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Here was Whatzit 32. And what is it?
Well, it’s big…
and it’s unusual in that it came from overseas all the way to Lock E8, where a crane has been set up to transfer oversize cargo … I look forward to getting a photo there in a few weeks.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Those are real kilograms.
Scale? Location? See the last photo to confirm location . . .
. . . and again scale.
More info will be forthcoming. Will Van Dorp took all the photos here in the last week of September 2016.
To clarify this title, the first post in the series has a lead photo showing a map of our journey broken into legs marked by pins. Legs 4 through 6 took us from Waterford, shown below, to Oswego.
Urger stood by all spiffed up for the steamboat festival.
Erie Canal Cruises accommodated sightseers eastbound toward lock E18.
Tender 4, the electric motor vessel, assisted in a dredge project.
Tug Erie tied up at the end of the work day.
Here’s the cutterhead of one dredge.
Lucy H returned light past Rome, NY.
Never have I seen so
many bald eagles. This one is banded.
And leg 6 ended in Oswego.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who will post again when able.
By 1330 Tuesday, we docked at West Point, the first non-red pushpin in yesterday’s map. Working backward, we saw Tappan Zee II at the TZ, as we did
the Left Coast Lifter.
Off the Palisades, we saw Sarah D;
in Wallabout Bay, C. Angelo;
at the southern end of Narragansett Bay, Dace Reinauer; and
and Suomigracht with Cape Wind turbine blades,
and soon after departing Warren, we saw Buckley McAllister.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who is posting these without any alterations. We saw much more as well. Cheers.
Given the history and range of projects of Elsbeth II, you might imagine how thrilled I was to see her for the first time yesterday. And she has to be among a small set of working vessels based in North America with brightwork! She truly fits under the category exotic.
I saw this tugboat six years ago in the Delaware River, but Sarah D looks spanking new in NYS Marine Highway colors.
Happy flag day. Do you know the significance of this date?
OSG Courageous, she’s one large tugboat and an infrequent
visitor in this port. I can’t quite make out the barge name. Of course, she’s not as colossal as her big sister –OSG Vision–who spent some time here . . . four (!!) years ago.
Sassafras is a fixture in the sixth boro, but she rarely looks as good as she does when many shore dwellers in the other boros are just waking up. Here she
lies alongside Petali Lady.
Mister Jim here is lightering (?) bulker Antigoni B, who seems to have since headed upriver.
And since this is called random tugs, let me throw in two photos from the Digital collections of the New york State archives . . . SS Brazil entering the sixth boro on May 31, 1951. What the photo makes very clear to me is how much traffic in the harbor has changed in 65 years. Can anyone identify the six tugboats from at least three different companies here? I can’t.
Here the party passes a quite different looking Governors Island.
All photos except for the last two by Will Van Dorp. These last two come from a treasure trove aka Digital Collections of the New York State Archives.
Unrelated: If you’re free Saturday, it’s the annual mermaid migration on Coney Island.
and so much more! Never have I seen so many barges in such close proximity one to another. What if you woke up and saw this from your bunk?
I’d thought to call this a whatzit post, but
6000 hp and three screws.
Built in Palatka, Florida, Sarah D was another of my subjects this morning, since she’s a new acquisition for NYS Marine Highway. .
I never got her and the tow–aka Atlanta Bridge–in the same frame until here. Cargo barge Atlanta Bridge has transported some interesting cargoes.
Here Sarah D has pulled ahead of Elsbeth II.
You can see how windy it has been for the past 24+ hours in the sixth boro.
I hope there’s someone upriver getting photos of the ballasting and floating off, aka the second half of the FLO-FLO ops.
The first photo comes from Seaman Sou-Sobriquet, whom I thank; all the others were taken by Will Van Dorp.
Here was 55.
Sarah D until very recently was Helen D. Coppedge. Almost all these photos were taken by other people, but I add the next two I took in 2010 for comparison purposes.
Also, new–as in out-of-the-shipyard new . . . it’s Barry Silverton, with the Fight ALS barge. Click here for the story of the names. Many thanks to Allen Baker–click here for previous photos he’s shared– for this photo and to
Ted Bishop for the photo below.
