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Click here to scan the many posts with KVK in the title.  Here’s a new one inspired by arrivals that had many folks, aship and ashore, paying attention.

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Wavertree is suddenly and lavishly being regaled with sights of 21st century merchant vessels

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Products tanker Polaris, delivered 129 years after Wavertree

and crew from all over the world are paying attention.

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And a mile farther east, at the old gypsum dock, tugboats like Laura K Moran and

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Stephen B pass.

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If you want to read a good book about when and how the US took possession of Eagle, read Captain Gordon McGowan’s The Skipper and the Eagle. The book has an introduction by Peter Stanford, a foreword by Alan Villiers, and the journey starts out from NYC’s own LaGuardia.

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I have many more closeups of the barque;  maybe

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I’ll put them up if I get encouragement.  A previous posts featuring Eagle can be seen here.   For a comparison of steering apparatus on Eagle with other vessels, click here.

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Here Swallow Ace crew check out an Eagle.

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The long street on the landside of this portion of the Kills is called Richmond Terrace.  For photos and explanation of what is and used to be there, click here and here,  from the ever fascinating forgotten-by.com.  Click here to see an image of a square rigger bulk carrier docked in front of Windsor Plaster Mills, now an Eastern Salt facility, in its heyday.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

As you know, today is the first full day of spring, and this morning roar man looked like this.

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My neighborhood looked like this, and

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a local shipyard looked like this, with snow obscuring the name entirely or

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partly.

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But lest you think I’m glum  . . . my day blossomed as soon as I saw

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this . . . juices–at least orange juice–flowing, infusing by the ton into the port.  And this . . .

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new life–at least a vessel new to me in the sixth boro.  Welcome Josephine K. Miller.

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And you guy below and friends, you gotta go.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp. Snow obscured tug is of course Little Toot, only recently employed in North river icebreaking.

Click here and then scroll to the last three pics;  you’ll see a sixth boro version of the photo below, taken just east of Lyons.

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Near the Montezuma, these passed twice, and they were certainly not the mute type.

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Lots of herons hunt for fish from the locks, but they fly away as a boat appears.  This one, however, may have thought himself fleet

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footed enough to play ostrich.

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The parrot that share an apartment with me stretches each morning before flying; ospreys  . . . it appears . . . do the same, especially

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if they transport meals like this.

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Final shot for today . . . the four-point buck here just about to  find footing and camouflage on the north bank.

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All photos here taken by Will Van Dorp, who has access to wifi AND a more contemporary computer tonight.

 

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All photos here were taken between the east side of Oneida Lake and Seneca Falls.  In the row of buildings behind the boat in the photo above, there is wifi, as well as laundry machines and clean hot showers.  I counted about a dozen eagles–of all ages–along the waterway.

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Just photos for now…  I’m day 5 on the Canal, having traveled from Little Falls to Phoenix.  If I had more time and better personal technology, I’d write more.  Enjoy.

In my favorite field guide to birds, there’s a section devoted to “exotics,” species you may observe in the Northeast but which are not indigenous to this region;  some of these birds got here as stowaways and others are pets escaped or released into the wild.   As I think about “tugster:  the project,”  I imagine an exotic category as well.  There is tjalk Livet here and here (scroll through).   Also, there is Golden Re’al here.

And what this has to do with the card below will become evident.  First, notice the vessel name Marine Trader, the second word “bumboat” in the subtitle, and name of the president, father to the author.

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Click the photo below and scroll through to see info on the man in the 1921 Chevy AND his connection to the vessel below.

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Which leads me to this exotic.

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The port of registry painted on the stern AND the landmarks in the background will locate these photos.

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That bell is from neither New York nor Duluth.

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But the helm seems vintage late 1930s.

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The repurposed interior is warm and light. Click here to compare the current art studio interior with what it used to be in Duluth.

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Many thanks to Herb for a tour of his unique vessel.   Part of me felt I’d stumbled back in time and encountered John Noble as in here and here.

There are birds . . .  .  like (?) this winter plumage loon and

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this common merganser male.  And

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there are birds . . . here.  The rest of these photos come from Brian DeForest.

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What I’d still like to see this winter is one of these, though.

Many thanks to Brian DeForest for these photos.

 

Here was the first time I used this title, which clearly needs to be used again.

Let me start here at 13:38.  Note from far to near, or black hull to black hull . . . Cartagena, Four Sky with Lee T Moran, Red Hook, and Genco Knight.

