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Here was my biggest surprise . . .. details at end.
I know upstate along the Hudson and in Vermont Irene did her devastation; ditto in parts of New Jersey. But this morning along the KVK, scuttlebutt was . . . Irene who? What hurricane? The killside was cleaner at the expense of the water, which carried flotsam out with the ebb. Straw and sticks floated seaward here, whereas upstate small boats attached to docks might be drifting. Traffic on the KVK was noticeably eastbound . . . out of protection, like soon after I stopped by . . . 7:58 am Margaret Moran,
All fotos this morning by Will Van Dorp.
Viking and the nose
Captain D (whom I saw first about two years ago) and Miss Gill
Kristin Poling and Crystal Cutler
Miss Gill . . . aka “mace gale”
Dace Reinauer (and its previous profiles and livery)
If you need to feel chilled, look in on Issuma, lover of cold sailing.
As I searched for something else in the 2007-08 foto galleries, I found shots of vessels long gone . . . . I know where specifically some are and see them regularly bearing a new name, a couple here in general I know where they are although I’m unable to picture them, yet others . . . I have nary a clue. One or two here I spotted maybe only once. Today seems an opportune time to bring these to light. If anyone has recent pics, please send them. Unless otherwise stated, all fotos were taken in the sixth boro, which itself has changed in . . . 3 or 4 years . . . or more accurately–land, people, water–is always in flux.
Like Baltic Sea.
And if you’re feeling generous and flush today, how about we support the PortSide Summer Youth Employment program . . .? Click the icon upper left for info.
Except for the basil barge, all fotos taken a few years back by Will Van Dorp.
In the elusive but deadly department, “ghost bombs” near the VZ bridge???
Imagine a tugboat with a bowsprit, at least some of the time? See the link at the end.
First from Robert Apuzzo . . . Crow (1963) in the East River, and
Susan Miller (1981, ex-Uncle Ned) in the Bronx River. Speaking of the Bronx River, here’s its namesake tug and some info on doings in the Bronx River this summer. By the way, you saw Bronx nearly lost in the lush bow pudding of Cornell here last September… scroll through a bit.
From John Watson, the newer (Feb 2011) and bigger (630′) orange juice tanker Orange Stararrives escorted by Laura K. Moran.
A distant sound like a train whistle Saturday morning . . . that was the aforementioned Cornell.
Like Eagle Service, Greenland Sea was originally built as a Bollinger-built Candies boat. . . Grant Candies (November 1996) and Doc Candies (December 1990).
Buchanan 12 (1972) heads into the East River. See her light here.
Thanks to Robert and John for sharing their fotos.
Unrelated: Here are some fotos from the Seattle Maritime Festival, tug race and more, from yesterday. Wish I’d been able to go. Here and here are some Seattle water fotos I took last summer. For updates on Coot, the tug in W. O. Decker colors, click here. Scrolling through you’ll also find some great tugboat names as well as the hull–high and dry–of a supertug under construction.
Also unrelated but . . a two-minute video honoring WW2 vets. Watch it all, please.
(Doubleclick enlarges most fotos.) When I visited Village Community Boathouse (VCB) late last winter, we discussed a “photographic rowfari” to the Gowanus, come spring. Spring has arrived, and so . .. yesterday, John Magnus and JML
making a stop to greet the folks at Red Hook Boaters near Valentino Pier before
past the experiment vessel Jerko
huge bubbles? Reverse maelstrom? Vortex reversus? Belch of sludge lusus naturae? Maybe it’s just evidence that the flushing canal actually functions in spite of its sisyphean task of cleaning what has been rendered most foul?
In spite of Gowanus‘ uberpolluted condition, an ecosystem exists, with feral cats,
an intrepid canoe club,
Is the intention of this sign (above a novel use of tires) to invite us back? See the VCB version of events here.
Questions I have are . . . how soon might the Canal’s Superfund status show results?
Related and very important . . . if you’re in a human-powered and relatively small vessel, be aware that you are difficult to spot for huge cargo vessels of all kinds that travel fast and have limited maneuverability. Read Towmasters post here
I must be the last to join in tribute to our mothers, since that day was yesterday. An important gift of mothers is that they feed us . . . milk and bread and . . . broccoli. But it’s true that we do not live by milk and bread . . . alone. Everyone has stories about nurturing experiences mothers and everyone and everything else that provides nurture. And yesterday was that kind of day . . . a day to observe mother nature and feel –well–fostered. Harbor II (1947, ex-Chas R Moore) in Erie Basin before 7 a.m.
Small fishing boat with Sunny Williams with Anette Theresa.
Resolute, beginning Cape Talara‘s rotation (U-turn) in the KVK so that it’s reoriented from west to east . . .
Oh the stories, all based on observation of mother water . . . who with mother earth constitute mother nature. Birk Thomas (center) telling some of those stories . . . within the context of the sit-down portion of a Jane Jacobs walk (ours in almost dead last scrolling thru).
