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Specialized 22

I’m out of my weight class here, but formulas exist for calculating mechanical advantage of compound pulley systems like this.  I’m just focusing on the task in the north country for this machine. Grasse River (1958) is dedicated to the Saint Lawrence Seaway and based in Massena NY, along with tugs Robinson Bay (1958) and Performance […]

Specialized 21

Here are previous “specialized” posts. Below, the nose of an oversize aircraft?  high-speed locomotive? sound equipment? construction of a mini-roller coaster headed for Sandusky? an art project? No, it’s just Ariadne assisting Neptune, i.e., the CSV Ariadne laying a cable sub-Hudson for electrical transmission.  And being a lay person to this, I’m guessing it has […]

Specialized 20

I’ve not used this title in too long, so here it is, a general cargo ship . . . because not everything fits inside a container. Nor does everything require a huge ship. When I saw Wilson Newcastle the other day, I knew I’d seen a Wilson vessel once before. I just didn’t think I had […]

Specialized 19

So what travels through this piping? C. R. McCaskill was launched just over a year ago with a bottle of champagne across one of the 35-pound teeth of the cutterhead.  Click here for a foto and story. For more technical info on McCaskill‘s capabilities, read this article by my friend Brian Gauvin and published in the […]

Specialized 18

Here was 17.  Short post today, with one foto only from l’amica dalla torre,  who treats me sometimes with sights my eyes miss.    Like this vessel below, which showed up on AIS as Ocean, but in fact is known as Ocearch.  Here and here are some links to its organization and mission.  Here’s a link showing […]

Specialized 17

Here was 14, and for a similar vessel to today’s here are some fotos from Birk Thomas from not quite a year ago.   And this post started here, right after I’d driven into Nola from Mississippi on Route 90.  The depicted canine is admiring Poseidon, a 1945 Navy barge that was converted to transport […]

Specialized 16

Wow!  It’s been over three years since I last used this title.  Here’s S 15. A few hours this morning evoked the sense of the sixth boro as a place for the likes of  Harbour First and Charles D. McAllister, larger vessels from larger organizations, as well as others . .  like Thornton Bros.  Guess […]

Specialized 4 Revisited

Has it been more than three years already since I posted on “specialized 4,” back when Red Hook’s sugar mill still stood?    It hardly seems possible.  Do you recognize this daffodil-colored object below? They gallop faster than 20 knots, carrying many dozens of passengers, and they’re locally made at Derecktor Shipyards, just a jaunt up […]

Specialized II Moods

Springtime light evokes mood better than any other time of year perhaps.  Last April I studied Maryland, chosen quite by random.  One “crush” this spring might be Specialized II.  Below the mood is poetic whereas at a later hour it’s prose, all business.  Speaking of business, here are the vitals:  Built by Parker Brothers & […]

Specialized 15

Research vessel Robert E. Hayes gets up on all three sometimes.  Technically, it’s called a liftboat.  I saw Hayes up on all three spuds last year on the Passaic just downstream from Newark.   Thanks to YouTube, you can see it too. I took these shots last summer in the KVK. Another liftboat Russell W. Peterson […]