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Today near Meadow Lake there’s a convergence of dragons . . . similar to but maybe bigger than the one I documented here five years ago.

A half century ago, that lake was the site of the World’s Fair.  And the three images that follow are stills clipped from a short video called Sinclair (as in the oil company today subsumed by Arco) at the World’s Fair, which today we might call an infomercial.   Thanks to all your comments–here and via email–that lead me to conclude that the hydrofoil era in the sixth boro was quite short.   Looking at these fotos, I wonder if any reader here was among the 100,000 passengers transported in the summer of 1964, if any fotos out there could be shared, and

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what this “driver” did after hulls receded back into the water for good.   Thirteen boats–maybe unfortunately named–operated in the sixth boro!  Where did they dock?  Who maintained them?

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Here’s an intriguing eBay foto, which I’ll not bid on.   Boeing seems to have built a number of hydrofoils–as the Boeing 929.  Of those still operating, most are in Eastern Asia, including these “Seven Islands” boats that once–about a decade ago–tried to establish a run between Florida and the Bahamas.   Seven Islands features an up-to-date crew blog–only in Japanese–that has interesting fotos.  Here and here is info on a hydrofoil operating on the black Sea out of Bulgaria.

Here’s where I’ll leave this until I find out more.

Meanwhile, if I get all my work done today, I may go see the dragons tomorrow.

So what travels through this piping?

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C. R. McCaskill was launched just over a year ago with a bottle of champagne across one of the 35-pound teeth of the cutterhead.  Click here for a foto and story.

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For more technical info on McCaskill‘s capabilities, read this article by my friend Brian Gauvin and published in the August 2013 issue of  Professional Mariner magazine.   In the article, he talks about McCaskill‘s ability to send dredge spoils six miles through a pipe to restore and create marshes to serve as hurrican barriers in Louisiana.

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So although I haven’t seen it happen yet, I’m concluding that this vessel can pump whatever comes from the East Rockaway Inlet to the location three or so miles to the west, where you saw Trevor, George W, and Sea Wolf operating in yesterday’s post.

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Three years ago I took fotos on another cutterhead suction dredge– one that’s a half century old–operating in the KVK back in 2010.  Click here for some of those fotos, including one that shows the size of the pump used to move dredge spoils from point of  “collection” to point of “use.”

All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who most recently saw a Weeks tug at work in a dredging project in a North Carolina Inlet.   My question is . . . does anyone have fotos to share of C. R. McCaskill‘s transit from its inaugural work in Louisiana to its current location in the sixth boro?

And Sabine . . . looks like she was launched back in 1980 from here.

Thisjust in  . . .  the Daily News story on this post-Sandy project, as seen from a politicophile POV.

title sounds provocative?   Well,  I’ll subtitle this “whole lotta dredgin’ 6.”  It’s been almost three years since I’ve used this title, but .  .   . when Sabine‘s this close to the beach and

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there’s a tube in the water, there must

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be a shear leg  or

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two lurking nearby, although I wonder if these are shear legs . . . technically speaking.

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I’m not positive what Sea Wolf

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George W, and

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and Trevor were doing  . . . other than arranging the dredge spoils pipe,

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with Sabine  monitoring . .  .

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ut it has to do with the mother dredger ship some distance away.  Fotos of her .  . tomorrow.  And if there’s a dredger’s rainbow and someone gets a pic, I’d love to see it.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who found a reason to lurk awhile along NYC’s Copacabana/Ipanema . . . .

I happened to be down near the Rockaways aka Lenape “rack-a-wak-e” yesterday and stopped by for another look.  The orange loader to the right has a mouthful of yanked groins.  In the background, note the surfers.

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I wouldn’t surf or swim or kayak here even without a sign.  Rockaway is expansive enough to go elsewhere.

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But I found the answer to my lingering question . . . who is doing the yanking . . .

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It’s Platinum Marine Services.

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I still failed to notice the name of this workboat, but

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I have more posts coming from NYC’s Copacabana and Ipanema rolled into one.  And notice how the grass is growing in between the old supports for the boardwalk?  Compare with the second and third fotos here.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

No . . . despite the title, this blog has not turned to commentary on recent developments in the “five boros” mayor’s race.  And no again . . . the focus has NOT shifted to the machines referred to water scooters aka PWCs.  I took this foto on Tuesday after the two guys here seemed to coordinate with the crew of

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this vessel, which seemed distinctly intended for work.

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A little while later, I saw this, although at the time I didn’t know the project until yesterday in the NYTimes I noticed the pic associated with

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this article about the removal of “death sticks for surfers.”

All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who says . . . yank away!  Anyone know more about whose equipment this is?

This is NOT Rockaway or Queens or any other boro of New York City.  This residence is a post-hurricane structure.  The location will be identified at the end of this post.

For the previous installment in this series . . . Sandy to Nemo . . .  from four months ago, click here.

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Here’s a March foto taken by Barbara from her 7th floor terrace, showing water/land edges in southern Queens.  In fotos farther down, you’ll see this reinforced building now painted greenish yellow.

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Early April 2013.

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Mid April.

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The rest of these fotos I took today at sea level.  Note the lifeguard on duty, bundled up for morning 60-degrees beach.  In the foreground beyond the fence is one of the concrete supports for the boardwalk Sandy peeled away.  Maersk Denver, anchored on the horizon, will serve as a reference point.   When Nemo happened, this vessel was in port in Taiwan.

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And now in situ are the bathrooms that Ashley send a foto of about a month ago here.   Foto looks roughly north.

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Same bathrooms, looking roughly south.

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Beachside view of the bathrooms and yellow structure housing life guard offices/concessions-to-be . . . looking northeast.

