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Below was she on March 10. While I was away, she was refloated.
Below is March 19. To my surprise, the masts had been unstepped.
And below was yesterday, April 17, the day when Executive Director of South Street Seaport Museum, Jonathan Boulware, conducted a tour of the work in progress. Any errors in this reportage are due to my having forgotten my pen and pad.
Since the masts–at up to 20 tons each, if I heard that right–were unstepped, their cleanup and refurbishment has begun.
The underside of the whaleback shows the details of work already completed.
This is the interior of the upper stern, looking to starboard.
Access to the cargo areas during the tour was forward.
I’m eager to see what work gets done to the bowsprit. Check out this post (and scroll) from many years ago when Frank Hanavan and I put fresh paint on that bowsprit.
Wavertree had a tweendeck back in 1895, when she called briefly in the sixth boro, which you can read about here (scroll). In the photo below, you are looking through a hatch in the tweendeck down into the main cargo hold.
And here is the main payload space, the cathedral of cargo, looking toward the stern. On a modern vessel, this would be divided into watertight compartments.
I can’t say this is the manufacturer, but this is the concept–as I understand it–for this ballast.
Mainmast will be restepped here.
Here Jonathan explains the spar work.
When the project is completed, all these spars will be aloft and potentially functional.
This cross section of a spar shows the lamination of the wood. Some of these products are provided–I believe–by Unalam.
Here are some of the finer spars, along
with the directions for re-assembly.
Work going on in the rigging shed included stripping off the old coatings and recovering the high quality old wire of the standing rigging.
Worming, parcelling, and serving protects the wire and produces such sweet smells of pine tar.
Many thanks to South Street Seaport Museum for offering this work progress tour. Any errors here are unintentional and mine.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who thinks anyone who hasn’t read A Dream of Tall Ships by the late great Peter Stanford would really enjoy the saga of Wavertree‘s arrival in the sixth boro as told in that book.
Navigator . . . until I looked carefully, I assumed she operated out of the Chesapeake/Elizabeth River in Virginia, because her colors are similar to tugs like Kodiak. But I stand corrected . . . Balisco Marine Services . . . I had not known that name.
And Realist, the nearer tug, I thought she was always at the dock, as here, tied in front of Hubert Bays.
Well, yesterday, Realist crossed the Upper Bay when I was there, and she needed the upper wheelhouse to see over GL66.
Below is a photo of Realist, taken not quite a year ago. In this batch of photos here from Paul Strubeck, you’ll find a photo of Realist fleet mate Specialist.
Here’s Dolphin, which I last saw in the Mississippi here almost a year and a half ago.
Yesterday the 70 degree air temperatures made the Upper Bay quite foggy, a nice effect.
And finally . . . Genesis Liberty, you can see her here in some of her previous lives– Hornbeck and before– in this post from eight years ago!!
Eight years ago, the skyline didn’t look this way either.
For more older photos of two of the tugs in today’s post, click here, a post from three years ago.
All the photos here by Will Van Dorp.
Here were the previous 28.
I hope what this is becomes apparent through the series.
I guess by now the question should be wherezit?
Answer is tomorrow . . . Many thanks to the crew, who knows who they are.
All photos this weekend by Will Van Dorp.
I don’t actually go looking for parallel posts; maybe it’s just that my brain thinks and eyes see in similar ways from one year to the next in March, but here and here are posts from exactly four years ago.
Although this blog focuses on work boats, I’ll comment on backgrounds today. What’s on the water is fluid, but all the constant transformations on the landsides here are more permanent and yet constantly evolving. Baseline might have been 500 years ago, but even by then it had evolved. The cruise ship here is docked at what today is called Cape Liberty Cruise Port; thirty years ago it was MOTBY.
Over on the nearest shore, left half of the photo is evidence of work where next year an attraction called New York Wheel will spin. I know we’re way past name discussions now, but I’m still for alternatives like Ferries Wheel or NY Wheeler Dealer . . . . And with the reference to “pods,” I’m thinking of a series of sci-fi movies . . .
The uneven, brown land just off the starboard bow of USNS Red Cloud is part of the Bayonne Golf Club, below the surface of which is a capped landfill.
Off to the left, you see current status of the Bayonne side of the bridge named for the same town.
Looking from behind the construction site for the Wheel, some miles to NE are part of the Statue of Liberty and the iconic 1931 Empire State Building.
Note the double deck traffic on the VZ Bridge.
This is looking from the middle of Upper Bay across Red Hook to downtown Brooklyn.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Here are the basics on what you are looking at, mostly from John’s caption: “FAR ROCKAWAY, QUEENS, NEW YORK CITY, NY/USA – FEBRUARY 25, 2016: The 24 meter (78 foot) scallop fishing vessel the Carolina Queen III, rests in surf in the Atlantic Ocean off Far Rockaway on the Rockaway peninsula of the borough of Queens in New York City. The boat ran aground at about 2am and all the crew were safely evacuated by the US Coast Guard.” Of course, there are also the related stories about the USCG 25′ RIB attempting a rescue and capsizing in the 10-12′ seas, and its crew, trained and geared up for such a possibility, safely swimming to shore; and the rescue of Carolina Queen III crew by helicopter. Photos here. A number of the RIBs can be seen here.
