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By this point, I’d ceased thinking this was a fast-moving fishing boat.
Here’s a dawn photo I took from the Staten Island side of the Narrows six months back.
But this shot, like the top one above, I took at dawn two weeks ago while waiting for the big crane to lift itself above the horizon.
It must be me . . . but are there many things prettier to look at than this pilot vessel coming in to replenish and arriving with the dawn?
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Here was number 6 in this series. It occurred to me this afternoon to rename the whole series “weather overwater,” as a tip of the hat to Dr. Jeff Masters and his site. His 18-minute TED talk at the link with his name on it is worth the 18 minutes. And what do you imagine happens on and over sixth boro water on a day like this . . . ?
Cheyenne consolidates scrap,
Susana S, in the same location here a year ago, takes on bunkers. . .
. . . along with Stavanger Breeze.
Fishing goes on, and pilots
do their thing no matter the weather since 1694.
More bad weather coming . . . so what. Not that it’s easy, though.
Here was 8.
Do you recognize these vessels? At the moment I write this, both are working together to escort in NYK Meteor.
In the drydock earlier this year . . . Joan Turecamo and the other?
This one is unmistakeable. A year ago she was preparing to steam all night inside the sixth boro to ride out the storm.
Click here for a foto of her in late October last year after Sandy had punished some more than others.
From the land side, you can see some of the work recently done.
And here from the dry side of the first shot . . . it’s Kimberly Turecamo and Joan.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
As I scrambled away from the train, Meredith C. Reinauer ruffled the glassy calm of the river at the Rondout Light. Here long ago the Delaware and Hudson Canal completed its 108-mile journey from coal country to what was then the fast river transport to sixth boro coal market.
And here waiting for me was my flesh-and-blood sister and brother-in-law and their Maraki, which they sailed around the world in the 1990s. See their newly-inaugurated blog here.
This was an opportunity, to rediscover the Hudson Valley with them, after all we never see or step into the same Hudson twice. I’ve seen Esopus Meadows light many times before, but
have never passed the volunteer boat.
When last I saw this “castle,” it was a Redemptorist retreat center, but now it’s something different.
Maraki and Grande Caribe had last crossed paths on the Erie Canal. More large sightseeing vessels on the Hudson soon.
Maraki had sailed under this first bridge when it was still a disused rail structure.
!@#@! ? pirate canoe club?
OK . . I had to put up another foto of Patricia.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Know what’s different about the foto below? Want to estimate the vintage of the vessel marked PILOT?
Lots of things maybe, but before I answer that question from my POV here, let me recap. This is my 2191 post in this blog, and usually I don’t count. I just add fotos and text–usually with coffee each morning–because it’s fun for me and many of you express appreciation. But sometimes I do look back, as I did this morning. In these 2190 previous posts, I have included pilots from the following ports/waterways in no particular order: Cape Town, Rotterdam, Panama Canal, Rio de Janeiro, San Juan PR, Miami, Key West, Newport RI, Belfast ME, Astoria OR, Port Huron MI, Lewes DE, C & D Canal, greater Jacksonville FL, Hudson River, Savannah, Charleston, Morehead City, Norfolk, and lots around greater NYC/sixth boro/my home for now. And this leaves a lot more to find.
What’s different about this post is that it shows the pilot from the POV of the vessel being assisted. What I enjoy about investing desk hours continuing to post when I could be out–??, dancing, flying a kite, studying Portuguese, ……–is that I find out interesting stuff. Like . . . what do you know about this waterway?
Well, the Sabine-Neches Waterway might not be my first choice for the next place I’d like to plunge into for a swim, but it’s “top-tier” from a economic/strategic POV.
Many thanks for these fotos from a mariner who asks to remain uncredited.
Sabine Pilot is 29 years in service, off the ways at Breaux’s Bay Craft in 1984.
PS: Please get in touch if you’d like to share fotos of pilot boats serving more ports/waterways.
Unrelated: Here from 2012 are more fotos of KRI Dewaruci--reported as demasted off Australia recently–in the sixth boro. Here is a sketch of the replacement vessel, on the drawing boards long before this incident.
Maersk Wisconsin headed out, . . . my attention is on the figure between the tugboat and the ship.
You know the unseen players on two vessels in this maneuver must be 100% focused here.
The way is prepared and the pilot begins the final steps of egress as all eyes remain on him.
Once he steps back onto Catherine Turecamo, the tug breaks to starboard, and
the Maersk crew begin to retract the passageways as
vessel heads to the next port and the next pilots.
I took these fotos and assembled this draft on a cold morning back in March 2013. Pilots must have one of the more potentially life-threatening jobs in the harbor.
If the sun had set a half hour later or if the moon had risen earlier . . . . if my camera platform had unlimited reach . . . this’d be a better foto. No matter . . . LNG tanker Excelsior heads out yesterday evening for the north Atlantic. Note the pilot boat.
Other ships seen recently include Hansa Rendsburg,
Note the pilots and kayakers in some of these.
Chacabuco and Navion Bergen,
. . . and here’s where the pilots berth.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who likes Cesar Neves’ diario portuario‘s photostream.
Heard of Morehead City? Know much about it? It turns out to be quite the bustling port, with Grace Moran,
Na Hoku . . . previously of the sixth boro,
a pilot named Able,
and Aurora. More on this later.
All fotos today by Will Van Dorp. More soon.
And the population of Morehead City . . . less than 10,000.
The foto below is a repeat, last one of previous post . . . and I stated I was hoping I could find Portland. Well . . .
Port of registry on this Foss tug reiterates that. Not much time for research or commentary on my part, so enjoy the fotos.
Although this one deserves some enhancement. Peacock is a pilot boat with a daughter vessel. Notice the seam around the stern . . . it opens to launch the daughter, which got the pilot to the ship for 30 years.
Germany-built and delivered in 1967, she’s
A model inside the museum–where there’s also a video of her delivering a pilot in very rough water–illustrates the flybridge.
Will Van Dorp took these fotos and will post again when possible.
Quick update on National Maritime Day from Belfast, Maine. What got me here was this vessel, today a platform for tours between here and the Arctic mostly. Wanderbird started this stage of her life after fishing for 30 years, cod and herring. The shoes in the foreground reflect its origins . . . launched in 1963 as a beam trawler in Maassluis, Holland.
What enforces this sign is . . .
this. David put the specs up on yesterday’s post.
The “towed” vehicle will be observed from here.
Also on hand are Maine Maritime Academy vessels. Here’s tug Pentagoet, training vessel powered
by two sets of Detroit diesels. Note this is one set, two blocks mounted together.
And the wheelhouse . . . shows TLC.
Another MMA vessel is Ted, as in
Ted Nusunginya, revealing its previous Alaska work and soon to be renamed for an MMA alum. Vessel Ned is a classroom, a lab, in fact, for courses such as Navigation, Celestial Navigation . . . and more.
The pilot boat is
If you have a chance, you might fall in love with Belle fast.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.