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It has suddenly gone from winter to limbo to spring, and that brings folks outside.

Out in small boats, meetings for dock plans,

surveying this strange place called NYC,

keeping bow watch,

racing geese,

or stowing wires . . .

 

 

 

it’s all easier on spring days like this.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

Here are previous installments focusing on background.

Sometimes the partial reveal and the juxtaposition highlight what’s on the shorelines, like those triple deckers in Bayonne that would blend in perfectly in many 19th century mill towns.

Or the hugely forgotten Singer plant in Elizabeth, hugely forgotten by most residents of Elizabeth, that is.  Imagine, if someone could turn the clock back on that one, 10,000 people would have manufacturing jobs . . . either sewing machines, or

weaponry of all sorts.

 

But one detail on the bank over by the NJ-side of the Bridge caught my attention.  So I thought these beams would be trucked from the disappearing bridge to a scrapping yard.  How surprised I was when the crane lifted the beam off the truck not 1000 feet from where they’d been on duty for decades and

lowered them

one after the other

to what might be a series of trucks below.  I can’t quite see what becomes of the beams on the ground at Bergen Point.  And I think that’s the Passaic small boat.  ??

 

All photos by Will Van Dorp.  Keep your eyes open and stay safe.

or Bridge.

Below is a photo I took in October 2011 . . .

Also from October 2011, when the bridge looked like this,

squeezing under the roadbed looked like this, and

the McAllister stern quarter escort looked like this . . .

the mighty Maurania III, that is.  Here’s the complete post I did back then.

But five and a half  years have elapsed, not without change.  So earlier this week, Suez Canal in the KVK and under the Bayonne Bridge looked like this.  See the worker above the new roadbed?

See him now?

 

So this week it was Marjorie B on the stern, and

 

Ellen forward.

 

 

I hope to be around and doing this five and a half years from now to see what there is to see.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Yesterday I mentioned the request to help the Roaring Bull ferry project, and that’s now fully funded. Thank you.   Here’s another and more somber request that you might consider, the Captain Joseph Turi Memorial fund.

I didn’t want to overload yesterday’s post, so I’m continuing it here.

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To add a detail here, each time a ship or boat big or small approached, someone up there sounded an aerosol can horn;  once the vessel passed, a second “all clear” blast was made.

And whereas larger vessels stayed the middle of the channel, smaller ones like Jessica Ann prudently avoided the center of the channel above which the bridge work was happening.

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Just a bit more info on the ship . . . she’s not that large (997′ x 131′) although I don’t know her air draft.  She’s not new . . .

launched in 2003 as Maersk Kolkata. as you can see from the remnant seven-pointed star. 

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

The 1931 bridge has been so prominent on this blog over the past decade plus that the past few years of construction and now deconstruction mesmerize me.  Just look at the header photo I’ve not changed since 2006.  I’ll never change it now.

I spent a few hours watching the work yesterday and share some of the photos here today and tomorrow.  Photo 1 was taken at 06:49 before work began, from what I could tell;  I’m the observer only and speculate sometimes because I’m not privy to the communications.  NY is to the left and NJ to the right.

06:54 … NJ side.  A safety and planning meeting?

07:01.  Workers use various means to venture out to the severed transverse beam (?) to begin its removal.

07:30.  Similar activity starts on the NY side.

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08:25.  Almost imperceptibly slow, the movement of the transverse progresses.

08:28.  And then it speeds up.

08:36.  A flatbed trailer has backed into place to receive the beam.

08:38.  Meanwhile, over on the NJ side, a similar evolution has begun.

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Meanwhile, at 08:43, a container vessel is rounding Bergen bend  and headed for sea, after “threading the needle,”  …  well, not really, it made it in with those beams in place . . .

08:43, and we’ll pick up the evolution here tomorrow with MSC Kolkata   . . .  Note the crewmen on the bow?

I’d like to give a hat tip to all the Bayonne Bridge workers who work with such skill and safety in this enormous project, one of at least six bridge projects happening simultaneously in the greater sixth boro.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

If you want to see what I’ve done with this title in the past, click here.

I’ll reveal this set of photos without explaining what’s going on.  Check out the six people in this photo.  They divide into two groups by “uniform,” but how are they related?

 

I might add that these photos are shown in reverse chronological order.

 

See the two men (or one of them at that moment) atop the superstructure in the photo below?

Now we’re moving forward in time again.

 

So the two groups of six total men in the top photo have nothing to do with each other.  The ship’s crew wearing orange were simply photographing the bridge work, demolition at this point.  I can’t say if they communicated, but my guess is that at their closest they were within 50 feet of each other.

 

All photo by Will Van Dorp.

 

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.

 

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