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Here is the index of posts from two years ago showing an older Jersey City and environs.

All of the following photos/collages come compliments of Pam Hepburn, master of the 1907 tug Pegasus aka  “Peg” and the godmother of the Pegasus Preservation Project.  Many posts devoted to Peg can be found here.

In the collage below taken from atop a crane,  you are looking east from a midpoint in the Morris Canal.  The Twin Towers serve as a reference, as does the Statue of  Liberty to the right horizon.  Pam has included text, which I will not duplicate.  She mentions the white vessel Chauncey M. Depew, which you can see here.  Also mentioned is the M/T Mary Gellatly;  here is another–I believe–Gellatly tanker. Today marinas fill the canal, the north side is largely built up, and the south side is Liberty Landing State Park.

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This photo was taken from the same crane but looking west.

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Taken on the north side of the canal and near the border with Hoboken, here was new life springing forth.  More photos of this new life soon.

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Many thanks to Pamela Hepburn for use of these photos.

And thanks to all who commented on the captions yesterday.  This morning when I opened wordpress to prepare this post, the captioning option was nowhere to be seen.  Oh, the mystery of software!!

 

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Recognize the actor/character gazing into the dry dock at Ocean Wrestler?  When I saw this on a streaming rerun–whatever you’d call it now–I suspected the name Ocean Wrestler was a prop added for the show.  More on that later.  According to the script, this was a dry dock in Norfolk, but in fact it was filmed in North Vancouver for release in 1995.  Got it figured out?

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Here’s another screen grab . . . season 3 episode 9 of

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the X-Files.  Here’s the episode info.

I’m a lifelong fan of sci-fi and X-Files is one of the few TV shows of any sort I’ve watched in my life.  But enough of that.

So the name was real for the early mid-1990s.  The vessel was launched in Oostend, Belgium in 1972 as Wrestler.  The name evolution since then goes like this:  renamed Ocean Wrestler in 1989 until 1996, then Hadisangsuria until 1998 when it reverted to Ocean Wrestler until 2011, then Malysh until May 2014, and supposedly is still operating as Kunduz.  The whole story and specs can be found here.

My reaction to the top photo is delight in thinking that FBI Agent Mulder may admire the lines of this ocean wrestler as much as I do.

No photos by Will Van Dorp, who is grateful to the unnamed photographers of the X-Files series.   Turn the volume up and enjoy the theme music here.

The first four photos come with many thanks to Bonnie frogma, the intrepid “river rat” who’s currently devoting lots of time to preparations for arrival to the sixth boro of Hokule’a.  I know nothing about this particular Lil Toot.

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Bonnie took these photos on Jamaica Bay.  Note the cliffs of Manhattan in the distance.

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Emily I believe is the 1961 built 35-footer.   Bonnie first posted photos of Emily here.

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I took this photo last weekend.  I’ve seen 70′ Wollochet on AIS, but here’s my first view of her crossing sixth boro center stage.

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What this appears like notwithstanding, I think the local boat under 40′ is called Miss Julia.

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Here’s one of the half-century-plus-old WYTLs on the far side of Robbins Reef Light recently, one of the tools the USCG chooses for ice-breaking in the wintery Hudson.  Click here and scroll through to see a WYTL making ice cubes a half decade back.

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Mako III is a 45′ tug the same age as I am.

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Last but certainly not least, Allan Seymour sent this along from the Miami River, and I have no idea about a name or a story.  Anyone help out?

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Many thanks to Bonnie and Allen for some of these photos.   If you’ve wondered about the name frogma, read this.

Unrelated and sad news just passed along by Michele.  Remember this post and this one about goats at the Narrows?  Here was my first contact.

Here’s the sad news.  Here’s the marketing concept.

 

 

Yesterday’s post showed a larger than average container vessel in the sixth boro, CMA CGM Pacific Link.  That post prompted Allen Baker to send along photos he took last month in San Francisco. Pacific Link‘s teu capacity was just over 8000;  CMA CGM Margrit‘s teu capacity is 13,102.

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CMA CGM Margrit used to be MSC Margrit.  Her dimensions in feet are 1202 x 158.  If you count the containers across the stern, you’ll see she carries 19 across, compared with 17 for Pacific Link and 14 for President Truman.

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I’ve tried unsuccessfully to find the air draft on this vessel.  Anyone help?

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One of the assist boats here is Delta Billie, 6700 hp.

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All photos by Allen Baker.

Here’s the index.  Here and here are some from far enough back that you can note change on the sixth boro.

Any ideas on the photo below?  I believe that’s Robert Burton in the background?

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Here’s the rest of that image.  The two photos come from Bjoern Kils of New York Media Boat, which has the story on their blog here.

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This photo comes from Ashley Hutto, and shows what I would deem a risky rowing feat over between the tanker Fidias and unseen a barge landing at Bayonne.

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I’ll have more Pacific Link photos tomorrow, but the crewman in yellow jacket and orange hat no doubt circles the globe like some of us circle the town.

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Count them . . . three crew members standing watch.

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Three fire fighters on M4, one of

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four FDNY RIBs out on training.

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I didn’t see the crewman at this point, but I heard him banging on metal structure with a crowbar . . . there under the third row back.

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there.

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Still see him?  I still heard his banging.

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Greetings to the Shelby crew pushing scows northbound.

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Driftmaster crew make a visual assessment of floating debris.

