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Paris this springtime has seen new waterfronts, quite miserable for anyone wedded to the old margins. Click on the image to read the story.
But I’m not focusing here on “paris,” but rather “pairs” that have been “pairing” around the sixth boro. And that appears to be Flinterland over beyond the warehouses just arrived from Paramaribo. Both Paris and Paramaribo are on my list of “gotta got there soon” places. In the foreground and eastbound on the East River, it’s Foxy 3 and Rae.
I caught Marie J Turecamo and Mary Turecamo doing the do-see-doe allemand left recently just off Caddell.
The background margins seemed to be trying to add a script.
With the Turecamos, the background served as a record of change on the Bayonne Bridge.
And Mary appears to have just had a makeover.
Are there pairs in those boxes? Yes, I know these are the flocks of pigeons that are said to create art when they fly. Here though in daylight they look like Joseph Perkins boxes with living creatures in them, mimicking a microcosm of the residents of NYC.
But I’ve somehow gotten myself off topic, but no matter, it’s springtime.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who took a break from catfishing and stumbled onto an answer thanks to the site naturalareasnyc.org. According to them, NYC includes over 76,000 acres of open water, i.e., the sixth boro. That number of acres converts to about 119 square miles (mi2). Manhattan, in comparison is only 23 mi2.
Here are the other land boros’ areas:
Bronx, 42 mi2
Staten Island, 58 mi2
Brooklyn, 71 mi2
Queens, 109 mi2
And size matters. It’s time for the 119-acre-boro to have its own official name and status.
OK, I’ll hand this back to the robots and reel in my catfish.
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.
We’ve seen James D., Kirby, and JRT. And now . . welcome Jonathan C Moran. Another photo of the 6000 hp newest in the port later in the post.
For now, also resplendent in the June dawn . . . Jane A. Bouchard,
the unique B. Franklin Reinauer,
and so let’s add another of this facet tug,
Evening Light (the former Frederick E. ),
the lean, green James E. Brown,
the age-defying Durham,
the indefatigable James Turecamo,
and finally another shot of Jonathan C Moran.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who needs to get back to work.
Barges “1” was years ago. And here are previous posts that in some way focus on some sort of barge. But the two photos below, which I took in May, prompt this post. I can’t identify this Bouchard barge, but look at the size of the yard worker in comparison.
It’s quite likely this is not one of their largest barges, but it is indeed sizable.
The B. No. 260 is 350′ loa and slightly different design although a similar deep notch.
The B. No. 220 is 404′ –here along with Normandy and Bouchard Boys–and
B. No. 280 is 399′. I’m not sure which tug is driving it.
Frederick Bouchard here is powering B. No. 264–350′–
Evening Tide with B. No. 262--350′– and
the 317′ loa B. No. 250, pushed by Evening Star. My point was how large and capacious these barges are . . . ,
and that is measured in barrels of capacity, not feet. For these barges then, here’s that info:
B. No. 250 = 59,000 brls
B. No. 260, 262, 264 = 60,000
B. No. 280 = 80,000
B. No. 220 = 110,000 brl
In many situations, fuel is measured in metric tons, as covered here.
And this tangent started out with photos taken 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.”
This is a repost of the 4th photo in the post from two days ago, showing General Humphreys.
I repost because Dan Owen responded as follows: “General Humphreys was rebuilt into a conventional tug in 1950, 76 x 18.2 x 6.6, reportedly had two GM 6-71 diesels, 330 hp., which would have made it away under-powered. Data is very sketchy but I have a photo taken at Levingston Shipbuilding Co., Orange, Tex., which is undated but may be where it was rebuilt. I am sending this photo as it is the only one I have showing the SARAH R. II as an operating tug. This is a contact photo made from an original negative and is starting to turn yellow with age, hence the fading, but if the photo was made in 1950 at the time of rebuilding.
Many thanks to Dan Owens for his quick follow up and permission to post these photos. Hats off to all of you out there working today, like Taft Beach.
This collage of orange and blue indicates that something unusual approaches . . .
0846 hr . . .
Atlantic Salvor might have been headed out on a long range mission, but
at this point, I realized this mission would begin in the Lower Bay of the sixth boro along with
lots of other vessels, although
something new this year was the escort of four commercial tugs: Sassafras, Miriam Moran,
Atlantic Salvor, and Normandy. 1150. I was happy to find someone to talk to.
It’s fleet week NYC. Welcome all.
It’s USS DDG 96,
HMCS D 282,
HMCS MM 700,
HMCS MM 708,
and LSD 43.
At 1216, Eric McAllister joins the welcome party . . .
An E-2 flew by too.
The message on the port wheel well ((?) amused me.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Here was last year’s arrival.
Yesterday was National Maritime Day. At the edges of the Upper Bay, people associated with the maritime industries gather for a memorial.
at Marisol Escobar’s American Merchant Mariners’ Memorial statue.
Two of the newest tugboats in the sixth boro–Fort Schuyler and Kings Point, named for two area maritime academies–stood off.
Service and sacrifice were honored.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Here was the first time I used this title.
America II looked resplendent bathed in a last burst of late afternoon sun yesterday.
She was one of several sail vessels out; here Pioneer seems headed over to a new loading point.
On a meteorologically different afternoon a few weeks ago, I caught Lettie G. Howard out headed for the Kills. Here was another spring when I caught Lettie under very bare poles.
No words . . . no gilding the lily!
Pioneer heads back to the dock.
Anyone know where Mary E is sailing from these days?
Thanks to Claude Scales for use of his Topaz photo. All other photos by Will Van Dorp, who has used the title “autumn sail” much more frequently. And if you have not yet read my article about sailing to Cuba last winter, you can read it here.