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Click on the image below for an interactive map of this portion of the sixth boro. Right now at about the 9 o’clock position you see two small white specks. They
are the huge spherical tanks seen off Barbara McAllister‘s stern.
Consider the size of the wraparound stairs and you’ll understand why locally they’re called “gorilla’s balls.”.
So here’s what the tugboat fueling station looks like from the north bank of the KVK, and
here looking west.
Here’s looking NE across the tank farm, and
from the landslide looking eastward across Robbins Reef Light to Brooklyn.
Off the bow of Oleander–the incoming small container ship, would be the Staten Island ferry racks,
and here’s looking south across tanker Navig8 Spirit toward the salt pile. But here’s the surprise, inside the fence and between the tanks,
there’s a very old cemetery, which pre-dates the use of this land for oil.
All photos by Will Van Dorp. Many thanks to Jack Kennedy for arranging for this tour.
I took these photos in November 2015, but as of mid-January, Red Cloud was still in Bayonne Dry Dock.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
James Turecamo built 1969 . . . in my first 2015 photo of her. In the dry dock directly between James and the WTC, it’s MSC Harry L. Martin.
It’s the classic 1965 built Bushey-built Cheyenne. Here she was in Oswego in June 2014 about to head into the Great Lakes, making her a truly anadromous vessel.
Miriam Moran built 1979.
Bruce A. McAllister . . . built in 1974.
Ruby M . . . built in Oyster Bay in 1967.
Robbins Reef . . . 1953
with entourage that may have salvaged the white fiberglass boat on the barge.
And the current Fells Point, Maryland built in 2014.
Photos of both vessels Fell Point come thanks to Allen Baker. All others by Will Van Dorp.
I’m not sure what the rest of the story here is, but for me the story is a vessel–Sea Surveyor–I’ve never seen before and parked at a location where it can get help . . . like
Sea Surveyor is a vessel of the Gardine Marine Sciences group.
Photos by Will Van Dorp, the day after Storm Juno passed through.
Many thanks to John Skelson for sharing these photos . . . and I’ll leave you guessing for a day or so.
Notice the vessel westbound in the background. In the foreground, that’s Caddell’s with an Erie Lackawanna tug and a dilapidated ferry. The mystery vessel is what’s in the background.
The bridge needs no identification although the Bayonne shore in the background looks opener than it currently is.
The number of tugs is just fabulous.
And to return some color to the blog, here are Gary (right) and I sharing a beer after the show last night. Thanks to all who attended and to the crews of five interesting documentaries. I hope to see more of the festival Saturday and Sunday.
Again, thanks much to John Skelson for sharing the mystery photos. Now . . please weigh in.
Here was post #1 of what could become a series from over five years ago.
Dusk rarely finds me at my places along Richmond Terrace, but last night I was here with elizabeth, and she took a pic much like this one, and when she sent it to FB with the question “Guess who my dinner date is?” one friend wrote back . . . “the great Gatsby?” So call this . . . what the great Gatsby sees as tugster on a short day’s journey into night, apologies to Mr O’neill.
Barney Turecamo passes Gatsby’s place, as do
Frederick E. Bouchard and B. No. 210,
and Weddell Sea.
Gatsby’s for the night . . . was actually Blue–formerly known as R. H. Tugs. From Blue, it was a short walk to Sailors Snug Harbor for the 25th annual John A. Noble Art Auction. And I’m very pleased to say that
a print of my foto below brought $500 into the museum’s funds for restoration of Robbins Reef Light, and the framed foto went home with a very happy friend. To see the other 49 items in the auction catalog, click here.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
The huge vessel–escorted by Maurania III, a RIB, and Ellen McAllister— below may still be in town, but I haven’t seen it and probably won’t this time. I took this foto 26 months ago; notice the brownish tint on the water created by upriver silt post-Irene. Here’s the rest of the post featuring shots from this same set.
Ellen yesterday attendend
Zim Big River–now already Savannah bound–along with the help of Shannon McAllister.
And overseeing it all . . .
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who wonders whether anyone out there’s prepared to lead the way with a Robbins Reef verse a la Burma Shave.
And I thought I was a solitary tourist wanting to see the sights here? I always do bring outatowners here to my “offices” for the scenery.
And to think that he too thought a maritime center devoted to contemporary shipping is sorely needed along the busy channels of the sixth boro.
First, Noble Maritime IS open this Saturday and Sunday, Labor Day. More than half the fotos in this post are from the well-worth-seeing display called “Tides of 100 Years.” Snug Harbor also caught some attention in the New Yorker this week.
The KVK always intrigues and amuses. Like, this tanker . . . made me think Torm is mini? No way . . . it’s heavily-laden, it’s rusty,
it’s orange (or would you call that cantaloupe?).
Over beyond it at Bayonne’s dry dock, USNS Dahl is getting a make-over.
Farther west, Maersk Phoenix is transferring a petroleum product and soon to head into the Mediterranean.
John Noble is the godfather of this blog. And this exhibit helps you form a fuller idea of the artist.
And lest you think, it’s only his fabulous artwork, it’s more . . . like this manual below. John Noble had a Jeepster, one of my all-time to-be-coveted vehicles! See the flickr image to the left margin of this blog. Anyone remember his topless Jeepster around Staten Island?
And here’s a taste of his workshop . . ..
If you have a chance this weekend or soon, come to see this exhibit. Spend some time in the museum, and then find a place across the road to sit and watch his inspiration.
Tangentially related: My Jeepster story does NOT involve John Noble or even NY. I was born in coastal North Carolina, a marshy farming area where deep ditches tend to outline roads. My slightly older relatives–who will stay unnamed–used to waterski behind the Jeepster. Run the tow line from the car to the ditch, where the skiier crouches at the ready hoping to begin the ride before a snapping turtle, alligator, or water moccasin happens along. Once the tow gets going, keep your skis cranked forward in the ditch, not toward the car. Can be done. Has been. Wish I had fotos!
If anyone has Noble Jeepster stories, please leave a comment.
As I write this post, Lincoln Sea is southbound on the Hudson, just south of where Stena Primorsk ran out of the channel a month or so ago. Weddell Sea/Lincoln Sea foto was taken back in earlier September 2012.
This closeup of the Lincoln Sea-DBL 140 embrace seems small and intimate until you read the gradations on the the barge . . . those numbers mark feet.
Length and breath of the tug-barge unit
is 597′ x 79.’
Ocean Leader, here coming into the Narrows four days ago and currently in Port of Albany, is also 597′ loa but a little beamier: 105′ . . . panamax wide.
I don’t have the tug/barge dimensions of B. Franklin Reinauer/RTC 82, here paralleling Ocean Leader.
Behind tugboat John P. Brown (75′ x 26′) lies Stena Primorsk, in the “hole” undergoing repairs at Bayonne Dry Dock & Repair, and shown
here about a week pre-accident. Dimensions of Stena Primorsk: 597′ x 131′ . . . . 280,000 barrel capacity. Lincoln Sea‘s DBL 140 capacity is 140,000 barrels.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.