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Over six years ago, I did another asphalt post here. Yesterday I was thrilled to get the following photos below from Jonathan Steinman of this unusual vessel on the middle portion of the East River.
Asphalt Sailor–a great name–turns out to have a set of siblings ranging from a lot more capacious to somewhat less so. On names alone, I’d love to see Black Shark. Given the cargo, I wonder if the deck feels warm.
That’s James Turecamo overtaking on the west side. Here’s a hydrodynamics problem . . . is the greater amount of froth churned up by James due only to its greater speed, or is hull shape a factor?
For outatowners, that’s the 59th Street Bridge, and Asphalt Sailor is headed “south,” actually west.
Unrelated: Here’s an East River ship photo I posted six years ago. The conclusion then was that it was “doctored.” Anyone new thinking on it?
Thanks again to Jonathan for these unusual photos.
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.
And there’s a new immigration office there? No hours of service were listed anywhere.
The health inspection station was unstaffed as well.
I thought all these ferries departed from the Battery.
Steerage on Peking . . . might kill you.
Why another war!?
The mass transit prices are good, somewhere.
And then a passenger vessel appears . . . Zephyr??! And I have to pass the Potemkin facades . . . .
I’d seen enough . . or too much, so I headed for the Battery on foot, where . . . I saw
a landing craft marked 502. And all I’d had to drink was coffee, along with a wholesome breakfast.
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.
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.
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.
Bowsprite and I were having an all-too-infrequent pique-nique when this unit arrived from that Jamaica job.
And paired with Atlantic Salvor . . . there’s the Witte 4001 and I think J. P. Boisseau, as well as
Caitlin Ann, at least for the passage through the Kills.
Welcome back, Salvor!
Laura K Moran first appeared on this blog back in 2008 here, as the sixth boro’s newbie.
I’m not sure the story here, but Laura K holds station off the stern of MSC Sariska, who still has the hook down.
Brian Nicholas and Evening Mist head out on assignment.
Here’s an entire post I devoted to Brian Nicholas over four years ago.
For a frontal view of Evening Mist, click here and scroll.
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.
Maryland and Franklin Reinauer meet, with missions taking them in opposite directions.
And with Red Hook we end.
Happy springtime, like it was in the photo below, showing Huron Service about seven LONG years ago.
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.
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.
Geertruida van der Wees (1979) . . . with a telescoping wheelhouse . . . I wonder how that six-syllable name gets abridged for radio transmission?
En Avant 7 (1981) and 27 (1960).
Norne is 2011 built.
Gepke III, believe it or not, dates from 1957, and is operating with its third name. I love the elegant lines of the house.
Now we move to a different watershed . . that of the mysterious Miami. And I need some help here. Anyone know the vintage of Manati I
and this looks like Manati II and an unidentified fleet mate.
Elizabeth H (1962) and Pablo IV (??)
Jean Ruth (1976) and Atlas (1985)
OK . . there’s much about the mighty Miami that I need to go up close to study.
The Dutch tug photos–taken in “the Rip” aka “het scheur“– come thanks to Jan Oosterboer via Fred Trooster, who says folks are already waiting on the seawall of Hoorn for the arrival of Traveller with its deck load of Half Moon. And for the Miami photos, thanks to Allan and Sally, who also provided the photos here and elsewhere.
Get your Miami River Rat hat here.
Here were the previous ones . . . and I recently corrected a duplicate number.
Salvage Chief, by the first half of its name, is involved in giving second lives to vessels that have seen seen distress. For photos of many projects she has been involved in, including the Exxon Valdez, click here. For more photos, click here. Of the over 250 LSMs built in Houston in the mid-1940s, there are not many left.
She started life afloat as a landing craft . . . LSM-380.
Many thanks to Seth Tane for sending this photo along . . . a month ago already.
Unrelated but good photos of mostly ships upriver on the Hudson can be seen here on Mark Woods site.
Hats off and dinner on the table to Rod Smith of Narragansett Bay Shipping who put in a long day yesterday getting photos of the loading process of Half Moon onto the deck on BigLift Traveller. Also many thanks to the hospitable crew of Traveller for accommodating Rod.
I’m struck by how diminutive Half Moon looks here.
Water-level . . . pre lifting straps and
And then with hours of careful effort . . .
like a netted fish after a long fight . . .
she settles onto the deck.
Next stop . . . Hoorn!
The two last photos of Rod’s . . . the night scenes . . . suggest time travel: imagine what Juet would have written in his journal 406 years ago if a big yellow ship had rendezvoused with them on their return to Europe and lifted them onto the deck for a speedy eastbound trip. Click here for the never-completed blog version of Henry Hudson’s 1609 trip . . . which lacks an account of THAT Half Moon‘s return to Europe.
Again, Rod . . .Hartelijk dank . . . or Dziękuję bardzo.
Most if not all of these vessels have appeared here before, but bear with me because a surprise follows.
Gramma Lee T Moran,
Ruby M with dredge Glenn Edwards in the distance,
Emerald Coast going head-to-head–not really–with Red Hook,
Paul Andrew eastbound on the East River,
heading in the same direction about the same hour are Catherine Miller and
Susan Miller. By the way, in the pic above here’s a close-up of that green sculpture almost dead center of the photo.
Ok, now we’re getting to the “different” part. Note Maryland in December 2008 and
in early April 2015.
Ditto Baltic Sea in August 2009 and –gasp—
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.
And these photos are from an ad that’s now over a year old. I wonder if they changed hands . . .
Can anyone identify the other tug in the center of the photo below?
All photos except the last three by Will Van Dorp.
Here was the first in this series. This is a well-painted and lubricated wheel that won’t be seen for a while. Even you folks who are planning a trip on Erie Canal, you’ll be close and you’ll feel the effects, but you won’t see it. So watch carefully as . .
the wagon-body valve, the rectangular portion of which measures 7′ X 9′ , gets positioned where it’ll be invisible from now until some winter maintenance season in the future. The entire valve–with wheels– weighs about 9800 pounds. If you’re standing near the upper door when one of these opens, you see a major whirlpool created by the rush of water through the water tunnel and through the port holes into the lock chamber.
Bob Stopper took these photos just over two weeks ago. Looking at them now, with mild spring temperatures in place, this feels like months ago. The valve is hoisted above the water tunnel and
guided into position.
Think about this as you traverse the canal this summer.
Many thanks to Bob. Happy spring. I can’t wait to see what exotic traffic passes through here this summer. Of course, I’ll be looking for work elsewhere. Anyone know anyone looking to hire a deckhand, now holding some paper and licenses?