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In A Perfect Storm,  Sebastian Junger writes “There are houses in Gloucester where grooves have been worn into the floorboards by women pacing past an upstairs window, looking out to sea.”  Today a lot of people are wearing out keyboards searching for news on El Faro.  Others are out in the still stormy aftermath of the hurricane, looking for contact.  Wishes and prayers and hopes swirl through the air as well.

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this photo and the next four . . . taken in Baltimore in March 2010

 

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The next four photos show El Morro, sister ship, arriving in San Juan in March 2013.  Note the splash in lower center left in the photo above;  that’s the pilot boat delivering the pilot on this stormy morning two years ago.

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Here she arrives in the port of San Juan.

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All photos were taken by Will Van Dorp, who prays for strength and safety for all who need it today.

Click here for info on vessel owner, TOTE Maritime, a Saltchuk company.

This summer has taken me to memorable places and points in time, one of which was this comparison of the NJ-side Holland Tunnel vents today and thirty years ago.

This morning as I walked to a meeting on the Lower West Side of Manhattan, I took this set of fotos, all within a quarter mile . . .  More time travel?

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Here’s a perspective of Lilac and Pilot from an angle that was not available–due to construction–as recently as two months ago.  Click here (foto #11) for more info on Pilot, the 1941 tug along Lilac‘s starboard side.

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Fair early morning sun illuminates tug Red Hook and the CRRNJ building, seen here 30 years ago.

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Brendan Turecamo passes the Hoboken Terminal, originally completed in 1907.   For a look at what’s behind the Terminal, click here.

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Tailing Brendan Turecamo was El Galeon Andalucia, presumably headed south for Puerto Rico and Florida.

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In Spanish . . . is the phrase “Felices vientos,”  I’m wondering . . .  Also, is El Galeon Andalucia the same vessel that I saw a half year ago in San Juan then called Galeon La Pepa?

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All fotos taken this morning between 7:30 and 8:30 by Will Van Dorp.

 

San Juan Pilots see big waves while still inside the Bay.

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These same huge rollers fail to discourage fishermen, but

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sabalo . . . aka tarpon attract!

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Midnight Coast is another short-sea shipper of containers.

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That’s assist tugs Honcho and Handy-Three with tanker Freja Taurus.

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Pelicans perch in trees for plume-maintenance after doing

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dives like this and

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adding a splash to stun prey.

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Time to move back to the sixth boro, but Puerto Rico . . . I’ll be back.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

 

How did this cat gain its rotundity?

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What creatures besides cats occupy waterfronts round the world?

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Recognize this ovoid?

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And when this vessel leaves port . . .

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and heads for sea,

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the cats are satisfied.  Save a gato . . . .

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Here‘s an article on the felines.  Click here for info on “save a gato.”  Scroll through to see a foto of the creature on the stern of the Disney ship. All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

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