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I’ve done lots of fishing posts, mostly about this unlikely estuary, where I’ve never fished.
Here’s Virginia Sue heading past Sakizaya Champion and out
the Narrows. By the way, I’m planning a post on that fort in the distance some day soon.
Dutch Girl is a regular here,
as is the unlikely named but frequently seen Eastern Welder.
Speaking of fishing, here’s my most recent Professional Mariner story on a group of guys who catch-and-release great big white fish.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Here and here are some related posts from six years ago. And why not another about a boat I’ve not noticed yet this year, Miss Callie; keep in mind, I’ve not been out that much myself.
If you squint, you can almost imagine Ellen McAllister is out at sea, with a big blue sky beyond her. But that blue is
also Maersk blue; to know how to create that blue, read through this thread and you’ll get the mix. And this name . . . I couldn’t get the echo “sheer maerskness” out of my brain. There’s also this port town by that name.
It’s fishing season in the sixth boro again, and here Eastern Welder is at work as
Kimberly (oops!) JenniferTurecamo tows Portland out toward the Lower Bay. It looks like Timothy Reinauer farther off.
Also, in the anchorage at that moment, were Weddell Sea with DBL 83,
launch Grace D, Mediterranean Sea with DBL 84,
Dylan Cooper, Joanne III, and Matthews Tibbetts.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
ooops, new pigs, there must have been an incident.
A little background . . . . A conductor of the The Timbuctoo, Khartoum & Western Railway Marching Band & Chowder Society emailed me yesterday about what they said was “strange small boat activity” just north of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument. Since I was in the area, I thought I’d check it out, and what I saw would be
considered at very least unorthodox nets on small boats, now that we are in harbor “fishing” season. Pannaway is dredging for critters, I believe, although I’m puzzled by her New Hampshire registration, if I’m not mistaken.
See the rig with “sock” skimming the surface?
These rigs are designed to soak up stuff that should not be in the water, as opposed to critters that find it acceptable habitat.
responding to spills is one of them.
The news had nothing I could find, but I’m guessing
Again, thanks to the good conductor for the tip.
All photos and speculation by Will Van Dorp, whose already taken but too few rides on the Timbuctoo, Khartoum & Western Railway.
An added plus of my trip here was to have another look at Soldiers and Sailors Monument, which I’ll feature in an upcoming post.
A news story I read this morning prompts this continuing of the critters series. I link to the story at the end of this post. All the following photos I’ve taken since September, and filed away until I feel there’s a story. Let’s start here in a New Jersey marsh creek,
go to the North Fork,
more of the KVK,
still more there,
and finally to the freshwater in the Erie Canal.
All critter photos by Will Van Dorp.
By the time you read this, I should already be in Quebec, and once we get under way, we’ll reverse the trip I began six weeks ago in NYC’s sixth boro here. From Quebec City we travel up the Saint Lawrence, up as in upstream. The waterway is truly beautiful, and although I have defined tasks on the ship, I get to spend a lot of time watching .
The photo below I took from the NE corner of Lake Ontario looking toward the port of Oswego.
From the Lake, we cut in at Oswego via the Canal, bypass all the fishing, and
make our way via the grand canal back to saltwater.
Here’s the 1899 Buffalo-built steam tug Geo E. Lattimer (loa 59′ x 16′ x 4.5′) exiting the low side of Lock 17.
Given the pain of finding enough of a signal to post, I can’t tell you when and what you’ll see next.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, including the photos of photos from Canal signage.
As we follow the west side of Lake Michigan, we see evidence of lots of fish and folks who say yes to catching them.
And there’s a boat building tradition and
regular visits by an iconic vessel . . . Badger, which I’ve done a number of posts about before now.
Badger is a BIDO and carries a lot of vehicles, including this sub.
BIDO? Back in, drive out.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Here was the previous installment. And here were the cargos and places of summer. And if you missed it previously, here’s an article about Seaway Supplier I published in Professional Mariner last year. The first six photos are used with permission from Seaway Marine Group.
Trucks like the ones with the white tanks transport stocks of fish from hatcheries to water bodies, in this case Lake Ontario. Here’s the first time I noticed one of these trucks on the highway.
Off Oswego, it’s ready, aim,
Elsewhere at sites determined by the DEC . . . fish are brought in.
and the truck returns to shore for the next load.
The photos below all come thanks to Cathy Contant, who
works in the inlet and bay where I learned to swim almost 60 years ago. Back then, when a coal ship came in here, everyone had to get out of the water. But I digress.
