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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

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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.

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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.

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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!!

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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.

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Liberty II . . . our paths haven’t crossed in quite a while.

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Sea Lion . . . is a busy boat.

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New York Media Boat . . .  another busy boat in duplicate.

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No Wake . . . our paths have never crossed that I recollect, but I wonder whose she has.  She seems to have some age.

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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.

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I’m struck by how diminutive Half Moon looks here.

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Water-level . . . pre lifting straps and

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after.

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And then with hours of careful effort . . .

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like a netted fish after a long fight . . .

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she settles onto the deck.

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Next stop  . . .  Hoorn!

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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.

Related photos include . . . ones of sister vessel Happy Dynamic, and here here and here  . . . some sampling of Half Moon photos over the years.

Less related:  click here for another Netherlands-bound vessel with a deck load, and here and  here for photos of the arrival of that deck load from a month earlier.

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.

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Has anyone heard of/seen it since it was sold foreign?

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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

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Smit Panther with 1200′ CSCL South China Sea,

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Smit Ebro,

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Fairplay 24,

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SD Stingray with enhanced fire fighting gear,

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Smit Cheetah,

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Canadian built Svitzer Nabi and Nari,

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Smit Hudson

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and SD Rebel.

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Look at the palm trees.  Jed took this one of Fort Bragg last month in a place where northerners probably wished they were. . . .

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. .  and this one of Susan Moran in Norfolk in early June 2012.

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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.

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Photo by Seth Tane, although I tinkered with it a bit.

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More Mercy here.

Click here (and scroll) to see sister hospital vessel Comfort in a post I did five years ago.

 

Here were the wild colors that started this series two years ago .. .

and Alice . . . always the trend setter and wanderer . . . seems headed out of the gray days in old New Amsterdam for the tropical colors of new New Amsterdam.  Notice the destination?  That’s the one in Guyana.

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But I digress.  Tropical colors are a treat after some days in the cold achromatic north.  These photos come compliments of the winter refugees aboard Maraki . . . currently in the environs of Curaçao. For more colorful pics of this town, click here.

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Here at the ready are Lima II and a pilot boat, and

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newer sister Damen-built tug Mero.

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Also in port was this International Telecom vessel . . .

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IT Intrepid formerly known as Sir Eric Sharp.

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Given the dominant language of this port, you’d think this local boat would be called “werken meisje ook,”  but surprises never cease.

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or this be called “port service 1.”

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The subject of Dutch-built tugboats in Curaçao resurrects the unsolved mystery of Wamandai, a tug that left Curaçao under some clouds and was possibly sunk by the US Coast Guard.  My letters of inquiry to various Coast Guard offices relevant to this case have turned up not a single answer, not even a word that Wamandai‘s fate is classified.  Should I say it turned up an arrogant silence?    Can anyone weigh in or help out?  Some Dutch navy vets and I would like to know.

Thanks to Maraki for these photos.

For a world of cable layers, click here.

 

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.

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For more photos and lots of numbers, check out NY Mediaboat’s post here.

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Again, many thanks to Allen for these photos.  By next spring, it seems the vessel will be operating out of Asian waters.

While we’re talking about delights afloat, does anyone reading this blog know the whereabouts of Amara Zee, shown here in Hudson NY back in August?

Know this superstructure?  Guess the date?

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Know other boats on this photo?  Actually I don’t although I see some Eklof colors.

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Here’s Mary Turecamo as she appears today, i think.  I took this photo in November 2009.

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And frequent contributor Ashley Hutto send this along.  Can you identify the location?

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And finally, from Walter, a frequent commenter here, a novel view of Alice discharging aggregates.

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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.

 

Here was 5 in the series.  And here’s something I miss up on the Canal:  ships!  They remind me the planet is vast yet interconnected.

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From a distance, I thought this was Grey Shark.  It’s actually quite different, but

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its cargo is the same.   And while we’re on hauling cars, it’s been a while since I’ve seen Lygra.

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Into this very busy pic comes Maersk Detroit.  Tugboats there are Susan Miller and Larry J. Hebert.

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This bow of Oceanmaster has ploughed the oceans for just one year, and brings fresh salt to the port, in anticipation of another ivy winter.

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I love great names like Freight Margie, here with Specialist passing.

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Anyone know the name of this vessel over in GMD Bayonne?

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Afrodite passes through the harbor in broad daylight.

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And if you weren’t satisfied with yesterday’s view of Ramform Atlas (104 meters loa by 70 m. maximum abeam) . . .  here’s another.

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And finally . . . with over 10% of the shipping in the world flagged Liberian, here’s acknowledgement that that country is also suffering from the most recent ebola outbreaks.  Note the flag on stern flown upside-down.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, who’ll be in the sixth boro a few days.

 

Not New York . . . that’s for sure.  But do the colors look at all familiar?

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That name should tell you why I posted these photos, taken in Skagway, Alaska, and sent along by Bob Heselberg.  Click here for more info on Lily Oldendorff, sister of Alice, who most recently appeared here on this blog.

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And finally, the day before the race, I got this photo from MY former Pioneer crewmate Darell Terrance Gilbert.  Now crewing on a people mover on the sixth boro, he sees a lot of things not many folks see.  for example, back on a cold evening in January, he sent along this pic that we’ve never quite figured out.

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Bob and Darell, thanks much for sending along these pics.

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