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I’ve a friend in the NJ town who pronounces her place of residence as if it started “H O B U . . . .” The NJ city has a population density of 39,2012 people per square mile. Many of them came down to the water in July 2014 for the City of Water Day, when I took these photos.
Anyone know the vintage of this small yard tug?
As weird fate would have it, they traveled immediately to North Carolina, where their sponsor lived, which –as the seagulls fly–is about 30 miles from Hobucken, NC, where this USCG station is located.
I don’t know if my parents ever visited Hobucken. There’s the fish fleet just past the Route 304 bridge.
I’d love to stop by the town someday soon.
By the way, it has a population density of 25 people per square mile.
Two Boys intrigued me, a 1966 44′ retired USCG boat.
Anyone know if there’s a connection between the two place names?
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Sorry if I confused a few of you with the acronym GHP&W. You see how it expands above. I suppose this is a sixth boro gunkhole of an upscale sort, and I’ll let you guess where at first. And given the date today, my misleading clue is “turkey sailboat.”
I’ll use relative cardinal directions: looking north,
And five minutes later . . . looking west,
and east. That’s Brooklyn over on the far side.
And . . . while staying in the channels, you could get to a Manhattan dock in less than 20 minutes from our initial photo.
Here’s a chart view and here’s
more context. See the two green diamonds at lower left of this image? The lower of the two is Teal Bulker, which you saw above. The blue diamond down there is a NYWaterways boat, just 17 minutes from Pier 11. And just north of the complex is a beach that might hint at what sixth boro coastlines once were.
All photos by Will Van Dorp. Oh, and that clue intended to distract, here it is, and it has nothing to do with Thanksgiving.
On a personal note, I’d like to thank all of you for reading tugster and contributing in so many ways. To everyone that I’ve crossed paths with in the past year and the foregone 2950+ posts, thank you.
Happy Thanksgiving today and every day. Life is precious and unpredictable.
Let’s start at the sixth boro’s own Kearny Point. Federal Ship Building & Dry Dock used to be there. On December 1, 1943, a time when that place was turning out a vessel a week or so, hull #303 was delivered as USS Stern, DE-187. After eight years as a USN vessel, she was transferred to the Netherlands as F-811, HNLMS Van Zijll, her identity until 1967 when she was returned to the US and scrapped.
John van der Doe, frequent contributor on this blog, sailed on F-811 around the world in 1954–55, as he says “employed with the US Naval Task-force Pacific fleet 4 or 6 (forgot the number) during the Korean war.”
Aden, stop for bunkers.
Hong Kong, awaiting orders.
Yokosuka, Japan, here and
here. That background landscape is still recognizable today.
Click here for some more of that era.
Pacific side of the Panama Canal, now 1955.
And here’s a photo of the Kearny-built vessel taking on stores in Ponta Delgada, Azores.
Later, Jan took this photo in then-Leningrad. I believe that’s St. Isaac’s Cathedral.
Many thanks to Jan for these photos from long ago and faraway.
The title is such a mouthful that I’ll soon reduce it to GHP&W. Although this blog began with photos and observations of mostly working vessels in the great harbor associated with New York City, the watery part of which I call the sixth boro, the blog followed a course suggested by these vessels to other GHP&Ws. And given then the global nature of water traffic, it seems logical to devote at least a month to other GHP&Ws.
I’ll kick off with this post about a port I’ll likely never visit, the former Aral Sea fishing port of Moynaq in Uzbekistan. The photos come from Getty Images by Bjorn Holland and Kelly Cheng. Surprisingly maybe, I live in a neighborhood of NYC where Uzbek is the dominant language, which was part of my motivation to read a Tom Bissell book called Chasing the Sea: Lost among the Ghosts of Empire in Central Asia. I highly recommend it.
So here are some detail areas of a huge aerial photo print I saw the other day. Can anyone point to detail that confirms a date? My guess is somewhere in the 50s or 60s. The first photo below shows the southeast point of Bayonne NJ. The peninsula bisecting the top and bottom is MOTBY. Governors Island is upper right and the Statue is upper left with the southern tip of Manhattan along the top.
Below is a closer up of the lower right corner of the photo above, showing that tugboat, some barges, and two sets of trucks at the cement dock.
Note the Statue and Ellis Island. To the left of it is now Liberty State Park. The Caven Point Pier crosses the center of the photo and the current Global Terminal is still waiting for fill.
Below is the just capped landfill that is topped by the Bayonne Golf Club. Lower left is quite the gunkhole with disintegrating watercraft I’d love to see a closeup of.
Remember that all the B/W “photos” above are parts of the same aerial shot.
