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A news story I read this morning prompts this continuing of the critters series. I link to the story at the end of this post. All the following photos I’ve taken since September, and filed away until I feel there’s a story. Let’s start here in a New Jersey marsh creek,
go to the North Fork,
more of the KVK,
still more there,
and finally to the freshwater in the Erie Canal.
All critter photos by Will Van Dorp.
To clarify this title, the first post in the series has a lead photo showing a map of our journey broken into legs marked by pins. Legs 4 through 6 took us from Waterford, shown below, to Oswego.
Urger stood by all spiffed up for the steamboat festival.
Erie Canal Cruises accommodated sightseers eastbound toward lock E18.
Tender 4, the electric motor vessel, assisted in a dredge project.
Tug Erie tied up at the end of the work day.
Here’s the cutterhead of one dredge.
Lucy H returned light past Rome, NY.
Never have I seen so
many bald eagles. This one is banded.
And leg 6 ended in Oswego.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who will post again when able.
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.
Wavertree is suddenly and lavishly being regaled with sights of 21st century merchant vessels
and crew from all over the world are paying attention.
And a mile farther east, at the old gypsum dock, tugboats like Laura K Moran and
Stephen B pass.
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.
I have many more closeups of the barque; maybe
Here Swallow Ace crew check out an Eagle.
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.
My neighborhood looked like this, and
a local shipyard looked like this, with snow obscuring the name entirely or
But lest you think I’m glum . . . my day blossomed as soon as I saw
this . . . juices–at least orange juice–flowing, infusing by the ton into the port. And this . . .
new life–at least a vessel new to me in the sixth boro. Welcome Josephine K. Miller.
And you guy below and friends, you gotta go.
All photos by Will Van Dorp. Snow obscured tug is of course Little Toot, only recently employed in North river icebreaking.
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
footed enough to play ostrich.
The parrot that share an apartment with me stretches each morning before flying; ospreys . . . it appears . . . do the same, especially
if they transport meals like this.
Final shot for today . . . the four-point buck here just about to find footing and camouflage on the north bank.
All photos here taken by Will Van Dorp, who has access to wifi AND a more contemporary computer tonight.
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.
Click the photo below and scroll through to see info on the man in the 1921 Chevy AND his connection to the vessel below.
Which leads me to this exotic.
The port of registry painted on the stern AND the landmarks in the background will locate these photos.
That bell is from neither New York nor Duluth.
But the helm seems vintage late 1930s.
The repurposed interior is warm and light. Click here to compare the current art studio interior with what it used to be in Duluth.
There are birds . . . . like (?) this winter plumage loon and
this common merganser male. And
there are birds . . . here. The rest of these photos come from Brian DeForest.
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.
Twin Tube slides through the opening between Bow Kiso and Genco Knight.
Even the bow of Genco Knight is crowded as their vessel prepares to dock and resupply the salt depot.
Kimberly Turecamo works the bulk carrier’s stern as Evening Star passes with B. No. 250.
Add McAllister Girls in the foreground and Ellen McAllister in the distance against the blue hull, which will appear a bit later.
McCrews heads westbound and Four Sky now seems to be doing the same.
Are you out of breath yet? Only 10 minutes has elapsed.
Linehandler 1 cruises blithely through it, supremely self-assured.
Cheyenne adds color.
Another line handler boat scouts out the set up . . . as a new blue hull arrives from the west, as
. . . does Charles D. McAllister.
Crew on the blue hull–Nord Observer–stows lines as they head for tropical heat, escorted
by Catherine Turecamo although
at the turn on the Con Hook range they meet Mare Pacific heading in with Joan Turecamo and Margaret Moran. At this point . . .
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.
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.