the trees and warm temperatures, they emerge.   And finally, in spite of all […]

Small Craft 24 a

I’m at a quo vadis point myself.  I appreciate the feedback you’ve given on the virtual tour. I could do more, e.g., guide to the Welland Canal, the Saint Lawrence Seaway, and four of the five Great Lakes.  As to the Erie Canal, which was/were your favorite leg?  What info specifically did you find most […]

Small Craft 23

ABC-1 is unique, a survivor.  Launched in Sturgeon Bay in November 1941, she was originally built for the US Army as a vessel to collect mine boxes.  Here she returns from a supply run in Port Elizabeth or Newark, as she’s done for as long as I’ve been paying attention.  Here, by the way, is […]