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Package Boats

You’ve seen all the brown, white, and now blue package trucks clogging the streets and roads, their drivers working ever longer hours as we take to online shopping. These two Reynolds boats have nothing to do with that, but they do deliver foodstuffs, spares, and incidentals to ships at berths and in the anchorages. The […]

Christmas Eve 2020

Having seen the forecast for December 25, I did my watch on Christmas eve.    These are the latest sunrises of the entire cycle . . . photo taken around 0745, and the sky was still reddish and offering very little light.   Fort McHenry and survey boat Christina cross. Yes, Christina . . . namesake you […]

Retro Sixth Boro 37 B

I’m away from the sixth boro, so here’s another from the vault, archived May 2011.  Twin Tube back then still had her lighter stick.  Lichtenstein now sails as Mr Tigris.  Sand Master, the sand miner, had not yet gone to South America. A company called K-Sea still existed, and Norwegian Sea still sailed. The 1976 […]

Twin Tube 4

There’s nothing new that I know about Twin Tube, but she cuts a unique image as she works year round.  She came off the ways in 1951, and just moves along doing essential and almost invisible work.  Here’s a post I did on her four years ago telling about her previous incarnations.  Here are many […]

Outbound 5

This series goes way back . . . in fact, the first installment was in 2006 using some photos I took in 2003, on my first trip up the Hudson. What struck me yesterday as Nord Gainer headed out . . . was how much business was being taken care of on the fly . […]

Retro Sixth Boro 49A

Let’s jump back to May 2012.  Over along the Manhattan side of the East River then, I caught this scene.  Since then, there’s been some movement:   Peking to Germany,  Marion M to the Chesapeake,  Helen McAllister to  . . . rebirth as new steel. Cheyenne has migrated to the Lake Michigan for now. Twin […]

Random ULCVs 13

January is named for Janus, the one who looked forward and backward . .  . transitions, this Roman.  The connection is this . . .   one day i post photos from 2022 and the next or two I post photos from the 1950s, supplied by Albert Gayer. Charles James, framed here by the big green […]

Retro Sixth Boro (and beyond) 33

2011 began in Charleston, a great place to welcome a new year.  Strolling around, I encounter the 1962 75′ buoy tender Anvil, 75301, here made up to CGB68013.  In the background, that’s cutter Cormorant or Chinook. Heading farther north a day or two later, it’s Hoss, sister of Patricia, and now habitat for fish and […]

Random Ships 69

Let’s start with Alice Oldendorff, inbound with a hold full of Nova Scotia stone and about to turn to starboard on her (almost) final approach to Brooklyn.   Alice and I have a long history. YM Wind makes the final approach her into Global Terminals, her first call at sixth boro docks.  In contrast above, […]

Random Ships 66

like route 66, this gets me kicks . . . although I see no ” St. Louis, Joplin, Missouri, Oklahoma City looks oh-mighty pretty.  You’ll see Amarillo, a-Gallup, New Mexico, Flagstaff, Arizona, don’t forget Winona, Kingman, Barstow, San Bernardino….” But I digress.  In the distance it’s Glorious Leader and closer up–not much–it’s Bitu Express getting a delivery from Twin […]