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My rules for this series:  all photos need to have come from the month in focus but exactly 10 years earlier.  It’s a good way to notice change.

Take Capt. Log.  I used to love seeing that boat, now long scrapped.  I have photos of her as a heap of scrap pieces and have never posted them.  I’m guessing the Chandra B crew are happy to have that new boat, but Capt. Log was such a unique sight.

Baltic Sea . . .   I’d love to see a current photo of her from Nigeria.  See more of her departed K-Sea fleet mates here.  Sunny Express is now Minerva Lydia, and still working, I think.

Taurus has moved to the Delaware River and has some splotches of purple a la Hays.

Volunteer has been scrapped.

The orange June K is now the blue Sarah Ann . . . .   I still miss that color….

Charles Oxman is no longer in service . . .  I last saw her here in 2016.

APL Egypt used to be a regular here, and of course John B. Caddell . . .had only a few years left at this point before getting cut up.  For a “what’s left . . .” of John B., click here and scroll.

I’m not saying everything is gone or has changed.  Walker and Salvor still work here and –to the untrained eye–look exactly as they did a decade ago, even though these days from any distance, I  can’t tell the distance between Atlantic Salvor and Atlantic Enterprise.  And those crewing on these two vessels, I can’t tell if anyone working then on each boat still does. For Walker, it’s very likely it’s an entirely new crew.

I hope you enjoyed this glance back.

All photos in February 2009 by Will Van Dorp.


Mary H. commands her own interest, but look beyond her to the other side of the bridge, where something immense approaches  Bergen Point.  Anyone have old pics of the now-gone Bergen Point Lighthouse?


All 960+ feet of APL Egypt taxis out of Newark Bay as


Rosemary stands by in case a nudge is needed to rotate Egypt in front of Shooter’s Island,


leaving Mariner’s Harbor in the background and


bound for sea


squeezing under the Bayonne Bridge, where


Rosemary‘s escort task’s nearly complete and the next client soon to beckon.


An unsettling feature of these behemoths made clear to me this snowy afternoon is not how noisy the engine is [it’s silent] , but rather how loud the swish of displaced water, as the bulbous bow froths as it plows a furrow through the Kill.


At a maximum speed of 25 knots, Egypt could no doubt outrun Rosemary.  Anyone know Rosemary‘s maximum speed?


Egypt shrinks  Caddell into plaything proportions.


Totally unrelated, here’s a pre-Mardi Gras tribute to a New York dancer who went by “Little Egypt.”

All images, Will Van Dorp.

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