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What happens if you build a pilot boat in Massachusetts to be used on the Great Lakes? It needs to get to its place of use.
Thanks to the NY Media Boat, I got these photos this week as the Huron Spirit hurried through
the sixth boro. North of the watery boro, I was invited to ride through the Erie Canal before it closes on November 20.
Above is the wall above lock 16 and below, it’s the approach to lock 19, where you have to first duck under the triple-track rail bridge.
The photo below, taken at lock 21, was Wednesday afternoon. By now, the newest Gladding Hearn pilot boat has exited the Canal and is making its way up the Great Lakes chain.
See the two big shoes on the Nadro Marine barge pushed by Margot? You might also call them “pedestals” for the New York Wheel. Those are size 110-ton shoes. A little over a month ago, NY Media Boat caught the legs arriving, the legs which will wear these shoes.
Here’s a close up with two crew getting prepared to offload these shoes.
Chesapeake 1000–which you’ve seen working here and here–did the lift. In the photo below taken just prior to the shoes’ arrival, Chesapeake 1000 is offloading the “multi-axle” furnished likely by Supor. Sarah Ann assists with the swiveling of the large crane.
Here’s a closeup of the multi-axle (there’s likely another name for that, but I don’t know it)
and the drone that someone is using to document the transfer of cargoes.
Here Margot finesses the Nadro/McKeil SV/M 86 with the shoes to the lift point.
Here’s another view of the same, looking east.
At this point, the barge is 110 tons lighter as the shoe is lifted and moved carefully onto the dock.
All photos by Will Van Dorp. More shoes to come, although my Canadian cousins call them “boots.”
Click here for some details from SIlive.com. And since it’s always good to see more Margot, click here.
I have many more Gmelin photos, but as an indication that I still inhabit the present-day sixth boro, I’ll show some sign of life for a few days.
For outatowners, Gowanus Creek (now Canal) is one of the most polluted waterways in the US, which is no secret to locals. By the way, Gowanus rhymes with “you want us” with a silent “t.”
I took this photo this week just upstream of the 9th Street Bridge. In fact, when a man swam down the Canal last year, he wore some serious hazmat protection, as the Media Boat shows here.
What I was not aware of is how much effort is going into addressing the accumulated pollution of more than a century.
This barge holds several excavators at work in the Fourth Street Turning Basin, one of the dead ends in the Canal.
As needed, the barge is moved by this small tug/pushboat that might be called 1337E.
Besides black goop that I might photograph next time, wood and other detritus is being plucked from the bottom.
Gowanus, there’s hope. I’ll be back.
Palabora . . . she’s got LEGS!!! Italian legs. … Lei ha le gambe! gambe that will stand astride that harbor and be noticed, cartwheeling on the shore as traffic goes in and out of the Kills, and
the legs of Bartholdi’s lady will be forever modestly covered. So why are they made in Pescara on the Adriatic, and not in an American steel mill? When you break it down, some parts are from Canada, Holland, Germany . . . . I have no problem with this fact, but I think it should be noted as such.
Thanks to New York Media Boat for the photo.
Here are previous iterations of this title.
Let’s start with Bjoern’s photos from a month ago just about already. The New York Media Boat runs almost all year round and provides wet and cold weather gear.
Actually I took this photo, intending it as a baseline photo for the process of preparing the barque to travel the Atlantic next spring, on the deck of a heavy lift ship. I took this photo near Caddell Dry Dock almost two weeks ago.
A really gallivanting Larry Seney took the next few photos in Hawaii: Namahoe,
Thanks to Alex Weiss for this photo of Independence.
Ted M sent this papa smurf aka Pleon photo taken in early August in New Bedford. Now it’s over in the Arthur Kill.
And the last photo comes from an East River jogger, Art Feinglass, who took this photo of Navigator passing the old Domino Sugar refinery, an architect’s playground.
Thanks to Bjoern, Larry, Alex, Ted, and Art for these photos.
She was then probing the inland seas, seeing how far she could voyage, possibly looking for a passage to the Mississippi and the Gulf via Lake Michigan. OK, indulge me on that speculation.
Our paths next crossed on September 1, as she made her way through the Erie Canal,
with all the modifications that entailed and the use of sunstones to
avoid getting lost in the meandering rivers.
And late last week, Bjoern Kils of the New York Media Boat got this fabulous shot of her scoping out the sixth boro before
she slipped into a Manhattan cove for a spell.
I missed the display in the Winter Garden and hope I can get there again before the boat moves on.
