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Here was 3 in the series. The sixth boro is indeed a huge fuel transfer port, and I need to make a more concerted effort to learn which transfers are imports and which . . . exports. Meanwhile, a look at the variety of vessels involved in just a few days shows Energy Century,
Aurora N with Crystal Cutler on the far side of a fuel barge in the distance,
Patrick Sky passing the bow of Summit Europe,
and finally, passing a Laura K. Moran docking SCF Pechora, it’s Diane B with barge John Blanche.
Cold and snow do not slow this trade; in fact, it’s when the temperature drops that this trade speeds up.
The link here may show the first glimpse I had of Balder. Let me share my getting better acquainted, but first . . . the foto below I took 13 months ago. Note the different colors of salt, reflecting
different provenances, as explained in Ian Frazier’s New Yorker article below. Buy a copy to get the rest of the story.
Without this vessel, all of us who drive the roads or walks the sidewalks and streets within the metropolis surrounding the sixth boro would be at greater risk of slipping and crashing. Framed that way, Balder could not be better named. Here’s what Kimberly Turecamo looks like from Balder‘s bridge.
On the far side of the channel, that’s Dace.
Here’s what has come forth from Balder‘s belly, a bit of the Atacama Desert on the KVK. Huge tractors load the trucks that come to a highway department near you today.
This 246′ arm, reaching nearly to Richmond Terrace, offloads at the relatively slow rate of 8oo tons per hour.
And here’s the hold just emptied, one hold of five. Notice the ladders and the tracks at the base of the hold.
Click here to see the unloading machinery in action.
Here’s what gets even the last pound making up the nearly 50,000-ton payload onto the salt dock.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp. Thanks to Brian DeForest of Atlantic Salt and the Balder crew for the tour.
I’ll start here for a reason. This 1941 vessel built in Stamford, CT, was originally YTL 169, 61′ loa. In November 1997 she was called Spuyten Duyvil and used to transport the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree from Stony Point to the East river. I’ve mentioned this before, but although I’ve searched high and low, by letter, word-of-mouth, and electronically . . . I’ve located NO fotos of that event. None!! Can this event have completed eluded the photography crowd? If you know of a foto, please get in touch. Click here for a foto of this tug–I believe–I took almost 8 years ago now.
Ever Decent . . . foto taken 10 days ago, here being passed by Evening Star, is already well into the Pacific Ocean.
Turecamo Girls, here in the KVK, was waiting on the outside of the Amtrack Prtal Bridge last week, but of course I didn’t have a camera.
Amy C McAllister slings in a Bouchard barge, and
McAllister Sisters does the same with a Reinauer barge.
Bering Dawn moves another dredge scow out to sea.
Bob-tailed B. Franklin heads back to her barge, and
Eastern Dawn heads west into the Kills.
So, does anyone know of a foto showing Spuyten Duyvil with the 1997 Rockefeller Christmas tree heading south from Stony Point?
All fotos except the top one by Will Van Dorp.
Count’em . . . three! Becky Ann and two of Ken’s boats.
Click here to see a post I did a few months back on crewboats exclusively. Miami River shuttles in here past Charleston in drydock.
Becky, Doris, and Maria T.
Wolf River has returned to the sixth boro after some time away. Brazil maybe?
A few weeks ago, here’s Julia assisting as Freddy K Miller prepares to move a construction barge away from Governors Island.
Miss Ayva in the straits of Gowanus down under the BQE is one of the workhorses . . . work ponies of the harbor, not unlike
this unidentified vessel off Happy Dynamic‘s stern and
Gabby . . . here staying ahead of Sarah Ann and her clutch of barges and
Julia fearlessly speeding out the flat Narrows to run someone out to Gravesend Bay.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Crow languishes here in Port Newark.
A detail-impoverished foto of Manson Construction‘s hopper dredge Glenn Edwards along with tug Kendall J. Hebert. Actually Samantha Miller is hiding in the haze near starboard stern of the dredge, anchored in Gravesend Bay.
Click here for a coloful foto of Kendall J. Hebert.
Some of the other boats I’ve seen recently are Susan E. Witte,
Katherine, (Last summer I caught Katherine pulling a dredge scow in Morehead City, North Carolina)
Pati R. Moran,
Ron G, which I first read as Rong. Often she’s in Philadelphia.
