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Sometimes getting something together for this blog depends on something I read.  Like this morning, I saw this article in the NYTimes headlines. I read as much as I can, stuff I disagree with as well as the other.  Anyhow, the photo with that article led me to pick up this photo I took from the plane a week or so ago.  Recognize it?  I has suspicions, but had to check it out.  Answer follows.

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Here’s a closer up, which clinched it for me.

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Try a little more context beyond the airport?

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And completely unrelated . . . how is the photo below–Island A–different from

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say .  . Island B, below?

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And while you’re still puzzling though the answer to my second question, the one on differences, how about this as the location for the airplane photos.  They all three show different portions of the Conch Republic.

The which Republic?

This Conch Republic;  scroll through here and see the flag.  The main feature in photos 1 and 2 is the airport on Boca Chica Key.  But that secondary feature there . . . submarine pits!!  Or canals for navy housing?

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Here’s identification for the third airplane photo . . . Saddlebunch Keys all the way to the west end of the Seven Mile Bridge.

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Now for the question about differences between the two islands . . .  the lower photo is granite/granite-gneiss bedrock protruding above the water of the St. Lawrence River.  The upper island is the creation of Richart Sowa.  It floats on 250,000 plastic bottles. Yes, it floats!  Here and here are sites devoted to Sowa’s creation.

Do you remember the sixth boro’s summer of the floating island?  And the summer of the water pod?  And the water dome?

What new islands with surprising features lie in the future?  Get a window seat on your new flight and enjoy the view.

All photos here by Will Van Dorp.

 

Here’s what I did two years ago.  And here’s what I did last year.

This time I’ll do it differently, as post –more or less but close–the first and last photo I took each month, starting below with Buchanan I entering the Narrows on January 1 not long after sunrise.

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And I won’t mention each date, but this was January 28 just before midday, Durance entering the KVK with Laura K Moran taking the stern.

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Winter sees fishing boats like Eastern Welder in the Upper Bay, adding to the regulars in the anchorages like Asphalt Star and Emma Miller.

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If you’ve forgotten how cold it stayed throughout the month of February, here are two photos from just off the Battery

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taken on February 28.

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James Turecamo ushers in March, actually that was March 6, and there’s still snow on the ground.

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At the end of the month, Grey Shark was in town for repairs, an extended stay.

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April 1 saw Margot continuing to extend NYS Marine Highway right through the sixth boro . . . the same day that

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Kismet enters the cold waters after leaving its lair in the Caribbean.

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April 29 . . . I finally caught Simone in the harbor . . . here tailed by MSC Monica.


All photos by Will Van Dorp.
 

In the seldom-seen category, let’s start with Pegasus and Delta Fox.

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Ditto Vulcan III.

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Amy Moran light.

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How often do you see Bergen Point pushing a crane barge?

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Or Sarah Ann pushing a scow past the Hospital for Special Surgery?

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or a stern-on Larry J. Hebert from the Port of LaRose, town of the crossroads?

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James William southbound at the Statue as Indy photobombs  . . .

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and finally . . . first view for me of Sea Fox, ex-Kathleen, Doyle, Cherokee Eagle, Chris B. Boudreaux, Ledger, and Ann L.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

True, the Great North River Tugboat Race and Competition does involve a race, and trophies are given for the best finishes, but my favorite part is just the pushing around.

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Photos of the RIB pushing LT803 by Jeff Anzevino. All photos by Will Van Dorp.

I’ve never “reflagged,” but this seems like a precedent breaker. Wish I could have been there.

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J. Cowhey & Sons hardware was a chandlery in Red Hook. Three containers of their old marine and rigging equipment will be on sale today, Sunday, at Atlantic Basin in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

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The metal tools and equipment were in time capsules freshly opened. Foundries from towns I have never heard of made beautiful pieces. Some of the factories are gone, and some of the jobs these tools were used for are no more.

Steel Products Corporation, South Windham, ME:

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The Caldwell Company, Rockford, IL: the Adjust-A-Leg Equalizing Sling

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Boston & Lockport Block Company, Boston, NY  (I didn’t know there was a Boston, NY; did you?)

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New England Butt Company, Providence, RI: a line counter that still works, clicking away as it measured 50 feet of beautiful old manila rope that a shopper, Ben P and I fed through it.

