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Here was 12.
Terrapin Island was in the sixth boro during parts of 2012 and 2014, the KVK above and Raritan Bay immediately below.
I’d wondered what the helm looked like, especially given the shape of the glass
directly behind that exhaust stack. Well . . .
our good fortune is that my friend JED, a frequent commenter on this blog, was invited aboard last week. Although extreme weather might stop the dredging process up north, it continues apace down his way . . .
So –thanks to JED, here is that bulge in the glass from inside. Note the upper and lower seat. Upper seat controls the vessel movement through the water, whereas the lower seat controls the dredging operations.
Click here for a great time-lapse youtube shot on Terrapin Island a few years ago in the Lower Bay; trailing suction arms lower to sculpt the seabed, and at about the one minute mark, you see the hull split at the “hinge” to discharge the spoils.
Note the port side trailing arm–looks like a vacuum cleaner– in the raised position here.
Here’s one of the huge pumps that provide suction. How huge? Some hint of the diameter of this pump can be gleaned by scrolling through this post I did on another dredge. Clearly the pump in my photo was disassembled at the time.
When it’s time to discharge, the
and then recloses, maintaining a level of water
at all times.
According to JED, Terrapin Island operates with a crew of around 20, one of whom is an eco-observer whose role is to record any large marine life caught in cages like the one you see starboard side inside the hopper in the photo above. Here’s more on that job.
Any errors in reporting are mine. Many thanks to JED for sharing the photos. I took the top four photos.
Oh . . . 50 at least!
If anything serves as evidence of the sixth boro temperatures,
the patterns of Zim Luanda surely do.
Wolf River cruised by and howled approval.
I’d love to see your evidence of the temperatures outside this weekend.
Indoors . .. . well, that may be a different story. Here’s to hoping it is.
All photos this morning by Will Van Dorp.
When Walter’s building looks like this in the center of the island,
the sixth boro looks like this. Here Ava Jude pushes a Hughes barge past Ruth M. Reinauer wedded to RTC 102.
Eastern Welder fishes as Emma Miller services Asphalt Star.
Wolf River does hydrographic work while
Chesapeake Coast lighters Elixir, and just beyond
Amazon Brilliance belies her name.
Awaiting orders or favorable tide and each with a barge, it’s McAllister Sisters and McKinley Sea.
Here’s to hoping for fog to dissipate.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Here were previous installments.
And below are a set of small craft I’ve seen in the sixth boro and further environs so far this month . . . .
The colors look familiar here, but
This one I have noticed before . . .
Wolf River used to be everywhere in the harbor until it got shipped–literally–to some far distant
dredge projects, like this one on Guanabara Bay in summer 2013.
The KVK is not the regular route of pilot boat Yankee.
Now here is the small craft that could and DID . . .
Dobrin . . . is a 65′ Swiftships-built survey vessel.
Can anyone identify the manufacturer of NYSB-3. I’m guessing this is one of several identical vessels in the USACE NY District fleet?
And here’s a clue . . . Vane Brothers currently has a crew boat in the harbor! Christian was formerly owned by Kirby, K-Sea, and others.
And to end where we started but we a quite different attitude . . . given the tender carried over the stern. I don’t know this boat.
Let me postscript in another closer-up photo . . .showing a Rhode Island registry . . .
All photos taken very recently by Will Van Dorp.
Bergen Point, a 1958 Blount product, coming through the Narrows last weekend. Click here for many interesting vessels from Blount that have appeared on this blog.
And a first timer on this blog . . . John Parrish.
Penn No. 4 all painted white . . . click here and scroll through to see her in PennMaritime gray.
Bluefin . . still in PennMaritime gray . . . or is that primer?
Maryland . . . with reflections.
If my search window serves me right, then this is the first appearance of Katie G. McAllister on this blog.
This is definitely the first appearance of Pelican State here. The photo of this Great Lakes Dredge & Dock boat is here thanks to Mike and Michele Mcmorrow.
And thanks to Mage, here’s Esti and
And finally . . . it’s the mystery tug Elbe when it was Maryland Pilot boat Maryland. At its stern is its predecessor, Baltimore. I haven’t found out much about Baltimore. Any help? About Maryland, Capt. Brian Hope–who shared this photo, said this, “In 1985 and MARYLAND was donated to Greenpeace. She was a great boat, but too expensive to operate. She had a crew of 18, plus a chief steward. The crew worked two weeks on and two weeks off, so that, counting the steward, we had a total of 37 crew. When we went ashore that was reduced to about 21 and our fuel, repair and food costs dropped dramatically as well. I am very glad to see that she has been preserved (in Maassluis). She’s a great boat!” Thanks to a generous reader, here’s an article about her sea trials.
