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By June, I’ve heard, Peking will be in Germany, and after watching the barque in the sixth boro for over a decade, I’d have to go abroad to see her next transformations. Glenn Raymo, whose beat generally keeps him up river, happened to be having lunch in Bayonne yesterday and caught her move from her berth of the past has year to the one she occupied late last summer.
Many thanks to Glenn for permitting me to post these here, as not all of you do FB or off you do, are friends with Glenn. Foxy 3 and Robert IV do the honors with
the mighty L. W. Caddell on the far side. Note the salt pile and bulker Sakizaya Wisdom out beyond Peking.
Many thanks to Glenn for his serendipitous and striking photos.
Here’s the previous in the series . . .
but for December 2016, Robert IV leads the way with season’s wreathings, at least the first I’ve seen. All these photos were take on a windy day a week ago.
Quantico Creek crosses westward toward the Kills . . .
while at about that same moment, Marie J Turecamo heads in the opposite direction, passing
the Lafarge barge Alexandra (It’s likely Doris Moran standing by off her stern) and JRT Moran escorting in Auriga Leader.
Bering Sea also heads eastbound,
as does Joyce D. Brown . . .
while the longtime HMS tugs Liberty and
St Andrews. With them virtually side-by-side, I can see some livery nuances distinguishing them.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
A random gallivant around the sixth boro the other day showed these boats, starting with Iron Mike (1977) under the Williamsburg Bridge.
a trio of Navigator (1981), Susan Miller (1981) , and Quantico Creek (2010) over by Con Hook,
Robert IV (1975) a little farther north and east,
Scott Turecamo (1998) headed for the Kills,
HMS Liberty (1978) in the anchorage,
Amberjack (1981) facing Yonkers,
Barry Silverton (2015) swinging toward the Palisades, and
Rhea I. Bouchard (1982) making way for a point up north.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Who else greeted Wavertree on the rest of the way home? John J. Harvey is always in on celebrations.
Lettie G. Howard was there,
Pioneer accounted for
herself with crew in the crosstrees.
Pioneer and Lettie teamed up at times.
Wire showed up.
newest vessel Virginia Maitland Sachs, about which I’ll post soon.
Melvillian throngs came down to the “extremest limit of land” on Pier 15 and 16, for one reason or another, but who were about to be treated to some excellent ship handling.
Rae took the lead, showing the need for tugboats of all sizes.
The larger tugs pushed and pulled as needed to ease into the slip
until all lines were fast and
and the shoreside work needed doing.
Bravo to all involved. If you want to take part in a toast to Wavertree, you can buy tickets here for the September 29 evening.
If you haven’t read the NYTimes article by James Barron yet, click here.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who hopes I left no one out and who as before is grateful to the South Street Seaport Museum and the photographers’ boat provided by US Merchant Marine Academy and crewed by a set of dedicated cadets.
Often folks ask how one can learn about the harbor or is there a book about the sixth boro. Volunteering at South Street Seaport Museum is a great way available to all to get access to the water, to learn from like-minded folks, and to start on a journey of reading the harbor and its traffic for yourself. Each volunteer’s journey will be unique, and willing hands make institutions like this museum survive and thrive.
Almost exactly 16 months ago, Wavertree left Pier 16 for a lot of work at Caddell Dry Dock. Here was my set of photos from that day, and here, subsequent ones at several month intervals. Yesterday she made way, back to Pier 16.
Here’s looking back west. Compare the photo below with the third one here to see how much work has been accomplished on the Bayonne Bridge during the same 16 months.
Yesterday, Rae helped, as did
Dorothy J and Robert IV.
The combined age of Rae, Robert IV, and Dorothy J is 139 years, whereas the beautifully restored flagship they escorted in is 131 years old.
And as the tow approached the Statue, John J. Harvey joined in.
These photos all by Will Van Dorp, who is grateful to the South Street Seaport Museum and the photographers’ boat provided by US Merchant Marine Academy and crewed by a set of dedicated cadets.
