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How many more folks in the cold first months of 2015 would have slipped on walkways or skidded off roadways had it not been for our annual salt infusion? Spar Spica is the most recent vessel emptied here.
How many old trucks and cars have a second life in the Caribbean islands because of this trade conducted by Grey Shark?
What kind of petroproducts does Pula transport?
The classic Ellen McAllister escorts her in. . .
as another tanker . . . Arionas heads for sea
guided by Elizabeth McAllister.
Deep Blue–named for this??– lingered in port a few days as
did NS Lotus, here a few weeks ago when this ice drifted beyond the Narrows. And what did the crews think of the ice drift?
I really have lost track of the number of salt ships that have delivered anti-ice properties to the land sides of the sixth boro. There was at least one between United Prestige–shown here in mid-February–and Spar Spica.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who is ecstatic to be in a warmer sixth boro this morning.
An unusual vessel working for a line with an unusual name . . . with . . . is that Gabby Miller in the background?
And here’s Laura K Moran, escorting in Durande, with an unusual port of registry on its stern.
Marseille . . . a place on my “wanna-see, gotta gallivant” list.
And another . . . by the color it’s Maersk, escorted in here by . . . Ellen McAllister, I think.
But look, there amidships . . . just above the word “LINE” . . .
. . . is that an Oshkosh?
There’s never a shortage of surprises in the sixth boro. All photos taken in the past few days by Will Van Dorp, who has learned of these forthcoming and unusually large vessels on the horizon somewhere.
Helen Laraway (1957) might be the only tug based in Coeymans, NY.
Thomas J. Brown (1962) . . . Staten Island based will always be a head-turner.
Charles A (1979) is another first-view for me.
Chesapeake Coast (201) has spent much of its career in the sixth boro.
Quantico Creek (2010) and USACE Hocking (?) enter the east end of the Kills, although I think Hocking was tracing a survey pattern.
Susan Miller (1981) moves a spud barge westbound.
Prospector (1982?) sank at the dock in high winds about two months ago and is being refurbished.
Also, high and dry for a shave and a make-over is Iron Mike.
And let’s call it a day with Barbara McAllister (1969).
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who hopes the internet folk keep the photos coursing through my local wires and those far off ones.
Half Moon . . . is heading from the erstwhile new Netherlands to the old Netherlands soon.
Click here for other Half Moon tugster posts from the past few years.
Once settled in in Hoorn, her immediate home waters will be Markermeer and after that IJsselmeer. I took this photo looking out over the Markermeer half a year ago. To the right is Hoorn and to the left is Enkhuisen. For the connection between the small city of Hoorn and the rock at the tip of South America, click here.
Some years ago, bowsprite and I started a blog called Henry’s Obsession . . . about the voyage of the original Half Moon. It’s a blog . . . so it’s in reverse chronological order.
One more photo . . . taken by Bernie Ente some years ago . . shows her deep draft and
used with permission here.
But first . . . it’s a race, and there are trophies for such categories as best-looking, best mascot, best tattooed crew person . . . . And there is pushing and jostling, for which there are no trophies. But what would you call this?
From l to r, lining up are Meagan Ann, Houma, Bering Sea, a little of Robert E. McAllister, Buchanan 1, Mister T, and Emily Ann.
Here’s a view of Robert E.’s business end under way.
Mako III seemed to carry a different name last year. It began life as an Army ST, although I don’t know what number she carried. 66, perhaps?
And they were off. Fells Point, the nearest vessel, is likely the newest boat in the race.
More photos later.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who is grateful to NYMedia Boat and Bjoern Kils for getting the best positions for photography during the sixth boro’s premiere Labor Day event, the 22nd annual Great North River Race organized by the Working Harbor Committee, who also deserve a big round of applause.
Two questions you might have are . . why does the Army have boats, and who was MGen Anthony Wayne? Here are links A and B to answer the first part–please add detail if you know it–and here’s the info on General Wayne, sometimes called “mad General Wayne.”
Click here to read the first five posts in this series.
I’ve noticed the vessel below docked along the south side of GMD Bayonne the last few days, and wondered about the name, Capt. David I Lyon, which sounds unusually American for a ship in the harbor. Looking closer, I see the black-gray-blue-yellow stack stripes that identify it as an MSC vessel, not to be confused with this type of MSC vessel. I turns out Capt. David I Lyon is a very newly christened MSC vessel, and here’s the rest of the story. Hat’s off.
