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See the Fort?

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No, I don’t mean Fort Hamilton on the other side . . . or the top of the bunker at Fort Wadsworth.

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This is the closest you can get to Fort Lafayette from land . . .

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at least, what’s left of it, where it once stood before it was dismantled to serve as the base for the Brooklynside tower for the Verrazano Narrows Bridge.

And Robert Cobb Kennedy, he was a would-be arsonist  or maybe reckless jokester Confederate officer who was was tried, convicted, and hanged in Fort Lafayette  less than two months before the end of that war.

Do any readers have photos of the Fort before demolition?  It would have to be from the late 1950s or earlier.

Here’s more about the VZ Bridge.

All photos here by Will Van Dorp.

One of the joys about living in the sixth boro is its size and dynamism.  There are three bridges in this photo below that will not be the same if I take this shot again in three or four years;  this is my first notice of the stays already in place at the new Goethals. Will the new bridge still honor an engineer who worked on the Panama and then the PANYNJ?   I was interested in the ship because a friend had assisted docking when she arrived . . .

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Overseas Long Beach last had a strange paint job, too.  AIS showed that Erin McAllister was on the bow, which I took possibly being a misspelling of Eric, pictured a bit farther below.

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To my astonishment, when the escort emerged around the stern, it was

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Erin, not Eric.  After the pilot was retrieved,

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she spun

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to port and

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returned to base, allowing me to get a closeup and

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compare the two boats, Erin from 1996, although I believe her bow has been modified since then, and

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Eric from 2014.  And the differences are clear.

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Erin actually originates from the same time, design, and shipyard as this tug, Z-One.

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Photo by Will Van Dorp, San Juan, PR, March 2013

 

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For more comparisons, click on this “Tale of the Tape” post from a year and a half ago.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

 

I’ve seen other Grimaldi Grande vessels, but never Grande Senegal.

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So not matter that it was a gray day, I was happy to see this vessel calling in NYC’s sixth bork for the first time.

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Grimaldi is the parent company to ACL, whose unique new vessels have appeared on this blog here.   Click here to see Grande Senegal at her original shipyard back in 2010.

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Unrelated here, but I wonder if vessels passing under this bridge will appear smaller once the soon-to-be-obsolete lower roadbed is removed.

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I’d love to see what tugboats assist the Grande— ROROs at port calls along the West African coast.  Anyone out there can help?

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Ellen McAllister and

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Resolute and all the other escort boats and crews keep shipping in the groove around Bergen Point.

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All photos yesterday by Will Van Dorp.

 

People on land like to look out over the water.  Folks working on the water need to pay attention to water spaces, but sometimes they study the banks too.  Here’s the town of Castleton-on-Hudson, east of the river.  I should visit and walk around town one of these days.

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So let’s follow Brooklyn down through part of the Hudson River Valley and see what we see.  The two bridges here are the Castleton Bridge and the Alfred H. (not E.) Smith Rail Bridge.  

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Can you guess this busy port?

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Above is Coeymans, another place to visit.  And below is Coxsackie, west of the river.  Residents of this town signed a declaration of independence and called for opposition to the intolerable acts of the British Parliament from more than a year before that other document by the same name was signed in Philadelphia.  I should go there too.

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What house is this in southern Athens NY?  I was there once, but I need to return there too.

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I think this is the old Lehigh Cement plant.

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I believe this is Clermont, a Livingstone home and supposedly where Robert Fulton docked his North River Steamboat so much that the house name started being applied to the boat.

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Saugerties Light . . . I met one of the keepers last week.  Wanna stay over?  Here’s the info.

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I’m looking to identify the building in the next photos, all between Saugerties and the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge.  Any help?  I know Bard College is nestled in along there, and I’ve been there a long time ago.  Maybe I should go back.  What buildings are these?  Maybe they’re just conspicuous private homes whose owners wish to remain anonymous.

A.   ?

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B.  ?

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C.  ?

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D.  Blithewood Manor, another building on Bard’s campus?

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E.  ?

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And finally, on the west side of the Hudson, beyond the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge or George Clinton Memorial Bridge, that “castle” on the midsize mountain is the Mount Community at Bruderhof. That George Clinton is here, uncle of DeWitt of canal fame, and not related to this George Clinton, I suppose.

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Will Van Dorp took all these photos.

 

Let’s start with some photos of the TZ Bridge work taken in October 2013

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This is looking south.

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Ditto.

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Now here are some from February 2016.

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And looking back north.

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And June 2016.

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And two months later,  late August 2016, looking north.

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And looking back southward.

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The February photos come from a friend.  All others by Will Van Dorp.

