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Know this water, more of a waterway than a harbor? The distant buildings are a clue. See the one just left of the center of bridge center, needle thin?
Here’s another clue . . . the structure near the right side of the photo, like an old time gas station pump?
Or this one left of the crane, looking like the business end of a blue crab whose pincers are down?
Or this wreck? What WAS this boat? I’ve asked a million people who all say they also asked a million people. Anyone know?
And seriously, the first photo showed the Throgs Neck Bridge, the second the LaGuardia airport traffic tower, and the third . . . Arthur Ashe stadium. The photo above with the mystery wreck in the Whitestone Bridge . .. the second one in when you travel from Long Island Sound into . . . the East River
And that needle thin tower in 432 Park, said to be the tallest residential building in the hemisphere. Click here for views from the tallest bathtub in that building. And in the foreground of the photo below, truly a place of superlatives . . . . Rikers Island, i.e., one of the largest incarceration places in the world. No gunk holing is tolerated anywhere near this place.
By now, most of you know this is the East River and we’re traveling west. Here the DEP sludge tanker Red Hook prepares to depart the Hunt’s Point wastewater treatment plant. Click here for some tugster posts on treating waste and keeping sixth boro waters as clean as possible despite the teeming millions that live along the banks of these waters. And if you’ve never read my Professional Mariner story on the latest generation of these tankers, you can do so here.
Between Rikers and Hunts Point, there are the North and South Brother Islands; see my post from South Brother here from a long time ago. The safer channel goes around the north of North Brother, but in daylight, most vessels can shoot between the two.
A “night wharf” on Wards Island for the sludge tankers lies here just east of the Hell Gate and RFK bridges there.
This strait–between Roosevelt Island and the upper east side of Manhattan–in the tidal strait that’s known as the East River can see some fast currents. Somewhere off to the right is the vantage point Jonathan Steinman takes his East river pics from.
This is not a cargo pier. These vessels are repairing the bulk heading.
Anyone know the identity of these two “houses” nestled up there in the eastisde of Manhattan cliffs?
These barges called the Water Club . . . I’ve never been there. Any personal reviews?
Newtown Creek awaits its fate here at a dock in Wallabout Bay right across
from the rock wharf where Alice Oldendorff has discharged millions of tons of crushed rock over the years.
After we duck under the Brooklyn Bridge, we near the end of the East River,
where South Street Seaport Museum has been fighting the noble fight to
preserve ships and the upland including the wharves.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Here’s the index of previous “names.”
I love surprises, but some pass almost unnoticed to most. For example, did you know Ernest Hemingway visited the sixth boro a few weeks ago? The Hemingway IMO 9295177. Ditto Charles Dickens, earlier this spring. Now I wish Thomas Pynchon would visit, given that he wrote about it . . . and tell me about it in advance. Orange Ocean is in town, but please, no more orange rivers. Alpine Mary is here now, but please no typhoid Mary. YM Unicorn, yes . . . they exist. And a really crazy one, a tug on Lake Ontario yesterday, Radium Yellowknife! Wow!
Then I realized the second word was “hunter” and not “soldier,” and the paint job looked neo-dazzle.
Strange . . .
So let’s get out front and look the vessel over again. Unusual paint-on figurehead.
What’s that around the upper railings of the house?
Barbed wire! Coils and coils of it. Has the sixth boro gotten a nasty reputation?
Seriously, I’m guessing it’s for some pirate-infected waterways elsewhere. Anyone care to share more about the story?
Here was barbed wire mustache on a vessel in Cape Town a few years back. Maybe this is a cheap-fix for better internet?
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Wow! When I typed “wall” into the search window, I came up with this somewhat silly post from 2007! But one of the photos shows Barents Sea when I first saw her in the sixth boro.
What I was thinking with the word “wall” today is that the hull of a vessel walls out any info about the crew, the cargo, the human climate on board! By looking at this image of a section of the hull, you can tell what it carries, where it came from, its age . . I could go on. Actually, all those patches notwithstanding, the vessel is four years old. Anyhow, my point is
two thirds of the planet is inhabited by “worlds” walled off like this and more often moving throughout the latitudes and longitudes and climate zones and political regions and hot spots . . . .
and if you missed Ian Urbina’s articles recently in the NYTimes called “The Outlaw Ocean,” check them out and the comments here. I’m still stuffed with the food for thought presented there.
