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Time to recapitulate the “go west” journey and post the many photos of tugboats I’ve omitted . . . .
Passing Senesco, we saw Buckley McAllister approaching us; I photographed the boat as someone there photographed us. I’m not sure which Reinauer tug that is in the background.
Over by the Circle Line pier, it’s–well–Miss Circle Line, a reinvention of a Matton tug launched in 1955 and previously called Betsy. Thanks to Paul Strubeck for reading the name board lettering here before it’s applied . . . That was a joke, but thanks, Paul.
James William moves stone Mississippi River style down the sixth boro into the gargantuan building site encompassing the other five boros.
Near 79th Street, this unidentified tug was supporting a pier project.
Along the Palisades north of the GW Bridge, Comet pushed Eva Leigh Cutler.
And Miss Yvette moved a scow not far from where
Carolina Coast waited for her sugar barge to be emptied into the maw of the Domino plant in Yonkers.
All photos by will Van Dorp, who hopes to see you at the screening of Graves of Arthur Kill at the the Staten Island ferry terminal on August 13.
Is it Jonathan C Moran, which arrived in the sixth boro at some point in the past month?
Actually, as of now, it IS Jack T Moran, which arrived via the East River
yesterday afternoon, and will be christened along with Jonathan C, in a double ceremony at noon today.
More soon. All photos by Will Van Dorp.
I should use this title more often, given the frequent renewal of robust industry in the sixth boro of NYC, but here is the previous usage.
The first six photo here comes from Jonathan Steinman, taken on June 13. The Donjon tugs has delivered Chesapeake 1000 to a point just off Rockefeller University’s campus to prepare for lifting prefabricated modules for Rockefeller’s River Campus.
Step one for Donjon is to secure the gargantuan crane.
Then Atlantic Salvor moves into place to
receive the massive anchors, a job that Salvor
may be IS uniquely qualified to perform.
The yellow lighted buoys mark the anchors’ positions.
By the time I got there on June 17, sans camera other than phone, several of the modules had already been lifted from the waterborne transport into the locations where they’ll stay for a very long time. See time lapse of the installation of modules 1 and 2 on youtube here.
A dozen more modules will still be lifted when
water, tidal, and atmospheric conditions allow.
And many thanks to Jonathan for use of his photos and information about the project. Next time, I’ll bring my good camera.
Previous sights to behold there can be found here.
Here was a clue that a ship was headed this way.
The next three photos here come from Roger Munoz, high atop the 74th St ConEd plant.
That’s Roosevelt Island on the other side, at the southern tip of which i waited.
Here the training ship passes under the 59th Street Bridge,
and past the Empire State Building . . .
escorted by a fireboat and
two McAllister tugboats.
Some of the cadets who made this journey last summer are already employed as professional mariners today. And somewhat related, any guesses how long ago this particular T/S Empire State, the VI, was launched? Click here for info on her former life. To see some dramatic shots of the knife edge cutting through the middle of the Atlantic, click here. If you’re impatient, jump ahead to the 3-minute mark.
Thanks much to Roger Munoz, a SUNY grad, for the three photos from high atop the East River.
And here is a time lapse gif of ES VI passing, thanks to Rand Miller.
I’ve done posts about the East River, like these, and I’ve done a post at least about canyons, but it’s never struck me as vividly as right now how much this part of the East River is like a canyon. These too are images of the varied sixth boro.
HMS Liberty pushes east past the cliffs before entering the terrifyingly-named Hell Gate. Click here for the youtube video that periodically surfaces about a barge grounding in Hell Gate and then skillfully extricated. Here and here are some discussions of that name . . . originally “beautiful opening.”
Sea Lion pushes a recycling barge up toward the Bronx River, I think, with
Dorothy J alongside, until
she makes the turn in the direction of the Harlem River, where the E. 91st marine transfer station–I think–is being built. It’s been a long time since I’ve walked around up there.
And finally . . . it’s Mister T pushing scows eastbound and under the 59th Street Bridge. And the aerial tramway to . . . the sixth boro’s ski slopes? Here’s the website for the operator . . . Leitner-Poma. But I digress.
At the right times of tide, the waterway between Roosevelt Island and Manhattan Island move a lot of cargo.
All photos this week by Will Van Dorp.
The sixth boro tidal strait typical known as the East River, surrounded as it is by impressive urbanity, is nonetheless a significant waterway. These photos today come from Jonathan Steinman, as did these of Ginga Lion, a 507′ loa vessel.
But Jonathan was surprised–as was I when I got his photos– to see ATB Freeport travel through the strait last week, even though New London, its destination, is closer by the “inside” route than by the alternative outside of Long Island, which it followed on the return. The tape says the tug is 144′ loa and the barge–Chemical Transporter— is 521.’ While tug and barge are notched, the combined length of the units exceeds that of similar large units operated on this strait by Kirby, Bouchard, and Reinauer. For what that’s worth. Here’s some backstory on Freeport‘s costly construction.