Meanwhile click here for SaveourSeaport and here for a tugster-take on the situation before MayDay: Ex-Port 2 and Ex-Port 1. Please write letters and (if you’re near here and free) try to get to the meeting. alas . . I’ll be at work.
All fotos today come compliments of John van der Doe, who resides north of the border. John’s set, all taken over a three-hour period this past Saturday (4/9) seem to flow naturally from the Hornbeck post I did almost two years ago here. If you’re a regular reader, you’ll recognize that Eagle Service was the tug involved in a bump in Hell Gate less than a month ago. John’s fotos answer some questions: where are vessels of all sorts coming from as they traverse the sixth boro? Where are they headed? Any guesses where John took these fotos?
He caught them upbound on the Welland Canal; upbound meaning heading from Lake Ontario to Lake Erie.
Thanks very much to John van der Doe for these fotos.
Remember, if you’re in NYC and free tonight . . . Working Harbor Committee is presenting movie and panel: Women at Sea. If I didn’t have to work, I’d be there.
I’ve posted a set of fotos about this vessel here before, but still been unable to learn anything about it. It lies where Westchester Creek (In fact, click on the link and you’ll see another foto of the same grounded vessel!) flows into the East River west of the Whitestone Bridge. And not that I haven’t looked, though it’s clear that my searches have focused on the wrong places. Uncorroborated stories are these: it was coming from South America, the owner abandoned a plan to turn Christina or Cristina into a floating restaurant . . possibly in Philadelphia, it was dropped off there to mark a shoal. A search of NYTimes archives from 1920 until 1980 turns up nothing about either this grounded vessel or
When spring actually gets here and work slows down, I plan to put a human powered vessel in this area and look around more. Thanks to Robert Apuzzo for these fotos.
But . . . as often happens, I found some interesting info on other groundings in the harbor in the past 80 years . . . yes, one happened in the East River less than two weeks ago, as of this writing. Some of these include:
Dec 1936 freighter Malang Roosevelt Island, then Welfare Island
Aug 1951 battleship Wisconsin (actually North River near NJ across from 79th Street)
Oct 1955 battleship Wisconsin Diamond Reef
Dec 1972 tanker Vitta (659′) south of Ward Island, spilling 150 tons of oil
April 1979 tanker Algol East River off 10th Street. If you have a NYTimes subscription, you can read the article here, telling that six Moran tugs came to the assistance of Algol in sprite of the strike then happening.
Apr 28 2005, a gasoline barge struck Diamond Reef, with some spillage. See here.
Meanwhile, if I don’t find some info on that top wreck, I’ll succumb to all the imagined histories, maybe even embroider them a bit, and call it fiction. Not so bad, eh?
Unrelated: Check out this site dedicated to the waterway leading from Rotterdam to the North Sea . . .Maasmond (mouth of the Maas River) Maritime.
A new reader recently asked why “ships” he saw on the sixth boro showed up on AIS as tugs. An excellent question, and not the first time I’ve heard it. . . . Read the first sentence of the wikipedia definition of “ship.” By that definition, how many ships do you see here? (Doubleclick enlarges most.)
Answer is only one, the orange one. The nearer vessel is a barge. The major difference is that a barge lacks its own means of propulsion: no engine, props, or sails. Barges get moved by a tugboat that may tow, push, or strap-on alongside aka on the wire, in push gear, or on the hip, respectively.
Answer is . . . one, Maersk Elizabeth.
Answer is . . . none. Some “tugboats” lack the equipment to tow; they have no winch. Instead, tugs like Laurie Ann Reinauer connect by the bow into a notch designed in the after portion of the barge. Massive pins then lock into structures on the barge inside the notch.
One ship, Princimar Strength, also shown below with two barges and two tugs alongside.
And finally . . . no ships here, just two barges (Energy 13502 and Charleston) with a tug Eagle Service in between.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who could use a bit of help with complexity.
Featured many times on this blog: McAllister Responder (ex-Exxon Empire State, Empire State) launched in 1967 in Jacksonville. Note the deckhand’s communication. If my info is correct, then ghosts
Weeks tug Robert (ex-Emily S, 1982) stands by Crane Barge 532 in midstream off the Financial District, awaiting more “erosion mats.”
Jill Reinauer (1967, ex-Ranger) southbound past Ellis Island, the place the Lenape knew as Kioshk . . . or Gull Island.
Eagle Service (ex-Grant Candies, 1996) and crabber Alexa J off the wintry dunes of ”Konstapel’s Hoeck.”
Jakobson-built, 1967 Ruby M, ex-Texaco Fire Chief, pushing fuel barge Fire Island. Now if you didn’t know this to be the name of local geography, wouldn’t such a name as “fire island” make you nervous?
Lincoln Sea, used to be blue, anchored off Red Hook a few days ago. Off to the left, Moran barge Massachusetts anchors.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.