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Way up high there on Torino . . . crew with a white apron, that’s not something you see every day.

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Hail to the chef!

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Here a crewman contemplates the state of the universe from the afterdeck of Laura K Moran.

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Harvesting goes on in the springtime boro.

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Crew of Stolt Sapphire pose for pics on the stern of their parcel tanker as the skyline of Manhattan cliffs passes by.

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And here’s a good bookend to this post, which could otherwise go on and on.  Best wishes to Team Ocean Valour . . .

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All photos unless otherwise attributed by Will Van Dorp.   Thanks to Bjoern and Ashley for their photos.

 

 

Soon I hope the sixth boro will see more of Cable Queen, a vintage vessel with staying power, workability beyond the half century mark.  We saw Giulio Verne, an updated version of the Cable Queen here three and a half years ago.    So what’s this?

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Nexus mission is to lay cable/pipe, especially in wind farms applications, an enterprise in which European companies are deeply invested.

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Bound for sea about the same time was

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Ndurance, a slightly smaller vessel in the same trade as Nexus.

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I’m fascinated by national differences in adoption of new technologies, like marine renewable energy sources.  Click here to see the number of functioning European offshore wind farms.   Europe –2080;  US–0000.

Many thanks to Jan Oosterboer for these photos, taken last week, and to Fred Trooster for sending them.

Here’s the index to the previous posts in this series.

Self-unloaders are not unheard of in the sixth boro;  in fact, some of my favorite vessels like here, here, and here . . . I’ve followed them.  Here’s a link to the Oldendorff site showing how the self-unloaders work.    Rt Hon Paul E. Martin is named for this politician from our neighbors to the north.

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Traveling through those same waters . . . MSC Monica.

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A few days before the Martin, Ultra Colonsay was replenishing the pile at Atlantic Salt.

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Other vessels calling in the sixth boro recently include Vladimir,

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Sypress escorted by Marie J. Turecamo, 

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Atlantic Compass passing by Joyce D. Brown, leaving an ominous sky to the west

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and finally Torino.  This photo was taken by regular contributor John “Jed” Jedrlinic, who–in addition to being a great raconteur, took

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a photo of this ne’er do weel.

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Besides the two photos by Jed, all photos were taken by Will Van Dorp.

Call this Simone at the “7” in the sixth boro. Bound for sea.

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A large part of what drives my continuing this blog is the satisfaction of trying to capture the magic of the traffic in NYC’s harbor, what I call the sixth boro.  And some boats and companies conjure more magic than others in my very suggestible mind.  But take Simone, she ‘s not a new boat–1970-launched–but consider her recent itinerary:  a year ago she had just returned from Senegal, and a year and half ago she had traversed the Panama Canal at least twice and made trips to California and Hawaii.   I’m impressed by that.  This is why I left the farm all those years ago.

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To digress just slightly, here’s a photo of Simone one day earlier than the ones I’ve taken.  Birk Thomas of tugboat information.com took this.  This photo was taken just west of the Bayonne Bridge–looking south– and shows better than any photo I’ve seen the immense progress that’s being made of the raising of the Bayonne Bridge roadbed.

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Meanwhile, enjoy the rest of these photos of Simone, here heading out with MSC Monica a smallish and oldish container vessel.

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I’d be thrilled to get a job on a Tradewinds vessel, but for now I can watch Simone pass by and say “ah.”

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Thanks to Birk for the photo already attributed, and all the others by Will Van Dorp, who says “ah.”

Here was a post from a year and a half ago when I missed Miss Lis.

As for Ipanema in the links above, I’ve been there, and here was the first of 25 posts from there.

 

Let’s start with two from New York Media Boat.  Can you identify this vessel?

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It’s Jay Michael, on a foggy morning last week.  She’s headed to the dredge over by the passenger terminal.

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Eileen McAllister last appeared in this blog –I think–over six years ago here.

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Here’s Laura K. Moran doing what she does.  Anyone have an ETA of the next Moran assist tug arrival?

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Ocean Tower has been towing and towering elsewhere these past few years.

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Here’s Caitlin Ann, a new entry in the containerized garbage hauling?

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Caitlin Ann first appeared here nearly seven years ago as Vivian L. Roehrig.

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And closing today’s post, Evening Star.

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The first two photos by Bjoern Kils.  All others by Will Van Dorp.

 

Here were 1 and 2.  And leading up to the sinking in 2014, here are some old photos.

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And then January 16, 2014.  The next few photos by Bjoern Kils, of NYMedia Boat.

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Here was her sonar signature, as her exact location of sinking was marked.  Photo from Bjoern.

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A nameless salt sent in this photo.

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And by early February 2014, the boat was brought back to the air . . . rise again.  Photo below by Orlando Martinez.

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March 2014, and the rehab had begun, if only the preliminaries to rehab.  And a lifesaving award was granted.

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During the summer, there were some articles like this one in Professional Mariner magazine.

And by November 2014, Sea Lion looked like this.  Notice the funnel on the ground.

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In February 2015, the funnel was in place and hull coatings applied.

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By mid March, her externals looked ready to return to the water.

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And then yesterday, about two weeks after she splashed back in, she was at work pushing a barge

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through the Buttermilk Channel.

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If you need a soundtrack, try this.  Bravo, Sea Lion.

Photos not otherwise attributed by Will Van Dorp.

If you’re wanting to see the sixth boro, New York Media Boat is an excellent way to do it.

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