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The photo immediately below was taken in July 2011, just before I published this post from Mayport.
At that time, I’d no idea that some 40 months later I’d cross paths with the same vessel, FFG 42 Klakring here.
Here is NISMF . . . aka
. . the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility in the Philadelphia Navy Yard,
where in addition to FFGs (frigates) like Klakring, there are DDs (destroyers) as shown in photo #4 and LPDs (amphibious transport docks) like USS Shreveport above and below foreground.
guided missile cruisers and
amphibious cargo ships like USS El Paso,
LKA-117. Click here for info on one of her former captains.
Last vessel for today is T-AGOR-16, USS Hayes, an oceanographic research ship.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who suggests that if you’re in Philly, take a ride to the end of Broad Street and visit the huge business campus still known as the Navy Yard. There’s no better place to walk around!
Here was 15. The first relief crew post appeared here over seven years ago. The idea is to feature someone else’s photos and/or writing, just because so many of you see, photograph, and write such interesting stuff AND –of course–because collaboration is such powerful leaven.
All these photos today come from Birk Thomas. The event was the departure last week of CV-60 USS Saratoga–Brooklyn built–for the scrapyard. For some intriguing photos of the other end of her life, click here for this navsource site.
Signet Warhorse III is the motive force.
Not until last night did I learn that a final aircraft takeoff and landing was happening at this very moment up on her flight deck.
Warhorse . . . what a name!
Note the riding crew on the deck.
Rainbow straightens out the tow. . .
in the early minutes of the tow.
Again, many thanks to Birk Thomas for use of these photos, which not all of you have seen on Facebook.
Near the upper left corner is JFK airport and the barrier beach along the bottom is the city of Long Beach, NY. The map makes clear how much of the debris swept off the barrier beach called Long Beach went into low lying marshes waiting to float off again at any higher tide and clutter the waterways through the green areas, the marshes of southwestern Long Island . . . not far from sixth boro waters.
Here’s where the landing craft from yesterday’s post plays a role. The vessel is now called Spartina, ex-Beach Comber, Eleanor S, and 56CM 751x, one of 15 identical landing craft built in Marinette in 1977.
The beauty of a landing craft is its shallow draft . . . .
Note the debris piled near the waterway . . . by the marsh ‘uns. When the landing cart arrives for removal, it does need some water, but not that much and not a dock.
If you have waders or are willing to get your feet wet,
or if you pick the right spot in the waterway at the right tide . . .
you can haul away what you would not want floating in the channel.
Other workboats in the delta include survey boats looking for sunken boats and cars, and
various and sundy other equipment moved by the tiniest of tugs.
Can anyone identify this vessel CW 12? I haven’t been able to yet.
Here are some other Sandy Aftermath posts.
Call this hull up for action. Slater is back in the sixth boro for the first time in 17 years. Anyone have photos of her in New York waters from 1994 until 1997?
Here’s the platform where a vessel who served two nations will get “hull work” for the next nine weeks or so.
Compare this stern shot of Slater with this one of Kidd.
And so the work starts . . . with no time lost from day 1.
All photos byWill Van Dorp.
As Harvey (1931) made its way northward from a dry dock visit, Slater (1944) was a hundred miles upriver, making its way south. The next two photos come from Birk Thomas, taken north of Newburgh NY as sun was lowering onto the hills in the west.
Benjamin Elliot (1960) is the assist tug. Margot (1958) has Slater alongside . . the other side.
John Dunn caught this photo of the tow south of Newburgh, after sunset.
Since Margot cannot be seen in the photos above, here’s her profile as I shot it back in September 2013.
Many thanks to Birk and John for the photos.
Behold ex-LST-510, USS Buncombe County, preparing for a routine landing over in Connecticut.
Bowsprite drew it, so it drew me . . . I had to go see again, even though some years ago I’d ridden her. If you look at her peers launched at JeffBoat in late 1943 and early 1944, you’ll agree she’s a survivor.
She follows the route that could have been a bridge from Long Island to Rhode Island!
Click here to see frogman’s encounter with Plum Gut between Orient Point Light and
Meanwhile . . . here’s 495 . . . the water way.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Finally . .. unrelated but very important, vote here as often as you can given all your devices and browsers to get funding for USS Slater, about to come downriver for repairs.
It’s now docked near land’s edge Weehawken. It served almost 20 years in the Army before spending almost the same number of years in the Navy although
At least 100,000 helicopter landings occurred here, 346 of which all landed on the same day in June 1988.
I’m not sure what role she’ll play in the sixth boro.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Here’s what self-dubbed “crazy dave” has to say about his time on Bay Lander.
Can you figure this one out?
Wooden hull, 62′ loa . . .
These photos taken today by Will Van Dorp, who hopes to have more questions answered soon . . like what did she look like as Argo . . . and while working in Boston, Boothbay, and in the sixth boro as a fire boat. ??
First some background . . .from Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, Chapter 24 . .. last two paragraphs:
“If I shall ever deserve any real repute in that small but high hushed world which I might not be unreasonably ambitious of; if hereafter I shall do anything upon the whole, a man might rather have done than to have left undone; if, at my death, my executors, or more properly my creditors, find any precious MSS. in my desk, then here I prospectively ascribe all the honor and the glory to whaling; for a whale-ship was my Yale College and my Harvard.”
New York once used a Liberty ship as a high school . . . from the late 1940s until the early 1980s, if I understand correctly. The photo below comes credit to Seth Tane. Read the print on the bow.
Here’s another photo of that school. Click on photo to see its provenance and more.
August 2011 . . . NYC Department of Education’s Harbor School takes possession of Privateer on long term lease from NYC Department of Transportation, Staten Island Ferry. It’s an ex- 46′ BUSL . . .”boat utility stern loading,” and
here’s Privateer today, after a “learn-on-the-job” transformation in which Harbor School students participated. Click here for a six-minute video shot mostly on the vessel used in vessel training AND oyster bed restoration.
Photos below show the Schottel drive unit being installed in Privateer after reconditioning.
Another one of Harbor School’s boats is Indy 7. Indy is so-named because she was one of twelve utility boats aboard CV-62 Independence, which I visited in Bremerton, Washington a few years back. CV-62 was a Forrestal-class carrier laid down in Brooklyn, and I’m thrilled that the tradition lives on, a government boat having a second life training local youth.
Thanks to Capt. Aaron Singh, waterfront director at NY Harbor School for this info and these photos. Photo below showing the Boston Whaler named Pescador comes credit of Captain Chris Gasiorek. Thanks, Chris.
If you’re reading this and you’re a graduate of Harbor School OR the SS John W. Brown School, I’d love to get a comment from you, especially about the path the school put you on.