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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.
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?
I’m happy that summer and winter brings sightseers onto the water using these vessels.
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.
It’s the city of Hoboken water day?
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.
Meanwhile, in the midst of it all, work goes on along the front of the inimitable Manhattan skyline, Sassafras here with DoubleSkin 39.
And here as the day starts, the iconic Pegasus . . . and crew . . . reporting for duty, getting those who signed up for free tours on
the primordial boro.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who leaves with his red passport tomorrow for the north country. Posting will happen when possible.
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.
The new cranes arriving and the bridge their squeezing underneath are integrally related parts of the same story, as . . .
… are the cranes and the dredging equipment in the background. Note tug Specialist in the background
Margaret Moran tends the port bow.
Gramma Lee T Moran supplies the brakes and rudder.
The ship completes its journey of thousands of miles. Is it true that Zhen Hua 10 arrived here via Cape of Good Hope?
On the same theme . . here’s a handsome team of tugs, good paint all around. Working on a tandem assignment?
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.
She’s being escorted in by Emily Ann . . .
Crow and her sister Cheyenne DO have classic lines!
Machines on shore were already staged . . . .
while not far away a last spring seal lollygags on some warm rusty metal, once also a brand new machine.
And on the other side of Staten Island rubble of a light indispensable a century ago adapts to a new life as a rookery.
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.
Chesapeake Coast (2012) lit up the dawn this morning.
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.
Joyce D. Brown (2002) passes Stolt Jade.
Houma (1970) like many of the vessels in this post, has operated under a long list of companies.
Gulf Coast (1982) enters the KVK from the east this morning before 9 a.m.
A parting shot of the vessel that started today’s post . . . Huron Service, headed to refuel.
All photos taken the last few days by Will Van Dorp.
Iron Mike . . . 1977 and 53′ loa . . . has lots of character
although I don’t know what engine/horsepower moves her. Anyone?
If we were talking birds, Pacific Reliance (red stacks) would be called an exotic, not common to this habitat. Pacific Reliance . . . built in 2006 and 121′ loa uses 9280 hp to move her payload. Alongside is Quantico Creek, 90′ loa launched in 2010 and rated at 3000 hp.
Brooklyn, 76′ loa, launched in 2000 with 2000 hp has had lots of identities in her 14 years of service.
And finally . . . dwarfed by the Lower Manhattan skyline in February, it’s Pegasus.
Built in 2001, 75′ loa and rated at 1900 hp.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, yesterday, thanks to mobility by New York Media Boat. Check them out here.
Darell T. Gilbert took this foto . . . a hot air balloon over the water in Red Hook around the 5th of January. WTF?!@#@!! Anyone know the story?
Thanks to Sam Zapadinsky . . . can you identify this creature walking on the icy upper Hudson? Coyote? Here’s a post from a few years ago of eagles on the mostly frozen river.
Sam also took this foto from the tug Frances, which
is the forwardmost tug in this foto by Bob Dahringer. Frances and Kathleen Turecamo move crude oil tanker Afrodite into the dock in Albany, one of many water tasks that happens whether the temperatures are 0 or 100.
And finally, Mike Abegg took this foto of Alice Oldendorff in the Brooklyn Navy yard, taking on
fuel. Quantico Creek and a Dann Marine boat (either Chesapeake or Discovery Coast) assist with this operation in the ice-choked area around the docks.
Thanks much to Darell, Sam, Bob, and Mike for these fotos.
Click here for Bob Dahringer’s YouTube videos, recently with a lot of ice.
Now here from Harbin, China is a completely other reaction to cold weather.