Photo by Will Van Dorp.
There’ve been plenty of people I’ve wanted to chance re-encounter, but it doesn’t always happen. I’ve been to Southwest Harbor long ago, but I’ve never seen a Good Idea before.
I saw this WLB come into the harbor the other day and just assumed it was Katherine Walker, WLM-552. But I was wrong. Voila Elm, WLB-204, 50 feet longer than Walker, and out of Atlantic Beach, NC, where I saw it a few years back.
Alice Oldendorff . . . I heard her crew talking with the Sandy Hook pilots the other day . . . . I wish I knew how many voyages she has made into the sixth boro in the past decade!!
The Blue Peter . . . I saw it a month ago in Narragansett Bay, but got close enough for a good photo only after they’d dropped sail.
Liberty II . . . our paths haven’t crossed in quite a while.
Sea Lion . . . is a busy boat.
New York Media Boat . . . another busy boat in duplicate.
No Wake . . . our paths have never crossed that I recollect, but I wonder whose she has. She seems to have some age.
All photos taken in the past week or so . . .
Hats off and dinner on the table to Rod Smith of Narragansett Bay Shipping who put in a long day yesterday getting photos of the loading process of Half Moon onto the deck on BigLift Traveller. Also many thanks to the hospitable crew of Traveller for accommodating Rod.
I’m struck by how diminutive Half Moon looks here.
Water-level . . . pre lifting straps and
And then with hours of careful effort . . .
like a netted fish after a long fight . . .
she settles onto the deck.
Next stop . . . Hoorn!
The two last photos of Rod’s . . . the night scenes . . . suggest time travel: imagine what Juet would have written in his journal 406 years ago if a big yellow ship had rendezvoused with them on their return to Europe and lifted them onto the deck for a speedy eastbound trip. Click here for the never-completed blog version of Henry Hudson’s 1609 trip . . . which lacks an account of THAT Half Moon‘s return to Europe.
Again, Rod . . .Hartelijk dank . . . or Dziękuję bardzo.
The first two and last two photos here come thanks to John Jedrlinic . .. aka Jed. He took these of Marlin in Baltimore in late July 2009.
Has anyone heard of/seen it since it was sold foreign?
The next batch were taken in the Beerkanaal area seaward of Rotterdam in early March (I think) by Jan Oosterboer and sent via Rene Keuvelaar and Fred Trooster. I’ll just list the names and embed more info: Iskes Brent,
SD Stingray with enhanced fire fighting gear,
and SD Rebel.
Look at the palm trees. Jed took this one of Fort Bragg last month in a place where northerners probably wished they were. . . .
. . and this one of Susan Moran in Norfolk in early June 2012.
Thanks to Jed, Jan, Rene, and Fred for these photos.
. . . comes from the same source as Relief Crew 17, Seth Tane, whose most recent work is called Sea Train. Back in the summer of 2014, Blue Marlin brought in a dry dock named Vigorous–the largest in the US. It came on the back of Blue Marlin from ZPMC. That dry dock is now working, and below you see its current load, USNS T-AH-19 Mercy. Yes, mercy!! Here are some previous iterations of Mercy.
Photo by Seth Tane, although I tinkered with it a bit.
More Mercy here.
Click here (and scroll) to see sister hospital vessel Comfort in a post I did five years ago.
Thanks to Allen Baker for these two golden hour photos of possibly the newest vessel to cleave sixth boro waters. Quantum of the Seas . . . as names goes, just another name. As a floating stately pleasure dome . . . it has the all the latest gadgetry, like a Makr Shakr bar, as demonstrated in a delightful video: turn the volume way up.
For more photos and lots of numbers, check out NY Mediaboat’s post here.
Again, many thanks to Allen for these photos. By next spring, it seems the vessel will be operating out of Asian waters.
Know this superstructure? Guess the date?
Know other boats on this photo? Actually I don’t although I see some Eklof colors.
Here’s Mary Turecamo as she appears today, i think. I took this photo in November 2009.
And frequent contributor Ashley Hutto send this along. Can you identify the location?
And finally, from Walter, a frequent commenter here, a novel view of Alice discharging aggregates.
These photos come thanks to bowsprite, Russell, Ashley, and Walter. Thanks very much.
Answers to the questions are: Mary Turecamo photos were taken during the 1986 centennial of the Statue of Liberty. And Ashley took the his photo over near the Goethals Bridge.