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I’ll ditch the parody of the title of a book and movie I’ll forego.

The temperatures this morning were below 20 F and will go down to below 10 by tomorrow morning, and yet I was amazed by the routine activity happening on the KVK.  When this vessel was a greater distance off, I didn’t recognize it because of the apparently white hull, the whit/grayish glaze of February.

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That color makes it hard to distinguish where hull ends and froth begins.

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Be careful if you’re out long in the wind-driven cold.

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Now known as Brooklyn, click here for photos of her making a convenience store stop on my rocky office terrace over six years ago.

Photos by Will Van Dorp, who’d love to see your ideas of either shades of spray or glaze of spray . . .  or some other variation on this  . . .. matter.

Many thanks to Pierre Kfoury for sending along this very clever photo in shades of black, white, and gray of Bruce McAllister he took up by New Hamburg, NY.  In Pierre’s photo, I like those gray shades and gray reflections too.

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More shades of spray take us to Emerald Coast, passing Chesapeake Coast.

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Sitting out on deck has to be evidence of a warm heart on a vessel

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that will miss Mardi Gras in a warm place.

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Frozen spray reinforces the fenders maybe?

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The glaze coats the hull with a very light-gray layer.

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Even on this vessel with a hot name . . . the icy shading is present.  Is it true that this tanker was briefly in port to deliver the love drug –phenethylamine– to those of us crowded on the edges of the sixth boro?   A few years ago, this vessel was in the sixth boro with the name Golden Venus;  for photos of her and other vessels with fantastic names, click here.

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So . .  50 shades of spray?  How about 56 or 65 or  . . .spray, gray, play . . . ?  The number is only limited by the imagination and the eye.

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I had gone looking to get a photo of this vessel, but by the time I got to my favorite cliffs, they all have headed to warmer waters.  And given the usual fashion of mermaids, I can’t blame them.

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Thanks again to Pierre Kfoury for his photo.  All others by Will Van Dorp.

 

Here were previous installments.

And below are a set of small craft I’ve seen in the sixth boro and further environs so far this month . . . .

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The colors look familiar here, but

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This one I have noticed before . . .

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Wolf River used to be everywhere in the harbor until it got shipped–literally–to some far distant

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dredge projects, like this one on Guanabara Bay in summer 2013.

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The KVK is not the regular route of pilot boat Yankee.

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Now here is the small craft that could and DID . . .

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and got a presidential letter for it. Click here for more Long Island boat building traditions.

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Dobrin . . . is a 65′ Swiftships-built survey vessel.

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Click here and here for other Swiftships vessels that have appeared on this blog.  Swiftships have also supplied vessels for the reconstruction of the Iraqi coastal navy.

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Can anyone identify the manufacturer of NYSB-3.  I’m guessing this is one of several identical vessels in the USACE NY District fleet?

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And here’s a clue . . . Vane Brothers currently has a crew boat in the harbor!  Christian was formerly owned by Kirby, K-Sea, and others.

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And to end where we started but we a quite different attitude . . . given the tender carried over the stern.  I don’t know this boat.

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Let me postscript in another closer-up photo . . .showing a Rhode Island registry . . .

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All photos taken very recently by Will Van Dorp.

On a cold winter’s morning, what’s going on in the harbor?

The usual . . . .  Kathleen heads out with a scow,

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Eric R. Thornton muscles scrap,

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Evening Tide reconnects with an oil barge,

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Diane B disconnects from John Blanche for a spell,

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Joyce D. Brown heads out to a job,

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Red Hook, wreath still in place, shuttles between barges,

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And Ellen McAllister

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shows Performance out to sea.  And in response to my cuz . .  JS . . . Ellen performs her magic on the container ship . . .

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And tugster, who took these pictures, needs to warm up and get to work himself.

 

These photos come thanks to Allen Baker, whose most recent photos you saw here.

I’ll just use his description:  “Heading east in the Long Island Sound on 27 December, just an incredible sky looking aft as we made our way east….

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Tangier Island heading across the upper bay with the lower Manhattan skyline as a back drop,

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Bering Sea overtaking …  out of the old Port Mobil, Staten Island,

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Crowley ATB Coastal Reliance, assisted by the Chas. D. and Bruce McAllister, inbound on the Con Hook Range, and

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close up of the Coastal Reliance.”

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I can be really happy to escape the winter temperatures, but nothing beats winter light!

Many thanks to Allen Baker for all these photos.

Helen Laraway (1957) might be the only tug based in Coeymans, NY.

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Thomas J. Brown (1962)  . . . Staten Island based will always be a head-turner.

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Charles A (1979) is another first-view for me.

