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Here are some previous “fifth dimension” posts in which I attempt to time travel to the harbor past.  Sunday morning I strolled down to Pier 16 on the East River .  . . and felt like Alice–the one that falls into rabbit holes.  Peking . . . and very old advertisements.

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And there’s a new immigration office there?  No hours of service were listed anywhere.

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The health inspection station was unstaffed as well.

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I thought all these ferries departed from the Battery.

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Steerage on Peking . . . might kill you.

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Why another war!?

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The mass transit prices are good, somewhere.

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And then a passenger vessel appears . . . Zephyr??!  And I have to pass the Potemkin facades . . . .

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I’d seen enough . .  or too much, so I headed for the Battery on foot, where . . . I saw

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a landing craft marked 502.  And all I’d had to drink was coffee, along with a wholesome breakfast.

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The real story of Pier 16 . . . it’s a film shoot.  It’s New York after all.  you might recall my stumbling upon a set for Boardwalk Empire down in the Rockaways almost two years ago;  click here and scroll.

All photos were taken Sunday by Will Van Dorp.

 

This is a pair, but it’s a digression at the start.  The left side of the image here is the north side plate glass of the Millennium Hotel on Church Street.

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Here’s the same tower from over five miles farther south.  But the star here is the blue tug, Atlantic Salvor, which two and a half years ago delivered segments of that antenna atop the WTC.  I caught that trip, a return to the sixth boro from greater Montreal here.

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Catching Atlantic Salvor here yesterday was thrilling, because a few months back she did her “sixth boro farewell” and sailed to Jamaica for a job.

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Bowsprite and I were having an all-too-infrequent pique-nique when this unit arrived from that Jamaica job.

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And paired with Atlantic Salvor . . .  there’s the Witte 4001 and I think J. P. Boisseau, as well as

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Caitlin Ann, at least for the passage through the Kills.

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Welcome back, Salvor!

This might be the “newest-named” boat in the harbor, although you’ve seen Genesis Victory here before as Huron Service both with blue trim and orange.

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Laura K Moran first appeared on this blog back in 2008 here, as the sixth boro’s newbie.

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I’m not sure the story here, but Laura K holds station off the stern of MSC Sariska, who still has the hook down.

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Brian Nicholas and Evening Mist head out on assignment.

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Here’s an entire post I devoted to Brian Nicholas over four years ago.

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For a frontal view of Evening Mist, click here and scroll.

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Here Miriam Moran escorts Hoegh Inchon.  ROROs’ cargo is quantified not in teus, but ceus, and Inchon is a 21-year-old floating parking lot with 4300-car equivalent capacity.

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Maryland and Franklin Reinauer meet, with missions taking them in opposite directions.

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And with Red Hook we end.

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Happy springtime, like it was in the photo below, showing Huron Service about seven LONG years ago.

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All photos taken in the real maricentric sixth boro by Will Van Dorp.

Unrelated:  The post about the documentary Graves of Arthur Kill seems to be getting a lot of attention the past few days.  Gary Kane and I can always figure out a time when one or both of us could do a screening for a group you put together.

 

Here are the previous posts in this series.  In today’s post, one word appears in every photo.

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That word–Neutrino— seemed unlikely, given its New York harbor context.  Some of you might remember Town Hall and Son of Town Hall, creations of Poppa Neutrino, inhabitants of Pier 25 a mere few decades ago.

It was all before my time here.  But if you have stories and/or photos, please share them.

All photos here by Will Van Dorp.

 

 

Most if not all of these vessels have appeared here before, but bear with me because a surprise follows.

Gramma Lee T Moran,

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Margaret  Moran, 

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Brendan Turecamo, 

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Ruby M with dredge Glenn Edwards in the distance,

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Eric McAllister,

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Emerald Coast going head-to-head–not really–with Red Hook,

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Paul Andrew eastbound on the East River,

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heading in the same direction about the same hour are Catherine Miller and

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Susan Miller.  By the way, in the pic above here’s a close-up of that green sculpture almost dead center of the photo.

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Ok, now we’re getting to the “different” part.  Note Maryland in December 2008 and

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in early April 2015.

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Ditto Baltic Sea in August 2009 and –gasp—

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last year.  I concur with someone on FB who said it appears she’s been whitewashed with some trim made out of crude oil mixed with pulverized charcoal.  This is sad to see.

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And these photos are from an ad that’s now over a year old.  I wonder if they changed hands . . .

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Can anyone identify the other tug in the center of the photo below?

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All photos except the last three by Will Van Dorp.

0647 . . . This is the best time for optimism.  Quantico Creek is leaving the port side of BLS Liwa.

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Joan Moran exits the East River bound for sea.

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Mako stands by during cargo transfer.

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Laura K. Moran heads westbound between jobs, always between jobs she.

