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Click on the photo below for credits and context. I’ve never seen VLCC Bay Ridge, but I’d love to see her now as she approaches her 36th year afloat. This will be her last year, as she is currently being scrapped in Aliaga, Turkey, after nearly two decades serving as a FPSO unit off the coast of Angola. Click here for a photo of the Brooklyn built vessel today as well as some controversy involved in the scrapping, as you can read here.
Below are two marginally related photos of an FPSO under tow into Rio harbor in July 2013.
For more of my Rio photos, click here or type JR into the search window. Both color photos by Will Van Dorp.
It surprises me sometimes what titles I’ve not re-used. This blog has little grand design; I choose to let to drift serendipitously according to what I see or what you choose to share, and I am grateful to you all for sending along photos and suggestions. Rock Juice the title came out of a conversation some time back with one of you; thanks and I think you know who you are. Here was the first in the series.
Diane B pushes a load of it in John Blanche.
Magothy . . . and . . .
and I missed the barge info.
Dory and Port Chester . . . . And notice just forward of Dory‘s wheelhouse, it’s
Navigator . . . doing something at an oil dock.
Ditto Mary H, over between the Empire State Building and BW Kronborg.
Ditto Kimberly Poling.
And McKinley Sea . . . with the icicle hanging from a scupper hole as evidence that oil is going for heat.
Last one for now . . . Calusa Coast getting ready to hook up to a barge to take . . well . . . down the coast.
All photos yesterday by Will Van Dorp, who has to run.
Topeka, with a slightly different design, dates from 2006. In the Topeka series, there are at least 10.
Here Topeka has the stern ramp down in Bayonne.
Turandot dates from 1995.
Tortugas, seen here Pacific bound on the Panama Canal, began service the same year as Topeka. This series is powered by a 17750 hp Mitsubishi plant that looks like this.
To see how this design has evolved over the better part of a century, click here.
Thanks to Brian DeForest for the top photo. All others by Will Van Dorp, who dedicates this post to bowsprite, who offered this version of a Tortugas’ sister here in December.
Since the first in this series was in 2009, let me go through my archives starting from the present. I seem to have taken no photos of James so far in 2015, but here are two from 2014.
Here are a few from 2013, the day the new Caddell Dry Dock came to town.
I don’t know where 2012 went, but here was 2011, passing Stena Stealth.
I especially like this one with James‘ house down to fit under the flare of Silver Express.
For a few weeks when the NYC DEP Red Hook came to town, James followed . . . like a fly on . . .
well, a DEP boat.
All photos here by Will Van Dorp. For some shots of the vessel in Turecamo woodgrain, click here.
Here was 25.
Read those place names: Shellsea, Rowboaten, Flushwick, Rikers Reef, and Yankee Aquarium. Then there are landmasses like CUNY Island. The map called NY Sea is the creation of Jeffrey Linn, an Urban Planner/Designer, focusing primarily on walkable communities and Safe Routes to School issues. He writes, “I do a lot of mapping and GIS in my career. These maps are a bit of a tangent, but I’ve always focused on how sea level rise will impact cities, so it fits in well with my urbanist background. What got me interested in creating these maps is a fascination with how landscapes can change over time.” Jeffrey adds that although it can be “depressing for some to look at the maps . . . the place names help to lighten the mood.”
Click on the map itself for more of Jeffrey’s work. I wonder what the sixth boro would look like if there map were extended about 40 miles in either direction. I know Mount Mitchill (scroll) would be the high point of the area. And as water levels rise, there may be a day like Seth Tane captures here in the subway . . .
For a similar treatment of San Francisco, click here.
And vessels currently or recently in the sixth boro . . . I wish I’d gotten a photo of Ernest Hemingway.
And this one . . . Ice Base, which I noticed the first time bowsprit one day when my imagination was working faster than my eyes, and I saw Ice BABE. At least I though I did. Well, previously I had seen and my camera still thinks it saw Surfer Rosa!
Then last week . . I saw Charles Oxman venture into the Kills for the first time in ages with destination Casablanca. Seriously, I thought it had been sold foreign! In fact it was headed to the newly dubbed Rio Blanco, a fitting moniker for the frozen North River, which appears only briefly some years.
