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Picking up this retrospective post with the beginning of May 2015, it’s a nearly 40-year-old and tired Barents Sea, waiting then as now for what’ll likely be a “fish habitat” future.
Here’s first glimpse of an early June trip I’ve never reported on via this blog. More on this vessel will appear soon–currently working in the Dominican Republic. The red vessel in the distance is F. C. G. Smith, a Canadian Coast Guard survey boat.
Eastern Dawn pushes Port Chester toward the Kills.
I’m omitting a lot from my account here;
The end of July brought me back to the south bank of the KVK watching Joyce D. Brown go by. July was a truly trying month . . is all I’ll say for now.
In early August Wavertree awaited the next step into its rehab, and I
made a gallivanting stop in New Bedford, a place I’d not visited in too long.
All photos by will Van Dorp.
Here was the first in the series. That one ended on a “back-to-work” note.
This one . . . probably will not have a happy ending, unless of course you’re a fish looking for structure or a diver wanting to explore. Here’s a view of the vessel pre-sixth boro days. And here’s the last time I saw her run. Call Barents Sea high . . . and potentially wetter and wetter.
Have a look while you can.
When she gets reefed, I’d love photos.
Thanks to Birk, here’s her history.
Click here for a guide to fishing and diving on New Jersey reefs.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Most if not all of these vessels have appeared here before, but bear with me because a surprise follows.
Gramma Lee T Moran,
Ruby M with dredge Glenn Edwards in the distance,
Emerald Coast going head-to-head–not really–with Red Hook,
Paul Andrew eastbound on the East River,
heading in the same direction about the same hour are Catherine Miller and
Susan Miller. By the way, in the pic above here’s a close-up of that green sculpture almost dead center of the photo.
Ok, now we’re getting to the “different” part. Note Maryland in December 2008 and
in early April 2015.
Ditto Baltic Sea in August 2009 and –gasp—
last year. I concur with someone on FB who said it appears she’s been whitewashed with some trim made out of crude oil mixed with pulverized charcoal. This is sad to see.
And these photos are from an ad that’s now over a year old. I wonder if they changed hands . . .
Can anyone identify the other tug in the center of the photo below?
All photos except the last three by Will Van Dorp.
Here was 2.
So let’s remember how Viking looked in 2011, and
how she looked this past week.
Ditto . . . here was Annabelle V. Roehrig is early 2008, which
looked like this in 2009. Notice the pins in the modified bow.
And here she was this weekend, departing Bayonne with
assistance from Taurus, which itself
has changed from this in 2009 to
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who along with the rest of us . . . never changes. Ha!
A search for a photo assignment sent me to the August 2009 section of the universe, and these photos served as a cold water shock . . . how much stuff has changed in under five years. Crow of course is as “good” as gone, but do you know which tugs are attached to Freedom and RTC 28?
How about Vernon C on Freedom and
Janice Ann Reinauer? In 2009 there was as much demolition happening on the Brooklyn side as is now crumbling on Manhattan side.
And from the same week . . . K-Sea was still in full force here. Where is Greenland Sea today?
And this classic . . . Kristin Poling along with fleet mate . . .
John B. Caddell, which as recently as last week was still awaiting the torches and jaws of repurposing.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Oh . . . this could be the first of many time warps.
I should rename this post “Time Warp.” I started it in May 2008 and this morning–in response to some Facebook exchanges–resurrected it. Maybe I will begin a series called “Time Warp,” though, and any photos no more than 20 years old–to pick an arbitrary boundary and to keep the series from becoming ancient time warp which could be its own thing– . . . any photos you wish to contribute no more than two decades old would be welcome. Maybe I gave up on this post six years back because I had too many unanswered questions.
Anyhow, to plunge back in . . . Robert Silva and Harold Tartell provided foto of Manhasset from way back, when it sported a flying horse on its stack . . . . I assumed this vessel was long ago scrapped. I’m also assuming the location of this shot can be pegged by the two LNG tanks in the background.
Here’s a photo I took in 2008: a different small tankship Mostank (1950) maneuvers close to a tanker. I don’t know if Galahad is still in service, and
Here in Arthur Kill to resupply, I suppose, Mostank . . . M O S being Marine Oil Service. Mostank shows up as registered until at least a year ago. Emma Miller now serves the sixth boro.
Back then, John B. Caddell was still working. Is she still intact?
Nathan E. Stewart was still in town and here moving Mary A. Whalen to the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
The unique Odin still worked here, and
Weddell Sea was still known as Scott C.
