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But yesterday, along with a partner in crime to be identified later, we discovered not just one,
not just two,
but THREE tenders, hauled out like seals.
Wanna see that again?
How about a third count, just to make sure.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, whose fingers lasted in the cold long enough to take more, too, soon.
This post quite directly follows on 14 in this series, from two years ago. Just fotos today, all taken since the winter solstice. Call this where roads go
and where they end.
Before you leave . . .
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Here’s what I did around this time last year as a look back. As intro, I’d say about the same this year about the number of new fotos and the way I chose these. Subjective is the operant word.
January 2013 . . . one day I caught a seldom seen Jennifer Miller passing Robbins Reef with the salt pile in the distance.
In February, shooting from almost the diametrically opposed location . . . I caught Baltic Mercur leaving Red Hook bound for sea. I’ve no idea which Vane tug is in the foreground.
In late March looking north from the high point in old San Juan, PR, I caught Sea Star’s SS El Morro headed into port. If you look carefully “above” the large splash in the foreground, you’ll see the mast of the pilot boat headed out to meet El Morro.
April 2013 . . . as seen from the now-closed walkway on the Bayonne Bridge, I caught Atlantic Compass headed for sea and escorted by two tugs, only Responder being visible. For other fotos of this moment, click here.
It was a year of gallivants for me, this 2013. I’ve been toying with other words for trips away, even made-up ones like guy-ivants. Roverings? Tramps? Anyhow, this foto was one of many I took along the Columbia, here looking from Oregon over to the Washington side. The trip to visit Seth Tane also propelled me in late May and early June to travel back in “sixth boro” time through what I called the fifth dimension.
Out at the Narrows in June, I caught SSV Corwith Kramer racing into port ahead of Maersk Detroit and a rainstorm.
And I have to cheat for June and put up two fotos . . . although many fascinating visitors come and go, how often does a vessel like this enter our fair port . . . Turandor PlanetSolar. If I hadn’t been forewarned via AIS, I would have seen this and doubted my eyesight . . . or more. For closeups, click here. For the annual gathering of mermaids for which the sixth boro AND the land boro of Brooklyn are famous, click here.
July . . . brought an opportunity to see this x-bow supply vessel named Copacabana entering . . . a place I’d long dreamed of . . . greater Rio de Janeiro, aka January River, which generated 25 posts. This hiatus from the sixth boro was huge, since it has left me with a case of chronic and possibly incurable wanderlust. Meeting Copacabana here is the intriguingly named Log In Amazonia.
August in the sixth boro saw this scene along Rockaway Beach, which I renamed NYC’s potential copacabana. George W here was part of many efforts to respond to the blow of Sandy.
As I said at the outset of the post . . . subjective is the key descriptor in regards to choosing fotos for this retrospective. For September, I skimmed through the month’s fotos, zooming past the North River Tug Race and the Waterford Roundup . . . and what caught my attention was this looming shape of Marjorie B. McAllister . . . getting a makeover and as seen from the middle of the KVK.
October 2013 . . . this early morning bunkering set-up at the passenger terminal involves Chesapeake Coast moving in sternwise . . .
Here is November, I caught Freddy K Miller moving a construction barge away after a long-ongoing project on Governors Island. Click here for a June 2013 event on Governors Island that changed the south end quite dramatically in less than a minute . . . start to finish.
And finally . . . December in the sixth boro was as snowy as you might expect NYC to be as winter approaches. Balder here offloads road salt as Twin Tube approaches to make a delivery. Balder, by now, is back in the American tropics.
When I showed this foto to my brother-in-law here in Atlanta, he mentioned that his aggregate company uses Balder ‘s fleetmate named Barkald to transport kaolin from Greenland to Savannah. He then gets it through his yard near Atlanta on its way to Tennessee to a glazed tile making plant. I chuckled, partly because I recall seeing Barkald in the sixth boro a few years back and never imagined kaolin as one of her cargos. And that’s a good way to end this retrospective, global commerce surely makes strange and unexpected hold-sharers if not bedfellows.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who remains either parked and smelling the scenery or on the road . . . still in Georgia. And believe it or not, as I was headed down to Georgia a few days ago, this great song came on the radio . . . enjoy!
Happy New Year 2014 soon. Many thanks to all who read, commented, and helped me in many kinds of ways in 2013.
In this final installment about this trip downbound I took last Sunday, I’ll jump back north to Newburgh, where Staten Island ferry Gov. Herbert H. Lehman is less substantial than in this foto from summer’s start. Lehman is an example of a vessel that goes upriver, literally, never to return . . . although I realize I should be careful with the word “never.”
Here, in this foto by Seth Tane in the late 1970s/early 1980s–remember the “fifth dimension” series of ten posts I posted late last spring–is another such “upriver to die” vessels. If you look at no links again ever in this blog, you have to look
at this one. Sachem –built 1902 as a luxury steam yacht named Celt–also served as USS Sachem, Thomas Edison’s plaything, and Circle Line V. Now she languishes in a tributary of the Ohio River. Hmm . . . maybe I need to gallivant there when next I’m can do so.
