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Here is the index of posts from two years ago showing an older Jersey City and environs.
All of the following photos/collages come compliments of Pam Hepburn, master of the 1907 tug Pegasus aka “Peg” and the godmother of the Pegasus Preservation Project. Many posts devoted to Peg can be found here.
In the collage below taken from atop a crane, you are looking east from a midpoint in the Morris Canal. The Twin Towers serve as a reference, as does the Statue of Liberty to the right horizon. Pam has included text, which I will not duplicate. She mentions the white vessel Chauncey M. Depew, which you can see here. Also mentioned is the M/T Mary Gellatly; here is another–I believe–Gellatly tanker. Today marinas fill the canal, the north side is largely built up, and the south side is Liberty Landing State Park.
This photo was taken from the same crane but looking west.
Taken on the north side of the canal and near the border with Hoboken, here was new life springing forth. More photos of this new life soon.
Many thanks to Pamela Hepburn for use of these photos.
And thanks to all who commented on the captions yesterday. This morning when I opened wordpress to prepare this post, the captioning option was nowhere to be seen. Oh, the mystery of software!!
Note: This morning I noticed that wordpress has automatically added a captioning space below each photo, so I’ve decided to use it. What unifies this set of photos is the fact that it shows three of the most powerful NYC-based tugs that primarily assist powered vessels into and out of the port.
I think the last time I used a photo of Amy C McAllister was here, actually not that long ago. Here’s a comparison of the three boats featured here by horsepower.
Eric McAllister–5150, Laura K–5100, and Robert E–4000. I suspect the sixth boro will be seeing a new Moran vessel with 6000 horsepower by mid-summer.
Let me know what you think of the use of captions.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
The first four photos come with many thanks to Bonnie frogma, the intrepid “river rat” who’s currently devoting lots of time to preparations for arrival to the sixth boro of Hokule’a. I know nothing about this particular Lil Toot.
Bonnie took these photos on Jamaica Bay. Note the cliffs of Manhattan in the distance.
Emily I believe is the 1961 built 35-footer. Bonnie first posted photos of Emily here.
I took this photo last weekend. I’ve seen 70′ Wollochet on AIS, but here’s my first view of her crossing sixth boro center stage.
What this appears like notwithstanding, I think the local boat under 40′ is called Miss Julia.
Here’s one of the half-century-plus-old WYTLs on the far side of Robbins Reef Light recently, one of the tools the USCG chooses for ice-breaking in the wintery Hudson. Click here and scroll through to see a WYTL making ice cubes a half decade back.
Mako III is a 45′ tug the same age as I am.
Last but certainly not least, Allan Seymour sent this along from the Miami River, and I have no idea about a name or a story. Anyone help out?
Many thanks to Bonnie and Allen for some of these photos. If you’ve wondered about the name frogma, read this.
Here was GUP 3, and here was one GUP-related post since then, about the sale of a peer of the vessel below. In case you don’t check the links and are wondering what GUP is, it’s my neologism for “gross universal product,” AKA sewage. I’m doing this post now as a complement to my article in PM magazine. North River is currently high and dry and getting some paint. More on that later.
For now, let’s have a look at the fleet carrying the load . . . or loads.
The most recently arrival is Rockaway, in service now nearly a year.
Coming right up on a one-year anniversary of start of service is Port Richmond. If you are wondering about the names, all three new boats are named for sewage facilities serving NYC. Here’s an article about the Port Richmond facility.
And the original of this class is Hunts Point, in service now about 15 months.
Now if you conclude that Rockaway, Port Richmond, and Hunts Point look alike . . . well, they’re virtually identical.
Not true for Red Hook, which has been in service now for over six years.
I compared bows of the current generation with that of Red Hook here about a year ago.
Here’s the most recent photo I’ve taken of North River. How much service–even back–she has left in her I can’t tell you.
Meanwhile, all hats off to this fleet which keeps sixth boro waters smelling as sweet as they do to us and feeling as hospitable as they do to all the other critters that depend on this habitat.
Here’s the index to the previous posts in this series.
Self-unloaders are not unheard of in the sixth boro; in fact, some of my favorite vessels like here, here, and here . . . I’ve followed them. Here’s a link to the Oldendorff site showing how the self-unloaders work. Rt Hon Paul E. Martin is named for this politician from our neighbors to the north.
Traveling through those same waters . . . MSC Monica.
A few days before the Martin, Ultra Colonsay was replenishing the pile at Atlantic Salt.
Other vessels calling in the sixth boro recently include Vladimir,
Sypress escorted by Marie J. Turecamo,
Atlantic Compass passing by Joyce D. Brown, leaving an ominous sky to the west
and finally Torino. This photo was taken by regular contributor John “Jed” Jedrlinic, who–in addition to being a great raconteur, took
a photo of this ne’er do weel.
Besides the two photos by Jed, all photos were taken by Will Van Dorp.
Call this Simone at the “7” in the sixth boro. Bound for sea.
A large part of what drives my continuing this blog is the satisfaction of trying to capture the magic of the traffic in NYC’s harbor, what I call the sixth boro. And some boats and companies conjure more magic than others in my very suggestible mind. But take Simone, she ‘s not a new boat–1970-launched–but consider her recent itinerary: a year ago she had just returned from Senegal, and a year and half ago she had traversed the Panama Canal at least twice and made trips to California and Hawaii. I’m impressed by that. This is why I left the farm all those years ago.
To digress just slightly, here’s a photo of Simone one day earlier than the ones I’ve taken. Birk Thomas of tugboat information.com took this. This photo was taken just west of the Bayonne Bridge–looking south– and shows better than any photo I’ve seen the immense progress that’s being made of the raising of the Bayonne Bridge roadbed.
Meanwhile, enjoy the rest of these photos of Simone, here heading out with MSC Monica, a smallish and oldish container vessel.
I’d be thrilled to get a job on a Tradewinds vessel, but for now I can watch Simone pass by and say “ah.”
Thanks to Birk for the photo already attributed, and all the others by Will Van Dorp, who says “ah.”
Here was a post from a year and a half ago when I missed Miss Lis.
As for Ipanema in the links above, I’ve been there, and here was the first of 25 posts from there.
Let’s start with two from New York Media Boat. Can you identify this vessel?
It’s Jay Michael, on a foggy morning last week. She’s headed to the dredge over by the passenger terminal.
Eileen McAllister last appeared in this blog –I think–over six years ago here.
Here’s Laura K. Moran doing what she does. Anyone have an ETA of the next Moran assist tug arrival?
Ocean Tower has been towing and towering elsewhere these past few years.
Here’s Caitlin Ann, a new entry in the containerized garbage hauling?
Caitlin Ann first appeared here nearly seven years ago as Vivian L. Roehrig.
And closing today’s post, Evening Star.
The first two photos by Bjoern Kils. All others by Will Van Dorp.