For some interesting history on Wavertree and info on a fundraiser on board on September 29, 2016, click here. For the story of how Wavertree came from Argentina to New York, read Peter & Norma Stanford’s A Dream of Tall Ships, which I reviewed here some time ago.
More photos of the return tomorrow.
I’ve done posts about the East River, like these, and I’ve done a post at least about canyons, but it’s never struck me as vividly as right now how much this part of the East River is like a canyon. These too are images of the varied sixth boro.
HMS Liberty pushes east past the cliffs before entering the terrifyingly-named Hell Gate. Click here for the youtube video that periodically surfaces about a barge grounding in Hell Gate and then skillfully extricated. Here and here are some discussions of that name . . . originally “beautiful opening.”
Sea Lion pushes a recycling barge up toward the Bronx River, I think, with
Dorothy J alongside, until
she makes the turn in the direction of the Harlem River, where the E. 91st marine transfer station–I think–is being built. It’s been a long time since I’ve walked around up there.
And finally . . . it’s Mister T pushing scows eastbound and under the 59th Street Bridge. And the aerial tramway to . . . the sixth boro’s ski slopes? Here’s the website for the operator . . . Leitner-Poma. But I digress.
At the right times of tide, the waterway between Roosevelt Island and Manhattan Island move a lot of cargo.
All photos this week by Will Van Dorp.
If you have a lot of free time, you can trace this back to the first installment.
These photos are all from the past week, starting out with Bouchard Boys, 1975.
Pelham, 1960. Behind her is USNS Red Cloud.
Barney Turecamo (1995) and
Scott Turecamo (1998).
Eric R. Thornton (1960)
Jill Reinauer (1967) and Dace Reinauer (1968) with RTC 61.
Add Stephen-Scott (1967) and Ruth M. Reinauer (2008) pushing RTC 102.
Margaret Moran (1979) starting a backing-down of Heina with
James D. Moran (2015). More on this backing down later this week.
Captain D (1974) with CVA-604.
Meagan Ann (1975)
Frances (1957) and I think I know the crewman forward of the house.
And finally, I put this photo here because of a boat in the background. Is that Kristy Ann Reinauer (1962)? I thought she was scrapped half a year ago already. Hmm.
Other boats here are L. to r.) Realist, Kristy Ann, Hubert Bays, Long Splice, Samantha Miller, Stephen B, and Hunt Girls, which has been in the yard there for (?) two years now?
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
It takes the right light to see things you don’t otherwise see, like raised lettering.
Pelham goes back quite a long time.
It’s good to see her at work.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
I got there JUST in time. A few minutes after I arrived, lines were cast off, and the yard tug moved the bow into the stream. What’s to comment . . . I’ll just put the times, to the nearest minute.
Here the yard tug–L W Caddell is moving lines from the dry dock to Wavertree.
And then it was lunch time.
Here you see the dry dock “ballasting” . . . or sinking.
Note the “wet” portion of the dry dock as it rises, or “deballasts.”
Note the size of the workers relative to the hull.
The next step is pressure washing the communities that traveled on the hull from the East River to the KVK.
Here Wavertree will stay through the winter as she goes through a thorough and exciting transformation. Become a member and send your own “bravo” to all the folks at South Street Seaport for all the strides in the right direction. See here and here.
Tomorrow I hit the road for New England for a while. I will try to post, but my laptop has become quite uncooperative.
First, notice the Tugboat Roundup logo upper left? Click on it for the schedule; I’ll be giving an illustrated talk “1500 Miles on the Erie Canal” Saturday and Sunday.
Also, if you are in Boston this Sunday, Maine Sail Freight will be at Long Wharf in Boston with pallets of products from farm and sea. Click here for a link to other sail freight initiatives around the world. Here’s more on that project; a change is that schooner Adventure rather than Harvey Gamage will be transporting.