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Winds of November 2

I didn’t hear any wind speeds for yesterday, but it was blowing . . . winds of November according to the date, but fortunately not a November witch. Chem Wolverine scudded through the Bay, Kings Point went on with her routine, Gabby Miller returned to home base, Joyce aimed for the Kills, Mister T slung […]

Winds of October

Yesterday was a day to hold onto to your hat . . . or tighten the straps. Ruby M splashed in toward the Kills, where Maersk Vilnius was exiting, but it was the yawl Mah Jong that appeared to thrive in these conditions, passing Corpus Christi‘s stern. Meanwhile Caitlin Ann delivered the netted paper to […]

Jay Bee V’s Epic Winds Down

I caught the beginning of Jay Bee V‘s epic here, a few days after the summer solstice.  A bit later I caught her here at some different locations on the Erie Canal. So we are all fortunate that Jake Van Reenen caught her here at a lock in central NYS that I’m not disclosing.  The voyage […]

Urger Season Winds Down

Remind me some day to tell the story of Schuyler Meyer, who is credited with starting Urger’s educational program back before 1990.  As of today, the season is over.  Over 4500 NYS fourth graders have experienced the “Urger program” this season.  That number and more have visited the 113-year-old vessel in festivals and other contexts  along […]

Winds of April

See November gusts here.  Today on the Upper Bay gusts were in excess of 25 mph. Spray crashes over the bulwarks although to my untrained eye, Quantico Creek rides smooth, as does Elk River, a short time later. Pilot boats like Yankee are designed to ride in all weather. Ellen Bouchard pushes B. No. 284 […]

Winds of February

Gusts last Saturday were over 40 mph, but work on the harbor, as always, went on.  Here Joan Turecamo pushes barge Bridgeton upriver between the Battery and Ellis Island. Might that barge be loaded deep with coal? Notice the whitecaps all around Joan Turecamo, built north of Albany in the last years of the Matton […]

Winds of December

Fundraiser TONIGHT Dec 1, 2010 for the tug Pegasus!!  It’s unfortunate that I have to work elsewhere tonight. A short post today . . .  it’s December and just to call it windy out is an understatement along the lines of saying that in winter the sixth boro is less hot than in June, that sex […]

Winds of November

Lightering  from Ocean Chariot onto The Patriot goes on uninterrupted by the brisk wind out of the north . . . gusts to 20 mph . . . .  It’s just another day on the sixth boro. Stavanger Bell gets a call from the Miller service boat.   In the background skyline, note the “V” […]

Sixth Boro Details 10

I’ve been meaning to ask about this lumber on the piers at Red Hook container terminal.  Not quite a year ago an unusual looking vessel called Mozu Arrow deposited these bundles of lumber.  Here‘s another shot showing all the bundles.  All through the stories of lumber being outrageously expensive,  this lumber stayed here.  In some […]

Autumn Sail 13

Cooler temperatures and brisker winds can make autumn sailing more exciting, or maybe in the sixth boro those winds clearly hint a winter and gales to come.  This Lagoon 450 headed out under power, and will have to set sail soon, given where they might be headed. That looks like Spring of Sydney to me […]