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The most unambiguous sign of spring is a recreational boat in the sixth boro.
Margot always ranges widely . . . . but when the Erie Canal is still closed for the season, she’s more frequently in the sixth boro.
Buchanan 12 is back doing stonework . . .
big scale. In winter I’ve not seen this. Ice preventing it maybe?
Black-hulled USCG vessels are more common in winter. I’m not sure what Sanibel (WPB 1312) was doing in town.
Another indisputable sign of spring . . . is that big sliver . . . in a vulnerable position vis-a-vis the gull.
All kidding aside, it’s an impressive boat for a guy who immigrated to the US at age 16 and got a job washing dishes . . . if that’s true. I wonder who’s taking that selfie there? Is that a selfie with a circle of friends, a huge boat, and a bridge in the background?
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
I take photos of machines that don’t float and have these to share. I used to have a Class 1 driver’s license. Hmmmm.. maybe this blog needs a new name and focus?
Harry Milkman took this photo; I’d seen a boot truck like this once but on the opposite side of I-95.
This Oshkosk was south of 30th the other day although I forget the street number.
These many wheeled configurations were in Savannah port.
This amphibious jeep was in New Orleans. Trucks have real potential for a blog of their own.
DAF Kromhout was near Rotterdam.
I love the range of challenges the operators of this truck will take on.
This International has been parked in the kudzu not quite long enough to be cocooned.
DonJon has trucks as well as tugboats. I’ve seen a Kirby truck on Richmond Terrace and can pull that out of the archives in future posts. The soil seems fertile enough if I switched focus on this blog.
This looks like an original woodie by the spokes as well as the doors.
And this . . is unique. So . . . retooling this blog I will
NOT. It is April 1 and I thought I’d entertain the idea. But then I could do a blog of wanted posters and call it thugster, one of short-muzzled dogs and call it pugster, one about a central Swiss city would be Zugster, and one for folks who fix software problems called buster. Of course, buster could also work on entomology. Plugster for plumbers, jugster for fans of moonshine, and the list would be so long I’d be paralyzed.
So I’ll maintain course and speed. Thanks to Harry for the LL Bean bootstermobile.
. . . I haven’t figured out what the shakers are yet. But of course, people are the primary movers, even for movers of people like Martha’s Vineyard Express.
There are silt movers like Stuyvesant.
And of course all manner of movers of fluids to be respected like Loya and
Red Hook and
There are movers of boxes like Vega and
Josephine K. Miller, who can do local moves for cargo boxed or bundled or . . . other.
There could be a category of movers of movers like this and
direct movers and
Maybe I should spend some time today trying to figure out who the shakers are. All photos recently by Will Van Dorp, who was being given a tour of traffic in San Francisco Bay and noticed this interesting assemblage of names of movers.
James Turecamo built 1969 . . . in my first 2015 photo of her. In the dry dock directly between James and the WTC, it’s MSC Harry L. Martin.
It’s the classic 1965 built Bushey-built Cheyenne. Here she was in Oswego in June 2014 about to head into the Great Lakes, making her a truly anadromous vessel.
Miriam Moran built 1979.
Bruce A. McAllister . . . built in 1974.
Ruby M . . . built in Oyster Bay in 1967.
Robbins Reef . . . 1953
with entourage that may have salvaged the white fiberglass boat on the barge.
And the current Fells Point, Maryland built in 2014.
Photos of both vessels Fell Point come thanks to Allen Baker. All others by Will Van Dorp.
I hope it ends soon. Of course, ice is just a part of the sixth boro cycle. See the ice photos here from 2009. Enjoy these shots from the last day of February 2015. But for the hot days sure to come later this year, how about this tall tale of Meagan Ann traveling through the icebergs of New York. In her early years, Meagan Ann operated in Alaskan waters.
APL Coral . . . Oakland, CA-registered, must be named for cold water species.
The Bravest heads out on cold water patrol. See more about Bravest in this article by Peter Marsh.
M/V Miss Ellis, built by Blount in 1991, has likely used ice before today to scrape growth from its hull.
North River . . . has sludge to move around the harbor.
Zim QingDao appeared previously–with a surprise on the bridge wing–here.
And these ferries keep running despite the ice.
Molinari sets up the ultimate sixth boro tall tale image, beautifully created by Scott Lobaido.
