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Here was 4.

And this . . .

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is the cutterhead ladder of C. R. McCaskill.

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Looking generally northward from Fort Wadsworth, from nearer to farther . .  fishing boat, tanker, ATB,  ferry, and Jersey City.

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Catch the name of the approaching tanker running rinse through the anchor hawse . . . ?

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Chem Bulldog.  The other above written in Greek says Corossol.

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Frisia Rotterdam Gibraltar.  Know the etymology of “gibraltar”?  Check it here.

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Caption?

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After delivering another 50,000+ tons of South American salt to NYC, Kenan has already sailed southward to Puerto Bolivar to load ….

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coal.   Click here to see Kenan‘s itinerary over the past nine months.

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Last shot . . . Alegria I.

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All photos yesterday by Will Van Dorp.

Here was 26.

China-built 2008 Ranjan and an unidentified UPT tanker.

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The only foto NOT in the sixth boro here, anchored in Guanabara Bay it’s Japan-built 1998 Aframax tanker Moscow Kremlin.   Notice the Cristo Redentor statue atop the mountain to the right.

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Korea-built 1995 APL Garnet leaving town today. Name the tug off the port bow?  I can’t look at that covering on the Bayonne Bridge and NOT think of a junk sail.

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More on that tug later.  Great names here . . . Silver Lining (2003)  and Christina Kirk ( 2010), both Japan-built.

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Fiorano (Netherlands 2012)  I wonder what she delivered here . . .

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. .  with Petalouda, Japan 2008.

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German-built 2007 Norwegian Gem, included here to show scale with respect to a Circle  Line vessel.  I should have looked more closely at the Circle Line.

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Amelia Pacific (Japan 2006) and Americas Spirit Korea 2003).   This view of Americas Spirit better shows her size.

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Shippan Island, China 2005

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OOCL Vancouver, Japan 2006

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Najran, Japan 1998, up on plane perhaps?

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And last but not least . . .

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she with whom I have a long history . . .

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Alice Oldendorff, (China 2000) earlier this weekend offloading in Gowanus Bay Brooklyn.   Alice was featured in my first-ever post here.  Click here to see all the others.

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So that tug.  I thought it was Ellen . . . but it’s the slightly newer Robert E. McAllister.

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Foto of Moscow Kremlin by my daughter, Myriam, whom I thank.  All others by Will Van Dorp.

Related:  One ship currently in the sixth boro that I did not see this weekend was this one by the Kabakovs.

. . .or dino juice or geo sap.  According to the US Energy Info Administration, the US consumes just under 20 million barrels of the stuff daily.  Today, in less than a half hour, two tankers entered the Kills with a combined capacity (if I calculate correctly) of over a million barrels, or 5% of one day’s US consumption.  First came Avra . . .

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seen in by Brendan Turecamo.   I’d guessed I’d never seen this tanker before

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til it came close.  Last time I took a foto of her, she sported flaky green paint and the name Altius . . . not Michele Iuliano, the raised metal name covered inadequately here.

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Here are vestiges of her formerly green superstructure.

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A previous time Americas Spirit came in, she made energetic use of her horn whistle as she plowed through the fog.  Note:  I wish I could perfect the art of whistling with that low penetrating pitch!

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It seems from this itinerary that she’s in here once every two months.

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Click here to see a report on her from some bloggers who watch the Straits of Canso.

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Barbara McAllister and McAllister Sisters bring her in like a big catch, lots of juice.

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All fotos today by Will Van Dorp.

Pioneer headed southwest,  then

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and Clipper City taking her stern.

Laura K Moran takes the stern of an Offshore Sailing School boat.

A small sloop appears to go head-t0-head with Meriom Topaz and does the same with

Americas Spirit, as the tanker is lightered and provisioned.

And finally .  . is the green cata-schooner passing off the stern of Comet really Heron, which I last saw in Puerto Rico here (last foto)?

Here she tacks to the east just north of the Verrazano.  And Saturday night I spotted her again passing southbound through Hell Gate.

I hope to have more exciting autumn sail soon.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

I heard the foghorn (or is it called a ship’s horn?)  for some time before I saw the vessel, but I knew I’d see Americas Spirit because of  the AIS app on my phone.  If I’d had my VHF with me, I’d also know from that which vessel approached and with whose assist.

With these and other elements of redundant technology, any vessel–like the small one below– in the vicinity would have slim chance of being surprised by a massive bow like this appearing unexpectedly out of the fog.

