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What’s this?  Answer follows.    And I just stumbled onto this blog . . . Crewboat Chronicles.    Crew boat or crewboat?

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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.

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Here are two crewboats I got a blurry foto of a few weeks ago in the KVK.

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Crewboat Sabine plays lots of roles.  Is she doing a visual inspection of dredge pipe here?

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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.

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I’ve not been able to find out much about Stagetide.

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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.

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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?

Bear with me here . . . you’ll understand the title in a bit.  But first, any sense of the difference between these first two fotos A and

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B?

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It turns out that the person who sent these fotos to me has since also used them . . . and put them first in his post, just as I had chosen to before seeing his post.

Nearer vessel below is Terrapin Island, taken just outside the Narrows in May 2012.  Vessel in the distance is Ellen McAllister.

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Here are more closeups of Terrapin Island.

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At some point since May, she headed down south to southern Georgia . . . northern Florida coast.

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Next fotos come from JED.  That’s Terrapin Island in the background.

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To see what JED does with the above fotos and many more, click here.

Many thanks to JED for the first two and last fotos.  The difference between A and B is eight knots v.  twelve.

Here was a similar foggy day in the sixth boro a few months back.  AIS showed me this vessel with an auspicious name, and I figured it’d just magically turn clear if I went outside to watch.  Frogma found fog more glorious than I did.

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Wrong!!   This is what fog looked like out there this morning.  That’s Charles D. McAllister headed out to meet a huge orange containership.  Somewhere off Charles D.‘s stern is the shiny new Curtis Reinauer . . . but obscured.  What fog sounds like, though, is not captured here . . .  low pitched blasts, penetrating yet not loud.

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Up on the KVK  . . . this vessel that I’d seen in port a month ago  was at the dock, begging to be redubbed Foggy Venture.

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Wolf River headed out as Chesapeake Coast pushed barge Chesapeake in.

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R/V Seawolf passes by Sarasota on her way out as well.

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Ellen McAllister joins Charles D. in assisting Rumanian-built Rio Madeira into a berth.   On a clear day, this would look quite different.

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FDNY M8 cruises out to the Narrows and back.  Off the bow of M8, it’s Marie J. Turecamo assisting

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Linda Moran over to Sarasota, where

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Julia has just made a personnel call.

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Cormorant throws wings up . . .when’s this going to clear?

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Unrelated . . . but while I was studying AIS over coffee this morning, I saw that Ouro do Brasil was heading up Delaware Bay.  Now that’s a vessel with a paint scheme I’d love to see.  Anyone pass along fotos?

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who still has more Mississippi watershed fotos to share.

All hype . . . like Camping and others . . . just to mention recent hoaxes.

Nevertheless, I made my rounds.  High winds chill to the bone but no doomsday out here . . . Brian Nicholas pushed recycling into the Kills,

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Catherine Miller moved semis beyond the end of the bridge,

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Nomad and Alpine Alaska waited inside the Narrows,

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as did Mount Karavawhich first appeared here almost brand-new over five years ago.

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Padre Island anchored off the BAT, taking time off from vacuuming the channels south of the Narrows.

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Michigan Service headed for the Kills.

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OOCL Kuala Lumpur shifted  containers.

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Given the hype about the apocalypse, I kept eyes wide open for debris and found some, although this is long-planned and controlled demolition.

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USCG made their own rounds.

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Six years ago, I put up this winter solstice post, led off by this fine foto  . . . compliments of Richard Wonder . . .  of an elegant John B. Caddell, recently lifted off a place where floating things should never go.  And speaking of vessels finding themselves in places that should remain off limits, check out this and this article about a tanker bottomed out on the upper Hudson.   “Bakken crude”    . . . that’s a term I’ve not heard before.    If anyone upriver has fotos to share, please get in touch.

Here was 1.

Recognize this vessel?

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It’s the 1982 Quenames, as I’ve never seen her before.

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Anyone know the origin of that name?

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One of GLDD’s crew boats . ..  St. Johns River, I think,

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from this angle looks

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speedy.

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Can you identify this boat?

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It’s 1965 Harry McNeal, seen here from riverbank perspective.

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Note how the tug attaches to the notchless barge, and

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the wooden support for the tracked crane.  The “column” to lower left is a spud, which pins the barge to the bottom for stability while the crane is used.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

This was the Narrows at 0730 this morning.

