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Click here for a short video showing how to beat traffic . . .
Of course, seaplanes or flying boats are nothing new to the sixth boro. Click here for a short video of a Dornier Do-X arriving in a tugboat-filled harbor in 1929. It has no sound, but if you want to hear the details, here’s another longer video. Keyport NJ’s Aeromarine was operating long distance flights from the sixth boro even earlier.
Watch them come and go
here. For seaplane prices, click here. But it costs nothing to watch, which is the right price for me.
Click here for a previous post on Keyport.
All photos here by Will Van Dorp, who thinks that the photos in this post from February 2015 is an invigorating reminder of winter on a hot day.
Also, yesterday Marie Lorenz competed her journey in a rowboat from Buffalo to the sixth boro, and in true DeWitt Clinton fashion, she celebrated her accomplishment by pouring out some Lake Erie water into New York harbor. See it and much more here.
In case you’re wondering if this blog has gone adrift . . . I’ll just plead solstice-ogling syndrome. Why stay on course when a grape popsicle 1949 Mercury oozes by like this, and it’s tickling your tastebuds and it’s
for sale, although I did not ask any particulars.
Only at the mermaid parade could you get a photo like this, although the photographer here might
be photographing the Chevy here with a right angle spy lens. Or maybe she was putting me in the frame?
I’d let this guy park for free.
Mesa sunrise on this mid-1950s Lincoln?
And finally, seeing this old Ford made me remember this unit from
way south Coney Island Caribbean.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who has now recalled that although Coney Island is surrounded (mostly) by the sixth boro, it is still part of Brooklyn.
I’m not going to count, but there must be dozens of posts here with photos from or some mention of Paul Strubeck. Here I’m pleased to dedicate a whole post to him in part because these photos make me see the sixth boro with new eyes. Enjoy. Cornell . . . by foggy night and compare to my photo from about the same day but at dawn here and scroll to the third photo. The location is the soon-to-open Brooklyn Barge Bar, where I’m eager to imbibe a sunset beer. Also in Paul’s “roll” of film are
Pinuccia and Specialist mostly obscured,
Captain D ,
Nanticoke passing the East River Seaplane base,
an unobscured photo of Specialist,
Sea Robin secured to Sugar Express at the sugar plant in Yonkers,
and Foxy 3 pushing a Thornton barge, which
brings us back to a great photo of Cornell, which Paul used his special lens for.
All photos here are used with permission from Paul Strubeck. Thanks much, Paul.
Deer do it. So do . . . whales, dragonflies, eels, and more . But the annual mermaid migration, I find, is as magical to me as it is to the young girl watching for the first time, taking photos, and one of the princesses of the sea came over and blew some sparkles all around.
When the mermaids migrate in, they bring entourages of music,
like samba, and
loud marching bands and
shrillest of pipes.
The mermaids feted some old-timers like daddy-oh!
They brought in some commercial land folk with adaptations.
They even engaged in some unexpected commerce.
They commandeered a “fruits of the sea” sacrifice bearer.
Of course, there were some humans who felt they needed to “administer” the event, BUT
otherwise, the sea creatures just emerged, checked their makeup, and
and exuded their legendary grace
much to the delight of all the photographers or just admirers.
They stayed the day, rainy as it was, before taking flight until the next time.
I’ve missed only twice in the past decade: here are posts from 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 . . . and you can find more just by scrolling way down to the archives . . . lower left and searching June each year around the 21st.
All photos here by Will Van Dorp.
About lobster migrations, click here.
And about animals in parades, the NYTimes this morning had this great story on a swimming/patrolling beast from its Brazilian bureau chief . . .
Here were some of the previous Mary Whalen moves. And here was one return. A few days ago, Mary Whalen moved into Atlantic Basin, where the 70th birthday party was held and public access will be much easier than it has been for future programming TBA. This post shows pics taken onboard during the move; I hope to present more soon. The day started early at the pier which has been home for a long time.
Prime mover this time was Quantico Creek, tailed by Christian . . . way in the distance.
NYMediaBoat and Christian were part of the escort, as
as was Shipshooter with his latest equipment to follow and film
the pirouette in the Buttermilk Channel and a
hook into Atlantic Basin, where in September 2009, Portside helped host a huge Dutch barge party.
Once she’s all fast, may the programming begin.
All photos here by Will Van Dorp.
Read the press release here from PortSide NewYork.
For some great Red Hook history and historical images, click here.
Click on the photo below for credits and context. I’ve never seen VLCC Bay Ridge, but I’d love to see her now as she approaches her 36th year afloat. This will be her last year, as she is currently being scrapped in Aliaga, Turkey, after nearly two decades serving as a FPSO unit off the coast of Angola. Click here for a photo of the Brooklyn built vessel today as well as some controversy involved in the scrapping, as you can read here.
