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I don’t actually go looking for parallel posts; maybe it’s just that my brain thinks and eyes see in similar ways from one year to the next in March, but here and here are posts from exactly four years ago.
Although this blog focuses on work boats, I’ll comment on backgrounds today. What’s on the water is fluid, but all the constant transformations on the landsides here are more permanent and yet constantly evolving. Baseline might have been 500 years ago, but even by then it had evolved. The cruise ship here is docked at what today is called Cape Liberty Cruise Port; thirty years ago it was MOTBY.
Over on the nearest shore, left half of the photo is evidence of work where next year an attraction called New York Wheel will spin. I know we’re way past name discussions now, but I’m still for alternatives like Ferries Wheel or NY Wheeler Dealer . . . . And with the reference to “pods,” I’m thinking of a series of sci-fi movies . . .
The uneven, brown land just off the starboard bow of USNS Red Cloud is part of the Bayonne Golf Club, below the surface of which is a capped landfill.
Off to the left, you see current status of the Bayonne side of the bridge named for the same town.
Looking from behind the construction site for the Wheel, some miles to NE are part of the Statue of Liberty and the iconic 1931 Empire State Building.
Note the double deck traffic on the VZ Bridge.
This is looking from the middle of Upper Bay across Red Hook to downtown Brooklyn.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Know this water, more of a waterway than a harbor? The distant buildings are a clue. See the one just left of the center of bridge center, needle thin?
Here’s another clue . . . the structure near the right side of the photo, like an old time gas station pump?
Or this one left of the crane, looking like the business end of a blue crab whose pincers are down?
Or this wreck? What WAS this boat? I’ve asked a million people who all say they also asked a million people. Anyone know?
And seriously, the first photo showed the Throgs Neck Bridge, the second the LaGuardia airport traffic tower, and the third . . . Arthur Ashe stadium. The photo above with the mystery wreck in the Whitestone Bridge . .. the second one in when you travel from Long Island Sound into . . . the East River
And that needle thin tower in 432 Park, said to be the tallest residential building in the hemisphere. Click here for views from the tallest bathtub in that building. And in the foreground of the photo below, truly a place of superlatives . . . . Rikers Island, i.e., one of the largest incarceration places in the world. No gunk holing is tolerated anywhere near this place.
By now, most of you know this is the East River and we’re traveling west. Here the DEP sludge tanker Red Hook prepares to depart the Hunt’s Point wastewater treatment plant. Click here for some tugster posts on treating waste and keeping sixth boro waters as clean as possible despite the teeming millions that live along the banks of these waters. And if you’ve never read my Professional Mariner story on the latest generation of these tankers, you can do so here.
Between Rikers and Hunts Point, there are the North and South Brother Islands; see my post from South Brother here from a long time ago. The safer channel goes around the north of North Brother, but in daylight, most vessels can shoot between the two.
A “night wharf” on Wards Island for the sludge tankers lies here just east of the Hell Gate and RFK bridges there.
This strait–between Roosevelt Island and the upper east side of Manhattan–in the tidal strait that’s known as the East River can see some fast currents. Somewhere off to the right is the vantage point Jonathan Steinman takes his East river pics from.
This is not a cargo pier. These vessels are repairing the bulk heading.
Anyone know the identity of these two “houses” nestled up there in the eastisde of Manhattan cliffs?
These barges called the Water Club . . . I’ve never been there. Any personal reviews?
Newtown Creek awaits its fate here at a dock in Wallabout Bay right across
from the rock wharf where Alice Oldendorff has discharged millions of tons of crushed rock over the years.
After we duck under the Brooklyn Bridge, we near the end of the East River,
where South Street Seaport Museum has been fighting the noble fight to
preserve ships and the upland including the wharves.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
There’ve been plenty of people I’ve wanted to chance re-encounter, but it doesn’t always happen. I’ve been to Southwest Harbor long ago, but I’ve never seen a Good Idea before.
I saw this WLB come into the harbor the other day and just assumed it was Katherine Walker, WLM-552. But I was wrong. Voila Elm, WLB-204, 50 feet longer than Walker, and out of Atlantic Beach, NC, where I saw it a few years back.