Thanks to Jonathan for these photos.
Given today’s date, the reference above to Lion, and the beautiful weather outside in NYC, I need to link to this lamb post from a year and a half ago.
Here are previous posts in this series.
These photos come thanks to Jonathan Steinman, who keeps vigil on the East River. Here, he reports from a week ago, “construction of Rockefeller University’s River Campus continues apace … see Susan Miller guiding a barge and crane into position.”
While the day passes, Paul Andrew (?) comes by with a recycling barge, I believe. Here’s an interesting article by David Gelles on the effect tumbled oil prices have had on the recycling business.
And that’s Kimberly Poling . . . but has her color scheme changed back slightly? Or just snow in my eyes?
And on a day when the sixth boro is seeing single digit temperatures, I know it’s inhuman to post these next two photos. I took them about three weeks ago in this location, where I started my sailing project. Any guesses?
Here’s a shot I took about a mile south of the previous photo.
Answer tomorrow. Meanwhile, if you need warming up, here’s my tribute to today . . . .
Thanks to Jonathan for the first three photos; Will Van Dorp took the last two.
Know this water, more of a waterway than a harbor? The distant buildings are a clue. See the one just left of the center of bridge center, needle thin?
Here’s another clue . . . the structure near the right side of the photo, like an old time gas station pump?
Or this one left of the crane, looking like the business end of a blue crab whose pincers are down?
Or this wreck? What WAS this boat? I’ve asked a million people who all say they also asked a million people. Anyone know?
And seriously, the first photo showed the Throgs Neck Bridge, the second the LaGuardia airport traffic tower, and the third . . . Arthur Ashe stadium. The photo above with the mystery wreck in the Whitestone Bridge . .. the second one in when you travel from Long Island Sound into . . . the East River
And that needle thin tower in 432 Park, said to be the tallest residential building in the hemisphere. Click here for views from the tallest bathtub in that building. And in the foreground of the photo below, truly a place of superlatives . . . . Rikers Island, i.e., one of the largest incarceration places in the world. No gunk holing is tolerated anywhere near this place.
By now, most of you know this is the East River and we’re traveling west. Here the DEP sludge tanker Red Hook prepares to depart the Hunt’s Point wastewater treatment plant. Click here for some tugster posts on treating waste and keeping sixth boro waters as clean as possible despite the teeming millions that live along the banks of these waters. And if you’ve never read my Professional Mariner story on the latest generation of these tankers, you can do so here.
Between Rikers and Hunts Point, there are the North and South Brother Islands; see my post from South Brother here from a long time ago. The safer channel goes around the north of North Brother, but in daylight, most vessels can shoot between the two.
A “night wharf” on Wards Island for the sludge tankers lies here just east of the Hell Gate and RFK bridges there.
This strait–between Roosevelt Island and the upper east side of Manhattan–in the tidal strait that’s known as the East River can see some fast currents. Somewhere off to the right is the vantage point Jonathan Steinman takes his East river pics from.
This is not a cargo pier. These vessels are repairing the bulk heading.
Anyone know the identity of these two “houses” nestled up there in the eastisde of Manhattan cliffs?
These barges called the Water Club . . . I’ve never been there. Any personal reviews?
Newtown Creek awaits its fate here at a dock in Wallabout Bay right across
from the rock wharf where Alice Oldendorff has discharged millions of tons of crushed rock over the years.
After we duck under the Brooklyn Bridge, we near the end of the East River,
where South Street Seaport Museum has been fighting the noble fight to
preserve ships and the upland including the wharves.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
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.
Here are the previous installments.
Rare as it is to see a chemical tanker traverse the East River, there’s no mystery about this vessel’s identity… Ginga Lion. For outatowners, the bridge goes by Koch Bridge, 59th Street Bridge, or Queensboro Bridge.
These photos were taken last Wednesday–October 21–by Jonathan Steinman, frequent contributor of photos from along that tidal strait, which is not really a river.
So here’s the mystery . . . or at least the question. Given the Jones Act, how can this vessel make the stops it does. On this run, it was traveling from Bayonne to Port Jeff, and as of this writing, she’s on her way to New Orleans. Prior ports of call and dates are as follows: 10/8 Gibraltar, 9/10 Pasir Gudang Malaysia, 9/4 Kuala Tanjung Indonesia, 8/18 Nantong China, 8/17 Zhangiagang China, 6/22 Houston.
Ginga Lion is clearly a foreign flagged chemical tanker.
I suspect the answer is that she’s not transferring cargo from one US port to another, just loading or offloading at a series of US stops, which I understand would be permissible. Anyone clarify?
Many thanks to Jonathan for keeping eyes on the East River and sending along the question and photos.