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Retro Sixth Boro 50 B

Ten years ago, the WTC was incomplete, no supertalls/superskinnies were up, and Taurus was not yet Joker. Miriam and the archway at Sailors Snug Harbor are all the same, although that dock is gone from there. The 1969 Barbara McAllister is now Patsy K, operating out of the Gulf coast of Florida. The 2003 Jane […]

Government Boats 59

One of the joys of wandering around an unfamiliar port is getting surprised, as I was to see an LCS underway.  I also saw some reference to the place of LCS vessels in the USN fleet here and here on gCaptain. More on the ship and the Independence-class variant can be read here.  Know the […]

The Delaware’s Doomed Ships 3

A relative’s big birthday brought me to Philly for the first time in a long while and afforded a few minutes to look around.  Name that carrier?  I once walked its decks as a visitor more than three decades ago, and have a friend who served aboard . . .  as a journalist in the […]

Retro Sixth Boro 35 C

March 25, 2011 was a busy day.  L to r, Maurania III, USNS Yano, Resolute, McAllister Responder, McAllister Girls, Amy Moran . . . with a K-Sea barge at the mooring, and some iconic structures.  None of these vessels in currently in the sixth boro.  Amy Moran is now John Joseph. Let’s follow the USNS […]

Government Boats 60

For the past week on AIS, this has been “govt vessel 5,” and she’s currently in Stapleton taking on fuel. Clearly she’s a Freedom-class LCS, with its distinctive bow-low profile.   It’s powered by four engines:  2 x Fairbanks Morse/ Colt-Pielstick 9,100 hp diesels plus two 2 x Rolls-Royce 48,000 hp gas turbines run through four […]

Meeting the Fleet 2022 A

Scouts?  Patrol?  Search pattern?  First and foremost, it’s to honor our war dead, and there are too many of those, even the walking wounded and dead…. Thanks to New York Media Boat, I caught the fleet from a different angle, all while respecting the safety zones. Note the unmistakeable red of a McAllister tugboat on […]

Other Watersheds 7: Reredux

Here was the first redux for the Delaware. Handy Three appeared on this blog almost a decade ago in a different livery and in a different port. Of course, she’s been a Moran tugboat for a half dozen years already.  In the background above, that’s the 1968-commissioned, 2007-decommissioned USS John F. Kennedy.   Several hundred yards […]

Profiles 2

Installment 1 was a long time ago.  But the hazy days of summer bring the inspiration back.  Any idea what this is?  Answers follow below. Or this?  I took all the photos in this post a few days ago–Sunday–afternoon from near the VZ Bridge. Here’s an easier one maybe. This one is a bit weird. […]

Big Lizzie II

I had a different post and an entirely different morning planned, until I looked at AIS, and saw that after almost exactly four years, Big Lizzie (HMS Ro8) was inbound.  So whose was this when  these were coming into view? More specifics in the link above the first photo, but check out the info here.  “But […]

Other Peoples Photos 98

Thanks to Bjoern of New York Media Boat, it’s  . . .  LCU 1657.  This was last week, March 2022 At first glance I thought it was a landing craft with a large add-on wheelhouse.  Later I noticed the landing craft was being pushed by a small tugboat named Pierson.  I’m not familiar with this […]