Alice Oldendorff . . . I heard her crew talking with the Sandy Hook pilots the other day . . . . I wish I knew how many voyages she has made into the sixth boro in the past decade!!
The Blue Peter . . . I saw it a month ago in Narragansett Bay, but got close enough for a good photo only after they’d dropped sail.
Liberty II . . . our paths haven’t crossed in quite a while.
Sea Lion . . . is a busy boat.
New York Media Boat . . . another busy boat in duplicate.
No Wake . . . our paths have never crossed that I recollect, but I wonder whose she has. She seems to have some age.
All photos taken in the past week or so . . .
Maersk Atlanta was headed out and
the lifters –Oops I mean Ardmore Sealifter and . . Ichabod Crane–were at different stages of prep to move and
and who be that . . . incoming . . . hull down?
with lots of deck gear . . .
why it’s Alice!!
with all her sculptural machines all
ready to discharge more aggregates on the projects hither and yon in the terrestrial boros of NYC.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who offers this in case he’s NOT back in the city for the tug race on Sunday. On verra.
Click here for the many posts I’ve done on my favorite Alice.
Red Hook with Alice Oldendorff in background.
Lia with Stolt Effort on the far side.
Hellas sisters with Left Coast Lifter in the background. Anyone know when the gargantu-crane will move toward the TZ Bridge site?
Ever Divine has seraphic lines . . .
Zim Luanda follows a sinuous path through the KVK with assistance from Brendan Turecamo…
… as does Hanjin Durban, escorted by Miriam Moran…
maintaining a steady course between the two container ships as MOL Excellence bounds seaward…
and encounters a sister MOL Expeditor waltzed in with Marjorie B McAllister.
So . . . what do you know about this ship?
Answer tomorrow. All photos here by Will Van Dorp.
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.
Here was 3 with links to 1 and 2.
I’ve been so far unable to find the original use of this barge, but I haven’t expended much shoe leather either.
Click on the foto below from the July 21, 1977 NYTimes for an article on Michael O’Keefe’s barge restaurant opening. Anyone identify the tug?
Bulk commodities commerce needs some stretches of riverbank in the sixth boro. Crushed stone in; garbage out, as well as
scrap metal, petroleum,
desert scrapings aka road conditioner.
Products galore and more and
Places to park aka dock are vital also.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Bear with me here. I got up at 0430 and caught the 0535 Long Island Railroad (LIRR) to Penn Station. On the LIRR, marathoners. In Penn, I caught the #1 subway to the Staten Island Ferry (SIF); at 0615, it was standing room only on the subway, worse than on a work day rush hour except all marathoners. These are the stairs leading up to the SIF, all marathoners almost.
Here’s from the roof of the ferry terminal on Staten Island looking south. See that line of people?
They’re all waiting for a shuttle bus ride (approx 3 miles) to the starting line.
I was there to watch a particular marathoner, so I made my way to a pier. Double click on these fotos to enlarge them. The FDNY water display was intended for all 48,001 marathoners, including my favorite, who has the distinction of being accommodated to pass UNDER the bridge rather than over it.
Escorted along the end of this leg of her ongoing marathon by Marjorie B. and Robert E. McAllister, it’s
you guessed it, the only contestant to negotiate the sixth boro, Alice Oldendorff. If you’re new to this blog, type Alice into the upper left search window and you’ll see the particulars between Alice and me.
I recall seeing Alice back in 2005, and since then she’s deliver several million tons of Canadian maritime aggregates into the port, the stuff you need to build and maintain a metropolis. She’s an indefatigable marathoner.
What a day for her to arrive.
All fotos and fabricated view of reality by Will Van Dorp.
For NY Daily News pics of the race, click here.
Well, clearly I’m not the only one who recognizes how delightful Alice’s presence in the sixth boro proves to be.
Thanks to the Long Island City Community Boathouse for these pics long on spirit if perhaps a bit short on focus. My last trip with LIC Community Boathouse goes back five years already!! On that Sobro cleanup trip I also took these fotos.
These fotos remind me that I’ve yet to get myself to Four Freedoms Park (below) on Roosevelt Island, as well as
All fotos are compliments of the Long Island City Community Boathouse.