To more exotica, here’s lift boat Vision near Verplanck. The deployed ladder . . . I’m not sure this awaits the crew’s return to the vessel, or whether the crew’s on board and forgot to retract it.
Click here to see the same vessel operating near the Narrows about six months ago.
Nearby are Velut Luna on a barge obscuring parts of Tahiti Queen, which appears to be idled.
And in the same marina, also idled . . . the former DEP Cormorant, also gone upriver to die?
And I have to tell a story. At the point Maraki anchored here near Amicus, my sister rowed me to the shore there so that I could catch the MTA back home so that I could get to work. I hiked through 100′ of woods toward a grassy hill between the river and the train station. It was a warm October Sunday afternoon, and when I stepped out of the woods, I found myself not far from an amorous young couple on a blanket, there to enjoy . . . well, nature in a private place. Ah well . . . sorry.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp except the two by Seth Tane, for which I am grateful.
This week in NYC is referred to as UN Week, and I’m guessing this unusual USCG vessel has something to do with that. Anyone identify what it is?
Another USCG vessel.
And last but not least . . . Albany’s brand spankin’ new fireboat.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Here’s a collage of images as my last roundup 2013 post:
a half dozen working tugboats and a covered barge as seen looking east from the Second Street Bridge,
a swimmer in the water either doing a northern style Richard Halliburton re-enactment or setting out to do an underwater survey mission as the lock is –unbeknownst to her–about to open,
(For more complete info on what’s going on here with the swimmer, check this post by bubbling-blowing bowsprite.)
my possible future employer shoehorning an Eriemax passenger vessel into the first lock in the flight,
waterdogs go fishing,
a Dutch barge,
Urger dried out for some emergency surgery along
with Tappan Zee II,
Eighth Sea and Bill’s exercise machine,
the pilot’s understanding of the pushoff contest,
and in Troy, some public art designed to assist memory . . . the Soldier’s and Sailor’s Monument with goddess Columbia blowing her horn high above Troy, as seen from Tug44.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp. See you in Waterford in 2014, I hope.
It’s the weekend after Labor Day in Waterford, time to call a muster.
And stuff starts happening. Atlantic Hunter arrives via the highway.
Tug-of-the-Year Gowanus Bay travels from the south.
Buffalo parades from Waterford back to Waterford.
Grand Erie travels as the dais.
As the parade approaches the Waterford Visitors Center, a water salute awaits Eighth Sea,
Frances, Margot, and Benjamin Elliott . . .
as well as Cornell and Iron Chief.
Parts B and more soon. All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who met great people, missed many others, and heard fabulous stories to be followed up on soon.
There was a time when I was a boy . . . I thought that hydrofoils would dominate the future. They didn’t. My question is: does anyone recall a hydrofoil operating in the waters around greater NYC? This just in from a jolly tar, a British film clip that alludes to but seems not to show a hydrofoil on Long Island Sound . . . ??
Foto by Will Van Dorp.
This is the 25th and final post–for now–focusing on JR, January river aka Rio de Janeiro. It was a fabulous trip for which I’m especially grateful to my daughter, who convinced me to come. The middle boat here–Menino do Rio, which translates as Rio Boy–could become my new nickname… if I lived somewhere around Guanabara Bay. Of course, Rio is only a tiny portion of a huge country with 200 million people, so there’s much more to see than I have years for.
these in the Little Portugal section of Niteroi, a place
I now wished I’d explored on foot.
Speaking of jangadas, this is not one, but this innovative fast supply boat, Siem Carajás–another close-up I wish I’d gotten–is the product of Inace shipyard up on the Brazilian state which jangadas are said to be common.
It was exciting to see an LNG carrier of this design during my last walk on Ipanema and Copacabana. the morning of my departure.
This is the waterside view of CBO’s Alianca Shipyard, which along with the neighboring UTC Engenharia facility, I’d love to see closer up.
Ilha do Viana and Ilha de Santa Cruz . . . I’d love to be back.
I can’t tell the story of Green Fleet III and IV, Borodine, the Reicon vessel, or Metal Tanque II.
Or this vehicle ferry.
I’ve lots of fotos of Rio Pilots at work, like this one
about to board Onyx Ace.
And what’s the last time you saw a fisherman row into the sixth boro and
then stand to cast a net some way off the stern of an anchored Suape Express. I took these fotos from a powerboat last Friday and at times the waves were so big I couldn’t get fotos.
Ferry Ipanema was built 1970 over at Engenharia in Niteroi.
Madre–painted in the colors of Urger and other Erie Canal vessels–passes Skandi Salvador.
So much left to figure out and do . . . that’s rock in the background although it looks like a racing current . . .
Here the background ridge is . . .
All fotos by Will Van dorp, who now closes this chapter . . . at least for a while.
Meanwhile, if you need a great Brazil ship fix, check out the good work of Alan Haig-Brown.