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I blame my dear friend Christina Sun for this post. Well, “blame” is the wrong word, but I’ll use it. She started it many years ago with this post on her blog, a project which I believe is “under re-powering and life extension,” to borrow someone else’s phrasing, and needs some encouragement, although she’ll blame me now for speaking that.
I’m impressed by murals, official and otherwise. Mayor Steven Fulop in Jersey City has promoted this public art in the city on the west side of the sixth bor. Enjoy these.
I like the wave here, but even more, love that copper sheath on the cylindrical corner to the lower right. It reminds me of a firecracker, or old-fashioned “rocket of the future.”
Near FIT in Manhattan, folks were painting
these as I passed.
Here are some on 9th Street in Brooklyn in the block directly south of the Gowanus Canal.
Back in Manhattan, here’s one seen from both ends on the west side of the Maritime Hotel, a once-maritime related building that was left as on the high tide mark when the port receded and left Manhattan.
Upriver in Troy and under the Green Island Bridge, it’s Troybot, who in the third panel of four
appears to be saving a sinking passenger vessel.
Also in Troy and under the Route 7 Bridge, someone summoned the spirits of some exotic sirens.
This is a unique form of tagging, drawing on the algae-covered walls of a lock chamber as it drains.
Oswego invites its high school students in.
That Great Lakes city also has this mural about an event in another Great Lakes city that inspired this quite profound hymn.
Here’s a mural visible from the Cuyahoga and under a bridge in Cleveland.
Ann Arbor’s Huron River has never known these faunas, but someone still imagined them.
But it was in Montreal this fall that I saw the best murals, as on this wall, with a variety of influences.
This one commemorates an actress from the Beijing opera. Click here for the back story and the artists.
Here are some in Beacon NY a few years ago.
All photos here by Will Van Dorp, whose point here is that he takes photos of other things while focusing boat to boat.
Yesterday’s post showed the 1923 SS California, which was launched with three funnels until it the two dummies were removed.
The SS California below was launched in 1928 to operate as a vessel in the Panama Pacific division of the American Line Steamship Company, as shown below. But a decade later, it was sold to the United States Maritime Commission, which modified it extensively to comply with new fireproofing requirements post-Morro Castle fire. They also removed one of the funnels and renamed the vessel SS Uraguay. Click here to see the two superstructures on the hull side by side.
Mr. Gmelin caught it here passing the Jersey-side Holland Tunnel vent. Anyone have guesses on the two ferries shown?
Actually this first in this series started here. The ship is SS California, launched in April 1923. If you look at the top photo in the link in the previous sentence, you’ll see this SS California started with three funnels, although it’s likely that two of the three were dummies. Extra “dummy” funnels were “style enhancements,” added for appearance. Notice the Lipton Tea building along the water in Hoboken? The photo was cropped as shown. Anyone help identify the tugboat company?
As I mentioned in the September post linked above, I bought an album of prints at an antique shop in Oswego NY on one of my stops there this summer. We were spending extra time there to replace a prop dinged on an immovable uncharted underwater obstruction. Thanks to William Lafferty, I’ve learned that Mr. Gmelin “was a Cranford, New Jersey, based amateur photographer and maritime historian. He was one of the earliest members of the Steamship Historical Society of America and an occasional contributor to its journal, Steamboat Bill [now called Power Ships]. He died in 2001 at the age of eighty-eight.” Click here and scroll for a photo of Mr. Gmelin, whose full name including the first name spelling I used above was stamped on the back of most of the photos.
Click here for SHSA’s online gallery.
I could not make the Sunday heats, so here are two more of my photos of the British entry showing how these boats perform . . .
above the surface with most of the hull. Approaching shore requires caution . . . but thanks to Frank Hanavan, here is a set of photos showing what happened along the Jersey shoreside, Morris Canalside . . . on Sunday. The New York race over,
one by one the boats were hooked and
lifted above and beyond the watery confines,
lowered carefully for a landing
in the parking lot at Liberty Landing Marina, and
prepped for the road, and
loaded into the containers that will likely travel beyond the sixth boro along I-80 and I-90 into Chicago for events starting June 10.
For these bright Sunday photos, many thanks to Frank Hanavan, whose website here shows what he spends most of his time engaged in.
More photos from the event soon.
. .. make that boats and ships. Thanks to Allen Baker for sending along this set of T-AKR 294 Antares moving out of GMD back in January 2010. Yup, some drafts get caught in an eddy and they spin round and round never getting posted. But I’m a believer that late is better than never.
Antares is a Fast Sealift vessel. Other Fast Sealift ships can be found here.
Charles D and Ellen McAllister assist her stern first out and
spin her around to head for sea.
Recent other government boats include this NJ State Police launch and
this one I’ve never seen before. (Or since, unless it’s been repainted)
One more, here’s 300 of the New York Naval Militia.
First three fotos come thanks to Allen Baker, from early 2010. Others are mine.
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?