I saw the image below on the ferry, and if you want it, you can order it here. I’ve never met Scott, but I love this lithograph.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Here was 4. Pairings suggest to me springtime, and I certainly am ready for that to happen.
Here a blindingly cold blue Meagan Ann departs the Kills with a team of scows
Cape Sally and Cape Heane. Are there really capes by these names?
From back in January . . . it’s Chesapeake 1000 towed into the Kills by
Mary Alice and tailed by
Non-matching but a pair nonetheless here is Paul Andrew and Liberty V.
And since this post seems to be sticking to the color blue, here’s a pair I took a photo of midMay last year… Emily Ann driving Crow‘s last ride.
And although red . . . Little Bear and bigger sister Bear . . . has anyone recently gotten a photo of them you could share here?
To end on a blue note . . . does anyone ave photos of Atlantic Salvor in its current Caribbean context?
All photos here by Will Van Dorp.
Storm Juno was all hyperbole in the five boros . . . not as harsh as in eastern Long Island and southern New England, but it was cold the day after. Nevertheless, Mary Alice and Cheyenne were hard at work,
as was Mister Jim.
The same is true for Barbara McAllister and
Buchanan 1 was at work.
The government boats were out like Liberty V and
Of course, cold means demand for fuel . . and Matthew Tibbetts was moving it , as
was Crystal Cutler.
Joyce D. Brown was moving the railroad and
Treasure Coast had a barge astern headed south. Anyone know what cargo was/will be in the barge?
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who went out to see the sights after the storm.
Frances . . . built on Long Island in 1957 looked quite happy yesterday. She languished a few years a decade ago, but she’s now shiny and back at work. Click here and scroll through to see Frances as I first saw her in faux-wood paint. Here are the basics on her.
Cheyenne, a Brooklyn-built Bushey tug from 1965, is a veteran of the canal, as seen here and here. In the second link, she’s house down ducking underneath the bridge in Sylvan Beach with scows bound for the sixth boro. Here she was this past summer in Oswego after traversing the canal east to west and Lake Erie bound.
Also, some photos I took yesterday of Thomas D. Witte, built in Louisiana in 1961. Her air draft now precludes her operating on the canal.
For more canallers, click here.
Thank the verizon gods for internet service after a few more days’ drought. Click here for previous snowy posts.
I think today was the snowiest day yet in the sixth boro. So I hope you enjoy watching Orange Ocean emerge from the “particle fog.”
I missed Donjon’s Yankee leave town this morning, but I did catch Marie J Turecamo pivot Stolt Capability. Click here to see tug fax photo of Yankee in Halifax a few day back. Please get in touch if you got any Yankee photos .. . I’m that kind of a Yankee fan.
MOL Expeditor remianed in the Lower Bay anchorage for some time after losing power on the outbound run last night. Losing power in the narrow Ambrose Channel must be a terrifying experience.
Like I said earlier, I missed Yankee, but I caught Frances coming in the Narrows, and passing a vessel with the unlikely name . . .
Neverland Dream. I include a link here just in case you don’t believe me.
All photos today by Will Van Dorp, who is not certain of internet service from one day to the next.
I know vessels are just machines, but I prefer to anthropomorphize them, and thus miss them when they go. On this transition day, I want to acknowledge some vessels that I’d come to enjoy seeing but will now transition away .
Scotty Sky is a Blount design, launched as L. G. Laduca in 1960. I took the photo in January 2011. Click here for a photo of this vessel operating on Lake Erie.
Patrick Sky is also a Blount design, launched as L. G. LaDuca II in 1966. Click here for info on her other names and identities. Both were built for West Shore Fuel of Buffalo, NY, and named for the family of company president, Charles G. Laduca. Click here to see a 150′ version of these Blount boats. Click here to see an interesting but totally unrelated and now scrapped vessel called West Shore . . . fueling a steamer with coal.
Capt. Log is the smallest and newest of the now timed-out single-hulled tankers in the sixth boro. Click here for the recent Professional Mariner article on this vessel.
The three above vessels are still fully functional tonight, phased out notwithstanding. Crow, seen here in a photo from September 2011, was scrapped this year in the same location where
Kristin Poling, another single-hulled tanker seen here in a photo I took in March 2010, was scrapped two years ago. Click here for a number of the posts I did on Kristin.
Out with the old . . . in with the new, mostly because we have no choice, as time sprints on.
All photos here by Will Van dorp.