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You’d have thought I use this title more often, but it’s been almost three years since it last appeared. I’m starting with this photo of the lightship WLV-612, because this is where I’ll be this evening for a FREE and open-to-the-public 6 pm showing of our documentary Graves of Arthur Kill. Seats for those who arrive first.
Here’s a very recent arrival in the sixth boro’s pool of workboats . . . Fort McHenry, just off the ways, although just yesterday an even-more recent arrival. more on that one soon, I hope. I don’t know how new Double Skin 315 is.
Ships in the anchorage and waterways must think they are in a tropical clime, given the temperatures of August 2016.
NS Parade, Iron Point, MTM St Jean … have all been here recently.
Robert E. McAllister returned from a job, possibly having assisted Robert E. Peary.
MSC Lucy headed out past
Larry J. Hebert, standing by at a maintenance dredging job.
MOL Bellwether, all 1105′ loa of her, leave into the humid haze, existing here along with
some wind to propel this sloop.
Finally, just the name, sir; No need for the entire genealogy. This photo comes compliments of Bob Dahringer.
Thanks to Bob for the photo above; all others by Will Van Dorp.
Here are the previous posts in this series. This is the SUNY training ship’s return this past week from a “sea term” that began this way on May 10. This first set of photos comes from Roger Munoz, who took them from high above 74th Street.
That’s Roosevelt Island just to her far side, and the Queens and the Bronx farther beyond.
Later that morning, Thomas Steinruck took these during the assist back into the dock
friends and family welcomed TS Empire State VI home. Now it’s back to classes, study, and tests in this part of the Bronx.
Many thanks to Roger and Thomas for use of these photos.
Click here for a short video showing how to beat traffic . . .
Of course, seaplanes or flying boats are nothing new to the sixth boro. Click here for a short video of a Dornier Do-X arriving in a tugboat-filled harbor in 1929. It has no sound, but if you want to hear the details, here’s another longer video. Keyport NJ’s Aeromarine was operating long distance flights from the sixth boro even earlier.
Watch them come and go
here. For seaplane prices, click here. But it costs nothing to watch, which is the right price for me.
Click here for a previous post on Keyport.
All photos here by Will Van Dorp, who thinks that the photos in this post from February 2015 is an invigorating reminder of winter on a hot day.
Also, yesterday Marie Lorenz competed her journey in a rowboat from Buffalo to the sixth boro, and in true DeWitt Clinton fashion, she celebrated her accomplishment by pouring out some Lake Erie water into New York harbor. See it and much more here.
I’ve written about summertime and about summertime blues–about beating them. But since you can’t ever step into the same river twice, or gallivant in the same primordial first boro, here’s the 2016 version of trying to capture the sixth boro with a camera on a hot summer weekend afternoon, looking for shade–any shade will do– as much as looking for novel compositions.
These days odd juxtapositions can be found on west Manhattan piers and
beyond, like Eagle and the fast bird and Loveland Island with a pilot on board and some folks gathered on the starboard bridge wing . For a post I did last year with close-ups of details of USCGC Eagle AND for a book I highly recommend reading about her appropriate by the US post-WW2, click here. Speaking of piers, here’s an interesting article on the engineering and construction of Pier 57.
Or come for a tour on Janet D Cruises . . .
with four sails set.
Flagship Ivy clings for a spell to the bottom over by the VZ Bridge.
Margaret Moran heads for the next job–or the yard, with Queens’ current and future tallest buildings in the background,
while YP 704 sails past Governors Island, which has sprouted some new hillocks frequented by lots of people.
Joan Turecamo exits the Buttermilk west with a light (?) dry bulk barge Montville, which probably recently carried coal.
All photos Sunday by Will Van Dorp. for some contrast, see this winter set and this. More of the summer selects, tomorrow.
The first six photo here comes from Jonathan Steinman, taken on June 13. The Donjon tugs has delivered Chesapeake 1000 to a point just off Rockefeller University’s campus to prepare for lifting prefabricated modules for Rockefeller’s River Campus.
Step one for Donjon is to secure the gargantuan crane.
Then Atlantic Salvor moves into place to
receive the massive anchors, a job that Salvor
may be IS uniquely qualified to perform.
The yellow lighted buoys mark the anchors’ positions.
By the time I got there on June 17, sans camera other than phone, several of the modules had already been lifted from the waterborne transport into the locations where they’ll stay for a very long time. See time lapse of the installation of modules 1 and 2 on youtube here.
A dozen more modules will still be lifted when
water, tidal, and atmospheric conditions allow.