Many thanks to Bjoern for use of that photo. For more of Bjoern’s photos, click here. All others by Will Van Dorp. And following up on some info from Conrad Milster, here’s a video on a Viking ship that traveled to Chicago in 1893. Yes, 1893!! And the crossing from Bergen NO to New Haven CT with Captain Magnus Andersen and 11 crew took 30 days. Then the vessel, dubbed Viking, traveled up the Hudson and through the pre-Barge Canal on its way to Chicago with stops in Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, and Cleveland. The vessel is still there in Geneva IL. Here’s another video on the ship.
To pick up on the NY canals’ connection, as we approach the bicentennial of the start of the Erie Canal, it would be great to seek out and archive any photos–still languishing in local photo troves–of the 1893 passage there of Viking, as well as of any other outstanding vessels that have traversed the Canal throughout its history.
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.
Last Saturday saw threatening weather; even so, lots of small boats and crowds braved the possibility of rain to see the races.
Vigilance prevailed and I heard of no incidents.
And yes, I paid a lot of attention to the Bath Maine-built 1906 Mary E, but that’s because I haven’t seen her in 9 years . . . obviously I was looking in the wrong places. Click here and scroll for a photo of Mary E in Greenport almost 9 years ago.
A raft of small boats clustered yet kept orderly.
The 1935 Enticer . . . well, enticed, spectators as a platform.
as did a range of people movers.
including the 1983 Arabella.
The captain of the heavyweight out there, the 2014 Eric McAllister, treaded lightly through the crowd.
Of course, out in the mist along the Jersey side there are more heavyweights, a Moran tug and its huge NCL gem.
And as for my ride, Monday morning it was earning money going for a load of scrap.
Another tall old ship that might have been present–the 1928 Bivalve NJ-based A. J. Meerwald had other missions to perform.
All photos by will Van Dorp. And for photos of some of the people on the boro who were working during the race, check out NYMediaBoat’s blog post.
Since it’s THE maiden voyage arrival, let’s follow her all the way to “all fast.” Here were parts 1 and 2, which followed her from several miles out in the Ambrose Channel to the Narrows and then from there to mid-KVK.
Eric works the starboard and Ellen, the port.
The turn at Bergen Point is way more than 90 degrees . . . more like 135, and
takes well-timed thrusting at bow and stern. Notice Atlantic Concert just above Eric‘s stern?
Atlantic Concert is completing its clockwise spin here to line up its stern ramp, a maneuver
that Atlantic Star will replicate.
Here Eric McAllister is beginning the push on the stern to assist with that clockwise spin; Ellen and Atlantic Star‘s own three thrusters are also likely engaged.
Getting a profile of these two CONROs lined up . . . is not easy, since they represent nearly a half mile of ship.
Foreshortening helps a little.
I’ll be watching for the remainder of the G4 vessels–Atlantic Sail, Atlantic Sea, Atlantic Sky, and Atlantic Sun.
All photos here by Will Van Dorp, with thanks to NY Media Boat.
Also many thanks to JS, a retired harbor worker who made this connection for me between Atlantic Container Line, their generation 2 vessels, and John A. Noble. The image below comes from pages 210 –11 of Erin Urban’s Hulls and Hulks in the Tide of Time, a must-read for all students of the sixth boro work boats. Noble called the 1977 print “The Cinderella Passes the Occidental,” and then writes his sense of this new container ship passing the hulk of 1874 full-rigged ship called the Occidental. He also alludes to having drawn the Atlantic Cinderella when she was brand new, but I have yet to locate copies of those drawings. Oh well. Many thanks to JS, whose previous contribution you might have seen here.
Let’s pick up from yesterday and follow Atlantic Star from the Narrows to the part of the KVK called the “salt pile.” To the right off the stern of Atlantic Star, that’s lower Manhattan.
Ellen McAllister swoops in to deliver the docking pilot. The signature “G” on the stack points to Grimaldi Group, of which ACL is an associate. Grimali’s West Africa service is a regular in the sixth boro with such vessels as Grande Morocco.
Seen from head-on, the bow is knife edged, but in profile it’s plumb. Yes, that’s the Statue of Liberty in the distance.
That’s Robbin Reef Light and WTC1 just off its right. Atlantic Star and the other G4 vessels are operated by a crew of 16, compared with 21 for the G3 vessels like Atlantic Concert.
The cranes in the distance are at the MOTBY terminal.
We’re now in the KVK with the salt pile to port and
the Bayonne Bridge ahead, and Atlantic Concert being assisted beneath.
Eric McAllister joins, and we’ll pick it up there tomorrow.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, with thanks to the NY Media Boat for conveyance.