All photos here by will Van Dorp unless otherwise attributed.
See it there, the modest red covered barge between Wavertree and Peking? The steel covered barge is called Progress today. Once it transported coffee from ship to shore. I’m making a note to myself: learn more about these.
And right across the East River to the right of the firehouse at Fulton Landing, that modified but still modest white barge used to be Erie Lackawanna 375. It too transported coffee. More on this later. I took this foto 6/16/2009.
Here’s another modified coffee barge, this one just south of Camden, NJ, now the floating office of McAllister in that waterway.
It’s a counterpart to this McAllister office on the KVK. So given all these repurposed coffee barges I knew about, why
did it take me a day short of seven years doing this blog to go to Bargemusic, the EL 375 barge in the foto above? Shame on me, posing in the “shadow selfie” below, for waiting so long to check out this extraordinary barge.
I trekked out there yesterday in spite of the gusty sub-freezing weather to hear some music and have a look.
Jung Lin was warming up on the Steinway, as
was Andy Simionescu.
I didn’t–and one shouldn’t–take fotos during the performance, but during intermission, I went out onto the pier to see the view from the “back” of the stage.
Here’s the obit of founder Olga Bloom–with more info on her barge project– from the NYTimes almost exactly two years ago. From this article, I learn this was her third barge, that it was built around 1900, and that Peter Stamford was instrumental in getting it permission to dock at Fulton Landing. Here’s a spring 1978 article on what may have been Bargemusic’s first season. Here’s a link that gets you an interview with the current president and calendar of upcoming events. By the way, at 2:48 in that interview, a Bouchard tug passes eastbound on the East River.
Credits to those who offered marine trade skills and others can be found here.
Request: the bargemusic site credits a Captain Hearnley as the one to tow the barge to this location. Can anyone say anything about him? Does anyone know the name of the tug or . . . have a foto of that tow? When was the former EL 375 last hauled?
Final shot for today, a foto from 8/27/2010 of Volunteer passing bargemusic.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp. If you have never been to bargemusic, you’ll thank youself if you go there SOON.
March 2010, and
… can it be and not in Kirby white but
Vane classic green?
the LongIsland-built tug with a Louisiana name, Houma! And pushing DBL 25!
All fotos today by Will Van Dorp.
See it there on AIS between Samuel Newhouse and
Grave Grace Victoria? Pretty Scene . . . and I missed getting a foto of it!! I also recently missed getting fotos of potentially pretty scenes–or mediocre pics of vessels with interesting names like African Jaguar, Afrodite, and Great Reward.
Given that “pretty” is as subjective as the ocean is wide, you can judge whether you find these random scenes at all pretty. Can you guess the tug to the right?
Try this . . . the pair of Brown family boats with a couple of Weeks crane barges, or
G. B. Corrado by day at the salt pile where the Weeks crane barges transfer the cargo and
by darkness at the same location passing a large MSC Sindy,
a McAllister tug escorting out a RORO, or
a Dann Marine tug backing into a dock to pivot in place a bunker barge, or
a Moran tug putting power on the stern of a container ship?
I think they’re pretty scenes all. And that tug up on the drydock in the first foto . . . Marjorie B. McAllister.
Click here for an account of gallivants in and around Ocracoke and Hatteras Inlets as well as my connection to these waters. Beaufort Inlet–near Cape Lookout–is scheduled for some depth maintenance these days with Marinex Construction excavating what McFarland count not extract. Katherine Weeks enters the inlet from sea with a light scow.
The only USACE presence I saw was Snell. USACE awarded Marinex the contract to subtract a half million tons of sand from beneath these waves.
I believe this is cutterhead/pipleine dredge Savannah, connected by pipeline to this
scow and loading equipment.
When Katherine tows the loaded scow out–here past Sea Quest II, a dive boat (more on that later)
Na Hoku-formerly a K-Sea vessel—
tails. The Sea Knight helicopter
just happened overhead. I’d love the view from a helicopter here.
Once through the narrow inlet, Katherine heads out for the dumping area and Na Hoku returns to its holding station.
Who knew the inlet could be this busy . . . l to r: Grace Moran, Aurora, Na Hoku, and Salamina1. More on the last one on that list tomorrow. Aurora, listed as a sulphur carrier, carries PotashCorp colors.
Potash Corp has their big mine about 35 miles from here, as the pelicans fly.
Chief is clearly a Marinex tug.
I’m not sure the ID of the inbound vessel here passing Chief, here heading out to the dredge.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.