And many thanks to Jonathan for use of his photos and information about the project. Next time, I’ll bring my good camera.
Previous sights to behold there can be found here.
In case you’re wondering if this blog has gone adrift . . . I’ll just plead solstice-ogling syndrome. Why stay on course when a grape popsicle 1949 Mercury oozes by like this, and it’s tickling your tastebuds and it’s
for sale, although I did not ask any particulars.
Only at the mermaid parade could you get a photo like this, although the photographer here might
be photographing the Chevy here with a right angle spy lens. Or maybe she was putting me in the frame?
I’d let this guy park for free.
Mesa sunrise on this mid-1950s Lincoln?
And finally, seeing this old Ford made me remember this unit from
way south Coney Island Caribbean.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who has now recalled that although Coney Island is surrounded (mostly) by the sixth boro, it is still part of Brooklyn.
Most paraders don outlandish costumes, like this one . . . how could there be a chicken-of-the-sea
named Lady Gaga.
And these next two photos MIGHT puzzle you . . . since the woman in black shorts and boots seems to command a lot of attention even though she is not particularly be-costumed.
Lots of attention and with a weird parasol.
Besides music and dance, I enjoy the costumes–however over-the-top or under-the-bottom– they may be. Even librarians dress up and carry conventional parasols, as
do museum folk.
And it’s fun, except for the man in blue shirt blocking half the street and bombing lots of my photos; I’m sure I’m not alone in finding that just loutish. His press pass can’t license him to photobomb that shamelessly, can it? Maybe someone with a press pass can weigh in on protocols for photographers at events like this?
Sometimes paraders break out of the procession and pose with the kids at the parade. I like that.
If you haven’t seen the 1979 movie called The Warriors, here’s a reference to that. I like that movie now because it depicts what parts of the city are said to have looked like 40 years ago.
Well, start counting down the days until the 2017 parade and make plans to be there.
All photos by Will Van Dorp. If you didn’t recognize the woman in the black shorts near the top of this post, here’s the story.
Soon after this shot, the queen of hearts and troupe danced for the judges with this on a loud sound box. That makes for a good day, even though I can’t remember Alice, a rabbit, or the dormouse. But that’s one of the things I love about the parade . . . good music and dancing.
After then parade, Gypsy Funk Squad played on . . . Here’s my phone-recorded sample of King Jack Neptune playing the oud, with a mermaid queen, percussion and dancers. Hear more oud–related to the lute–here.
Of course, Dick D. Zigun, honorific mayor of Coney Island, always leads off the parade with his drum and band.
I’ve never seen this sort of Mexican dancer in the parade, but they surely raised the bar for quality.
And of course, mermaids can make politics much more palatable than most politicians or media marketeers.
But mostly, it’s exuberant music and ecstatic dancing.
How many starfish have you seen trumpeting?
And high octane drumming overcomes stasis.
Enjoy the photos, the solstice, and the strawberry moon.
All photos here by Will Van Dorp, who WAS a judge!
Here were previous snapshots of sample small craft on the sixth boro, a city of water all summer and all other seasons as well. Here one of the four-season RIBs of NY Media Boat passes along the western margins of Brooklyn, where a lot of folks congregate in the evening.
Manhattan is one of Classic Harbor Line‘s vessel.
Crew launch Christian works all summer and all other seasons too.
Tara heads under the Brooklyn Bridge as light fades.
Fish appear to be active over where Kate used to chum with food scraps.
And this skipper seemed to enjoy pushing his craft against the currents in Hell Gate.
And there are so many other small craft in all parts of the sixth boro. All these photos taken recently by Will Van Dorp.
Land mass area can be quantified in square miles, but I’d love to work with a mathematician to measure the area within NYC limits which is navigable, i.e., the sixth boro. Of course, “navigable” would need defining too. Immeasurable, of course, is the number of photos taken daily of vessels with the sixth boro.
Like this one of Crystal Cutler pushing
Patricia E. Poling westbound at the Brooklyn Bridge.
Taft Beach pushes BMLP 703 and 305 in the opposite direction. Also working recently have been
Paul Andrew with scrap,
Sarah Ann with more scrap,
Thomas D. Witte with crane barge Columbia,
James E. Brown with a spud barge,
and Fort Schuyler in various locations.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Unrelated, here’s an interesting video on the salvage of Modern Express . . . passed along by JM.
Also, as we near the mermaid parade, here are details on a performance to get you in the mood, an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s the “Fisherman and his Soul.”