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Here’s where the “leverman” sits for a twelve-hour shift as the C. R. McCaskill slews port to starboard 400′ once each three and a half minutes. Another way of saying that is the dredge moves using a five-point mooring system: two swing anchors, two breast anchors and one stern anchor to move forward or back. A different configuration uses a spudded idler barge; in this case, the “swing” is longer and takes more more time. Food gets delivered so that the leverman aka dredge operator can monitor all these screens and respond so that dredging can proceed 24/7 as long as equipment and conditions permit. More on food later.
Slewing . . . drawing on cables attached to positioned anchors and pivoting on a stern point . . . requires that the 30” diamater hose be able to flex. Hence, the easy curved slack before the piping to the beach.
The crewboat in the distance alternates between hydrographic survey work and other tasks. More on that in a moment. More crewboats in a future post.
Attachment at the stern is a ball and socket joint . . . like your hip.
Here’s the starboard GE engine, part of the power supply to the dredge.
Here is another view of the two huge hull-mounted pumps that do the work.
Another task of the crewboat is illustrated here: recreational boaters sometimes allow their curiosity to override any sense of danger caused by a busy, slewing dredge.
The helicopter happened to be here on assignment to photograph the work from the air.
About the food, here’s mission control presided over by Edwina Arthur, a member of the 30-50 person crew.
Food rules and pecking order are clearly posted.
Captain Randy Guidry, my host for this tour, proudly displays the builder’s plate, Corn Island Shipyard in Indiana, where the hull was constructed.
As I stated in the previous post, McCaskill’s part in the dredging/beach replenishment has now ended and vessels and crew have moved south for the next job.
Many thanks to Captain Guidry, Jan Andrusky, and all the other fine folks at Weeks Marine for this tour.
All fotos, text, and (any inadvertent errors) by Will Van Dorp.
I’ll get to more of the Louisiana and Panama fotos once I “deglitch” something, so thanks to these shots from Isaac Pennock of tugboathunter we can head north.
Do you recognize this shade of blue?
And it’s huge. How huge?
Here’s a video from more than a year ago showing Boothe first in the water. It only gets somewhat more exciting than watching ice melt (like watching paint dry or grass grow) after 3:40 . . .
Many thanks to Isaac for these shots.
Although I have many more “oldcarcity” fotos to share soon, John Watson got the following fotos from his sixth boro cliff yesterday, and they must go up. Kudos , John!
John’s fotos are physical manifestations of the renaissance of South Street Seaport Museum. Lightship Ambrose (LV-87), built 1908 . . . a year after Pegasus, is headed to Caddell’s for some love aka life support.
by the gracious Charles D. McAllister.
Again, thanks much, John. Here’s a question from a tipster . . . not me! in ny.Curbed. This is very promising news for the renascent museum; however, like all newborns AND reborns, it needs ongoing support . . . benjamins and members and volunteers.
My last fotos of a lightship in the sixth boro came here exactly two months ago.
Meanwhile, tugster continues a gallivant in the south . . . today off to a high point between Nickajack Lake and Chickamauga Lake.
This just in: an exemplar of French femininity is occupying Bedloe’s Island, and has done so for . . . 125 years!! And today . . . something just had to be done about it. Rubber bullets? No. Tear gas canisters? Nah. Ghostbusters? Daryl Hannah?
And when things begin to smolder, Hornblower Hybrid notwithstanding,
Well . . . actually . . . let me join . . . bonne anniversaire, Mademoiselle Liberte, she who never sits down at her job. I’m glad you’ve faithfully occupied that island, once used otherwise, all those years and spawned replicas all over the world.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Notice who is and is not represented in the parade.
Ooops! I forgot, click here for “torchcam” and see things from the enlightener’s point of view.
Today marks the end of the four-day historic ship festival and the official opening of Pier 25. Friday and Saturday I worked on Pegasus. Click on that link and you can find details of her history, starting from her inception as Standard Oil No. 16, including a time when she sported the flying horse on her stack. 1907 was a recurring number in the history-oriented tour: the date of Pegasus launch in Baltimore and the date of the opening of the Kenneth M. Murchison-designed Hoboken terminal of the Erie Lackawanna Railroad.
Also giving tours on the water was the historic John J. Harvey. Type Harvey into the search window on this blog and you’ll see more fotos I’ve taken over the past five years.
Folks including me took fotos of Harvey from Pegasus, just as folks on Harvey zoomed in on us. In the cowboy hat, it’s Mitch . . . of Newtown Pentacle.
Over 150 folks enjoyed a FREE!@#@! Hudson River ride on Pegasus Saturday. Lucky them!! I’m just saying . . . this is a rare treat, and you could make it less rare by joining in this way or that. FYI . . . the engine burns about 35 gallons per hour, if I recall correctly.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who yesterday befriended MV Algolake. a bonafide facebooking, literate ore carrier! Be the first among your FB friends to befriend an ore carrier; for me it’s therapeutic, helping me forget the bulk carrier Alice that has made distance between us!!
