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People on the Boro 29

Thirty years ago the pose below did not exist.  From a long way off, I recognized what he was doing, and given the location, he made sure WTC and other points of the skyline made the background. Here too, the deckhand on Ava M. conveys clearly that he’s waiting for the messenger line to come […]

Wheeler Shipbuilding

See the name on this black-hulled yacht?  Note the simple upper helm? Check again as we pass.  I took these two photos back in July 2016, making that the Mt. Hope Bridge and beyond that, the Brayton Point cooling towers, now gone.  Pilar?  Maybe you’ve heard of it in relation to Hemingway and currently in […]

People on the Boro 28

First, thanks to Michele for helping me find a way to adjust photos here so that they enlarge when clicked. The KVK is one of those places where mariners can be seen working:  no gate pass or special access required.  They might be preparing the gangway, all harnessed in as a shipmate operates the controls. […]

Pilots 11

Here are previous posts in this series.  This post is a tribute to the dangerous but vital role pilots play in shipping. Below, the docking pilot descends onto Marjorie B McAllister. The transition from the gangway to the jacob’s ladder is tricky. Here’s a Moran docking pilot, departing the ship after the ship is underway. […]

2020 Calendar September

If you ordered a calendar last year, you might recall that I promised that I’d “extend” the photo set each month.  Well, here’s September, following all the other months.  Call this . . . “how Cleveland turned a toxic industrial sewer into a recreation area, while maintaining industrial activity.”  Recall while looking at these photos […]

To Bayway, from Point Tupper

You saw a different version of this photo last week, NS Leader being assisted into Bayway.  This begs the question . . .  from where did NS Leader come?  Where did it take on the cargo discharged at Bayway? The answer for NS Leader and lots more crude tankers is Point Tupper NS, where there’s […]

Retro Sixth Boro (and beyond) 27 b

I vividly recall June 2010.  Let’s take June 3.  The two Hornbeck tugs there are Erie Service and Eagle Service, now Genesis Valiant and Genesis Eagle.  Minerva Anna is at one of the easternmost IMTT docks; today she’s eastbound in the Indian Ocean. But in the middle of it all,  GLDD’s Liebherr 966 was getting […]

Virtual Erie Canal Tour 4W: Henrietta to Newark

How many locks have you noticed since Lockport? Actually, there are none.  The entire 60-mile stretch with all the lift bridges is at a same level, 513′ above sea level.  And adjacent to lock 32, is a sign of contemporary water use, a kayak park. The Pittsford Canal Shop  lies west of the village. The […]

Virtual Erie Canal 1: Waterford

Preface:  There’s a new heading at top of the page called “virtual tour.”  Covid-19 has changed everything. Now it’s not alarming to walk into a bank or business establishment wearing a mask.  Many people commute from bedroom to desk, and a really long commute is one that involves stairs.  I’ve been to a few remote […]

Virtual Tours

MAPS Here are three great interactive maps, one from NYS Canals, one from the National Park Service, and one from Parks & Trails NY, showing different info. Canal Tours The Westbound Run covers from Waterford NY on the Hudson to Oswego NY on Lake Ontario.   Links for each leg taking  you across can be found […]