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One of my (formerly) secret heroes is Guy Noir, secret because I may be revealing too much about myself in admitting that. But life’s too short to care about drivel like that. Noir has an office on the 20th floor of the Acme Building in a “city that knows how to keep its secrets,” yet each week a different mysterious woman seems to find him in quest of a favor. So imagine this as a view from Noir’s Portsmouth VA office around 1600 hrs . . . on the last night of the year. It’s rainy but warm and all the creeks feeding into the estuary course in, with color and warmth of some old coffee . . . I was last here, though on the river then, about six weeks ago here. And notice the hammerhead crane to the right. Here’s
the deal. But I’ll come back to this history stuff later.
For now, this is a record of the last night of the year, what my parents used to call “old years night.”
In the fading light, there’s Michael J. McAllister, another McA (Nancy??) behind it, Camie, and a trio of Robbins Maritime minis called Thunder, Lightning, and Squall. AND if you look carefully beyond the McAllister tugs, you’ll see Dann Ocean’s Neptune and the Colonna Shipyard, where a Staten Island ferry is being overhauled. Click here for previous posts referring to Colonna.
In the driving rain as the last hours of the year ebb away, Vane tug Chatham heads south; the oil must move . . . . even when the postal stream sleeps.
Shadows . . . on a rainy night paint the river. And under the “tent” inside
And so ended 2015 for me . . . not a low-flying aircraft but a high flying window perch.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, private and public eye.
The bridge still looks familiar to someone from the 1930s, although I’d love to see photos of Shooters from then, and
of course the bridge is getting unfamiliar.
Ellen McAllister and Specialist way in the distance are familiar, as
is Port Elizabeth, so
no doubt about it, this is Mariner’s Harbor . . . stern to Richmond Terrace, the mark in the foreground with Capt. Willie Landers in the middle and Maersk Denver over in Port Elizabeth.
All photos here by Will Van Dorp.
Related: Is this the story of Capt. Willie Landers’ namesake?
This is day 8 of the GHP&W series, so let me break pattern a bit. If you missed the beginning, GHP&W is not a law firm; it’s abbrev for “gunk holes, harbors, ports, and wharves.” I haven’t dusted off any wharves yet, but two-thirds of the months still lie ahead.
The story here is that TS Kings Pointer was out serving as a training platform and not at Kings Point, although there was a potential meeting somewhere south along our track to Portsmouth, VA.
Mile 1, 0738 Wednesday, heading for the Throg’s Neck Bridge.
0756. Passing SUNY Maritime and TS Empire State. Click here for photos from her summer sea term 2015.
0804, Robert Burton, a Norfolk boat.
0907, Mary Gellatly with a sand scow at the southern tip of Governors Island.
1017, Romer Shoal Light and Coney Island.
1517, Capt. Willie Landers northbound off Beach Haven, I think.
1612, FV Jonathan Ryan and tug Pops in the distance.
1618, entering a grid marked “numerous scientific buoys.”
1657 off Atlantic City, with unidentified tug and barge
1740 and about to switch watch.
Thursday, 0852, looking north into the Chesapeake after going wide around Fisherman Island.
0910 . . . it’s the current TS Kings Pointer, ex-Liberty Star. . .
. . . heading along Virginia Beach
before turning northward toward Long Island Sound. Her former sister ship–Freedom Star–was in the area but we did not see her.
Meanwhile, we head north into the Thimble Shoal Channel Tunnel and into port, which you can follow tomorrow. And that tug and crane barge in the distance . . . survey work for new infrastructure or maintenance dredging?
All photos by Will Van Dorp, with thanks to the USMMA Sailing Foundation for inviting me to crew in winter relocation for Tortuga. It was a smooth trip.
The first photos here comes from John Jedrlinic, who took the one immediately below in Norfolk in August. So far as I know, Julie Anne has not yet seen the sixth boro.
I’m also not sure A. J. McAllister has seen the sixth boro. Believe it or not, A. J. dates from 2003, built in Panama City, FL. Jed snapped this shot as she passed USS Bulkely. Unknowable from the Oct. 16, 2015 photo, the tight light on A. J. was attached to bulker New Spirit.
Can you guess this one?
It’s a nicely tidied up Quenames, New England bound.
Charles A has been in the harbor since at least this summer.
Coming in out of the rising sun, it’s Marie J. Turecamo and Kirby Moran.
And headed in that direction, it’s Elizabeth McAllister.