Salvage plans are underway. The fishing vessel–to my untrained eye–seems to have held up well, a tribute to its builders as well as to the fact of coming ashore on the sand. Those builders are responsible for two of the newest tugboats in the sixth boro as well.
I’m sure the owners and crew of the vessel feel sick right now.
But looking at John’s remarkable photos, I’m struck by their allure. The calm water, patches of blue sky, reflection of a beautiful machine misplaced on soft sand . . . contrast sharply with how the scene must have appeared to the crews Wednesday night when the wind and spray made the decks feel like hell, a time of uncertainty and fear.
Thanks again to John Huntington for use of these photos.
For a photo of Rodriguez Boatbuilders’ 2015 James E. Brown, click here and scroll.
For a sense of how shipwreck has attracted photographers of four generations of a British family, click here.
Here are previous posts in this series.
These photos come thanks to Jonathan Steinman, who keeps vigil on the East River. Here, he reports from a week ago, “construction of Rockefeller University’s River Campus continues apace … see Susan Miller guiding a barge and crane into position.”
While the day passes, Paul Andrew (?) comes by with a recycling barge, I believe. Here’s an interesting article by David Gelles on the effect tumbled oil prices have had on the recycling business.
And that’s Kimberly Poling . . . but has her color scheme changed back slightly? Or just snow in my eyes?
And on a day when the sixth boro is seeing single digit temperatures, I know it’s inhuman to post these next two photos. I took them about three weeks ago in this location, where I started my sailing project. Any guesses?
Here’s a shot I took about a mile south of the previous photo.
Answer tomorrow. Meanwhile, if you need warming up, here’s my tribute to today . . . .
Thanks to Jonathan for the first three photos; Will Van Dorp took the last two.
I was reading the NYTimes Magazine on January 10, 2016 and on pages 4 and 5 saw this advertising spread . . . . It’s clear that 70 Vestry is selling a view, and what is that view?
It’s Pegasus and
Lilac. Great. Maybe I could call it Pegasus/Lilac Real Estate.
But look at where the prices start for this real estate? No problem either, but it seems there
could be a contribution to those projects that make up the view that was advertised?
To see the spread, check the NYTimes Magazine of January 10, 2016.
Here’s an index to the 44 prior posts by this name. CMA CGM Parsifal here is heavily laden, looks huge–and for the sixth boro is one of the largest that have called to date–almost 11oo’ loa and around 8500 teu-capacity, but relative to the current largest container ship in the world is smaller by half, ranked by capacity.
I’ve done lots of posts focusing on intriguing names, but Parsifal needs to be added to that list. In the foreign-to-me world of opera, Parsifal was a “pure fool,” the only knight unsullied enough to get the magic sword back from the evil seductress Kundry. Cool.
Here’s JRT Moran–the sixth boro’s newest new tug–coming out to meet Troitsky Bridge.
JRT teams up here with the venerable James Turecamo, a tandem that shows evolution in twin screw design over almost a half century. Troitsky [trinity] Bridge is named for a structure in St. Petersburg; for some reason it’s almost the name of a fun civil engineering competition. Local high schools run such competitions also.
I caught Leopard Sea in Nola here just over a year ago.
Santa Pacific, with hatches cracked open, waits . . for orders?
NS Antarctic gets around.
Robert E. heads out for a job, passing NS Antarctic and . . .
Cielo di Milano, as Sandy Hook Pilots summer station boat New Jersey comes in for a call through the KVK.
Living along the banks of the sixth boro has disadvantages, but I truly enjoy the fact that this too is part of the traffic.
All photos this month by Will Van Dorp.
Icy roads are here again. Well, even if they’re not–not yet– in the downstate area, New Yorkers place a value on being prepared. You might call that a NY value, but I’m not going any further there. And more accurately, preparing for the future is a universal value.
And in this season, bulkers arrive with beautiful names like Lake Dahlia and with holds filled with dozens of thousands of tons of “de-icer,” this load being off a desert in Chile. A previous ship had come from this part of Mexico.
In less than a handful of hours after “all fast,” clamshells start discharging at the rate of 30 tons per scoop.
Two operations happen simultaneously . . . cranes empty the holds and
loaders fill the trucks.
When that ice starts coating the roadways,
you and all the others thousands of drivers have a lot
better chance of staying on track to
your intended destination. The photo below suggests it’s coming time for another truckster post.
All photos here by Will Van Dorp.
Many thanks to Brian DeForest of Atlantic Salt.
in March headed back to South Street Seaport Museum.
I took the remaining photos, the one below as the lightship was bathed in fireworks light on July 4 this year.
The next two photos I took last week, trying to highlight Christmas red.
By the way, next week I plan a post of any work vessel–or replica thereof–decorated for Christmas in some way. I have a few already, but if you have such a photo to share, send it along soon. Click here for some Christmas-related workboat photos from two years ago.
Two older sister ships of Ambrose are Barnegat, LV 79, ex-Cape Lookout Shoal, and delivered on 1 December 1904, now languishing in Pyne Point NJ; and
Swiftsure, LV-83, ex-Relief, and delivered on 22 December 1904. I’m wondering if there’s a photo showing both vessels in Camden at the shipyard in –say–October 1904, just prior to delivery. I took both photos in summer 2010.
Going back to this record of New York Shipbuilding history, does anyone know what became of LV 88 Columbia River, supposedly sold to Japan in 1988?
The top two photos credit to Birk Thomas; all the others to Will Van Dorp.