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Here are previous installments focusing on background.
Sometimes the partial reveal and the juxtaposition highlight what’s on the shorelines, like those triple deckers in Bayonne that would blend in perfectly in many 19th century mill towns.
Or the hugely forgotten Singer plant in Elizabeth, hugely forgotten by most residents of Elizabeth, that is. Imagine, if someone could turn the clock back on that one, 10,000 people would have manufacturing jobs . . . either sewing machines, or
weaponry of all sorts.
But one detail on the bank over by the NJ-side of the Bridge caught my attention. So I thought these beams would be trucked from the disappearing bridge to a scrapping yard. How surprised I was when the crane lifted the beam off the truck not 1000 feet from where they’d been on duty for decades and
one after the other
to what might be a series of trucks below. I can’t quite see what becomes of the beams on the ground at Bergen Point. And I think that’s the Passaic small boat. ??
All photos by Will Van Dorp. Keep your eyes open and stay safe.
Many thanks to Ken Deeley for today’s photos. The vessel with the red house is surely one of the Standard Boat stick lighter fleet, but I can’t read the name on the bow. A half decade I posted a photo here (scroll) of a decrepit Ollie, the stick lighter that used to tie up at South Street. He can’t quite put a date on this photo taken at South Street Seaport Museum’s pier. Can anyone date these photos? And what was that green/white dome in the background?
Coming down the Hudson, Ken got this photo of suction dredger Sugar Island. Currently, Sugar Island is working off Bahrain.
Many thanks to Ken for sending along these photos.
Click here for a 1992 publication by Robert Foster and Jane Steuerwald called “The Lighterage System in the New York/New Jersey Harbor,” referencing stick lighters and much more.
As much as this crew boat laboring through the water appears an apt metaphor of my own laboring through the dog days of August this year, pushing so much water seems unproductive. Am I wrong in thinking this? Just wondering.
It did make for some photos I liked though.
All photos by Will Van Dorp. Here are the previous “small craft” posts.
You’d have thought I use this title more often, but it’s been almost three years since it last appeared. I’m starting with this photo of the lightship WLV-612, because this is where I’ll be this evening for a FREE and open-to-the-public 6 pm showing of our documentary Graves of Arthur Kill. Seats for those who arrive first.
Here’s a very recent arrival in the sixth boro’s pool of workboats . . . Fort McHenry, just off the ways, although just yesterday an even-more recent arrival. more on that one soon, I hope. I don’t know how new Double Skin 315 is.
Ships in the anchorage and waterways must think they are in a tropical clime, given the temperatures of August 2016.
NS Parade, Iron Point, MTM St Jean … have all been here recently.
Robert E. McAllister returned from a job, possibly having assisted Robert E. Peary.
MSC Lucy headed out past
Larry J. Hebert, standing by at a maintenance dredging job.
MOL Bellwether, all 1105′ loa of her, leave into the humid haze, existing here along with
some wind to propel this sloop.
Finally, just the name, sir; No need for the entire genealogy. This photo comes compliments of Bob Dahringer.
Thanks to Bob for the photo above; all others by Will Van Dorp.
Here’s GLDD’s cutter suction dredge Florida as seen from above the cutter head and
from alongside. I took the first three photos in this post.
Here’s Weeks cutter suction dredge C. R. McCaskill, with Sea Wolf serving as a tender.
USACE E. A. Woodruff was built in 1873 and worked the Ohio. Technically, I think Woodruff was a snag boat.
USACE Florida was the most technologically advanced dredge built when it was launched in 1904. Unfortunately, she sank with loss of life 14 years later and is currently a dive site.
USACE Barnard was built in 1904 as well in Camden and sold to Mexico in 1942.
Here’s another view of Barnard with
a tender alongside. It looks a lot like the buoy boats on the Erie Canal.
Dredge Welatka was built in 1925.
Dredge Congaree was built in 1914 in Charleston SC.
Here’s USACE Potter originally built in 1932 and still in use.
For many more vintage USACE photos, click here.
Many thanks to Barrel for this trip through USACE technological history.
I admit to feeling a thrill. There were rainbows in the upper bay, here falling past the Liberty statue and raining onto Liberty Island,
drama loomed as Atlantic Star was back in the Ambrose on the return from the Norfolk and Baltimore, Firefighter II was also outside the Narrows,
I could get the closeups,
clouds were dissipating at just the right moment,
Eric McAllister met the Star on the Con Hook Range,
there was even a private sailboat–Ratty’s Wisdom–that possibly carried VIPs . . . . but nothing happened! I had built this up too much for myself, and no sprayed salute occurred.
I’ll keep a watch . . . it has to happen one of these times. Maybe it’s not proper, since Atlantic Star has not yet seen its Liverpudlian christening yet.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Here’s Ocean Traverse Nord, 213′ loa and a trailing suction hopper dredge built in Quebec City in 2012.
Here’s Manhattan, trailing suction hopper dredge built in Sparrows Point in 1904, hull #43.
And this is Atlantic, hull #44, also from Sparrows Point.
Finally, Dodge Island, loa 275′ and built in Slidell LA in 1980.
Thanks to Barrel for the archival photos; the two color photos by Will Van Dorp.
Related: click here for lots of photos of vintage USACE dredge equipment.
This hull was called Melvin E. Lemmerhirt for almost 40 years. I took the photo below in 2007, as she passed in front of a then very different piece of Brooklyn land’s edge.
Here’s how the vessel looks now, known as Evelyn Cutler, maybe good for another 40 years?
Evelyn‘s fleet mate looked like this in 2007 and today Kimberly Poling
looks a lot better.
Also in 2007, I caught a Barker Boys looking like this . . .
and here’s a closer up a month later . . .
Well . . . very recently, just after northern Mardi Gras and St Patrick’s, here
is the same
vessel now known as Foxy 3. I love the colors. I took the photo last week when it still looked like winter.
Since 2007 seems to be serving as baseline for this post . . . here was a tug known as Dory Barker then and
just plain Dory now.
All photos by Will Van Dorp . . . in the sixth boro. Here’s an index to previous “second lives” posts. Honestly, my favorite–for now at least–is Second Lives 10. I’d love to find an answer to this . . . the truth is out there.
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.