This photo comes thanks to Renee Lutz Stanley. It’s Lyman–I think–looking insignificant in one of the huge graving docks at the Brooklyn Navy yard. Click here for previous photos by Renee. Anyone know which dock this is?
With news of a wooden boat found under a house during a construction project in Highlands NJ still –well news– what you see below are photos of another wooden vessel found during a construction project in Boston. Many thanks to Tom Mann for these photos. Here are previous photos from Tom.
As soon as imaging is complete, it will be removed.
Archeologists at the site believe it was a 19th century vessel delivering lime.
Many thanks to Tom, Renee, Ted, Allen, and Glenn for photos used here.
Related: Here’s a story about a shipwreck discovered during construction of WTC1.
Here are the previous 17 iterations of this title. I thought of this the other day when there were three others photographing with me along a short stretch of the KVK.
Recreation along the waterway there has been popular for a very long time. I took this photo recently at Noble Maritime at –you guessed it–Sailors Snug Harbor. I’m always surprised at how many people say that fine institution is on their list but they’ve not yet gone. More on this soon. Go.
Here’s another photo from Noble Maritime. Can you identify anyone on this 1878 photo?
Did you guess it? Taking the air along or on the waterways puts you in fine company.
Some folks works there, possibly because they enjoy that environment.
See the folks on this MSC vessel? Look near the middle of the M on MSC.
There. They’re probably waiting to assist the pilot off the ship.
Standing by with lines is critical.
As is having a refreshing cup of coffee . . . Enjoy the rest of these photos.
All photos here, including the one below, were taken by Will Van Dorp.
Recently I had the good fortune of crossing paths with David Rider of Seamen’s Church Institute, and what was he doing . . . photography. See his March 2016 shots here.
And for some reflection on taking better photos, check out this Youtube pilot video. I hope more in the series get made, if they haven’t already.
I don’t actually go looking for parallel posts; maybe it’s just that my brain thinks and eyes see in similar ways from one year to the next in March, but here and here are posts from exactly four years ago.
Although this blog focuses on work boats, I’ll comment on backgrounds today. What’s on the water is fluid, but all the constant transformations on the landsides here are more permanent and yet constantly evolving. Baseline might have been 500 years ago, but even by then it had evolved. The cruise ship here is docked at what today is called Cape Liberty Cruise Port; thirty years ago it was MOTBY.
Over on the nearest shore, left half of the photo is evidence of work where next year an attraction called New York Wheel will spin. I know we’re way past name discussions now, but I’m still for alternatives like Ferries Wheel or NY Wheeler Dealer . . . . And with the reference to “pods,” I’m thinking of a series of sci-fi movies . . .
The uneven, brown land just off the starboard bow of USNS Red Cloud is part of the Bayonne Golf Club, below the surface of which is a capped landfill.
Off to the left, you see current status of the Bayonne side of the bridge named for the same town.
Looking from behind the construction site for the Wheel, some miles to NE are part of the Statue of Liberty and the iconic 1931 Empire State Building.
Note the double deck traffic on the VZ Bridge.
This is looking from the middle of Upper Bay across Red Hook to downtown Brooklyn.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Today’s photos were taken less than a month ago by Ingrid Staats, who writes, “I grew up on the Hudson River and I love getting your blog posts! Here’s some pics from my last trip upstate 1/30– looking north toward Albany, there’s two tugs waiting to greet Champion Istra. One is Frances
Turecamo. She went past [the tanker], then turned around and escorted her on the stern while the other one led her bow
About three hours later I saw BBC Tennessee come up. So much action on the river these days ….”
As you know, I enjoy collaborations on this blog, and then I do my own poking around. If the shipspotting info is correct, BBC Tennessee called so briefly in Albany–between a stop in Newport News and Philadelphia–that it doesn’t even show. As of this morning, March 2, she’s inbound Rio de la Plata for Buenos Aires.
Champion Istra is currently in midAtlantic, westbound from Denmark, headed for Philadelphia.
Many thanks to Ingrid for these photos, which offer insights into Hudson River shipping connections.