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. ..  to paraphrase Mark Twain …are highly exaggerated.

What?   . . . you ask?  Well, click on Auke Visser’s link.  You’ll see a foto of her being raised after a sinking.   Then follow through to the phrase “disposal date.”

September 2005.

Ticonderoga looks pretty good for being technically scrapped.

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I took these pictures in December 2013, earlier this week.

Check Auke’s link:  she was built in Baltimore in 1954 and had sailed as Socony 9, Mobil 9, and Exxon’s Ticonderoga–her name when she ran aground and sank in 1992.

 

Here’s the first post I did on this vessel more than 5 years ago.

When I saw Twin Tube–a workhorse older than me– northbound yesterday, I’d no idea we’d meet up again later.   What caught my attention right then was

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the lowering boom, something I’d not noticed before.

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Here she is, as Electra rages, westbound in the KVK, boom lowered and supplies-laden.

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And then it was explained to me . . . rather, demonstrated . . . , lower boom to get into work position.

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Note the operator of the ship’s crane upper left.   A week ago this crew basked in sun on tropical seas.

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Now they need groceries, spare parts, stores . . . .

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As a resident of and a familiar with New York’s City’s SIX boros, I feel strongly that this–and not the luxury baubles and almost ancient poets–make us a city of ships.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

I’m excited to be doing another showing of Graves of Arthur Kill tonight.  I hope to sell some copies, but I also look forward to hearing others’ stories of visiting the marine scrapyard over on the Arthur Kill.

Over the years i’ve done two series of blogposts on the yard:  the ghosts series and the graveyard series.   Another way of viewing the place is as disintegration.  Enjoy these fotos and then I’ll explain where in a perfect world with endless resources I’d like to go next.

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So I’d be thrilled if I could work with someone who could do time lapse simulation like this and this.   I’d take a vessel like Hila aka ATR-89 from the time it arrived at the yard, and project its progressive disintegration over about a century.

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Meanwhile, we have our imaginations.    By the way, we’re selling the video also at Noble Maritime, all proceeds going to the museum.

All fotos here by Will Van Dorp.

By the way, bowsprite has her own commercial activities operating South Street Seaport’s 14 Fulton Street pop-up shop.

Here was 3 with links to 1 and 2.

I’ve been so far unable to find the original use of this barge, but I haven’t expended much shoe leather either.

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Click on the foto below from the July 21, 1977 NYTimes for an article on Michael O’Keefe’s barge restaurant opening.  Anyone identify the tug?

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Bulk commodities commerce needs some stretches of riverbank in the sixth boro.  Crushed stone in; garbage out, as well as

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recycled materials,

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aggregates,

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scrap metal, petroleum,

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salt, and

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desert scrapings aka road conditioner. 

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Products galore and more and

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more.

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Places to park aka dock are vital also.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Alpine Loyalty and an eastbound vessel . . .

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a westbound one and

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a freshly painted Marjorie B McAllister.

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The westbounder is Valencia Bridge, one month out of Shanghai, here escorted by Resolute, both

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seeming headed blithely toward not only the Bayonne Bridge but also another container ship.

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Really though–with Resolute and Marjorie B— there never was a dangerous

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proximity.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Here was Ellen 1, and (scroll through) here’s how I first saw her in our fair harbor, the sixth boro.   I’ve not tired of watching this boat work.

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Click here for fotos from earlier lives.  Speaking of earlier and then second lives, here and here are the two most recent “second lives” posts I’ve done, the #10 I’ve written two letters about but received NO response.

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By the time the pilot appeared, I couldn’t get the shot, but the wait was worth it anyhow.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

. .. that gray vessel on the Jersey side just north of the Outerbridge, we know what it is, and

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that’s Vulcan III at its stern, but what is it doing in the Arthur Kill portion of the sixth boro?  Just curious if anyone out there knows . . .  Here and here are more sites on IX 514.

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And this from l’amiga . . . Frances pushing north and Captain D pushing south . . .

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kind of a reminder me of a Dr. Doolittle character . . .  pushmi-pullyu . .

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I hope a reader can clarify above vessel and procedure.

The first two fotos come compliments of Tony Acabono, and the last two by l’amiga, both of whom I’m grateful to for passing them along.

