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The last photo of yesterday’s post here showed a dory in the beginning stages of construction. Its placement there conforms to Chekhov’s gun principle. So here’s what follows. Maybe I should call this post . . .” in the shadow of an old building and protected by the body of a Chinese laundry truck, Ibis hatches, fledges, and more . . .” but that would be rather long. So just enjoy.
Garboards in place,
planks fastened and plugs driven . . . About the clamps, Pam says “they are simple and brilliant. They have really long jaws to be able to reach across a plank to clamp the new plank to the one already in place. Wedges get tapped into the other end to tighten the grip.”
Sheer strake in place, and now
it’s time to roll her over.
“Dories are usually built on their frames which act as the mold stations – I would do it that way if I built another dory. We used the mold stations and steam bent frames to go into the boat. Steam bending is an experience, although hair-raising… handling a hot piece of wood, and maneuvering clamps quickly before wood cools… It is hugely satisfying though.”
Ibis has a beautiful bow, soon to be cutting through sixth boro waters
Again, many thanks to Pamela Hepburn for use of her photos and in some cases, her commentary.
Here is the index of posts from two years ago showing an older Jersey City and environs.
All of the following photos/collages come compliments of Pam Hepburn, master of the 1907 tug Pegasus aka “Peg” and the godmother of the Pegasus Preservation Project. Many posts devoted to Peg can be found here.
In the collage below taken from atop a crane, you are looking east from a midpoint in the Morris Canal. The Twin Towers serve as a reference, as does the Statue of Liberty to the right horizon. Pam has included text, which I will not duplicate. She mentions the white vessel Chauncey M. Depew, which you can see here. Also mentioned is the M/T Mary Gellatly; here is another–I believe–Gellatly tanker. Today marinas fill the canal, the north side is largely built up, and the south side is Liberty Landing State Park.
This photo was taken from the same crane but looking west.
Taken on the north side of the canal and near the border with Hoboken, here was new life springing forth. More photos of this new life soon.
Many thanks to Pamela Hepburn for use of these photos.
And thanks to all who commented on the captions yesterday. This morning when I opened wordpress to prepare this post, the captioning option was nowhere to be seen. Oh, the mystery of software!!
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Recognize the actor/character gazing into the dry dock at Ocean Wrestler? When I saw this on a streaming rerun–whatever you’d call it now–I suspected the name Ocean Wrestler was a prop added for the show. More on that later. According to the script, this was a dry dock in Norfolk, but in fact it was filmed in North Vancouver for release in 1995. Got it figured out?
Here’s another screen grab . . . season 3 episode 9 of
the X-Files. Here’s the episode info.
I’m a lifelong fan of sci-fi and X-Files is one of the few TV shows of any sort I’ve watched in my life. But enough of that.
So the name was real for the early mid-1990s. The vessel was launched in Oostend, Belgium in 1972 as Wrestler. The name evolution since then goes like this: renamed Ocean Wrestler in 1989 until 1996, then Hadisangsuria until 1998 when it reverted to Ocean Wrestler until 2011, then Malysh until May 2014, and supposedly is still operating as Kunduz. The whole story and specs can be found here.
My reaction to the top photo is delight in thinking that FBI Agent Mulder may admire the lines of this ocean wrestler as much as I do.
No photos by Will Van Dorp, who is grateful to the unnamed photographers of the X-Files series. Turn the volume up and enjoy the theme music here.
The first four photos come with many thanks to Bonnie frogma, the intrepid “river rat” who’s currently devoting lots of time to preparations for arrival to the sixth boro of Hokule’a. I know nothing about this particular Lil Toot.
Bonnie took these photos on Jamaica Bay. Note the cliffs of Manhattan in the distance.
Emily I believe is the 1961 built 35-footer. Bonnie first posted photos of Emily here.
I took this photo last weekend. I’ve seen 70′ Wollochet on AIS, but here’s my first view of her crossing sixth boro center stage.