Gabby L Miller,
Miriam Moran returning to base after retrieving the docking pilot,
And finally, a boat I’ve never seen before . . . Navigator. Anyone know her story? I took this foto Sunday morning.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Here was a post I did in early spring 2013. She went to Portland, Maine for the work, and this morning
she returned to South Street Seaport Museum pier, about 36 hours travel out of Gloucester.
The timing was perfect for me . . . as I’m currently reading A Dream of Tall Ships, Peter Stanford’s account of the years from 1965–1974, when as the subtitle of the book has it, a story of “how NYers came together to save the city’s sailing-ship waterfront.” Well . . . round 1, at least.
Lettie looked glorious in the morning sun, nestling back beside Ambrose, but I couldn’t help looking especially closely at the bow. I’d just read this account the day before in Stanford’s book, a recollection about the vessel then-called Caviare in September 1968
“there was one thing that needed replacing, which not vital to the schooner’s structure, mattered a great deal to her appearance. This was the gammon knee, an oak extension of the stem arching forward under the bowsprit, which nicely completes the sweeping curve of the clipper bow. The old schooner’s gammon knee had been chopped back into a stump to allow a heavy rope fender to be slung under the bow when she’d been adapted for work as a tug.”
Wow! That’s one old foto I’d love to see, this vessel, with a rope bow fender, pushing a barge. Anyone have such a foto?
Lettie‘s back, and so is this fleet. Maybe Lettie‘d love to come out fishing with them? Vessel in the distance is Pati R. Moran. Brown fishboat in the foreground is Eastern Welder.
All fotos this morning by Will Van Dorp.
Not Afrodite although Apollon is otherwise a twin.
This IS Afrodite. All the rest of these fotos are compliments of Paul Strubeck.
In this set of Paul’s fotos, you may conclude that his conveyance is overtaking Afrodite, but I’m reversing the order as the vessel Afrodite–leaves the upper Hudson running towards sea and St. John.
Click here for the rest of the TCM (I’m not sure why the T-E- N) fleet.
This looks like Kathleen Turecamo and Frances assisting Afrodite out of the berth.
I took the first foto, but all the others I am grateful to Paul Strubeck for.
Sun rays descend at 75 degrees as Shelby moves a crane 552 with boom raised as nearly to 90 degrees as it can be and still do work . . .
Joyce D. Brown . . . passes IMTT, where a crane rises
A morning RIB patrol shadows, weapon pointed upward . . .
James escorts in a parcel tanker . . . .
and here’s today’s Robbins Reef, as Twin Tube approaches . . .
All fotos by Will Van Dorp. I hope to see some of you at the auction tomorrow night. If you can’t make it, there’s an absentee bidding form here.
Sunrise to the left of Coney Island Light and tug Escort, a Jakobson boat. Note how calm the water is.
The mighty Resolute passing the lofty Chesapeake Coast, with a loftier tower off in the distance.
James Turecamo–a Matton boat– tailing Stolt Aquamarine
Gulf Dawn with GL 54
Escort six hours after the lead foto . . notice what 22+ knot wind out of the west does. That’s Taft Beach disappearing behind the island.
And Potomac heads eastbound. I’m thinking to use Robbins Reef light as the terminal punctuation for all posts this week. Do you remember these signs that used a product name in the same way? I’m gathering if you are over 55 and a US resident, you’ll know about Burma Shave. Otherwise, you’ll think I’ve lost it again.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, this morning.
And check out this Staten Island Advance story on Robbins Reef light rehab work, featuring my foto!
Barney Turecamo with barge Georgia and
Buchanan 12 light, under the same wintry sky. The last time I saw the 12 was back when tugster last took a swimming day. I’d love to see the high and dry hulls of Barney and Mary.
Franklin Reinauer and Taft Beach leaving Erie Basin and
Franklin here refueling with Ruth M.
Robert E. McAllister, passing where warehouses are being transformed into park equipment and
Passing the cranes at the former Military Ocean terminal it’s Mary Gellatly and headed the other way
Marjorie B. McAllister.
Joyce D. Brown westbound past IMTT and here a few minutes later Joyce with
Meredith C. Reinauer right behind.
Shelby slings some barges and
magnificent Maryland –as seen from a low angle–made to the dock.
A Vane unit . . . I don’t recall and can’t identify . . . a few minutes after sunrise.
All fotos taken the past month by Will Van Dorp.