And to paraphrase the former vizier of defense, there are known unknowns and unknown unknowns . . .  as in these two additional fotos from l’amiga.

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I know this is Grey Shark, but will the trucks onboard come back?   What if anything is in them?  If they return, will they be empty?

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Any answers to any questions would be quite satisfactory.

Here was 13 . . . from what seems ages ago.

And the next few?  A freak snowfall in the sixth boro?

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And might these be protest signs?

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Not at all!  Today is open house in lots of places in NYC, including the “salt pile” aka Atlantic Salt.  And kids at local schools have prepared banners to adorn a ship.

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This ship . . .  already seen in this blog last week here.  Here and here are fotos I took at the “salt pile” previously.

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. . . out of the mouths [and from the brushes and paintpots] of babes . . .  and young’uns come some impressive sentiments.

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Fotos 4 through 7 were taken by Brian DeForest, Terminal Manager, who also took the first six fotos here.  The others . .  Will Van Dorp.

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All these fotos–except the ones identified as flashbacks–I took while resting yesterday.  The indomitable Helen Parker, intrepidly westbound among giants.  I believe she was last on this blog a year ago here.

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I believe this is Coastline Bay Star.  If so, when did she get the reconfigured exhaust route?

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Also squeezed between giants, James Turecamo, who has appeared on this blog possibly more than any other tugboat.   James was launched in greater Waterford, NY late in 1969.   Click here to see James tailing Caddell’s new drydock back in May.  More on this flashback later in this post.

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Hunt Girls, which I haven’t seen in a while.

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AT IMTT Bayonne Dean Reinauer and RTC 106, which appeared on this blog last week, configured differently.  Dean is so new that if you go back to that link with the foto of James tailing, you’ll see the upper house of a Dean which at that time had never yet floated!

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Here are two flashbacks from Port of Albany last week . . .

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as Dean spun around to head south.

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Dorothy J eastbound yesterday morning

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and as seen in mid-May 2013 . . . with her former name–Angela M–visible.

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Arabian Sea‘s angular sides are mimicked  by the building in the distance.

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Quenames heads out of the Kills pushing

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Bunker Portland.

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And check out the stack on St Andrews.  Maintenance or  . . . something more?

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All fotos except for the flashbacks  . . .  Will Van Dorp took yesterday.

And I thought I was a solitary tourist wanting to see the sights here?  I always do bring outatowners here to my “offices” for the scenery.

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And to think that he too thought a maritime center devoted to contemporary shipping is sorely needed along the busy channels of the sixth boro.

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First, Noble Maritime IS open this Saturday and Sunday, Labor Day.  More than half the fotos in this post are from the well-worth-seeing display called “Tides of 100 Years.”    Snug Harbor also caught some attention in the New Yorker  this week.

The KVK always intrigues and amuses.  Like, this tanker . . . made me think Torm is mini?    No way . . . it’s heavily-laden,  it’s rusty,

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it’s orange (or would you call that cantaloupe?).

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Over beyond it at Bayonne’s dry dock, USNS Dahl is getting a make-over.

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Farther west, Maersk Phoenix is transferring a petroleum product and soon to head into the Mediterranean.

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John Noble is the godfather of this blog.  And this exhibit helps you form a fuller idea of the artist.

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And lest you think, it’s only his fabulous artwork, it’s more . . . like this manual below.  John Noble had a Jeepster, one of my all-time to-be-coveted vehicles!  See the flickr image to the left margin of this blog.   Anyone remember his topless Jeepster around Staten Island?

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And here’s a taste of his workshop . . ..

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If you have a chance this weekend or soon, come to see this exhibit.  Spend some time in the museum, and then find a place across the road to sit and watch his inspiration.

Tangentially related:  My Jeepster story does NOT involve John Noble or even NY.  I was born in coastal North Carolina, a marshy farming area where deep ditches tend to outline roads.  My slightly older relatives–who will stay unnamed–used to waterski behind the Jeepster.  Run the tow line from the car to the ditch, where the skiier crouches at the ready hoping to begin the ride before a snapping turtle, alligator, or water moccasin happens along.  Once the tow gets going, keep your skis cranked forward in the ditch, not toward the car.  Can be done. Has been.  Wish I had fotos!

If anyone has Noble Jeepster stories, please leave a comment.

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