Continuing my effort to see the sixth boro from every imaginable angle, I recently walked Hudson River Waterfront Walkway between Port Imperial and Edgemont Marina. This post covers the first portion of the walk. Follow on the interactive map below; click on the map/satellite view to make it live . If you’re from outatown, that’s Manhattan to the lower right . . . specifically the 59th Street Sanitation Pier. But it’s the view from the Jersey side I focus on here.
Below is the crumbling pier directly south of Son Cubano NJ. Ironically, not more than a mile south of here were the Seatrain Lines docks with service via Seatrain New York and Seatrain Havana between . . . New York and Havana.
This is the view of the pier “east” of Son Cubano. Notice it, like most of them now, is a loose end, a pier from and too nowhere. Now they are reminders, and should be treasured as such, although I know they will not be here 10 years from now. Click here (bottom of post) for the quote from Rebecca Solnit . . . on ruins as memories . .. or clues to seek out missed memories.
More pilings reminding us that a different life was led here 50 and 100 years ago on the Jersey side of the sixth boro across from and slightly south of Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument and Riverside Church. In the far distance, the tug is Bohemia; Kristy Ann is the nearer one.
I googled “bulls ferry” and “jacobs ferry” hoping to learn what vessel is depicted. Find out what I got by clicking here.
If you click here and are familiar with some of the changes on the NYC waterfront, you’ll know some of these landmarks are gone. Debate on choices of what to save and what to preserve are endless. Recognize the vessel below? What was its past and will be its future?
Here’s a summary of Christeen‘s features. Click here for a quick timeline of 150+ years of water history of Oyster Bay, NY. Of course, Oyster Bay launched many tugboats during the half century of Jakobson‘s tenure there. Scan the list for boats that have appeared on this blog, (Cornell, Margot, Houma, Maryland, Escort, Consort …) too numerous to link to now, but you can use the search window to see them. Jakobson’s even built a small submarine, X-1. Jakobson’s yard is now gone without many traces.
you won’t. It’s gone. See the article here. I took this foto less than three months ago.
All fotos by will Van Dorp.
Keeping with tradition: here’s #57. Remember, doubleclick enlarges.
Unidentified kayaks foreground, and middleground from left to right: Layla Rene, Sea Bear, dredge Florida; and background, King Dorian (misspell of durian?).
Unidentified crew boat heading away and Barbara C approaching.
W. O. Decker passes W O tanker called Sharon Sea.
Sarah Ann and unnamed blue sailboat painted almost DonJon blue.
Sorry about all the unidentified vessels today. Maybe someone can help.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
home of the two Marys. The farther Mary comes and goes, but the nearer one–Mary A. Whalen, hub of the Basin–will
serve as locus for (literally) tons of visiting historical vessels (See Atlantic Basin 1) this summer as well as intangible amounts
of fun. See the full calendar of music, movies, lectures, and visiting vessels on the calendar here. Or just come by to hang . . . during TankerTime. When I tried to interview Mary A. Whalen about the summer, her only response was the smile created by red-white-blue bunting hanging between the portholes on the house.
in early August . . . if the schedule is to be believed.
Hail! Marys of the Atlantic Basin. See bowsprite’s adorable rendering here.
This coming Saturday–July 24–is City of Water Day in NYC. Some of the events at Atlantic Basin include a marine security display with a VACIS container scanner, a sniffer dog from US Customs and Border Protection, Urban Divers mobile marine museum, a container mover from American Stevedoring, tours of visiting steam lighthouse tender Lilac, live music, food from local Brooklyn vendors including Kevin’s Restaurant and Kustard King. And more!
See more City of Water Day info here.
Middle three fotos by Will Van Dorp; all other fotos and mosaic here by Carolina Salguero.
Unrelated: Earlier today I asked the following question: Can anyone help identify this large floating object on the Hudson here? Foto was taken by the Mighty Quinn five days after the Willis Avenue Bridge floated by, and a few weeks after the house barge sauntered through. And the answer . . . just in from Richard Canty, captain of Glen Cove: The object in question is a set of “cooling towers for the new power plant being built in Astoria at Steinway Street. They were built at P&M Marine’s dock in Coeymans, NY. That dock may be remembered by some as the old Brickyard. The towers are giant sails. Very exciting driving in a wind….. any wind.”
And this will be my last post for July. Lake Opeongo has called. It seems some mysteries there need my immediate attention–or I need theirs . . . stuff like deciphering the code of crickets, the flickering of fireflies, the meandering of muskellunge, the wiles of wintergreen, the secrets of snipe, the contours of congress (lower case), the rituals of relating, the protocol of pursuit, the finesse of friendship (oh.. this could be endless) . . . . Ah, the glories of gallivanting.
Til August . . . cheers from tugster.