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This collage of orange and blue indicates that something unusual approaches . . .

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0846 hr . . .

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Atlantic Salvor might have been headed out on a long range mission, but

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at this point, I realized this mission would begin in the Lower Bay of the sixth boro along with

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lots of other vessels, although

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something new this year was the escort of four commercial tugs:  Sassafras, Miriam Moran, 

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Atlantic Salvor, and Normandy.   1150.    I was happy to find someone to talk to.

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It’s fleet week NYC.  Welcome all.

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It’s USS DDG 96,

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HMCS D 282,

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WMEC 911,

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HMCS MM 700,

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HMCS MM 708,

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LHD 5,

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DDG 99,

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and LSD 43.

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At 1216, Eric McAllister joins the welcome party . . .

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WLM 552.

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An E-2 flew by too.

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The message on the port wheel well ((?) amused me.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Here was last year’s arrival.

 

Yesterday was National Maritime Day.  At the edges of the Upper Bay, people associated with the maritime industries gather for a memorial.

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at Marisol Escobar’s American Merchant Mariners’ Memorial statue.

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Two of the newest tugboats in the sixth boro–Fort Schuyler and Kings Point, named for two area maritime academies–stood off.

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Service and sacrifice were honored.

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Prayers and

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other words were offered by SCI’s Rev. David Rider and Marad’s Paul “Chip” Jaenichen.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

I considered calling this “random vessels,” since I haven’t used that title in a while, but here is a tighter focus for a few days:  tugboats.  Here I also randomize the backgrounds and seek out some vessels infrequently seen.  Like the rare and exotic  Shelby Rose and

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Jay Michael and Vicki M and

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Patricia with her racing stripes up against the gantry arms.

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Wye River and James E. Brown here cross the south end of Newark Bay, where

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Sandmaster has been tied up for (?) nearly a year now.

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Sassafras did a circle in Erie Basin recently, and

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Thomas, the Weeks tug, strode into town, picked up a barge and headed straight for Texas!  The first time I saw Thomas was January 2009.  Remember what memorable event splashed into the Hudson around the middle of that month?

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Buchanan 12 here is light and seen from almost her prop wash.  I hadn’t noticed the Boston registry before.

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Quantico Creek stays local a lot, but Severn I don’t see much.

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Here’s Tangier Island behind . .  yes, Gerardi’s Farmers Market. 

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OK . . . that’s it for today.  All photos by Will Van Dorp.  More random tugs tomorrow.

 

Liberty Island is a Wisconsin-built dredge from 2002.  Here’s a long history of other vessels from her same yard.

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Here’s Swarna Mala (2010) being lightered by Dolphin and Quantico Creek and anchored slightly south of Fidelity II (2011).

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White Pearl (1985) ha left the sixth boro and is headed for

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Veracruz.

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UASC vessel Al-Kharj heads for sea.

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It almost looks like a container escaped off the deck of CMA CGM Dalila  and is now southbound on 440, along with three persons of interest walking in the same direction.

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That can’t happen, right?

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A deep-laden Maersk Sarnia meets Barney Turecamo near the same bridge.

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And we will call it quits here.

All photos by Will Van Dorp, who has left the robots in charge of posting them.

 

Here were some previous posts with “dawn” in the title.  I’d hoped to get photos like these on Easter Sunday, but  overcast skies obscured the sun rise color.

Sunrise this particular morning was 0643.  The photo below was at 0644.

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Quantico Creek pushes a barge eastward while Stephen Reinauer heads west.

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Curtis Reinauer westbound; Emerald Coast eastward.

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And by 0729, the light was losing some of its richness.  This is the joy of springtime light.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, who has left the building and the sixth boro again and asked the robots to put up the next week or so of posts.  division of labor?  I take the pics and write some commentary, and the robots do the rest.

Some people are up before dawn on Easter because of work.  But at sunrise this morning from Bard Street and looking west . . . it was gray.

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Looking east . . . dawn smudged the rosy fingers’ painting.   Lucy Reinauer pushed RTC 83 in that direction, while the Moran 6000 hp tractors returned to the barn after helping Hanjin Shenzhen out to sea and southbound.

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And the Bayonne windmill has revived its current production.  Passing it in order were JRT Moran,

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and James D.  In the distance, that’s Barney Turecamo and

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Miriam also passed.

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Caitlin Ann and

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Hunting Creek also worked their way into Easter morning.

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And I decided to get to work also.  All photos by Will Van Dorp, who did versions 1 and 2 of this in previous years.  Here was a different take on Easter.  As for Caitlin Ann’s being blue . . .