How could I not recognize the lighthouse AND Chimney Bluffs way in the distance.
Here’s what Seaway Marine writes on their FB page: “We have transported 40 trucks, via 6 port locations stocking over 500,000 fish into Lake Ontario aboard our USCG certified landing craft, Seaway Supplier.”
Many thanks to Jake and Cathy for use of these photos.
With a tip of the hat to Hildegarde Swift and Lynd Ward, the title that came to mind as I shot these, and you’ll see why by the end. See the road signs up there intended for drivers on the Triboro Bridge?
Rewarding my wait, it’s Jaguar towing Highlander Sea into the Gate,
past the Ward’s Island Footbridge, and
Westbound the tow came at almost slack water and past
RTC 104 and
the Twins bound for Riverhead.
More on the brick building there with romanesque windows and green roof at the end of this post.
And here, when they were under the Queensboro Bridge, the title occurred to me . . . having the same syllabication and cadence as the Swift and Ward title.
Now we need a story, one that starts as hundreds could in tiny but huge Essex. Click here for my previous posts on Essex.
Maybe one about a fishing schooner design turned pilot boat turned yacht turned school turned . . .
fish market and restaurant/bar in the sixth boro. I hope they sell monkfish. These photos are compliments of my brother taken in Zwolle at a
Thanks bro . . .
All other photos here by Will Van Dorp.
So, thanks to identification by Jonathan Steinman, the brick building there is ConEd’s cogeneration plant at East 74th St. And this is a digression, but 74th Street has long been quite the interesting place.
Back last November, I devoted a whole month to ports and harbors. As I get new material, I’ll continue that series. Here Boston’s latest fireboat passes in front of Logan’s control tower.
Here’s her namesake.
Claire looks like she was based on a hydrofoil design, but I can’t find any evidence to support that.
From my vantage point, I could tell the controls were right up in the bow. I’d love to get a tour of her wheelhouse.
This Nantucket aka LV-112 moved from Oyster Bay to Boston six years ago, a transit covered by tugster here. This Nantucket is not to be confused with WLV-612, which frequently appears in the sixth boro.
Angus . . . good to meet you. Somehow I expected you to look like Brangus.
Can anyone fill in some info on the history of King Triton? Is it a modified former government vessel? In the background are the digesters on Deer Island.
I believe that’s Ocean King, whom I saw in the sixth bork back in 2010.
Here, identification thanks to Paul Strubeck are the 1958 Nancy (red), the 1954 Brandywine (green) , and an unnamed Army tug. And over on the far left side of the pier, it’s
the 1940 Brooklyn-built Gaspee.
Over on the fish side of the harbor, here’s David Tonnesen’s 45′ stainless steel sculpture called Cod. Wind spins the discs on its back, and windspeed determines the color of the eye, s0 it’s a wind speed indicator.
Along both sides of Boston’s Fish Pier,
boats offload their catch.
More from the port of Boston tomorrow.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Here are the basics on what you are looking at, mostly from John’s caption: “FAR ROCKAWAY, QUEENS, NEW YORK CITY, NY/USA – FEBRUARY 25, 2016: The 24 meter (78 foot) scallop fishing vessel the Carolina Queen III, rests in surf in the Atlantic Ocean off Far Rockaway on the Rockaway peninsula of the borough of Queens in New York City. The boat ran aground at about 2am and all the crew were safely evacuated by the US Coast Guard.” Of course, there are also the related stories about the USCG 25′ RIB attempting a rescue and capsizing in the 10-12′ seas, and its crew, trained and geared up for such a possibility, safely swimming to shore; and the rescue of Carolina Queen III crew by helicopter. Photos here. A number of the RIBs can be seen here.
Salvage plans are underway. The fishing vessel–to my untrained eye–seems to have held up well, a tribute to its builders as well as to the fact of coming ashore on the sand. Those builders are responsible for two of the newest tugboats in the sixth boro as well.
I’m sure the owners and crew of the vessel feel sick right now.
But looking at John’s remarkable photos, I’m struck by their allure. The calm water, patches of blue sky, reflection of a beautiful machine misplaced on soft sand . . . contrast sharply with how the scene must have appeared to the crews Wednesday night when the wind and spray made the decks feel like hell, a time of uncertainty and fear.
Thanks again to John Huntington for use of these photos.
For a photo of Rodriguez Boatbuilders’ 2015 James E. Brown, click here and scroll.
For a sense of how shipwreck has attracted photographers of four generations of a British family, click here.