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See the Fort?
No, I don’t mean Fort Hamilton on the other side . . . or the top of the bunker at Fort Wadsworth.
This is the closest you can get to Fort Lafayette from land . . .
at least, what’s left of it, where it once stood before it was dismantled to serve as the base for the Brooklynside tower for the Verrazano Narrows Bridge.
And Robert Cobb Kennedy, he was a would-be arsonist or maybe reckless jokester Confederate officer who was was tried, convicted, and hanged in Fort Lafayette less than two months before the end of that war.
Do any readers have photos of the Fort before demolition? It would have to be from the late 1950s or earlier.
Here’s more about the VZ Bridge.
All photos here by Will Van Dorp.
You may recall that back in 2014, I often juxtaposed canal&river/rail in photos like the one below.
This post was originally going to feature only photos of the river and canal from the rails, like the one below, but
then I decided to pair photos from the train toward the water with the opposite: photos from the water toward roughly the same land area where the rails lay and the trains speed.
Train shots are difficult because of speed, coatings on the windows, trees and poles along the tracks . . . but I’m quite sure a letter that begins “Dear Amtrak: could you slow down, open windows, and otherwise accommodate the photographers” would not yield a positive response.
I hope you enjoy this attempt on my part. And if you ever have a chance to ride Amtrak along the Hudson, Mohawk, and Lake Champlain . . . sit on the better side of the car; switch sides if necessary.
Here we’re on the Livingstone Avenue Bridge looking south and
here we are south of it, looking north. Yes, that’s Crow, Empire, W. O. Decker, and Grand Erie passing through the open swivel.
Here’s the pedestrian bridge in Amsterdam
as seen from both vantage points.
The 1766 Guy Park Manor from a speeding train and
Schoharie Aqueduct from Amtrak,
a slow boat, and
the east bank of Schoharie Creek.
Little Falls onramp to I-90 from rail and
The rail bridge at Lock 19 from the span and
from west of it at Lock 19.
And these all east of Utica I can’t pair, but decided to include here anyhow: a dairy pasture,
a construction yard, and
a truck depot.
Maybe if I write that “Dear Amtrak” letter, I could just ask if the window could be cleaned a bit. If you’re going to try this, take amtrak when the leaves are off the trees.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who embeds this post from “Good Morning Gloucester” to reveal a bit of my past . . . 1988. Scroll all the way through to see a piece of shipwreck “treasure.”
What happens if you build a pilot boat in Massachusetts to be used on the Great Lakes? It needs to get to its place of use.
Thanks to the NY Media Boat, I got these photos this week as the Huron Spirit hurried through
the sixth boro. North of the watery boro, I was invited to ride through the Erie Canal before it closes on November 20.
Above is the wall above lock 16 and below, it’s the approach to lock 19, where you have to first duck under the triple-track rail bridge.
The photo below, taken at lock 21, was Wednesday afternoon. By now, the newest Gladding Hearn pilot boat has exited the Canal and is making its way up the Great Lakes chain.
Mr. Henry works for Barry Graham Oil Services.
Thor is one large tractor tug.
I’m not sure what vessel that is in the foreground, but
whereas these rigs have not yet been promoted–or demoted–to museum service.
One of these years, i’ll have to gallivant this way. Many thanks to the secret salts.
Here’s an article published by the USCG on this profession. And here’s my article/photos from the October 2016 issue of Professional Mariner on Lakes Pilots Association, District 2. The photos in this post are outtakes from that article.
Below the captain of Huron Belle maneuvers into position to switch a District 2 pilot for a District 3 pilot on an upbound ship at the south end of Lake Huron.
Here Great Lakes tugs Mississippi and
Nebraska finesse a ship to negotiate a narrow bridge span on the Maumee River, as guided
by a Lakes District pilot. Imagine calling the commands to ship’s helm and tugs on bow and stern while watching this evolution from the bridge wing 700′ back from where the ship steel could splinter the bridge wood and steel. A seiche here can cause the river to run upstream, and that bridge, which sees a fair amount of water traffic, is a midwest version of the Portal Bridge.
Pilots read the water as well as a plethora of tools to keep shipping without incident. Mark Twain said that as a pilot he “mastered the language of the river,” and that’s still a requirement today.
And there’s always the transfer of pilots, which represents a significant risk.
This was a calm day, but in adverse conditions,
this is a challenge not to be understated.
Almost all photos here by Will Van Dorp.
Here are the previous posts I’ve done on the wind farm southeast of Block Island. I took the photo below on June 27, as blades to spin the turbines arrived in Narragansett Bay.
Rod Smith took the rest of these photos in late July and early August.
It shows Brave Tern as it prepared to sail out to the farm, deploy its sea legs . . aka spuds . .
and put the caps atop the columns onto the bases.
For the specs on Brave Tern, you can check them out here,
And check out the froth from her stern!
Many thanks to Rod Smith for all these photos except the first one.
I hope to get out that way in October.
Let’s start with one that I can’t identify, other than by its name . . . Charlie E, I believe. I took this photo in Port Colborne.
I can’t ever remember seeing a heaping load of coal like this . . .
Petite Forte was docked also along the Welland Canal with barge St. Mary’s Cement.
I’ll put up a pilot boat post soon. Meanwhile, can you identify this pilot boat?
Jaclyn is a 41′ tug built in 1967.
Joncaire, it turns out, is an important name in Niagara history.
Eagle is a 57′ tugboat built in 1943 and operating out of Cleveland. Here she heads for the outer harbor.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who is unpacking as quickly as possible, and preparing to repack soon.
We had a long transit from Detroit to Mackinac, so here are a lot of photos, starting with Federal Kumano and Ambassador Bridge in the distance;
passing steel operations,
and the mailboat Westcott.
Near central Detroit a pilot boards Federal Kumano from Huron Maid.
Entering Lake St. Clair, we pass Philip R. Clarke,
followed by Lubie in China township,
Radcliffe R. Latimer,
Great Lakes Maritime Center,
and as we headed unbound into Lake Huron, we passed Arthur M. Anderson . . . the last vessel in contact with the Fitzgerald before she was taken by Superior.
This was sunrise nearing the end of this leg, and in the night and distractions, I missed Alpena.
This post closes with Buffalo, as she leaves the Mackinac Bridge behind her.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Here was a clue that a ship was headed this way.
The next three photos here come from Roger Munoz, high atop the 74th St ConEd plant.
That’s Roosevelt Island on the other side, at the southern tip of which i waited.
Here the training ship passes under the 59th Street Bridge,
and past the Empire State Building . . .
escorted by a fireboat and
two McAllister tugboats.
Some of the cadets who made this journey last summer are already employed as professional mariners today. And somewhat related, any guesses how long ago this particular T/S Empire State, the VI, was launched? Click here for info on her former life. To see some dramatic shots of the knife edge cutting through the middle of the Atlantic, click here. If you’re impatient, jump ahead to the 3-minute mark.
Thanks much to Roger Munoz, a SUNY grad, for the three photos from high atop the East River.
And here is a time lapse gif of ES VI passing, thanks to Rand Miller.
Click on the photo below to learn more about it, taken in late January 118 years ago.
Here’s that same location last week. Sorry about holding the camera crooked; if I straighten it out now, the 1845 lighthouse disappears.
The guys sitting on the seawall to the extreme left are tour bus drivers. Did you notice the two tour buses on the central ridge line in the photo above?
Alnair . . . I have no information on her. Anyone help?
And a pilotboat . . . is a pilotboat, not to disparage pilots and their skills in any way whatsoever.
Can you guess the white ship whose hull dwarfs the pilot?
Find the answer here.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who was on a journalistic mission.
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