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“What’s that called?”

“A Headache Ball.” ouch.  It reads: “Swiveler, SWL 3 TONS, WGT 35 LBS, Model SAS5”

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More later after the gallivant ends.

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I don’t have a good coonection, but enjoy these photos for now.  The watershed in the Rhine;  waterway is the Maas.  More when I can.  My photo arrangement here is the opposite of what I wanted.

 

Bergen Point, a 1958 Blount product,  coming through the Narrows last weekend.  Click here for many interesting vessels from Blount that have appeared on this blog.

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And a first timer on this blog . . . John Parrish.

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Penn No. 4 all painted white . . . click here and scroll through to see her in PennMaritime gray.

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Bluefin . .  still in PennMaritime gray . . . or is that primer?

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Maryland . . . with reflections.

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If my search window serves me right, then this is the first appearance of Katie G. McAllister on this blog.

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This is definitely the first appearance of Pelican State here.  The photo of this Great Lakes Dredge & Dock boat is here thanks to Mike and Michele Mcmorrow.

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And thanks to Mage, here’s Esti and

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Cerro Jefe.

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A previous view here  of Emily Ann had her as Solomon Sea.

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Brian Nicholas at work in Great Kills.  Click here (scroll through) to see her as both Banda Sea and Brian Nicholas.

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And finally . . . it’s the mystery tug Elbe when it was Maryland Pilot boat Maryland.  At its stern is its predecessor, Baltimore.  I haven’t found out much about Baltimore.  Any help?  About Maryland, Capt. Brian Hope–who shared this photo, said this, “In 1985 and MARYLAND was donated to Greenpeace.  She was a great boat, but too expensive to operate. She had a crew of 18, plus a chief steward.  The crew worked two weeks on and two weeks off, so that, counting the steward, we had a total of 37 crew.   When we went ashore that was reduced to about 21 and our fuel, repair and food costs dropped dramatically as well.   I am very glad to see that she has been preserved (in Maassluis).  She’s a great boat!”  Thanks to a generous reader, here’s an article about her sea trials.

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When next I post, I hope to share photos Elbe in her restored glory.

Sorry to miss NYC’s fleet week again.

Happy Earth Day.  Well . .  every day should be that, and although I recall and participated in the very first one in 1970, I’m no longer so enamored of the name.  Planet Day would be better, and of course every day should be that as well.  Actually . .. I’m rather more attracted to declaring this and every day Sea Day.   Actually, every day already is, with a parade of random vessels making their way past the KV buoy every day all day.

See that random stuff floating in the foreground on KVK waters?

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This was at my feet that same day, all arranged by tide and wind and buoyancy.  And here’s more.

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Some these pics I took a month ago, a day I’d just heard about the search for the tragic Malaysian Flight 370.  What struck me as strange was the reporter’s reference to “sea junk” …  a term that seemed to suggest the sea was responsible for debris of all sorts floating there.

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Calling it “our junk” would make more sense.

Today is also the 50th anniversary of the opening of the 1964 World’s Fair.  If you don’t think the world has changed much in a half century, watch The Magic Bus, a video about a journey from California to the World’s Fair.

Go back a century . . . 1914 was also the year of opening the Panama Canal, the Cape Cod Canal . . . and more.

OK . . . let’s go back to today.  I got work to do.  Look at this desk junk . . . my desk.  Note the logo on cup and guarded by the feline.

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Let mer see . . . happy see day.

 

Count’em . . . three!  Becky Ann and two of Ken’s boats.

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Click here to see a post I did a few months back on crewboats exclusively.  Miami River shuttles in here past Charleston in drydock.

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Becky, Doris, and Maria T.

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Wolf River has returned to the sixth boro after some time away.  Brazil maybe?

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A few weeks ago, here’s Julia assisting as Freddy K Miller prepares to move a construction barge away from Governors Island.

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Miss Ayva in the straits of Gowanus down under the BQE is one of the workhorses . . . work ponies of the harbor, not unlike

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this unidentified vessel off Happy Dynamic‘s stern and

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Gabby . . . here staying ahead of Sarah Ann and her clutch of barges and

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Julia fearlessly speeding out the flat Narrows to run someone out to Gravesend Bay.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

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