What this appears like notwithstanding, I think the local boat under 40′ is called Miss Julia.
Here’s one of the half-century-plus-old WYTLs on the far side of Robbins Reef Light recently, one of the tools the USCG chooses for ice-breaking in the wintery Hudson. Click here and scroll through to see a WYTL making ice cubes a half decade back.
Mako III is a 45′ tug the same age as I am.
Last but certainly not least, Allan Seymour sent this along from the Miami River, and I have no idea about a name or a story. Anyone help out?
Many thanks to Bonnie and Allen for some of these photos. If you’ve wondered about the name frogma, read this.
Yesterday’s post showed a larger than average container vessel in the sixth boro, CMA CGM Pacific Link. That post prompted Allen Baker to send along photos he took last month in San Francisco. Pacific Link‘s teu capacity was just over 8000; CMA CGM Margrit‘s teu capacity is 13,102.
CMA CGM Margrit used to be MSC Margrit. Her dimensions in feet are 1202 x 158. If you count the containers across the stern, you’ll see she carries 19 across, compared with 17 for Pacific Link and 14 for President Truman.
I’ve tried unsuccessfully to find the air draft on this vessel. Anyone help?
One of the assist boats here is Delta Billie, 6700 hp.
All photos by Allen Baker.
Here was GUP 3, and here was one GUP-related post since then, about the sale of a peer of the vessel below. In case you don’t check the links and are wondering what GUP is, it’s my neologism for “gross universal product,” AKA sewage. I’m doing this post now as a complement to my article in PM magazine. North River is currently high and dry and getting some paint. More on that later.
For now, let’s have a look at the fleet carrying the load . . . or loads.
The most recently arrival is Rockaway, in service now nearly a year.
Coming right up on a one-year anniversary of start of service is Port Richmond. If you are wondering about the names, all three new boats are named for sewage facilities serving NYC. Here’s an article about the Port Richmond facility.
And the original of this class is Hunts Point, in service now about 15 months.
Now if you conclude that Rockaway, Port Richmond, and Hunts Point look alike . . . well, they’re virtually identical.
Not true for Red Hook, which has been in service now for over six years.
I compared bows of the current generation with that of Red Hook here about a year ago.
Here’s the most recent photo I’ve taken of North River. How much service–even back–she has left in her I can’t tell you.
Meanwhile, all hats off to this fleet which keeps sixth boro waters smelling as sweet as they do to us and feeling as hospitable as they do to all the other critters that depend on this habitat.
Soon I hope the sixth boro will see more of Cable Queen, a vintage vessel with staying power, workability beyond the half century mark. We saw Giulio Verne, an updated version of the Cable Queen here three and a half years ago. So what’s this?
Bound for sea about the same time was
Ndurance, a slightly smaller vessel in the same trade as Nexus.
I’m fascinated by national differences in adoption of new technologies, like marine renewable energy sources. Click here to see the number of functioning European offshore wind farms. Europe –2080; US–0000.
Many thanks to Jan Oosterboer for these photos, taken last week, and to Fred Trooster for sending them.
Here’s the index to the previous posts in this series.
Self-unloaders are not unheard of in the sixth boro; in fact, some of my favorite vessels like here, here, and here . . . I’ve followed them. Here’s a link to the Oldendorff site showing how the self-unloaders work. Rt Hon Paul E. Martin is named for this politician from our neighbors to the north.
Traveling through those same waters . . . MSC Monica.
A few days before the Martin, Ultra Colonsay was replenishing the pile at Atlantic Salt.
Other vessels calling in the sixth boro recently include Vladimir,
Sypress escorted by Marie J. Turecamo,
Atlantic Compass passing by Joyce D. Brown, leaving an ominous sky to the west
and finally Torino. This photo was taken by regular contributor John “Jed” Jedrlinic, who–in addition to being a great raconteur, took
a photo of this ne’er do weel.
Besides the two photos by Jed, all photos were taken by Will Van Dorp.