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Chesapeake Coast (201) has spent much of its career in the sixth boro.

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Quantico Creek (2010) and USACE Hocking (?)  enter the east end of the Kills, although I think Hocking was tracing a survey pattern.

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Susan Miller (1981) moves a spud barge westbound.

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Prospector (1982?) sank at the dock in high winds about two months ago and is being refurbished.

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Also, high and dry for a shave and a make-over is Iron Mike.

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And let’s call it a day with Barbara McAllister (1969).

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, who hopes the internet folk keep the photos coursing through my local wires and those far off ones.

 

0aaaajp10aaaajp6OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA0aaaajp40aaaajp3OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMore photos here from the 4th largest seaport in the US.  The top photo above–if you didn’t recognize it at first–shows John Parrish, whom I saw in the sixth boro back in May of this year.  Type Random Tugs 128 into the search window to see it.

I hope to be back in NYC by December 28.  Happy all the holidays until then.

 

Here was my post two years ago, and here are some photos I took on and around the first CoWD.     Peter Stanford, several decades back, organized an annual Sea Day, which I think is a better name.  Squint your eyes looking at the photo below and you almost imagine a planet of water.   Almost, right?

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I’m happy that summer and winter brings sightseers onto the water using these vessels.

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Squint again and from this perspective the boro of Manhattan looks a bit like the bow of a vessel, WTC1 being the stem post.  Fireboat Harvey and the rowboat are much near New Jersey, though, than the city of NYC.

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It’s the city of Hoboken water day?

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It’s actually the sixth boro water day . . . with land activities on boros, islands, and cities in a neighboring state.   Below, it’s Village Community Boathouse rowers past Pier A.

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Meanwhile, in the midst of it all, work goes on along the front of the inimitable Manhattan skyline, Sassafras here with DoubleSkin 39.

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And here as the day starts, the iconic Pegasus  . . . and crew  . . . reporting for duty, getting those who signed up for free tours on

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the primordial boro.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, who leaves with his red passport tomorrow for the north country.  Posting will happen when possible.

 

(I haven’t used this title since 2008) Ooops!  not true.  Here were 2 and 3.

Notwithstanding all that . ..    sometimes the thought that a day is the first day in the rest of one’s life is superlatively vivid.    Enjoy my pics and maybe you’ll get this sense also.

Sunday afternoon, Zhen Hua 10 enters the Kills. Does anyone know if “Zhen Hua” means anything?  Note Manhattan and the tip of Bayonne to the left, and tug Brooklyn, Robbins Reef Light, and the boro of Brooklyn to the right.

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The new cranes arriving and the bridge their squeezing underneath are integrally related parts of the same story, as . . .

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… are the cranes and the dredging equipment in the background.  Note tug Specialist in the background

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Margaret Moran tends the port bow.

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Gramma Lee T Moran supplies the brakes and rudder.

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The ship completes its journey of thousands of miles.  Is it true that Zhen Hua 10 arrived here via Cape of Good Hope?

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On the same theme . .  here’s a handsome team of tugs, good paint all around.  Working on a tandem assignment?

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My thought when I read the name on the nearer tug was . . . this is historic . . . Crow‘s last ride;  the Bushey tug might also be in the last mile of its thousands and thousands in a half century of work.

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She’s being escorted in by Emily Ann . . .

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Crow and her sister Cheyenne DO have classic lines!

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Machines on shore were already staged . . . .

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while not far away a last spring seal lollygags on some warm rusty metal, once also a brand new machine.

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And on the other side of Staten Island rubble of a light indispensable a century ago adapts to a new life as a rookery.

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Many thanks to NYMedia Boat.

All photos by Will Van Dorp, who will be transiting himself soon.  Thursday I leave on a grand gallivant, and in early June–if all goes well– I start a new chapter working on Urger, that handsome young centenarian tug you see upper left at the top of the page.

Huron Service (1981) sailed into the springy morning it was.

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Chesapeake Coast (2012) lit up the dawn this morning.

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McAllister Responder (1967) and Gage Paul Thornton  (1944)  met in the KVK last Saturday.    Click here for Gage Paul‘s long history, during one part of which she carried the name Elizabeth McAllister.

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Joyce D. Brown (2002) passes Stolt Jade.

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HMS Liberty (1978)  . . .was originally a freshwater tug, one of two operating in the sixth bork for Harley, a company mostly based on the west coast but expanding.

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Houma (1970) like many of the vessels in this post, has operated under a long list of companies.

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Gulf Coast (1982) enters the KVK from the east this morning before 9 a.m.

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A parting shot of the vessel that started today’s post . . .  Huron Service, headed to refuel.

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All photos taken the last few days by Will Van Dorp.

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