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If you ever drive eastbound on Staten Island’s northern “land edge” route aka Richmond Terrace, you’ve probably seen this mural by Ian Kelleher. The other day I stopped for a closer look and noticed
a delightful additional spoke on Bayonne’s windmill–harkening back about 400 years–and a huge upside-down unicycle just west of the ferry racks.
When I approached the ferry terminal, I noticed some wheel hardware beginning to accumulate.
Keep your eyes on this location . . . things could be happening soon. By the way, notice there are details of ships hidden in the background of the three previous photos, speaking to the proximity of the Eye . . . or Wheel . . . to shipping channels.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Here just over a year ago was the release information about the documentary.
And here’s the BIG announcement: the world premiere of the documentary will happen Wednesday, May 7 at 7 pm at the Brooklyn Heights Cinema and tickets for that evening’s fare . . . including ours are now on sale. Click here for directions to Brooklyn Heights Cinema on Henry Street. If you haven’t seen the documentary, we DO turn back the clock on some of the skeletons in the yard.
Just over a week ago, I stopped to look at the yard from outside, from the muddy margins. Some photos are below. In 2011, Gary Kane and I had permission to film inside the yard from a leaky rowboat, and the footage of “beautiful ruins” comes to you directly from the leaky rowboat. By the way, I had a hand-powered bilge pump that kept our equipment dry.
Fragments with a wading bird,
disintegration with graffiti,
terminally rusted disrepair,
debris still morphing but identifiable,
ravaged whole machines juxtaposed with live ones.
Here was the 2010 end of the “graveyard” series . . . all photos shot in the ship graveyard. Use the search window to see segments 1 through 3. And here is the end of the “ghost puzzles” series, all photos I shot while we were filming the scrapyard portion of the documentary.
Unrelated to some degree, click here for my latest photos in Professional Mariner magazine.
Many thanks to Brad Ickes, who recently contacted me with some info about this vessel shown above, a one-0ff launched at Luders Shipyard in Stamford in 1952, their first ever steel vessel. Like me, you may have seen her–seemingly always docked just west of the Moran building on the KVK. Note the large spool on the foredeck and the intentional bow shape.
Her hull looks like that of a tug, although the deck equipment points to her intended work: submarine cable laying, and if you notice the pennant . . . for New York Telephone. Click here for info and a front page photo in a 1970 newspaper. I’m guessing the foto below dates from her first arrival in the sixth boro of NYC.
Here’s an undated foto of Cable Queen at work.
Also, from Brad of OCG, here are some fotos of the vessel during a haul-out, showing the shallow draft
and recessed wheels that are not characteristic of most tugboats.
Here’s another undated foto of Cable Queen at work laying cable.
I took the fotos below back in December 2009.
Click here for this Cable Queen info and many more cable ships. …here . . . for fotos of older Bell system equipment, including an older Cable Queen. Here, from the Troy Record is a 1967 article about the vessel and crew working upriver at that time AND a foto of its master, William J. Fry of Staten Island.
Many thanks to Brad Ickes of OCG for reaching out with these fotos.
Will Van Dorp, who took the last two fotos, is alone responsible for any errors in interpretation. I will be hitting the road–with all its detours and other opportunities for side-gallivants– northeast-bound tomorrow. If I can’t post then, happy, safe, and prosperous 2014.
What would a name like Ecology Queen lead you to expect?
The Bayonne Bridge in upper right side of the foto should suggestion the location. Also, just beyond the yellow crane with the red unit marked 450, you can see the upper house of Lincoln Sea.
Ecology Queen is seriously boxy and equipped with a telescoping crane.
I’m guessing she started like as a government boat . . . DEP –by the name– or Corps of Engineers by the functionality, but
I don’t know.
Notice the sheltered wheel and rudder.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, a few days ago at MHYC. Click on that link for lots of fotos.
Here was 13 . . . from what seems ages ago.
And the next few? A freak snowfall in the sixth boro?
And might these be protest signs?
. . . out of the mouths [and from the brushes and paintpots] of babes . . . and young’uns come some impressive sentiments.
Fotos 4 through 7 were taken by Brian DeForest, Terminal Manager, who also took the first six fotos here. The others . . Will Van Dorp.
And where’s this?
