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Springtime . . . and motion gives a renewed sense of life to the watery boro. Emerald Sea‘s been around all winter, but she’s not moved loads like this. Diner? Prefab beach buildings for post-Sandy reconstruction? Many thanks to Ashley Hutto for this shot taken along Roxbury, Queens.
Schooner Virginia left Wednesday, headed for Virginia . . . by way of Portland, Maine.
Anyone know the manufacturer of the speedboat in the foreground? In the background is Zephyr, launched 10 years ago from the Austal Shipyard in Mobile, AL . . . and Wavertree, launched 128 years ago in Southampton, UK.
I could almost imagine this boat has a bowsprit.
Smaller workboats seem more commonplace this time of year like Henry Hudson,
this Oyster Bay government boat,
an OCC vessel,
and of course the ubiquitous all-weather sludge tanker North River, frequently mentioned on this blog.
Thanks to Ashley for the first foto, and I’d love to know what that structure on the Weeks barge is. All other fotos by Will Van Dorp, who feels the urge to go somewhere too.
OK . . . I fail here. Which Moran and which McAllister are those in the Sunday morning chop?
Quick post: Shelby 1978.
Evening Tide 1970.
Jay Michael 1980 doing a re-enactment of my December 15, 2012 post here (scroll to third foto).
Long time no see . . . Superior Service 1981.
North Sea 1982.
Laura K. Moran 2008.
Resolute 1975 and Discovery Coast 2012.
All fotos taken in April by Will Van Dorp, who’s feeling it’s significant that so many of these are stern shots . . . i.e., I’m struggling to keep up today.
Friends have sent two articulating fotos from airplanes . . . one in February and the second in March showing parts of the sixth boro. Imagine the foto below as the face of a clock . . . then the VZ Bridge stretches from one to two o’clock and the eastern end of the KVK extends like a five o’clock ray. All the ship fotos in today’s post appear in this view. Note the tank farm in the middle of the foto; that’s the rounded southern tip of Bayonne. Somewhat indistinct at eleven o’clock is Governors Island, whose
northern tip is visible here at five o’clock. At the center of this view is the East River, winding its way toward the Long Island Sound. At about nine o’clock, notice the dark rectangle that in late winter is central Park. Lower Manhattan, at six o’clock is distinguished by the rougher texture creating by light and shadow of dense tall buildings. The Hudson flows from nine o’clock toward the six.
Yesterday, as I stood in Rosebank with my back to the VZ Bridge, I saw Turkish bulker Yasa Kaptan Erbil, now headeding up the Hudson. I wonder who Kaptan Erbil is/was . . . if that’s –as it sounds– a person.
A little closer to Manhattan, it was Basuto, a Stolt-managed Unicorn Shipping of South Africa-owned parcel tanker, whom I last saw in the boro a half year ago. As of this writing, Basuto still swings on the anchor at the same location.
I believe Yuka here is the first of the Fairchem tankers to appear on this blog. Tug is Lynx.
Where Yuka was, now berths Sichem Beijing, anchored outside the VZ Bridge on the weekend. Unnamed USACE vessel on her starboard side and Hoffman Island in the distance.
Yesterday morning this intriguingly named vessel docked just west of Fairchem Yuka. I’d hoped to get a foto of Atlantic Olive for some time now. Click here for more info on her, including port history for the past nine months.
And at the salt dock just across the KVK from the tank farms, it’s a fairly new 2012-launched vessel, DongHae Star.
And leapfrogging back across the KVK, it’s another Star, Palawan Star, or
maybe Overseas Palawan Star.
Behold the sixth boro speedy dynamic . . . before it changes.
All fotos, except for the aerials by BS and ST, by Will Van Dorp.
Taken about 10 days ago . .. Lyman headed south towing Sea Shuttle.
Lyman used to sport a red star on its stack.
Harry McNeal (1965) escorts Clyde, whose vintage I don’t know. Here’s a very similar scene (foto 4) from almost four years ago.
Atlantic Coast dates from 2007.
Perennial “repeater” on this blog, Gramma Lee T Moran, waiting to retrieve the pilot.
34-year-old Emerald Coast used to answer to the name Maggie Swann.
Calusa Coast first appeared here six and a half years ago.
Jill Reinauer and Kimberly Turecamo westbound in morning light.
As I went into work this morning, there was no more than 10 minutes of spectacular dawn light, before the clouds dulled it.
Here’s a first-timer for me in the sixth boro . . . Miss Emily, a saltwater member of the huge Marquette Transportation fleet. Look carefully and you’ll see she sports equipment not commonly seen here.
Zachery Reinauer was built upstate at Matton 42 years ago.
Kristy Ann Reinauer, 51 years old, offers some style hints of 1960s trucks like this one.
I’ve no idea how long Harry McNeal has worked the boro, but she was launched in Louisiana in 1965.
Ditto my question on history of Robert IV . . who launched in Louisiana in 1975.
Ruth M. Reinauer is the mother of facet tugs launched in Rhode Island around a half decade ago.
JoAnne III Reinauer, a 1970 vessel with a 2008 aluminum tower is one of the more unusual tugs in the sixth boro. For a before-after look on tugster, click here.
Finally, a 1980 Oyster Bay, NY built vessel . . . now called Siberian Sea.
