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0647 . . . This is the best time for optimism. Quantico Creek is leaving the port side of BLS Liwa.
Joan Moran exits the East River bound for sea.
Mako stands by during cargo transfer.
Laura K. Moran heads westbound between jobs, always between jobs she.
And count them . . . five motive vessels . . . Maryland, Brendan Turecamo, Joan Moran, maybe Ruby M, and another . . . Easter morning is a busy place in the sixth boro.
Have an optimistic day. All photos by Will Van Dorp.
James Turecamo built 1969 . . . in my first 2015 photo of her. In the dry dock directly between James and the WTC, it’s MSC Harry L. Martin.
It’s the classic 1965 built Bushey-built Cheyenne. Here she was in Oswego in June 2014 about to head into the Great Lakes, making her a truly anadromous vessel.
Miriam Moran built 1979.
Bruce A. McAllister . . . built in 1974.
Ruby M . . . built in Oyster Bay in 1967.
Robbins Reef . . . 1953
with entourage that may have salvaged the white fiberglass boat on the barge.
And the current Fells Point, Maryland built in 2014.
Photos of both vessels Fell Point come thanks to Allen Baker. All others by Will Van Dorp.
It surprises me sometimes what titles I’ve not re-used. This blog has little grand design; I choose to let to drift serendipitously according to what I see or what you choose to share, and I am grateful to you all for sending along photos and suggestions. Rock Juice the title came out of a conversation some time back with one of you; thanks and I think you know who you are. Here was the first in the series.
Diane B pushes a load of it in John Blanche.
Magothy . . . and . . .
and I missed the barge info.
Dory and Port Chester . . . . And notice just forward of Dory‘s wheelhouse, it’s
Navigator . . . doing something at an oil dock.
Ditto Mary H, over between the Empire State Building and BW Kronborg.
Ditto Kimberly Poling.
And McKinley Sea . . . with the icicle hanging from a scupper hole as evidence that oil is going for heat.
Last one for now . . . Calusa Coast getting ready to hook up to a barge to take . . well . . . down the coast.
All photos yesterday by Will Van Dorp, who has to run.
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.
That color makes it hard to distinguish where hull ends and froth begins.
Be careful if you’re out long in the wind-driven cold.
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.
More shades of spray take us to Emerald Coast, passing Chesapeake Coast.
Sitting out on deck has to be evidence of a warm heart on a vessel
that will miss Mardi Gras in a warm place.
Frozen spray reinforces the fenders maybe?
The glaze coats the hull with a very light-gray layer.
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.
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.
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.
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 . . . .
The colors look familiar here, but
This one I have noticed before . . .
Wolf River used to be everywhere in the harbor until it got shipped–literally–to some far distant
dredge projects, like this one on Guanabara Bay in summer 2013.
The KVK is not the regular route of pilot boat Yankee.
Now here is the small craft that could and DID . . .
Dobrin . . . is a 65′ Swiftships-built survey vessel.
Can anyone identify the manufacturer of NYSB-3. I’m guessing this is one of several identical vessels in the USACE NY District fleet?
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.
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.
Let me postscript in another closer-up photo . . .showing a Rhode Island registry . . .
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,
Eric R. Thornton muscles scrap,
Evening Tide reconnects with an oil barge,
Diane B disconnects from John Blanche for a spell,
Joyce D. Brown heads out to a job,
Red Hook, wreath still in place, shuttles between barges,
And Ellen McAllister
shows Performance out to sea. And in response to my cuz . . JS . . . Ellen performs her magic on the container ship . . .
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….
Tangier Island heading across the upper bay with the lower Manhattan skyline as a back drop,
Bering Sea overtaking … out of the old Port Mobil, Staten Island,
Crowley ATB Coastal Reliance, assisted by the Chas. D. and Bruce McAllister, inbound on the Con Hook Range, and
close up of the Coastal Reliance.”
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.
Thomas J. Brown (1962) . . . Staten Island based will always be a head-turner.
Charles A (1979) is another first-view for me.
Chesapeake Coast (201) has spent much of its career in the sixth boro.
Quantico Creek (2010) and USACE Hocking (?) enter the east end of the Kills, although I think Hocking was tracing a survey pattern.
Susan Miller (1981) moves a spud barge westbound.
Prospector (1982?) sank at the dock in high winds about two months ago and is being refurbished.
Also, high and dry for a shave and a make-over is Iron Mike.
And let’s call it a day with Barbara McAllister (1969).
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who hopes the internet folk keep the photos coursing through my local wires and those far off ones.
More 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.