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Twin Tube slides through the opening between Bow Kiso and Genco Knight.

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Even the bow of Genco Knight is crowded as their vessel prepares to dock and resupply the salt depot.

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Kimberly Turecamo works the bulk carrier’s stern as Evening Star passes with B. No. 250.

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Add McAllister Girls in the foreground and Ellen McAllister in the distance against the blue hull, which will appear a bit later.

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McCrews heads westbound and Four Sky now seems to be doing the same.

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Are you out of breath yet?  Only 10 minutes has elapsed.

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Linehandler 1 cruises blithely through it, supremely self-assured.

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Cheyenne adds color.

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Another line handler boat scouts out the set up . . . as a new blue hull arrives from the west, as

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. .  . does Charles D. McAllister.

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Crew on the blue hull–Nord Observer–stows lines as they head for tropical heat, escorted

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by Catherine Turecamo although

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at the turn on the Con Hook range they meet Mare Pacific heading in with Joan Turecamo and Margaret  Moran.  At this point . . .

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14:12 . . .  the mergansers decided to hightail it . . . or at least follow their crests.  And I hadn’t even turned around yet to see the congestion on land behind me.

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All these photos in a very short time by Will Van Dorp.

My thanks to Brian DeForest and Atlantic Salt, whom Genco Knight was arriving to restock.

Here was a post about a dense traffic day as well as a busy day.

Along this stretch of  . . . bird habitat, Meow man has signed in . . .

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and an official boat might just be verifying the authenticity.

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Meanwhile, I’m just over two miles off the center of the VZ Narrows bridge . . . doing some of my own verifying.  Those round objects . . . half a dozen of them  . . . are they . . .

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. . . could they be . .  see that one splash . . .

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harbor seals?    This one seems to negotiate for that rock with . . .  a ruddy turnstone . . . ?

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See the press release here for the NYC Audubon tours here.

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Read here about the seal scientists who were on board yesterday also.

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What is that canoe-shaped object in the upper left side of this photo?

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Anyhow, forget about the cold and book a seal and bird tour  . . . on only a few Sunday trips left.

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Thanks to bowsprite who suggested this as a birthday present.  I may go out and take this trip again to get the photo I missed of a squadron of long-tailed ducks  circling our boat.

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We stayed on the west side of Swinburne Island (it should be renamed Seal Island.) as MOL Endowment arrived with a delivery along the east side.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.  Nearly three years ago I reported on a seal I interviewed on Fire Island.

Somehow . . . don’t ask me how . ..  meow man seems to have “signed” what used to be a white ceramic mug that usually occupies my desk.  How DID he deliver that?  . . . !@#@!!

Personal disclosure:  I used to enjoy playing football, but I’ve never watched a Super Bowl game.  I certainly have no feelings at all about any team, any sport.  But with all this talk of seahawks and broncos on ground hog day, I’m not oblivious: ground pork meatballs will go in my lunch stew.  This morning over coffee I decided to look up the history of the two teams soon to engage in New Jersey.  So the first owner of the broncos originally (prior to 1960) had a team called the bears.   And one of the two first investors in the seahawks was a Ned Skinner, scion of the Skinner & Eddy shipyard in Seattle and himself last owner/operator of the Alaska Steamship Company.

Anyhow . . . enjoy this digressive post, one that zags and zigs through a number of critters–like Stolt Bobcat–I’ve seen in the past year, as

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well as this unusual logo on the side of a junked truck,

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first signs of winter on the sixth boro,

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my favorite fishing bird,

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a quite effective gull,

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my company atop a mountain in January River,

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disciples of a certain waterborne tagger along the KVK,

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the only good rat I’ve seen in a while over at Sal Polisi’s shop near South Street Seaport,

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a beached shark, and finally

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some docked rays struggling in the light of morning sun’s rays over by Owl’s Head.  And speaking of rays and ground hog . . .

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I’m guessing Staten Island and Punxsutawney pick on ground hogs just because there are no convenient bears or badgers around to consult about winter weather.

Last critter word here, see a sea hawk and a bronco go toe-to-toe here.

Here was an earlier critter post.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who’s now off to grind the pork.

Ooops!  here’s one more critter link . . . from gCaptain, an inside look at a cattle/livestock carrier.

And another loops!  Read this NJstarledger article about birds here.

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