Let’s spiral outward a few.
A noteworthy woman once lived here, you know . . . the
. . . Germany-born Kate.
See more here on the Noble Maritime Collection site. Noble is the steward of the light and is seeking help restoring it to Kate’s tenure at the light.
I have a folder devoted to fotos “illuminated” by the light. Like January 2010.
also February 2012,
right after Irene in August 2011,
and July 2012.
Anyone have Robbins Reef Light with noteworthy vessels . . . to share?
Click here for some of my favorite images of Kate’s Light.
Thanks to Erin Urban for the passing along the first six photos, taken by Brian DeForest.
. . . literally hangs in the balance in the next weeks. This 1925 Tyne River-built flat-bottomed timber tug needs $150,000 pledged, or . . . I’ll come back to the ” . . . or” To pledge, click on the image of the tug to the left, click on the contribute button, and follow the prompts.
Bertha was one of four of these tugs used to move booms of timber to the mill in the Bay of Islands area of western Newfoundland starting in the mid-1920s. Click here for fotos of that timber operation; particularly appropriate are fotos # 189, 259, and 263.
Darren Vigilant (below) bought Bertha in 1999, drove her to New York, and if you were paying attention to the harbor from that time, you might recall seeing it. Click here to see fotos from then as well as an illustrated history of the vessel and lists of what has been done and remains. Currently, she’s in a yard in Staten Island.
I took these fotos last weekend and will
be adding followups in the weeks to come.
But the clock is ticking. Here is the ” . . . or else” part.
Time is running out, and Bertha could be scrapped and added to the half million dollar pile of metal chunks.
Shudder the thought.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who’d love to see any fotos you might have of Bertha sailing in New York harbor between 1999 and 2003. Click on the image below to hear Darren make a plea for the boat.
This post is similar to the Loose Ends 1 post I did about the strip of Jersey that faces Manhattan.
Know the place in the foto below? It’s changing quickly. I took this foto yesterday, August 27, 2013. More on this pier later in this post.
Know this place? I took this foto July 4, 2012; Maurania III and P. O. Edward Byrne were there for the fireworks. It’s had many lives and is about to change again. Pier 57 was built around the time I was born after a fire destroyed its predecessor.
Pier 56 . . . as shown in this foto by Seth Tane in the early 1980s . . . is now habitat, as shown here.
The top foto shows Cromwell Pier, a place I never visted. Click here for a great set of memories showing folks who did.
If you used to frequent this section of Staten Island, get down there today if you want to see the last of it.
More piers soon.
Other than Seth’s, these fotos . . by Will Van Dorp.
For my favorite bowsprite pier post, click here for some eerie pics.
Sandy pushed this 1941 vessel ashore on Staten Island late last October. The registered owner was from another continent and possibly no longer alive due to unrelated circumstances. The city took charge and the sheriff’s auction happened today.
Viewing and inspection happened from this vantage point. Sheriffs offered binoculars, though none with x-ray capability.
Before the auction began, a tanker at least four times greater in length passed northbound in the Arthur Kill.
Auctioneer Dennis Alestra welcomed the crowd to the auction, indicating where the bidding would take place.
Members of the sheriff’s department outnumbered all other attendees combined. Carolina Salguero, director of PortSide NewYork, has a similar tanker, Mary A. Whalen, now possibly the last of this class of coastal tanker in the United States and certainly the only tanker serving as a center for cultural and educational events.
I’ve always enjoyed seeing her.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
(Doubleclick enlarges these again!! I’ll go back when I can and correct the “display setting” for the past few days.)
Thirty-six or so days after surging sixth boro waters tossed this “mothballed” tanker onto the shoreline at Clifton, Staten Island, efforts appear to be preparing to move it off. Crews have been assessing the condition of John B Caddell for some time, but as of nightfall today, tug Sarah Ann had barge Raritan Bay
I can’t say what this beach will look like tomorrow, so
I took advantage of the 65-degree foggy evening to get
what fotos I could. It’s only an illusion caused by flood lighting that John B no longer has a bow, but come . . . a month from now,
who knows. This press release about a unified approach to removing the wreck made the rounds in my email yesterday. Thanks to all who passed it along.
All fotos fresh from the camera and the dark room of Will Van Dorp.