Below are two marginally related photos of an FPSO under tow into Rio harbor in July 2013.
For more of my Rio photos, click here or type JR into the search window. Both color photos by Will Van Dorp.
Here was the post I put up the day 343 arrived in the sixth boro, brand spanking new. And below was a photo I took a few cold days ago when it seemed to be on routine patrol.
Tony Acabono snapped the next two photos just before 0011 Saturday, and
Ashley Hutto got this one just after lunch. Note the NYMediaboat is on the scene.
Here were some photos I got a few years ago of a land’s edge fire in a place where today there is no land. Pier 17 is gone, for now.
Paperwork fueled the fire, it seems.
Thanks much to Tony and Ashley for these photos. I took the first photo, where you can see the now-renovated Pier A. To see some of the previous usages of this area, click here. Right near there is also the dramatic Merchant Mariners Memorial by Marisol Escobar.
If you ever visit anywhere near Savannah, an absolute must-see is the Ships of the Sea Museum in the former William Scarbrough House, later the West Broad Street School. Given that the house and collection are stunning and the staff extraordinarily welcoming, it didn’t surprise me how crowded the museum was.
Excuse the quality of my photos taken sans tripod, but let’s start with this model of a vessel that has a connection with New York City. Answer follows, but clues for now are that the vessel was built as the Denton in 1864 and you might know the whitish horizontal object to the left of the display case . . . in front of the bow of the model.
The SSM models are quite large, and many of them are the handiwork of William E. Hitchcock.
SS Savannah, e.g., is a great place to begin your tour and appreciate Hitchcock’s handiwork. This vessel–the first steamship to cross the Atlantic--was built on the land’s edge the sixth boro.
Notice the port side of Hitchcock’s model shows the paddlewheel, but
the starboard side features a cutaway to the boiers and the paddlewheel collapsed as it would be while the vessel sailed, which was most of the time.
Another of Hitchcock’s models shows a 220′ schooner as she appeared under construction.
Notice that Forest City‘s demise–as was SS Savannah’s–happened on Fire Island.
The SSM collection also includes a Hitchcock model of USS Passaic, another product of the sixth boro–Greenpoint–although many sources, including this one from wikipedia, state its shipyard as being Greenport, 120+ miles away. Greenpoint’s Continental Iron Works also built Monitor, launched the same year as Passaic.
Back to the model at the top. The vessel Denton had been renamed SS Dessoug when it delivered Cleopatra’s Needle to NYC.
This and much more awaits you at Ships of the Sea Museum. Thanks to Jed for suggesting–half a decade ago–that I go there.
These photos–warts and all-by Will Van Dorp.
I borrow this title from an event I’d love to see more photos of, an art trip marking National Maritime Day in May 1987 and reported on here and here. What better way to leap into the future with blasts from the past, borrowing again.
My purpose in this post is to inform about a unique celebratory event at the Pratt campus in Brooklyn that will not be repeated after this week, Wednesday December 31 late into January 1 wee . . . Here are the directions: “There will be two gates open, one on the corner of Dekalb and Hall Street; the other is the main vehicle gate on Grand and Willoughby Aves. Grand Ave does probably not show on maps because there are super blocks on each side of Willoughby. Once on the campus head for the smokestack or follow the noise to the calliope. Closest subway stop is Washington\Clinton on the G train. Get out at the Washington end of the station. One block along Lafayette , turn left around the church. One block down Hall Street you will see Pratt Institute.”
Here are some of my photos of steam whistles, my tribute to steam . . .
aboard Belle of Louisville,
at the Pageant of Steam,
Or the 1933 British Navy torpedo recovery vessel Elfin.
Yes, that’s a child playing on the torpedo.
Or the 1893 Pieter Boele . . . a steam tug with a bowsprit.
Or the 1915 Hercules.
Dress warm and come bathe in the sound and steam hooked up by Conrad Milster at Pratt. I’ll see you there.
All Most photos by Will Van Dorp. The photo above is by the inimitable bowsprite, who captured steam and cold water rituals here 4 years ago.
Here was 15. The first relief crew post appeared here over seven years ago. The idea is to feature someone else’s photos and/or writing, just because so many of you see, photograph, and write such interesting stuff AND –of course–because collaboration is such powerful leaven.
All these photos today come from Birk Thomas. The event was the departure last week of CV-60 USS Saratoga–Brooklyn built–for the scrapyard. For some intriguing photos of the other end of her life, click here for this navsource site.
Signet Warhorse III is the motive force.
Not until last night did I learn that a final aircraft takeoff and landing was happening at this very moment up on her flight deck.
Warhorse . . . what a name!
Note the riding crew on the deck.
Rainbow straightens out the tow. . .
in the early minutes of the tow.
Again, many thanks to Birk Thomas for use of these photos, which not all of you have seen on Facebook.