 

As of six days ago, that gap was all that seemed to remain for a complete span.  Who knows . . . by now, that may be bridged as well.  Here are some of the posts that show the project of modifying the soon-to-be 85 year-old icon I’ve had on my blog since day 1.  Here were a set of posts I did when the bridge turned 80.

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Once the higher span is complete and open for traffic, the lower span will be dismantled.  I wonder what the arches are feeling.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

What’s this . .  a catatug?  A joke of meowman or purr people?  But first, have another look at more Ocean blue tugs posted on this blog before, including the one once called Helen M. McAllister.  Click here and scroll.

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All the photos today were taken in the port of Montreal.  Let’s start with Ocean Georgie Bain.

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Here are more shots of Ocean Intrepide.

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And that red vessel in the background, here’s

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a closer look at Peniche and beyond her what I first was a Montreal fan of meow man’s literature.

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MSC Donata here is getting an assist from

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two Ocean tugs,

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Ocean Pierre Julien and

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Ocean Serge Genois. 

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And that returns us to the top photo, seen in its entirety here, Ocean Catatug 2 

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pushing Weeks 235 with some unidentified structural steel, probably related to the new bridge over the Saint Lawrence. So far, Ocean has two of these catamaran tugs.

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Closing out this post, it’s Blizzard Polaire.

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I know there were Ocean vessels in Sorel and Trois Rivieres, which I missed.   Maybe I’ll see more next time, and I certainly want to see any and all in icebreaking activity some winter soon.   all photos here by Will Van Dorp.

 

 

Finally, with some wifi and limited time, let me put in photos and fleeting captions from leg 1.  That lady below needs no introduction although she looks alarmed for some reason.

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The TZ Bridge has no traffic jams down underneath.

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Prospector pushes in some bridge components.

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Iona Island has some long unused bollards south of the Bear Mountain Bridge.

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A bulker heads south, as does

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this sloop.

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And this photographer plans his next series.

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as Ocean Tower tows down river with more girders for the bridge.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

Here were the previous posts, the last one being in April.  On June 11, I took the photo below, and since then had not been back until yesterday. Note how far along the Bayonne Bridge was on that date, as well

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Here’s a closer up of the rigging on June 11.

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Now let’s jump forward to yesterday, August 15.  Note where the crane barge

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Claude G. Forbes started the morning, and

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and check the progressing in rigging, compared with photo #2 above.

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Yard tug Jay Bee V came out to

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reposition the barge.  Note the mizzen on the background.

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Then the crane pivoted around and

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the block was lowered and

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straps added and

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all systems checked and

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then slowly tensioned.  One end of the mast lifted from off the deck

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BUT then it was lowered.  I waited around for an hour more, but then had other places to be.    I’ll have to pick up the Wavertree story another time.

Since I mentioned the Bayonne Bridge–its own process–here’s what the work looks like as of August 15 from over off the west end of Caddell Dry Dock .. . aka ex-Blissenbach Marina now known as Heritage Park, which in my opinion, should have foliage trimmed so as to be  more user friendly for land-based photographers.

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Thanks to everyone who braved the heat last night and came to the showing of Graves of Arthur Kill.  Special thanks to those wizards who problem-solved our way through the technical challenges, except I had brought along an antepenultimate version . . .  and sorry I didn’t have a chance to talk with everyone there.  What you want–prepare for an explicit commercial message here– is this version, which Gary and I call “the director’s cut,” available for a mere $11.99.

While I’m doing “commercials,” here’s an opportunity for the right people to sail offshore on South Street Seaport Museum’s 1893 fishing schooner, up to Gloucester for the 2016 schooner races, or back, or some portion thereof. Click here for some of the many Lettie G. Howard posts I’ve done over the years.

All photos here by Will Van Dorp.

 

We had a long transit from Detroit to Mackinac, so here are a lot of photos, starting with Federal Kumano and Ambassador Bridge in the distance;

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passing steel operations,

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and the mailboat Westcott.

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Near central Detroit a pilot boards Federal Kumano from Huron Maid.

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Entering Lake St. Clair, we pass Philip R. Clarke, 

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followed by Lubie in China township,

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Radcliffe R. Latimer, 

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Great Lakes Maritime Center,

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lightship Huron,

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and as we headed unbound into Lake Huron, we passed Arthur M. Anderson . . . the last vessel in contact with the Fitzgerald before she was taken by Superior.

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This was sunrise nearing the end of this leg, and in the night and distractions, I missed Alpena.

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This post closes with Buffalo, as she leaves the Mackinac Bridge behind her.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

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