Let’s have a fun month with lots of GHP&Ws. And not to be too prescriptive, I’d love photos from a variety of GHP&Ws in Asia and Africa, mostly lacking in my previous 2900+ posts. Of course, here and here are a few posts I’ve done on African ports; here, Asian; and here and here, South American.
While I’m asking for collaboration, I have a chance to replicate a trip on a major African river that I originally did in 1973-74; what I seek is leads to a publication that might be interested in the story and photos. The trip is pricey, and if I can sell a tale with photos, I can offset some of the expense. Anyone have ideas or connections?
and in. All new builds follow the same arc, even though the details differ. Check out the splash of Onrust here over a half decade back. Here’s how the water came up to meet Pegasus back five years ago.
To finish the dory, there’s a trip
through the Kills and
across Raritan Bay to get to Cheesequake Creek. Pam writes, “Carl Baronowshi, owner of the yard was helpful in determining the rig. Traditionally it would have been a push the boom up alongside the mast and unstep the whole business and lay it in the boat. I wasn’t strong enough to list the mast out of the step without raising havoc if it got out of the step, John help me figure out a gooseneck and track arrangement so we could lower the sail in a less cumbersome manner.”
Ibis is launched,
eager to what she was built for.
More photos follow.
The last photo of yesterday’s post here showed a dory in the beginning stages of construction. Its placement there conforms to Chekhov’s gun principle. So here’s what follows. Maybe I should call this post . . .” in the shadow of an old building and protected by the body of a Chinese laundry truck, Ibis hatches, fledges, and more . . .” but that would be rather long. So just enjoy.
Garboards in place,
planks fastened and plugs driven . . . About the clamps, Pam says “they are simple and brilliant. They have really long jaws to be able to reach across a plank to clamp the new plank to the one already in place. Wedges get tapped into the other end to tighten the grip.”
Sheer strake in place, and now
it’s time to roll her over.
“Dories are usually built on their frames which act as the mold stations – I would do it that way if I built another dory. We used the mold stations and steam bent frames to go into the boat. Steam bending is an experience, although hair-raising… handling a hot piece of wood, and maneuvering clamps quickly before wood cools… It is hugely satisfying though.”
Ibis has a beautiful bow, soon to be cutting through sixth boro waters
Again, many thanks to Pamela Hepburn for use of her photos and in some cases, her commentary.
So what’s this orb off the port side of battleship New Jersey, BB-62. BB . . as in basketball?
And what’s that experimental gear on the after deck of Timothy McAllister?
And is that orb headed for a swish . . .
while this crew in unusual garb watch from the Big J?
Many thanks to Dave Boone for sharing these really spring-fever inducing photos! See Dave’s work here.
There’s fog of war, and then there’s warships in fog. Click here for another.
Note the Hoboken tower off the bow in the photo above and off the stern . . . below.
That’s Ellen McAllister at the stern and Elizabeth alongside midships.
I’m guessing there is a photographer in this vessel.
See it there off the stern?
All photo taken this morning by Will Van dorp, who has been back in the sixth boro for over a week now but is still mostly “unpacking” the canal experiences, which will be shared shortly.
Here was my post two years ago, and here are some photos I took on and around the first CoWD. Peter Stanford, several decades back, organized an annual Sea Day, which I think is a better name. Squint your eyes looking at the photo below and you almost imagine a planet of water. Almost, right?
I’m happy that summer and winter brings sightseers onto the water using these vessels.
Squint again and from this perspective the boro of Manhattan looks a bit like the bow of a vessel, WTC1 being the stem post. Fireboat Harvey and the rowboat are much near New Jersey, though, than the city of NYC.
It’s the city of Hoboken water day?
It’s actually the sixth boro water day . . . with land activities on boros, islands, and cities in a neighboring state. Below, it’s Village Community Boathouse rowers past Pier A.
Meanwhile, in the midst of it all, work goes on along the front of the inimitable Manhattan skyline, Sassafras here with DoubleSkin 39.
And here as the day starts, the iconic Pegasus . . . and crew . . . reporting for duty, getting those who signed up for free tours on
the primordial boro.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who leaves with his red passport tomorrow for the north country. Posting will happen when possible.
“How could you allow this prolonged death?” said the gull.
And as much evidence as you may have that I’m fascinated by ruins, I’m with the gull on this one.
It’s painful to watch this agony, especially as the sequence of links following from the first one above shows how spectacular this one once was.
Get it over already.
I’ve taken the following photos from the following books, which I own. If you’re interested in the sixth boro past, you should own them too.
Thomas R. Flagg . . . New York Harbor Railroads, vol 2
Here was the interior before it was converted to a restaurant.
And the engine room.
Raymond J. Baxter and Arthur G. Adams . . . Railroad Ferries of the Hudson
The two books I cite are certainly a worthwhile purchase for anyone who looks at today’s sixth boro watersides and imagines the past.