I joined the ‘scapegoats for morning contemplation . . . to the east and

north.  That orange tanker down there, they said, had a name I’d find interesting.    But I couldn’t read it yet.

Below us, yacht Dofle Dust was bound for sea past Ratna Shalini.

A closeup showed this was Dodge Island, not Padre Island, as I’d supposed.

The camouflaged goat was too busy scratching to notice that the herd had headed down the slope.

Wow!  SKS Tugela . . . what a name.  i should have gotten a closer-up shot.   And without google, I’d never have know a river by that name exists.

October dawn light is unique as it paints the stern here of Sea Valour.

Here’s a shot looking south  . . .

and another as I walked to catch the ferry.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who was actually hoping to catch anything but also Crowley Innovation, which sneaked into the Kills via Raritan Bay.

Wordless foto essay on vessel fronts.  See  a bowsprite rendition here.

OK, I guess I can’t be wordless with this one above.  Clue:  vessel above is the same as vessel below.

I took this one of Woody Guthrie and Clearwater three months ago at Croton.

Foto of Woody Guthrie‘s improvised figurehead was sent to me by Steve Schwartz.  Thanks much, Steve.  All others by Will Van Dorp.

Small craft to come, but first . . . the missing foto from yesterday’s post . . . how DID the heaving line get through the eye aka “closed chock”?  Hope this foto helps;  I do believe I see the monkeyfist flying upward from the crewman at the rail;  crew on the upper level passed it to the crewman forward of the chock?

It’s been over two years since I’ve used this title. Small craft  come in many shapes,

are operated by professional mariners,

respond to emergencies with versatility,

and shuttle specialists between shore and much larger craft.

This one I first thought was transporting booms but now I think had some festive mission, given what appears to be a sizable bouquet over the engine compartment.

They operate for many agencies,

commercial entities,

government services, and

and law enforcement groups.

They work in diverse

weather, all

year round.

Enjoy a few more:

All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who apologizes for not knowing who operates some of these small craft.

Ironically, Road Fotos 17 were taken where this post ends up.  And I had planned NOT to post today, but . . .  time affords posting, and posting makes a drive more like a gallivant.  Given that I drove to Hampton Roads, it’s interesting to reflect on what scenes are absent from this post.  Three hours after locking my house door, I was on New Jersey at the southern tip on NJ, looking

across Delaware Bay, where I narrowly missed a close up

with a Kirbyfied . . .  can you guess? . . . .

Greenland Sea.   Lots of other vessels anchored just outside the channel, here looking roughly toward the northwest.

Entering Lewes, we met a dozen or so dolphins . . . who all managed to evade

my camera, which seems to be more skilled with stationary objects like this pilot boat.

I’m guessing a fish boat, although I’ve not seen this configuration before.   It reminds me of an updated version of a menhaden boat?

The Cape Charles light is a skeleton a quarter mile inland.

The lights at Fort Story in the background, and Trabzon and Red Iris anchored outside Hapmton Roads.

This might be USS Samuel Eliot Morison foreground and USCGC Legare farther away.  And then again, the nearer vessel might be something else.

And finally, any guesses what Atlantic Dawn is towing into the mouth the the Chesapeake?

Cutterhead dredge Illinois!!  If Illinois makes it all the way to the sixth boro, you know who will have more opportunities to perfect her rendition of the toothy snouted machine.

And the reason for this gallivant–other than gallivanting for its own sake– will be clearer tomorrow.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp today.

@#$#!! . . . as I write this, USAV Winfield Scott is passing the precise location Atlantic Dawn was 90 minutes ago.  To see USAV Winfield Scott, check Jed’s most recent post here.

So what happens in the rest of the sixth boro during Fleet Week?  Works goes on.  Ellen goes past the Statue to the next job, possibly to move USCGC Eagle out.

As is McKinley Sea, with its Kirby livery.

Terrapin Island continues its 24/7 sand moving.

Tankers transfer fluids and container vessels come and go.

Susquehanna follows Quantico Creek to the east.

Holiday jetskiers race off bow waves, abandoning prudence and caution.

Gulf Service awaits an appointment at the tanks.

Ice-bowed Ice Hawk, newly painted and

maybe newly-named, awaits its call.

And (in town for OpSail, Bay City, Michigan registered Appledore V, enjoys the late Monday sun and breeze.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Unrelated from Lake Michigan:  1907 SS Keewatin moves.

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