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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.
Picking up this retrospective post with the beginning of May 2015, it’s a nearly 40-year-old and tired Barents Sea, waiting then as now for what’ll likely be a “fish habitat” future.
Here’s first glimpse of an early June trip I’ve never reported on via this blog. More on this vessel will appear soon–currently working in the Dominican Republic. The red vessel in the distance is F. C. G. Smith, a Canadian Coast Guard survey boat.
Eastern Dawn pushes Port Chester toward the Kills.
I’m omitting a lot from my account here;
The end of July brought me back to the south bank of the KVK watching Joyce D. Brown go by. July was a truly trying month . . is all I’ll say for now.
In early August Wavertree awaited the next step into its rehab, and I
made a gallivanting stop in New Bedford, a place I’d not visited in too long.
All photos by will Van Dorp.
Well, L’Hermione (pronounced LAIR me un) will find her way into more of these photos. Here’s the venerable W. O. Decker. Click and scroll to see her at work a few decades back.
It’s Pelham, power unit for Wavertree not long ago.
And it’s James Turecamo, preparing to escort in the French frigate currently at South Street.
And Frederick E. Bouchard, in the process of switching B. No. 264 from on the hawser to alongside.
And my first shot of James E. Brown, brand spanking new. I’ll devote a whole post to James E. soon, I hope.
Laura K. Moran watches the French lion pass . . .
as does Frances out in Gravesend Bay.
And the answer to the question about Elizabeth Anna . . . the top photo . . . I believe it’s the erstwhile Bear, the Disch tug acquired by DonJon at an auction back in December 2014. I wonder where she’s headed. Anyone help out?
Except the top photo by Bjoern Kils, all photos in the past few days by Will Van Dorp.
And if I haven’t said this explicitly enough, New York Media Boat is the faster, most versatile, shallowest draft means to see whatever you want in the sixth boro. Need waterborne support for a project or . . .want to see or show someone the sixth boro and its borders with the other boros, check them out.
While I was out documenting the excitement of the annual merfolk migration, there was an equal amount of excitement on all the waters that comprise the sixth boro. Of course, your focus is your choice. All photos here were taken by David Grill and used with permission.
The Liberty Challenge brought in racers from all over the watery parts of the globe.
Vintage and contemporary petroleum vessels populated the KVK.
Hats off to the passengers and crew of Pegasus and all the others out enjoying what makes NYC special .
It’s Gerry Weinstein, showing evidence of being in the engine room and
and Pamela Hepburn.
For the photos in this post, hats off for David Grill.
If you think the sixth boro has a wide variety of tugboats, you’ll agree it’s also surrounded by a variety of land–boro–scapes.
from obscure to iconic.
Here’s the Brooklyn passenger terminal and
the anchorage in mid-Upper Bay,
Brooklyn Navy Yard,
east end of Wall Street,
entrance to the Kills showing the Bayonne Bridge and obvious modifications to the bases,
and finally the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.
All photos this week by Will Van Dorp.
Let’s start with two from New York Media Boat. Can you identify this vessel?
It’s Jay Michael, on a foggy morning last week. She’s headed to the dredge over by the passenger terminal.
Eileen McAllister last appeared in this blog –I think–over six years ago here.
Here’s Laura K. Moran doing what she does. Anyone have an ETA of the next Moran assist tug arrival?
Ocean Tower has been towing and towering elsewhere these past few years.
Here’s Caitlin Ann, a new entry in the containerized garbage hauling?
Caitlin Ann first appeared here nearly seven years ago as Vivian L. Roehrig.
And closing today’s post, Evening Star.
The first two photos by Bjoern Kils. All others by Will Van Dorp.
Recently in t-shirt weather in the sixth boro . . . it’s a classic, Thomas J. Brown.
Ellen S. Bouchard,
Resolute with a Bouchard barge,
and Evening Star, also with a Bouchard barge.
Elizabeth McAllister light,
Robert E. McAllister,
and finally Ellen McAllister shifting
Cielo di Roma . . .
Thomas J. Brown . . . enjoy another look at this classic.
All photos by Will Van Dorp. And in the post above, subtracting the three tugs in the O. Nonimus Bosch photo, you have over 25,000 horsepower, of which 1000 of those ponies are generated by Thomas J.
Laura K Moran first appeared on this blog back in 2008 here, as the sixth boro’s newbie.
I’m not sure the story here, but Laura K holds station off the stern of MSC Sariska, who still has the hook down.
Brian Nicholas and Evening Mist head out on assignment.
Here’s an entire post I devoted to Brian Nicholas over four years ago.
For a frontal view of Evening Mist, click here and scroll.
Here Miriam Moran escorts Hoegh Inchon. ROROs’ cargo is quantified not in teus, but ceus, and Inchon is a 21-year-old floating parking lot with 4300-car equivalent capacity.
Maryland and Franklin Reinauer meet, with missions taking them in opposite directions.
And with Red Hook we end.
Happy springtime, like it was in the photo below, showing Huron Service about seven LONG years ago.
All photos taken in the real maricentric sixth boro by Will Van Dorp.
Unrelated: The post about the documentary Graves of Arthur Kill seems to be getting a lot of attention the past few days. Gary Kane and I can always figure out a time when one or both of us could do a screening for a group you put together.
Taken Feb 4 by Bjoern Kils . . . the spearhead.
Taken this morning by bowsprite, the onslaught of frazil ice. Is that Amy C. McAllister pushing the Bouchard barge? Anyone guess the light tug in front of Ellis Island?
And taken yesterday by Allen Baker looking over the stern of Mediterranean Sea northward toward Albany, the state of the Hudson right now . . .
ditto all . . . here’s the view from the wheelhouse of Mediterranean Sea.
And as if by magic . . . some pics of the same unit by Allen from a remote vantage point . . . coming with
a sign of caution, unheeded
in this photo by Bob Dahringer of a coyote on ice up near Catskill. According to Bob, “Stephen Reinauer was following us upriver, they said the poor thing fell into the water when they went by him, but he got himself out.”
And finally . . . from Ashley Hutto and taken on Monday this week . . . the NSFW belle of winter in the sixth boro. . .
Thanks to Bjoern, bowsprite, Allen, Bob, and Ashley for these reports on the ice.
On a cold winter’s morning, what’s going on in the harbor?
The usual . . . . Kathleen heads out with a scow,
Eric R. Thornton muscles scrap,
Evening Tide reconnects with an oil barge,
Diane B disconnects from John Blanche for a spell,
Joyce D. Brown heads out to a job,
Red Hook, wreath still in place, shuttles between barges,
And Ellen McAllister
shows Performance out to sea. And in response to my cuz . . JS . . . Ellen performs her magic on the container ship . . .
And tugster, who took these pictures, needs to warm up and get to work himself.