When next I post, I hope to share photos Elbe in her restored glory.
Sorry to miss NYC’s fleet week again.
To pick up where yesterday I ended . . . Chemical Transporter is not a ship. Rather it’s the barge married to–or at least in a relationship with–ATB Freeport.
This Workboat article makes clear the circuitous and costly ($91 million !@#@!) route this 150′ tug followed from keel lay to launch.
I’d love to see the interior of this 2007 vessel.
R. L. Enterkin is a tug I’ve seen on AIS for a long time, but the other day,
I finally got a close-up as she went out to pick up a “tail job” at sunrise.
At the head of the tow was Layla Renee.
Click here for many posts I’ve done on Resolute.
Thomas D. Witte–here passing off Wall Street– has carried many names since 1961.
Zachery Reinauer was launched nearly a half century ago at Matton Shipyard . . . up above the Federal Lock in Troy and right across the river from the boyhood home of Herman Melville.
Ellen . . . focus of countless tugster posts… as
has Brendan Turecamo.
And to close out this post . . . from M. McMorrow . . . the most intriguingly named tug of all . . . Tug of War.
The last photo from Mike and Michelle McMorrow, who’ve contributed photos here before. All others by Will Van Dorp.
The sixth boro has pyramids?
It does have fortifications, here patrolled by Gelberman.
And lots of interesting names, making for great juxtapositions.
And every now and then some seldom seen boats pass like this one, always out there but rarely –it seems–coming in close.
Kendall J. Hebert for a closeup!
I regret I didn’t get a close-up of the stack.
Ron G rotates through the sixth boro now and then.
Thanks to Ashley Hutto for the pyramids and Sand Master photos. All others by Will Van Dorp.
Count’em . . . three! Becky Ann and two of Ken’s boats.
Click here to see a post I did a few months back on crewboats exclusively. Miami River shuttles in here past Charleston in drydock.
Becky, Doris, and Maria T.
Wolf River has returned to the sixth boro after some time away. Brazil maybe?
A few weeks ago, here’s Julia assisting as Freddy K Miller prepares to move a construction barge away from Governors Island.
Miss Ayva in the straits of Gowanus down under the BQE is one of the workhorses . . . work ponies of the harbor, not unlike
this unidentified vessel off Happy Dynamic‘s stern and
Gabby . . . here staying ahead of Sarah Ann and her clutch of barges and
Julia fearlessly speeding out the flat Narrows to run someone out to Gravesend Bay.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Sunrise to the left of Coney Island Light and tug Escort, a Jakobson boat. Note how calm the water is.
The mighty Resolute passing the lofty Chesapeake Coast, with a loftier tower off in the distance.
James Turecamo–a Matton boat– tailing Stolt Aquamarine
Gulf Dawn with GL 54
Escort six hours after the lead foto . . notice what 22+ knot wind out of the west does. That’s Taft Beach disappearing behind the island.
And Potomac heads eastbound. I’m thinking to use Robbins Reef light as the terminal punctuation for all posts this week. Do you remember these signs that used a product name in the same way? I’m gathering if you are over 55 and a US resident, you’ll know about Burma Shave. Otherwise, you’ll think I’ve lost it again.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, this morning.
And check out this Staten Island Advance story on Robbins Reef light rehab work, featuring my foto!
What’s this? Answer follows. And I just stumbled onto this blog . . . Crewboat Chronicles. Crew boat or crewboat?
OK . . . asking questions seems to be where this post wants to head. What’s Stagetide? The foto was taken on the hard not far north of Atlantic City and with the help of Fred Mallett.
Here are two crewboats I got a blurry foto of a few weeks ago in the KVK.
Crewboat Sabine plays lots of roles. Is she doing a visual inspection of dredge pipe here?
She also ferries crew and supplies between shore and projects, hydrographically surveys an area pre- and post-material removal, and shoos away non-project boats getting too close to the work. Sabine was built in New Iberia in 1980.
I’ve not been able to find out much about Stagetide.
Circling back to the top foto . . . it was the Swiftboat from the Washington Navy Yard, a vessel whose design alludes to its crewboat origins, I think. Here’s a post I did two years ago on swiftboats.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Related: The Bayonne Bridge logo I’ve used on this blog since 2006 was taken from the USACE vessel . . . Hocking. I believe that’s a crewboat, the first I ever rode in. Anyone know where Hocking was built?