And that equipment unique to Miss Emily . . . it’s this knotted rope escape system. To see this in use, look at fotos 7 and 8 in this tugster post from three years ago.
All fotos taken–with icy fingers–by Will Van Dorp, in the past few days.
But first, an orange digression leaving the Narrows this morning under the tow of Michael J. McAllister, with Resolute alongside. Is it
Senator John J. Marchi or Guy V. Molinari? These years maintenance is done in Virginia, and here are fotos from just under a year ago of Marchi at sea. Is special ballasting need to facilitate better towing of a ferry? What other preps happen before a tow like this?
The juice in this post is here, my reason for getting out at daybreak.
She and escort passed Discovery Coast at the east end of the KVK.
Turecamo Girls throws on some extra anti-skidmark gear as she escorts the juice ship.
The juice ships are my favorite, although I prefer the lines of the previous Orange Star to this newer vessel. My fotos of Orange Star fleetmates include Orange Blossom, Bebedouro, Orange Wave, and Orange Sun. I don’t believe I’ve gotten a foto of Orange Sky. An unexpected detail about these tankers is that they are managed/operated from the peerless maritime nation of Switzerland.
All fotos this morning by Will Van Dorp.
For some great fotos of lakers laid up about 500 miles from here in Sarnia, check out tugboathunter here. He found some frozen-in tugs there too.
I’ve held off moving from 99 to 100 because 100 suggested I do something special, but ultimately, I decided that random means random, so here it is. Guess the location if not the tug? It IS sixth boro. Answer at the end of the post.
Almost 30-year-old Franklin Reinauer entered the Narrows light as Sun Right departed the other day.
Less than an hour earlier, Emerald Coast (1973) overtook the same Sun Right at the turn around Bergen Point. I’ve seen Sun Round recently (although I didn’t take a foto) here but not Sun Road. Are there more in this Manila-registered series?
Note the small tug assisting with Energy 11105 barge . . .
Susan Miller (1981) meets Akinada Bridge –named for a Hiroshima bridge–at the Narrows recently.
Coho lighters G. Agamemnon. Has repainting started on any of the ex-Penn boats?
Comet (1977) heads under the Bayonne Bridge, while (?) Brian Nicholas following.
Atlantic Salvor (1976) followed Atlantic Coast (2007) into the sixth boro the other day.
Resolute (1975) escorted in Americas Spirit.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Unrelated: Does anyone know if and when Athena was scrapped?
Here was a similar foggy day in the sixth boro a few months back. AIS showed me this vessel with an auspicious name, and I figured it’d just magically turn clear if I went outside to watch. Frogma found fog more glorious than I did.
Wrong!! This is what fog looked like out there this morning. That’s Charles D. McAllister headed out to meet a huge orange containership. Somewhere off Charles D.‘s stern is the shiny new Curtis Reinauer . . . but obscured. What fog sounds like, though, is not captured here . . . low pitched blasts, penetrating yet not loud.
Up on the KVK . . . this vessel that I’d seen in port a month ago was at the dock, begging to be redubbed Foggy Venture.
Wolf River headed out as Chesapeake Coast pushed barge Chesapeake in.
R/V Seawolf passes by Sarasota on her way out as well.
Ellen McAllister joins Charles D. in assisting Rumanian-built Rio Madeira into a berth. On a clear day, this would look quite different.
FDNY M8 cruises out to the Narrows and back. Off the bow of M8, it’s Marie J. Turecamo assisting
Linda Moran over to Sarasota, where
Julia has just made a personnel call.
Cormorant throws wings up . . .when’s this going to clear?
Unrelated . . . but while I was studying AIS over coffee this morning, I saw that Ouro do Brasil was heading up Delaware Bay. Now that’s a vessel with a paint scheme I’d love to see. Anyone pass along fotos?
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who still has more Mississippi watershed fotos to share.
Take 2 . . . some the same, some different. Lynx southbound at 16:08.
Evening Star anchored at 16:09.
Christine McAllister anchored at 16:10.
Julia and Twin Tube attending Maersk Katarina at 16:13 at the 28 buoy.
Crystal Cutler heading for the Kills at 16:30.
Overseas Atalmar and bow of American Spirit at anchor . . . 16:37.
Another shot of Christine McAllister at 16:44.
Discovery Coast at 16:46.
Liberty V at 16:53 bound for Liberty Island . . . a crewboat.
Twisted #2 sign at the Battery looking toward Jersey City at 17:07.
Barbara McAllister preparing to remake the tow at 17:26.
Maserati VOR70 at the dock, heeled over for repairs, at 17:40
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
I first used this title a year ago . . . when I caught morning light in December here. Solstice time for me . . . I want there to be light, preferably the golden kind outdoors. These fotos were all taken in less than 90 minutes. Lynx was southbound,
as was Joan Turecamo, each on the far side of a barge.
Maersk Katarina and Soley-1 awaited on the hook.
Overseas Atalmar did the same, closer to the Staten Island side.
As the sun declined behind Staten’s summit, a last gleam of sunlight did its magic.
A fortunate building in Brooklyn appeared to catch fire as
sun set over beyond the Kills.
Craig Eric Reinauer headed north and
Barbara McAllister slowed up to remake the tow.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, whose batteries run low in this season when there’s a need for light . . . . If you’ve never been down at the Battery at sunset this time of year, it’s high time you treat yourself.