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And count them . . . five motive vessels . . . Maryland, Brendan Turecamo, Joan Moran, maybe Ruby M, and another . . .  Easter morning is a busy place in the sixth boro.

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Have an optimistic day.   All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

Here was a previous series called “landmarks.”

Houma at the 5.

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Brooklyn passing Robbins Light, with the tallest Queens building in the background and the newest hill on Governors Island–snow-covered–in between.

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James Turecamo passing the 3.

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Dace Reinauer  . . . the 30.

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The current Dean Reinauer  . . . south of Robbins. Click here and scroll for the previous Dean.

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Bering Sea with DBL 29, sans watermarks.

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Ditto Maryland.  Here are some photos of Maryland 2008 and earlier.

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Also . . . with landmarks, Mediterranean Sea . .  .  compare her here in a photo taken almost exactly three years ago.

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Evelyn Cutler at the KV buoy pushing Edwin A. Poling.

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And Pelham with my favorite bridge.  Does anyone know what the rectangular structure off Pelham‘s stern is?

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As the last photo for today, without watermarks or landmarks, where is Peter G. Turecamo?  For some of you this will be easy.  I didn’t initially know.  Answer soon.

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The photo of Peter G. Turecamo comes from Dirk van der Doe.  All others by Will Van Dorp.

 

The most unambiguous sign of spring is a recreational boat in the sixth boro.

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Margot always ranges widely . . . . but when the Erie Canal is still closed for the season, she’s more frequently in the sixth boro.

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Buchanan 12 is back doing stonework . . .

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big scale.  In winter I’ve not seen this.  Ice preventing it maybe?

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Black-hulled USCG vessels are more common in winter.  I’m not sure what Sanibel (WPB 1312) was doing in town.

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Another indisputable sign of spring .  .  . is that big sliver .  . . in a vulnerable position vis-a-vis the gull.

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All kidding aside, it’s an impressive boat for a guy who immigrated to the US at age 16 and got a job washing dishes . . . if that’s true.    I wonder who’s taking that selfie there?  Is that a selfie with a circle of friends, a huge boat, and a bridge in the background?

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

So yesterday was of course a day for a little  . . . Aprilscherz or poisson d’avril . . ., but now I am serious.  What you see below transports garbage, which might not impress you–but that unit towed by a single tug replaces 48 trucks between Queens and Staten Island.  Spaced for safe driving, that would mean about a mile of highway congested by that garbage alone.   Many thanks to Jonathan Steinman for the photo, which he took yesterday afternoon about 4 pm yesterday.

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Piecing the whole system together–I hope correctly–here’s a photo I took of Happy Delta in Bayonne less than two weeks after Sandy roared through.

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Here’s another shot taken the same day, showing Happy Delta arriving with its cargo, the blue Kunz cranes marked NYC Sanitation, WTC1 serving as the time stamp.

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Here’s a close-up I took yesterday about an hour and a half before Jonathan took his.  Here’s the story, six of these barges were built by Senesco and completed last summer.  Here’s the story in print about the time the order was placed.  Each barge carries 48 sealed garbage containers.  The barge is light here, heading for an eastbound passage on the East River.

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Compare the freeboard above to that in the next two photos, which Jonathan took half a week ago, as the tug and barge headed westbound–and south–on the East River.

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Another four feet or so deeper in the water.  That’s a load of garbage that’s not making potholes and stressing the BQE and other roads.

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And where’s it coming from with empties?  Here’s the answer in a recent SIlive version of the Advance.  I haven’t gotten over to the south side of the Goethals Bridge yet to confirm what I think is there . . . those blue Kunz cranes.  Anybody confirm this?  Am I way off?

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I took this photo as Captain D–a single 41-year-old tug–towed the 48 empty containers out of the Kills yesterday.

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So if you needed another reason to love tugboats . . .

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Here and here are more articles on moving garbage this way.

If you think “untruckster” doesn’t work as a name for this transportation system, con side the history of the word “dumpster,” here.

Many thanks to Jonathan for his photos from the East River.   Any photos he didn’t take . . . came from Will Van Dorp.

. . . I haven’t figured out what the shakers are yet.  But of course, people are the primary movers, even for movers of people like Martha’s Vineyard Express.

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There are silt movers like Stuyvesant.

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And of course all manner of movers of fluids to be respected like Loya and

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Red Hook and

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Orange Blossom.

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There are movers of boxes like Vega and

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Josephine K. Miller, who can do local moves for cargo boxed or bundled or . . .  other.

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There could be a category of movers of movers like this and

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direct movers and

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indirect ones.

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Maybe I should spend some time today trying to figure out who the shakers are.  All photos recently by Will Van Dorp, who was being given a tour of traffic in San Francisco Bay and noticed this interesting assemblage of names of movers.

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