As I write this from just west of Murky City and Bergen Bar . . . I am grateful to Jeffrey Linn for use of his intriguing maps, another of which you can see here.
I wonder what the forgiveness factor for ice-against-hull here is. Bravest surely was pretty in our maybe soon-to-end Puerto Parcialmente Blanco.
RB 45605 was the fifth in this series, which is numbered consecutively and now up to 45774.
Must precautions be taken with these hulls during ice season?
And finally . . . off the stern of Bering Sea yesterday it’s the current Kings Pointer. This Kings Pointer started life as a solid rocket booster recovery vessel for NASA.
Click here for another photo of this vessel in NASA colors.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
I hope it ends soon. Of course, ice is just a part of the sixth boro cycle. See the ice photos here from 2009. Enjoy these shots from the last day of February 2015. But for the hot days sure to come later this year, how about this tall tale of Meagan Ann traveling through the icebergs of New York. In her early years, Meagan Ann operated in Alaskan waters.
APL Coral . . . Oakland, CA-registered, must be named for cold water species.
The Bravest heads out on cold water patrol. See more about Bravest in this article by Peter Marsh.
M/V Miss Ellis, built by Blount in 1991, has likely used ice before today to scrape growth from its hull.
North River . . . has sludge to move around the harbor.
Zim QingDao appeared previously–with a surprise on the bridge wing–here.
And these ferries keep running despite the ice.
Molinari sets up the ultimate sixth boro tall tale image, beautifully created by Scott Lobaido.
I saw the image below on the ferry, and if you want it, you can order it here. I’ve never met Scott, but I love this lithograph.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
I believe I took this in summer 2005, my first view of Lincoln Sea from W. O. Decker. Lincoln Sea is now making its way northward probably along Baja California, if not already along alta California.
A few days ago and from the crew of Maraki–aka my sister and brother-in-law–it’s Salvatore in Santa Marta, Colombia.
And in the same port . . . Atlantico assisting Mosel Ace into the dock.
And the next few from Fred Trooster and Jan Oosterboer and taken in Amazonehaven section of the port of Rotterdam less than a week ago . . . the giant Thalassa Elpida assisted into the dock by FairPlay 21. The two smaller boats are the line handlers.
Click here for a post I did four years ago showing FairPlay 21 nearly capsizing.
Tailing the giant is Smit Ebro.
Rounding today out . . . it’s W. O. Decker, Viking, and Cheyenne . . . before the tugboat race in September 2010.
Thanks to Fred, Seth, and Maraki for these photos.
I was about to put up a different post–that’ll be for tomorrow–when Jonathan Steinman sent along these photos. As I post this, tug Challenger is eastbound on the East River, approaching Hell Gate. The question on Jonathan’s mind, as well as mine and maybe yours . . . what is that assemblage balanced on the barge?
For outatowners, this photo is taken from the east side of Manhattan, looking over Roosevelt Island in the direction of Queens. The red-white chimneys are part of the Ravenswood #3 Generating Station aka Big Allis. And against the sky to the far right, you can see the tops of the towers of the Queensboro Bridge, aka the groovy 59th Street Bridge.
It looks somewhat like a floating dry dock door, but I’m inclined to guess that it’s a vessel component.
Here are some previous quite unique photos sent along by Jonathan. Jonathan . . . thanks much.
And here was Whatzit 24.
Here was 4. Pairings suggest to me springtime, and I certainly am ready for that to happen.
Here a blindingly cold blue Meagan Ann departs the Kills with a team of scows
Cape Sally and Cape Heane. Are there really capes by these names?
From back in January . . . it’s Chesapeake 1000 towed into the Kills by
Mary Alice and tailed by
Non-matching but a pair nonetheless here is Paul Andrew and Liberty V.
And since this post seems to be sticking to the color blue, here’s a pair I took a photo of midMay last year… Emily Ann driving Crow‘s last ride.
And although red . . . Little Bear and bigger sister Bear . . . has anyone recently gotten a photo of them you could share here?
To end on a blue note . . . does anyone ave photos of Atlantic Salvor in its current Caribbean context?
All photos here by Will Van Dorp.