Now let’s size down . . . Robbins Reef is 42.4 ‘ loa,
Helen Paker is 39′,
and Ava Jude is 25′ . . .
This last photo I can’t identify, although I count at least four crew. Photo comes thanks to Phil Little.
Thanks to Jed and Phil for the first and last photos here; all the others are by Will Van Dorp.
The work on the first US offshore wind farm is becoming visible from Block Island, these taken from Monhegan Bluffs.
There is one . . .
no . . two
actually five bases emerging from the waters,
each in a different state of completion.
Here Stephanie Dann tows a barge with three further elaborations of bases. A barge passed through the sixth boro two months ago, as shown here.
Here’s a vessel I’d like to see close up . . . L/B Robert. Each of those legs is 335′ long, allowing it to place them on the ocean floor in water as deep as 280 feet. Click here for more info on the self-propelled L/B Robert.
Click here for more ongoing news about the project from the Block Island Times.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Jay Michael comes thanks to Bjoern Kils of NY Media Boat. I’m not sure why I’ve “deep freezed” these photos since April.
I caught this photo of Lynx leaving for the Commonwealth a few weeks ago.
Notice the curved panel atop the front of the wheelhouse?
It’s an open upper nag station. Check out the controls. Ever used?
Her tow had an interesting name for a barge.
Recognize this boat from the mast?
For something really different, here are two clips from youtube.
And second, on Kettenschleppers, toueurs, or chain tugs . . . the video is not English but you can get the drift in two minutes or less. They’re used in long unventilated tunnels which would fill with fumes if combustion engines were used.
With many thanks to a friend up on the Erie Canal, it’s ex-Bear, journeying toward the west as Elizabeth Anna. I suspect she might head for Lockport, rather than Oswego, so maybe someone will confirm they’ve seen her after turning to starboard or port at Three Rivers. Here some years ago was part of the rest of her fleet.
She seems small by current sixth boro standards, but not here. Anyone know the location? Answer follows.
Thanks to Mark “woodywud” Woods, here’s Colonel, not a common sight up river, although that could change.
So the top two photos were taken at Sylvan Beach NY, east end of Oneida Lake, a popular stopping point along the Erie Canal. Thanks to Jim and Mark for sending these photos. The Brown photos are by me, Will Van Dorp.
Bananas. An accident? One waiting to happen?
Actually, besides being tasty and nutritious, they are a non-polluting lubricant to the rails. All but the last photo here come from Jeff Anzevino, who captured Thursday’s launch of the latest barge up at Feeney Shipyard on the Rondout up in Kingston. Click here for some of Jeff’s photos used previously in this blog.
I’m not sure who took this photo, which I took from Jeff’s FB stream, but it shows Jeff in the small green and white boat to the left taking the photo above. The dramatic shot was taken from the Walkway over the Hudson.
Here’s Fred Johannsen light.
The photo below–taken from the Walkway– shows Ocean Tower delivering framework for the new TZ Bridge.
And the same tugboat and cargo, here taken by Mark Woody Woods.
Many thanks to Jeff and to Mark for use of their photos, which iId seen on FB, which I know some of you don’t do.
Ocean Tower passes the tow of Wavertree, aka “ocean wanderer.”
At the east end of Caddell Dry Dock.
Joyce D., no longer the newest Brown boat.
Between Atlantic Salt and Caddell.
In the Morris Canal.
At the southwest end of Shooters aka Mariners Harbor.
On the Shooters Island end of the Bayonne Bridge.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
A video of the welcome of Half Moon now in Hoorn.
A fun 8-minute 7-day trip from the Hudson River to the Thousand Islands via the Erie Canal, with ALL the locks!
A less-professional video of the arrival of Half Moon in Hoorn, but showing music by the Musiek Boot, delightful man of the waters, Reinier Sijpkens, (click here and scroll) who entertained here in the sixth boro six years ago.
Let’s start with two from New York Media Boat. Can you identify this vessel?
It’s Jay Michael, on a foggy morning last week. She’s headed to the dredge over by the passenger terminal.
Eileen McAllister last appeared in this blog –I think–over six years ago here.
Here’s Laura K. Moran doing what she does. Anyone have an ETA of the next Moran assist tug arrival?
Ocean Tower has been towing and towering elsewhere these past few years.
Here’s Caitlin Ann, a new entry in the containerized garbage hauling?
Caitlin Ann first appeared here nearly seven years ago as Vivian L. Roehrig.
And closing today’s post, Evening Star.
The first two photos by Bjoern Kils. All others by Will Van Dorp.