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Inside an Elevating Tug and More

My most recent Professional Mariner published article can be read here. Today’s post presents some outtakes and more from the article process.  When you look at the tug below, or its earlier iteration, you might not expect it has this elevating ability.  You’ve seen it here in a winter solstice post from nine years ago. […]

Cranes: Weeks 533 Again

Here was the first post in this series, but Wednesday I caught the crane again, this time being handled by a regular in the boro as well as a newcomer named Brinn Courtney, who appeared here once before as Patricia Winslow.  Thinking the better shot would be with Manhattan as background, we opted for the […]

Other Peoples Photos 99

I could call this “from the Astorian cliffs high above the East River near Hell Gate” . . . photos by Pete Ludlow. Remember this post from January . . . ? Here are shots from the starboard side, and with all those tanks, I’d say this confirms that that is a hyperbaric chamber getting […]

Transformations 4

July 2009 she looked like this . . . June 2016 like this . . . And in August 2021 . . .  she looks like this.  Welcome Mary Emma.  Congratulations to the new owners, recognizable by the tan/green colors. And transformation I missed was Evening Mist, who recently got a new logo on her […]

Glimpses of Gowanus 3

Here are earlier installments of this.  And if you’re not familiar the the location of Gowanus or its history, check the links embedded.  If you live in the NYC area and drive or take Brooklyn subways, you have no doubt gone over it.  If you’ve wondered where the name comes from, check this alphabetical listing […]

Retro Sixth Boro 44 A

Ten years ago, the lower Manhattan skyline looked quite different.  A vessel bringing orange juice from the southern hemisphere was also a smaller one;  the 1985 Orange Blossom last sailed into Alang six and a half years ago, and if you don’t know what that means, click on the Alang link.  As it turns out, […]

Transformations 4 Follow-Up

It has taken awhile, but yesterday I got the follow-up shots I’ve been looking for since August 2021.  Welcome, Mary Emma. I first saw her as an earlier Frederick E. Bouchard (pre-2015) and then as the second Evening Light, the first boat to carry that name being a product of Matton shipyard in Cohoes and […]

Second Lives 28

Launched in 1973 as Amy Moran, she has spent 47 years by that name . . . . her 3400hp responding to that name, right up until now. New paint jobs and new locations . . . meet John Joseph. I suspect she’ll be heading out of town soon, and receiving more paint. AIS already […]

Retro Sixth Boro 38 B

In case you’re new to this blog,”retro” means I’m looking back to my photo archives exactly 10 years to June 2011.  The “38” here means this is the thirty-eighth month I’ve done this.  It’s a fresh look at June 2011 photos, in some cases informed by whatever the past 10 years has wrought. Bridge Builder […]

Retro Sixth Boro 45 B

Let’s have another look at photos in the sixth boro during the first month of 2012.  It was a snowy day that I caught Cheyenne and Franklin Reinauer. Cheyenne is now in Wisconsin, for sale, and Franklin is still in this boro. Thomas Dann had a crane barge over alongside New Century.  Thomas Dann had […]