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Click here for more info on the artwork created from portions of Sandy-splintered boardwalk.

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Looking southwest.

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Where once a mosaic covered cetacean I dubbed “rockawhale” resided,

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construction trailers now stand.  A geodesic dome marks the intersection of Shore Parkway and Cross Bay Parkway.

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A closer look showed it to be part of another artistic response to Sandy’s devastation.  I wonder what will happen after June 30.

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I took the top foto in this post in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, where the Make It Right project is attempting to do just that.  I hope we make it right too.

Foto and alert thanks to John Watson, as are the first three fotos of this post.  Genuine Ace arrived here this weekend after having been launched just six weeks ago.  Given that it’s a PCTC, I’ll bet it really has that “new car” smell.  To see where this design is headed, click here .  . lower right.

I’d seen QM2 bunkering a few hours before, but John caught it headed out . . . currently on a flat Atlantic for Hamburg.

Short sea shipping continues in the sixth boro, here with Doris Moran barging containers.  To see where this might be headed . .  now that American Feeder Lines is changing their game, click here . . .   Unrelated, look into the mid-distance and the long-necked tug at the end of the GMD Bayonne pier . . . a K-Sea tug repainted?

Well, here’s how I caught Taurus Friday afternoon!!!

It’ll take some getting used to, but that’s life . . . all getting used to . . .

which is precisely my challenge here . . .   although if you go back to the link just above Doris Moran, the sketch of the tug looks just like Discovery Coast.  By the way, anyone upriver know where Discovery is hauling the dredge spoils from?

Thanks much to John Watson for the top three fotos.  All others by Will Van Dorp, who is on the cusp of having more free time.  That’s the Newport lighthouse in Jersey City creating an additional “jar” to an already “jarristic” set of patterns.

Value is a creation from 2011

in the Samsung Heavy Industry yards in Goeje.  Currently the yard is working on–among other things–Utopia.

Value docked for a few days in Bayonne, but now

passing container ships and all the other traffic

will see . . . Ice Blade.  And Value, as of this morning,

has anchored somewhere off Rockaway, Queens.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp, from various spots along the KVK.

Here and here are some other vessels delivered by Samsung in Goeje.

Unrelated:  Do you suppose Costa Concordia will really float away?

In my personal life, the beginning of a calendar year seems the best time for maintenance, new starts, re-evaluations.  Today I cleared out and organized a tool closet, tossing out with gusto and energy what I hadn’t been able to . . . in “cleaning” attempts for the past few years.

As I looked through fotos some of you have sent, I “read” maintenance in them, too.  Like this foto of Ambrose from John Watson.  I’m wondering how many years it’s been since LV-87 had her previous

haircut and a shave.

Lou Rosenberg sent this foto;  even QM2 needs touch-ups.  Here are some fotos I took of QM2 arriving in the sixth boro for the first time in April 2004.

Finally, Captain Thalassic sent some fotos from up on the Erie Canal, Lock 28A, where Erie Canal boats Emita II (1953) and Colonial Belle dry out their hulls over the winter, as does

 . . . is that Seneca, and blindfolded and trussed in back of the dry dock?  Does Seneca need help? Here’s another shot of Seneca by Jason LaDue.

Two more shots by John Watson, although these have no connection with maintenance . . . except my own.  Catherine Turecamo here escorts bulk carrier being escorted  Steel Anna.

Now there’s a name!!  I imagine introducing myself . . .   “Hi, I’m ‘steel will.’    If I needed some life maintenance , that would be an energetic start.

Thanks all for sending these fotos along.

(Double click enlarges.)    Do that and behold ATR-89, once an ATR-1 class rescue tug.  The original ATR-1 was built at Wheeler Shipbuilding Corp. in Queens, NY.  At that link, I’m a fan of ATR- 28 and 76, given their dazzle paint.   I believe the last extant ATR-1 tug afloat sank at her mooring in British Colombia a few years back, and I’ve no idea what has happened since.  Click here for more fotos at the Marine Heritage Society of Vancouver.

ATR-89 later known as Hila launched from Burger Boat in Manitowoc, WI in 1944.  Anyone have fotos from then?

As an indication of deterioration at the site, the foto below taken in May 2010 shows (not far from ATR-89′s starboard side) a prow and hull portion no longer visible 14 months later:  crumbled, disappeared into the silt.  Click here for a list of other ATRs.

Marietta Manufacturing delivered this vessel as LT-653 in June 1944 in Point Pleasant, WV, a yard that closed in 1967.

I wrote about it here last year, including fotos of this vessel as Bloxom, here

eternally (or for the foreseeable future) pushing against the wooden hull of a vessel long unidentifiable.  Is that a rudder post sleeve (not sure of the technical term)  in the foreground?

And here’s sub chaser PC-1264, Bronx-built and a vessel quite important in the racial integration of African-Americans in the US Navy for tasks/training other than galley duty.   Read her history in the link above.    Like Hila and Bloxom, PC-1264 was delivered in 1944.   PC-1264 is less well preserved than PC-1217, from yesterday’s post.  The port side of its bow has been ripped open.  The last time this blog has featured a vessel built in the Consolidated Shipbuilding site (now Roberto Clemente State Park) was here . . . and examined an iceboat.  The link for Roberto Clemente State Park mentions nothing at all about this space usage prior to becoming a park.

Of all the links in this post, this one is probably the most interesting… with fotos

of its service life.    I’d love to hear stories about crew of PC-1264.

Parts from the nefarious ex-PC-1611 were used to restore the only extant sub chaser

of this hull design, Le Forgueux, now a museum vessel in the Netherlands.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who welcomes corrections and additions.

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