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Kirby Moran is new in the sixth boro this year;  Laura K. was new in 2008; Gramma Lee T arrived here in 2002 and has now shifted south to Miami.  And Eric McAllister arrived  here last year.  They pretty much resemble each other until you look at the numbers.   Bear with me as we first compare their lines from similar perspectives.

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Kirby

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Laura K

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Gramma Lee T

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Eric McAllister

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Kirby

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Laura K

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Gramma Lee T

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Eric

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Kirby

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Laura K

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Gramma Lee T

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Eric

So let’s compare  horsepower, loa x breadth, and propulsion.

Kirby Moran: 6000, 88.7′ x 38′ , 2x medium speed, two cycle, EMD ME12G7C-T3 with Schottel SRP 1515 FP z drives

Laura K Moran:  5100, 87.4 x 32′, 2x Detroit Diesel MTU with Schottel z drives

Gramma Lee T Moran:   5100, 87.4 x 32′, 2x EMD 12-645F7B with Ulstein 1650H z drives

Eric McAllister:  5150, 91.8′ x 36′, 2x Tier III compliant Caterpillar 3516CHD with Schottel SRP1215 z drives

Conclusion of the non-engineer layperson that I am:  Check out Kirby’s 38′ breadth.  Seabulk has several like this one with less length and even greater breadth.

Much of this info comes from here, but all photos are by Will Van Dorp.

 

Here were previous posts in this series.

Sunday morning, though, I went out to see the full moon set, but

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while I was relaxing there, this Dolphin intruded,

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low.

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And then went back and forth . . . above this tanker with stern line dangling and held in location by two tugboats.   And the VHF channel 14 was calling for a slow bell in the KVK.

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Another USCG asset came around, and

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if all that didn’t call attention to something awry, then a small boat adding wipes to the booms

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called even clearer signs of a problem. Also, on that outboard, is that camouflage paint or grease?

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Meanwhile even more spill response boats and crews arrived.

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When I got home and searched for info on any (oil spill) incident, I learned that the Dolphin itself had experienced some problems and spent the rest of the day and night on a nearby golf course.  Ouch!

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Here’s the story as told by workingharborcommittee.

Many thanks to Paul for this aerial photo, said to show tugboats idled by the strike that lasted the first half of the February 1946.

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Here’s the verso of the photo, in the case you read Spanish.

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For more context of 1946 NYC, click here for a set of Todd Webb  photos.  If you have time for the 13-minute video at the end of that link, it’s well-worth it also, especially for the quote attributed to O. Henry . . . calling NYC “Baghdad on the subway,” which has a whole different set of connotations in 2015 as in O. Henry’s day.

Click here for more 1946 sixth boro photos by Andreas Feininger.

And since we’re stuck in 1946 for now, check out this Life article with drawings about a 1946 proposal to build a “first-world” airport (my quotes) along Manhattan’s west side covering 9th Avenue to the water and between 24th and 71st!

 

Here are posts about Wavertree’s trip to the dry dock and before.  And below are two photos I hadn’t used in those posts.

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May 21, 2015

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May 21, 2015

In the past 10 weeks, prep for the actual dry docking has resulted in loss of at least a foot and a half of draft.  Mussels once submerged have lost their habitat.

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July 30, 2015

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July 30, 2015

Let’s descend into through the forward cargo hatch to see where a cavernous hold is getting even more cavernous.

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from the ‘tween decks looking up and …

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… down …

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and all the way down

Note the ladder beyond the foremast, as seen from standing to starboard of the keelson.

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Looking to the stern from the ‘tween decks.  As Mike Weiss said, “a cathedral of cargo.”

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For scale, note the worker wearing a white hard hat on the keelson beyond the mast

Looking astern from atop a makeshift block of ballast on the port side of vessel.  That’s the main cargo hatch prominent in the center of the photo.   My response to Mike’s quote is “an ark of angled wrought iron.”

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This is how the skeleton of a 130-year-old vessel looks.

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Looking toward the rudder post from the ‘tween decks.

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Returned to the main deck looking forward at the cargo hatches.

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Removal of extraneous and/or non-original weight has included belgian block and large concrete block ballast.  This water tank may be original

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And here are the credits.

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Many thanks to Mike Weiss and  South Street Seaport Museum for the tour; click on that link for membership info.  August promises to be more prep work for dry docking.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Click here for CSM article about the 1983 initial and partial restoration of Wavertree.

Here are previous posts in this series.

And this set comes from Mike Abegg, whose photos have been used here previously.   Check this out.  All I know about the yellow vessel is that it looks like a Griffon 1000TD.

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Anyone know the whences and whose . . . inquiring minds wish to know.

Thanks to Mike for sharing these photos.

Somewhat related . . . does anyone you know refer to the East River or any portion of it as the Sound River?

 

Here’s an index to the previous posts in this series.

This post is short and sweet, and you’ll soon notice the theme.

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900 total hp of Yamaha above on the FDNY boat and even more Mercury below . . . divided between two US Customs and Border Protection boats.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Wow!  When I typed “wall” into the search window, I came up with this somewhat silly post from 2007!  But one of the photos shows Barents Sea when I first saw her in the sixth boro.

What I was thinking with the word “wall” today is that the hull of a vessel walls out any info about the crew, the cargo, the human climate on board!  By looking at  this image of a section of the hull, you can tell what it carries, where it came from, its age .  .  I could go on.  Actually, all those patches notwithstanding, the vessel is four years old.  Anyhow, my point is

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two thirds of the planet is inhabited by “worlds” walled off like this and more often moving throughout the latitudes and longitudes and climate zones and political regions and hot spots . . . .

and if you missed Ian Urbina’s articles recently in the NYTimes called “The Outlaw Ocean,”  check them out and the comments here.   I’m still stuffed with the food for thought presented there.

Photo by Will Van Dorp.

 

Here was the first in the series.  That one ended on a “back-to-work” note.

This one . . . probably will not have a happy ending, unless of course you’re a fish looking for structure or a diver wanting to explore.  Here’s a view of the vessel pre-sixth boro days. And here’s the last time I saw her run.   Call Barents Sea high . . . and potentially wetter and wetter.

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Have a look while you can.

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When she gets reefed, I’d love photos.

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Thanks to Birk, here’s her history.

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Click here for a guide to fishing and diving on New Jersey reefs.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Here was the first of this sad series.

The photo below–taken by Bjoern Kils of New York Media Boat–shows what a half year under the water does.

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Again, thanks to Bjoern for sharing this photo.

There’ve been plenty of people I’ve wanted to chance re-encounter, but it doesn’t always happen.  I’ve been to Southwest Harbor long ago, but I’ve never seen a Good Idea before.

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I saw this WLB come into the harbor the other day and just assumed it was Katherine Walker, WLM-552.  But I was wrong.  Voila Elm, WLB-204, 50 feet longer than Walker, and  out of Atlantic Beach, NC, where I saw it a few years back.

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Alice Oldendorff . . . I heard her crew talking with the Sandy Hook pilots the other day . . . .  I wish I knew how many voyages she has made into the sixth boro in the past decade!!

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The Blue Peter . . . I saw it a month ago in Narragansett Bay, but got close enough for a good photo only after they’d dropped sail.

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Liberty II . . . our paths haven’t crossed in quite a while.

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Sea Lion . . . is a busy boat.

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New York Media Boat . . .  another busy boat in duplicate.

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No Wake . . . our paths have never crossed that I recollect, but I wonder whose she has.  She seems to have some age.

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All photos taken in the past week or so . . .

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