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here’s how I first saw her.

 

If you have a lot of free time, you can trace this back to the first installment.

These photos are all from the past week, starting out with Bouchard Boys, 1975.

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Pelham, 1960.  Behind her is USNS Red Cloud.

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Barney Turecamo (1995) and

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Scott Turecamo (1998).

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Eric R. Thornton (1960)

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Jill Reinauer (1967) and Dace Reinauer (1968) with RTC 61.

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Add Stephen-Scott (1967) and Ruth M. Reinauer (2008) pushing RTC 102.

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Margaret Moran (1979) starting a backing-down of Heina with

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James D. Moran (2015).  More on this backing down later this week.

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Captain D (1974) with CVA-604.

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Meagan Ann (1975)

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Houma (1970).

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Frances (1957) and I think I know the crewman forward of the house.

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And finally, I put this photo here because of a boat in the background.  Is that Kristy Ann Reinauer (1962)?  I thought she was scrapped half a year ago already.  Hmm.

Other boats here are L. to r.) Realist, Kristy Ann, Hubert Bays, Long Splice, Samantha Miller, Stephen B, and Hunt Girls, which has been in the yard there for (?) two years now?

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

Prayers for and condolences to families/friends of Specialist crew.  Here’s a photo I took of the boat back in 2007.

 

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Here was Janet D pushing crane barge Jared Walter the other day.

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Another crane barge, this one pushed by Quenames, which I never seen pushing anything but a petroleum barge.

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Tugboat Sassafras moving Doubleskin 30 into IMTT, and then going over to Brooklyn light.

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And finally, it’s Harry McNeal and Miss Julia  . .. again moving crane barges.

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Last one for today . . . it’s JRT Moran, and those do not look like deckhands on the bow.  I’m just wondering.

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The container ship being assisted is Northern Justice.

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No matter what you do, be careful out there.  Here’s the latest USCG report I could find.

How many islands do you see in this photo?

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Well, the upper wheelhouse of Long Island is all you could see of the tugboat in the photo above.  Below you see the port side of the tugboat, possibly the newest Vane Brothers’ name in the sixth boro.

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Below is Tangier Island.  Now you’d almost think there’s a new class emerging with these two boats, except Tangier Island is rated at 3000 hp and

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and Long Island, at 4200.  Now if you look closely at the name of the bow of the tug, you’ll see some raised letters  . . . TLY and

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here you’ll notice the PE . . . .

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So no need to imagine this as a new class . . . an Island class . . . it’s the old Peter F. Gellatly, whose evolution continues.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

I don’t actually go looking for parallel posts;  maybe it’s just that my brain thinks and eyes see in similar ways from one year to the next in March, but here and here are posts from exactly four years ago.

Although this blog focuses on work boats, I’ll comment on backgrounds today.  What’s on the water is fluid, but all the constant transformations on the landsides here are more permanent and yet constantly evolving.  Baseline might have been 500 years ago, but even by then it had evolved.  The cruise ship here is docked at what today is called Cape Liberty Cruise Port;  thirty years ago it was MOTBY.

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Frances waits at a barge anchorage near Anthem of the Seas

Over on the nearest shore, left half of the photo is evidence of work where next year an attraction called New York Wheel will spin.  I know we’re way past name discussions now, but I’m still for alternatives like Ferries Wheel or NY Wheeler Dealer . . . .  And with the reference to “pods,” I’m thinking of a series of sci-fi movies . . .

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Eastern Welder fishes as New Jersey Responder exits the KVK.

The uneven, brown land just off the starboard bow of USNS Red Cloud is part of the Bayonne Golf Club, below the surface of which is a capped landfill.

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Discovery Coast passes in front of Red Cloud.

Off to the left, you see current status of the Bayonne side of the bridge named for the same town.

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From l. to r., there’s Chandra B, Celsius Manila, New Jersey Responder, and (I think) Robert E. McAllister.

Looking from behind the construction site for the Wheel, some miles to NE are part of the Statue of Liberty and  the iconic 1931 Empire State Building.

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Anacostia (2009)  and Tangier Island (2014)  look a lot alike, but the older boat has 1200 more horsepower.

Note the double deck traffic on the VZ Bridge.

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l. to r. it’s Caroline Oldendorff and Australian Spirit.

This is looking from the middle of Upper Bay across Red Hook to downtown Brooklyn.

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In front of the busy background, it’s Alice Oldendorff, Rossini, and Robert E. McAllister.

 

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

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