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I had some business cards made up some time back. Guess what image I put there. Alice? No, she’s over in the Pacific now southwest of Revillagigedo Islands, and I’m intrigued. But enough of Alice, and on to EM

 

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Ellen McAllister, also shown here escorting Sun Round outbound.

 

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seen here yesterday on the south end of Newark Bay …

 

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though transformed a lot after the 2006 rebuild. Can this 2006 shot be the same vessel?

 

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A month or so back EM, in the midst of the activities, was preparing to move President Polk out of Howland Hook.

Schottel, manufacturer of EM‘s z-drive, has stunning fotos of dozens of diverse vessels similarly equipped here.

With this blog I try to look and see new details each day anew. So I need to confess I’ve neglected barge names. The barge below–moving paper to the recycling plant–is called Stars & Stripes. I thought that strange until it occurred to me that recycling reflects good citizenship, which is akin to patriotism.

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Sea Horse seems apt, although it makes me wonder if there’s ever been a Sea Mule.

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I might have overlooked this body of water; I don’t know of it.

 

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And I wonder what the story behind Peter R. Hearne is, given that most of its sister barges bear simply numbers.

 

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Cleopatra had a barge. check out this Cleo figurehead here!! I wonder what name Cleo actually gave to her barge.

And while I’m on barges, can anyone describe the difference between a barge and a scow?

All images by Will Van Dorp.

Blogging–you know this–means maintaining a log, with all the benefits. Here‘s what I logged a year ago.

 

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The solstice this year happens 12/22 at 1:08 am EST (6:08 UT). For this post, I wanted only fotos I took on the 12/21. Above a very crowded Arthur Kill: (foreground left to right) Thomas D. Witte, APL Virginia, Atlantic Ocean, Turkon’s Dilara Kilkavan, and a tiny work boat.

 

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And here’s more: aft of APL Virginia lies APL President Polk, Ellen McAllister at bow and Eileen McAllister abeam. And you thought the highways were jammed. And I wonder whether these containers hold spring fashions and summer clothes.

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It’s 4 pm here, already dark at nine hours before the solstice; 182 days from now, come summer solstice, folks will lie still sunning themselves. Peace on earth, calm at sea, and quiet at anchorage . . . like the crew on this Reinauer tug and barge.

Only 91 short but lengthening days til spring!!!

Photos, WVD.

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