So if the question is  . . . why do ships still use these spectacular horns even with all the others means of “seeing” through the fog?   I suppose the answer is that redundancy is a good thing.

Click here for fog horns in San Francisco, but I believe the sounds from Americas Spirit were even lower pitched.  Even at a quarter mile’s distance, I felt it as much as heard.

Once the docking rotation began, the horn ceased…

and Barbara and Responder pinned Americas Spirit to the dock.

That horn booming out of the fog, though, stays with me.  It sounded almost human, like the breath wafting through and resonating within a wind instrument.

Next foggy day, head down to the Kills.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

10 was just over exactly a year ago, and my first “fog” post fotos were taken over six years ago here.    This autumn dawn brought fog and horns . . . horns that could be heard, with echoes, and felt.  Eukor Morning Conductor seemed asleep to shore folk

as Anna L. Miller motored by.

On the KVK, Gage Paul Thornton chugged to an appointment as Bow Summer , which I last saw in springtime Panama, made all lines fast.

Mary Alice towed more Kills bottom out to sea.

Finally, the loudest and deepest horn came into view.

attached to Americas Spirit, a name of a befogged yet moving vessel which I’ll avoid attributing too much symbolic meaning to.

Taurus passes Robbins Reef Light.

And Americas Spirit came closer.

She was so close to this shore observer that two of her crew could be clearly seen on the bridge wing.

Barbara McAllister spun her stern to put the tanker portside to at the dock.  More of these docking fotos tomorrow.

And Hunting Creek also made her way from Brooklynside to Bayonneside.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Superlatives:  Ti Oceania, largest working tanker at 441,000 dwt and 1246′ loa.  Oasis of the Seas, largest cruise ship at 1181′ loa and 234′ air draft;  ie., it cannot be shoehorned under the Verrazano Bridge.  Berge Stahl, largest bulk carrier at 365,000 dwt and 1125′ loa and draft of about 75′.  Here are other sites on this trio:  TO,  OS, and BS.

Immense!  Like these cranes, the likes of which you saw arrive in this March 2007 post.

Look closer and

eventually you see a dock worker, miniscule way up there.

And considering the scale of machinery and vast number of containers that need to be moved, it might interest you to see

what a crane operator sees, between his or her shoes.  Really . . . the operator booths have glass floors so that the spreader bar with flippers seems to shrink as it descends toward a container.

Sorry there was no ship in place when this foto was taken.  For an outside view of the operator booth, see the last foto here.

Here is scale difference of another sort, and because of

foreshortening, the distance between these two ships–Cielo di Napoli and Americas Spirit–seems recklessly small.

First three fotos thanks to Jed;  last four are mine.

If you’ve never sat along the KVK, you might have no idea how much traffic passes.  I left two hours early for work yesterday to allow a 120-minute savoring.  What you see here is only the big stuff.  Zim Virginia bound for sea.  Note the apparent lowering of the hook onto the house of Maria J.

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Notice the port of registry:  Haifa.

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Next vessel out, bound for sea and escorted by Laura K Moran:  Ever Deluxe.

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As Ever Deluxe bends to the north in the Constable Hook Reach, she passes Michigan Service and Stephen Reinauer.

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Next outbound vessel is Tessa PG, with  Justine McAllister looking to assist.  By the way, where’s Douglas?  Answer below.

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Actually providing the assist is McAllister Responder.

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Inbound is Americas Spirit, an aframax tanker.

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And just as I know I have to rush to work, outbound sashays MSC Endurance, (ex-Sea Land Endurance) guided by Marie J. Turecamo to port and . . .

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Kimberly Turecamo.  See the guy descending the ladder.  Would he be

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deckhand?  And all the spectators?

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Maybe I’ll put up more fotos of Endurance and others later, but my point here is . . . two hours equaled five large ships with combined 278,000 deadweight tons.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp on June 23, 2009 between roughly 0700 and 0900 h.  By the way, if it seems dark in these fotos, New York has seen rain every day except a handful since the start of June, nine inches over the past 30 days versus the “normal” three.

Douglas . . .  port and largest city of Isle of Man.  Douglas population is almost 27,000!

Unrelated:  I might not post  this Saturday because I’m  . . .er . . .  er . . . going for a hike on the Appalachian Trail, probably the South Carolina portion, said to have stunning vistas, easily confused with the southern hemisphere, I hear.

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