I’ve done posts with titles like 15 minutes or 18 . . . but here’s a set shot in just three minutes, just after that strange cloud–comet’s tail?–passed the day the temps went up to 65 midday for a few hours, setting a NYC record for that day.

Here’s Jonathan C from head-on, with Shooters Island off the stern.

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Zooming out shows Pegasus and Kimberly Poling using Edwin A. Poling, and the cranes at Howland Hook.

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It looks like some refinishing is happening on Pegasus.

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Mary H pushes Patriot heading the other direction.

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That church in a lot of photos is Immaculate Heart in Elizabeth NJ.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

The photo below is somewhat misleading;  MSC Beijing was assisted in–from outside the VZ Bridge by the two 6000s–Jonathan C and JRT–but Doris just happened to be in proximity as the ship passed.

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Earlier in that glorious 65-degree day with the strange cloud, here was JRT assisting another ship around Bergen Point . . ..

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Margaret was assisting on the bow.

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And in quite different light less than a half hour later, here Jonathan C escorts a related ship around the point,

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in tandem with James D. It should be noted that while Amber was inbound NYC from the UK, Georgia was arriving from Spain, converging–I suppose–at Ambrose. Now that’s logistics.

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Jennifer Turecamo followed around the Point.

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Half hour later, Margaret and JRT headed back to the barn.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Here are previous weather posts, and although today the sixth boro and surrounding land masses are experiencing the first serious snowfall this season, this post is not about that.  Rather, it’s about something I saw and felt yesterday, when it was 65 degrees F for a few midday hours.  65!!

So here was the weather phenomenon photo taken at 0834.  I take it that’s a squall line, but it seemed so isolated.

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Here was the scene at 0826.  CMA CGM Amber headed into Port Elizabeth with JRT on the stern quarter.  Tomorrow I’ll have more Moran photos.  Notice how clear and calm it was right at the bridge, although Elizabethport seems enveloped in some mist.

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0827 . . . shows HMS Justice in that mist.

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So here I repeat the 0834 photo of that line moving rapidly in my direction.

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Here’s 0840 and

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below,  0841, as Jonathan C escorted CMA CGM Georgia around Bergen Point to Port Eliz.  Notice the dull finish on the Bayonne Bridge, since that squall line has obscured the morning sun at my back.  The temperature also dropped noticeably.

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At 0846, besides Jonathan C, we can now see (l to r) Jennifer Turecamo with barge Portland, James D., and Miriam.

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By 0922 my back was nicely warmed by the sun again, with the temperatures heading to a blue sky 65 in February, although Elizabeth seemed still misted in.

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All photos taken on February 8 by Will Van Dorp.  Did anyone else see and feel this front move through?

 

By June, I’ve heard, Peking will be in Germany, and after watching the barque in the sixth boro for over a decade, I’d have to go abroad to see her next transformations.  Glenn Raymo, whose beat generally keeps him up river, happened to be having lunch in Bayonne yesterday and caught her move from her berth of the past has year to the one she occupied late last summer.

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Many thanks to Glenn for permitting me to post these here, as not all of you do FB or off you do, are friends with Glenn.   Foxy 3 and Robert IV do the honors with

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the mighty L. W. Caddell on the far side.   Note the salt pile and bulker Sakizaya Wisdom out beyond Peking.

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Many thanks to Glenn for his serendipitous and striking photos.

 

 

Click here to see previous sets sent along by Jed.  This set I’m arranging by year of build.   1972. A little info more, she’s 98′ x 30.’

photo date 5 SEPT 2012

photo date 5 SEPT 2012

1977.  She’s a bit larger, 115′ x 33.’

photo date 11 SEPT 2012

photo date 11 SEPT 2012

1978.  Husky has been renamed Maro, and she’s massive, 197′ x 50′ and moved by 12,000 hp.

photo date 11 SEPT 2012

photo date 11 SEPT 2012

1998.  115′ x 36′  Here was a post I did about an incident of near capsize with FairPlay 21.  FairPlay 22 did capsize with loss of life.

photo date 11 SEPT 2012

photo date 11 SEPT 2012

2001 and identical dimensions to FairPlay 23. 

photo date 11 SEPT 2012

photo date 11 SEPT 2012

2009, and 92′ x 35.’

photo date 8 SEPT 2012

photo date 8 SEPT 2012

2009 and 105′ x 43.’

photo date 11 SEPT 2012

photo date 11 SEPT 2012

2010 and 95′ x 39.’

photo date 11 SEPT 2012

photo date 11 SEPT 2012

2011 and 105′ x 39.’

photo date 8 SDEPT 2012

photo date 8 SEPT 2012

Many thanks to Jed, aka John Jedrlinic, for these photos, and for being patient while they collected in my inbox.  Here are some of the many Dutch tugs appearing here previously.

 

The evolution depicted in the next photos took all of five minutes.  In the photo below, note where James D.‘s wake is.

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Now the tug’s vector is lateral but increasingly astern.

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I’m glad for my sake the sequence happened so quickly because 18 degrees F was killing my fingers.

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Note Brendan around the stern of Erikoussa.

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The bow line here is about to go slack as the tanker makes headway.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, who just happened to be passing at this moment.

This follows on my previous balls and bulls posts.  If you read this closely, you’ll have a sense of my favorite team, this year or in all the previous years.

Ball 1,

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This is Ball 4.

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So I walk.  Super!  All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Here were the previous posts in this series.

The photos in today’s post all come from the Marinetraffic site, and in cases where the photographer’s name is mentioned, I’ve kept that info.  I’m sure the photographers appreciate that their work is shared with their name attached.  My question is this:  what do they have in common?

Danum 93, built 2009, registered in Malaysia, 115′ x 36′

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SL Tiger, 2012, registered in Cyprus, 108′ x 43′

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Theresa, 1978, registered Mongolia, 131′ x 32′

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Jawar Basra, 2015, registered St. Vincent/Grenadines, 105′ x 43′

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and finally, Al Muthanna, 2014, Iraq, 121′ x 36.’

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And the common thread is that as of last evening,  all were located at the “top” or NW end of the Persian Gulf,  all west of a line drawn between Ahmadi Kuwait and Al Faw Iraq.  I was just curious what tugboats one would see in that area.  The photo of Al Muthanna may have been taken in Umm Qasr, a port near which I spent over three months back in late 1990.  I tell a story about that here, an account that needs to be refocused and possibly shortened.

This reminds me of a project I did back in 2008, which resulted in my tracking down photos for Osen-Hunter of a hijacked tugboat used as a  mothership by pirates off Somalia.  More about that story is here.

 

Today’s spotlight’s is Emerald Coast, Long Island, Tangier Island, Sassafras, and Brooklyn . . .

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Hats off–No

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keep hats and gloves on– but bravo to the folks who safely move

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our fuel.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Can you identify these boats?  This is a game I sometimes play . . . trying to guess before I can read by my eyes or some device . . .

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Do you know the unit headed away?

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Here’s that Moran vessel from the first photo of this post.

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OK.  Did you get Sea Fox?  I had guessed Sea Wolf. There is no Sea Coyote.  Yet.

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I didn’t get this one either.

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James D. here had just finished the salt ship job,

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along with Margaret .  .  . and headed back to base to await the next job.

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And finally, Turecamo Girls heads out for the next job.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

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