Completely unrelated . . . there must be some fish swarming alongside the vessel, maybe feeding and leaving scraps for the gulls.
Check out Zim Texas, looking like a typical sixth boro sized c-ship . . . loaded with a few thousand identical containers. But . . .
up there near the top of the stack . . .
And finally, yesterday I overheard the conversation of these two cormorants . . saying something about Gabby and the brightly colored squares, and I thought they were talking about a 1960s rock band I don’t remember. But then I looked out beyond the two chatty birds and noticed
Gabby. That Gabby, but what was the cargo on this barge?
Can you see it better here . . . thanks to New York Media Boat, the best way to see what’s happening in the sixth boro. Many thanks to Bjoern for sharing this photo. Here, from the Staten Island Advance, is more detail.
Again . . . thanks to my friend Bjoern for sharing this photo. And if you are out on the water today, keep your eyes open wide . . . and cameras handy.
All other photos by Will Van Dorp.
As day broke, the fog descended. Here was Zhen Hua 10 right outside the Narrows around 0700.
Marie J. Turecamo stood by.
Nicholas Miller ferried out . . . crew? . . . materials?
Here’s how the bridge looked by 0720. i had to do some work, and when I
returned at 1030 . . . the bridge looked like this and Zhen Hua 10 and escorts looked like
All photos by Will Van Dorp. Here’s the Shanghai-based company site.
Do you recognize this ship?
Well, actually, Petroleum Producer is a barge, not a ship. And Galveston is a 12,000 hp tug.
And in port she needs assistance . . . here Freddy K Miller (I think . . . on starboard) and Pegasus.
This generation of ATB units replaces ITBs that were still in the sixth boro when tugster started to pay attention back in 2006. Back then, there was a fleet of ITBs, now waiting the scrapyard. Click here and here for closeups I did of one of them, ITB Philadelphia, last known to be laid up in Great Bitter Lake in Egypt. Anyone have followup news?
The last time I caught closeups of Petroleum Producer and Galveston it was here (scroll through) in the Cape Fear River over two years ago.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Unrelated: Check out this 450’+ mutation here.
That’s Hobo on the left. And what is that larger vessel? Although I was told it was a supply vessel, a little hunting turned up another category, a botruc . . . or bo-truc.
Here, according to the owner, the yellow stripe was added to make the vessel–which has spent most of its life serving the island with the DoHS research facility and NOT the island where I used to live— appear less ominous.
Check hull #94. This is what Plum Isle looked like in 1963. It introduces a new word . . . botruc, quite the 1960s word. Here’s another. Click here for a photo of a vessel with similar lines, the Blount-built Sailor, a lube tanker that worked–or still works–on the Delaware.
So . . does this new word apply to Rosemary as well? Bopickups?
And Danalith . . . here headed for Cape Verde, is she a shi-cars?
All photos except the archival one by Will Van Dorp.
Here was 7 in the series.
BB 163 . . . is a still used antique, up on the Canal that connects the Great Lakes with the sixth boro. Some day, when it’s warmer, I hope to learn much more about these BBs, buoy boats. I’ll do more on BB 163 later. For now, I can’t look at this and NOT see the flag of Colombia or Ecuador.
Gabby has been featured here many times.
Miller Boys is a crew boat.
But really the focus here is the line boats operated by Ken’s Marine.
It might be 5 above zero or 5 below 100 F, these crews are shuttling lines from ship to shore, negotiating with crews on a vessel as well as crews on shore.
Note the ship line handler chief watching the line boat and signaling to his crew to pay out line.
Once the line boat gets to the shoreline, the shore crew takes over. Given the ice I know is on those rocks, this is a job requiring concentration and sure-footedness as well as strength.
Once lines are on, the line boat stands off until they get snugged. Then there are lots more lines to get on.
“All fast” needs to be done quickly and thoroughly. Not long after this vessel was snug, two container ships passed between Medi Osaka on this side and UACC Masafi on the other side, creating tremendous lateral pressure on all vessels, straining the lines.
But all fast is all fast. Bravo, guys.
All Fotos by Will Van Dorp.