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Look at the Staten Island ferries at St George.  “They all look the same,” I once asserted to bowsprite.  She set me straight.   Right now the second Ollis-class, soon to be newest hull in the boro, is making its way up the Jersey coastline at the end of a towline, its bow and windows boarded up for protection from waves.

So on this New Year’s Eve eve, let’s do an out-with-the-old . . . .  John F. Kennedy, currently the oldest–in service since 1965!!–will be the first out.  In fact, a fly on someone’s wall says

she’s already out of service. By the way, who were you in 1965, or what were you listening to?  Or, what were you driving or drooling over?  Watching?

Barberi [1981] will be next out, along

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And in the with new . . .  seen here next to the 1986 Alice Austen.

SSG Michael H. Ollis has been the training vessel for all three ferries of the newest class. She arrived in August here.  Whether at the dock being prepped or

running the harbor and practicing arrivals and departures, Ollis and her crew have been busy.

All photos, recently, WVD, who can’t wait to ride the new ferries and who hopes to get photos of the newest, newest hull in the boro tomorrow.

See my story on Ollis on page 18 here.

I believe this is the first time I post a photo of 1961 FDNY Alfred E. Smith.  She was sold to private owners in 2016. 

Nearer the mainland on Pier 25, Lilac has held this berth since 2011.

USACE Gelberman has been a regular here, as has 

Dobrin.

USACE Driftmaster has worked collecting debris since 1949!  I wonder how plans to replace her are coming along. 

I could not identify this heavily-laden sludge  . . . I mean GUP . . . carrier. 

NYPD’s Cardillo and 

Hansen are two boats of the Harbor Unit, itself a part of NYPD since 1858.  Hansen has been in service since 1994. 

Soderman is the current occupant at Bayonne Drydock & Repair.

Oops!  It’s Alice and OllisAlice Austen usually runs in the wee hours, and Ollis arrived in the boro back in August and will enter service as soon as training is complete. 

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All photos, WVD.

 

The challenge here is to have clear photos and lights.  Evening Star with B. No. 250 starts us off,

Jean Turecamo is on assignment with a barge,

Reinauer Twins heads back for the Kills,

TRF Memphis waits in Stapleton anchorage,

Mount St. Elias departs her barge,

and Alice Austen, usually the wee hours ferry, runs early.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

Click here for the index to this series.  The elusive Bowsprite’s work is not elusive here.

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MV Alice Austen‘s namesake was a pioneer photographer from Staten Island. The other ferry of the Austen class was named for another famous Staten Island artist here.

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Rich Taylor, who has sent along other photos including this one, which I suspect MAY have been converted into a dredge scow, took this from near Yank Marine recently.  It’s the future NYWaterWay’s Molly Pitcher.  See more here.

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Ashley Hutto took this photo recently of the grand dame taking on fuel and lube.

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In Montreal, with Habitat as backdrop, it’s Cavalier Maxim doing a Montreal-from-the-water tour.

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From Jan Oosterboer via Fred Trooster, here are the Stena Britannica and

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Stena Hollandica, which shuttle between Hoek van Holland and Harwich.

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Also, from our Dutch friends, here’s a photo of semisubmersible floating platform vessel Hermod, which has accommodations for 336 people.  So . . .

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these orange pods could be called “people removers,” essential and in need of regular drills.

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Here’s a people mover–LARC XV-75– that for a time belonged to the Harbormaster of Bridgeport.

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And finally for today, if a “people mover” is defined as a vessel that moves terrestrials through the water, then I guess this is a “mermaid mover,” moving less land-mobile water folk over the pavement.

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Thanks to Rich, Ashley, Jan, and Fred for sending along these photos.  If you send me a photo and I don’t use it right away, please be patient.  Photos not otherwise attributed are by Will Van Dorp.

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