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This is partly inspired by the first 18 posts of this series and partly by the Apple ad campaign called “shot on iPhone 6.” I have an older iPhone, but if you ever get a message from me, you’ll see a note “sent by talking drum” instead of the default advertisement. OK, I’m contrarian. But all the shots in this post have been taken by my talking drum, and therefore of a different quality.
I need to carry a mini tripod for the talking drum (TD) camera . . . in lower light, although
this one is crisp.
I certainly need a tripod for a “pano” shot.
Sometimes you get a pano via composition.
A TD cam IS handy when you find yourself facing a once-in-a-lifetime perspective.
This bus has fascinated me for the past two weeks, so today, having carved out time to stop, I chatted with the owner . . . my age, who had the bus painted by graffiti artists in honor of his late son. When the weather chills, he will cast off his lines and head south.
All these reps 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
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.
Have a look while you can.
When she gets reefed, I’d love photos.
Thanks to Birk, here’s her history.
Click here for a guide to fishing and diving on New Jersey reefs.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
Liberty II . . . our paths haven’t crossed in quite a while.
Sea Lion . . . is a busy boat.
New York Media Boat . . . another busy boat in duplicate.
No Wake . . . our paths have never crossed that I recollect, but I wonder whose she has. She seems to have some age.
All photos taken in the past week or so . . .
This post represents no more the definitive port of Tampa than a sampling of an hour’s worth of traffic on the KVK, at the Brooklyn Bridge, or past the Holland Tunnel vents would be a definitive capture of the sixth boro of NYC. I’m grateful to a nameless Nemo for these shots . . . like the coal-pushing Jason E. Duttinger and the barge Winna Wilson.
Here’s the 6000 hp Duttinger out of the notch.
As is OSG Endurance, 8000 hp.
From l to r, Sea Hawk . . . 8000 hp, Valiant . . .also 8000, and Linda Moran . . . 5100. I’m not sure what the small tug in the distance is. Also, click here and scroll to see the last time Sea Hawk has appeared in tugster, painted green.
And finally, what’s not visible in the photo below is Paul’s nose. Click here to see a light bow-forward photo of Paul T. Moran.
Again, many thanks to nN for these photos.
Belfast probably has fewer people than does my block in Queens, but it jam packed with character. In fact, I wanted to move there after spending a single weekend there two years ago. Here and here are some posts I did from there.
Many thanks to Tom Mann for these photos, taken in July 2015. Notable among vessels in port, the exquisite Cangarda. Here’s a post I did on it five years ago. Click here for the truly unique Cangarda, built in 1901 and almost lost several times.
This is their 400-ton crane.
From l. to r., it’s Fournier Tractor and Taurus. In case you didn’t click on all the links above, click here to see a photo I took of the Fournier Tractor a few years back, as well as a warning sign in case anyone thinks about usurping a parking spot in front of the Fournier Towing and Ship Service office.
I’m not sure who the current owner of Fort Point is. She’s the 1970 YTB-809.
Cape Race is a frequent fixture of Atlantic Basin in Brooklyn. Does anyone know what’s current with Wanderbird, which came into Long Island Sound about two weeks ago. Wanderbird is a similar repurposed North Sea trawler . . . as an expedition yacht.
I can’t sign off without another photo of the steam yacht Cangarda, built at Pusey & Jones in 1901, originally for a lumber magnate in Manistee, Michigan, named Charles J. Canfield.
Again, many thanks to Tom Mann for these photos.
I’ve never been to St. John, but Justin Zizes has recently on a voyage from the sixth boro, and he sent along these photos, ones that give a snapshot of one moment on a track into port. The pilot boat meeting the ship was Capt. A. G. Soppitt.
Atlantic Spruce is Canadian built.
Some other Atlantic Towing Limited (hardly limited!!) vessels at the base: From right to left: Atlantic Bear, Spitfire III, Atlantic Beaver, and Atlantic Hemlock.
Again, thanks to Justin for these photos. And let me reiterate that I’m really happy about the collaboration on tugster these days, especially these days that I’m busy like crazy with an endeavor I don’t want to talk about yet. It’s good. I’d be interested in a series of ports to which vessels sail from the sixth boro, as is the case with St. John.
RVs, as in research vessels, have appeared here before, but since a blog evolves, I’ve not started out with this as a series. Previous RVs featured here have included Sea Surveyor, Kaho, Marcus G. Langseth, and Bold once and twice. I’ve seen Time and Tide several times in the past month, although I’m not sure which of the e4sciences projects were involved.
Ashley Hutto recently sent along photos of a formidable RV–Atlantis (T-AGOR-25), which is host to
DSV Alvin, a submersible likely everyone has heard of–or at least of projects it has been associated with. And . . to repeat a phrase from the other day, I can’t confirm the identity of the person showing scale, but lucky him . . . to get an audience with Alvin!! DSV?
Thanks to Ashley Hutto for the bottom two photos.
RV Atlantis shares a name with the first research vessel Woods Hole (WHOI) used, a Danish-built schooner, which is still afloat and living yet another life as Dr. Bernardo Houssay of the Argentinian Navy.