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Here’s what I did two years ago.  And here’s what I did last year.

This time I’ll do it differently, as post –more or less but close–the first and last photo I took each month, starting below with Buchanan I entering the Narrows on January 1 not long after sunrise.

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And I won’t mention each date, but this was January 28 just before midday, Durance entering the KVK with Laura K Moran taking the stern.

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Winter sees fishing boats like Eastern Welder in the Upper Bay, adding to the regulars in the anchorages like Asphalt Star and Emma Miller.

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If you’ve forgotten how cold it stayed throughout the month of February, here are two photos from just off the Battery

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taken on February 28.

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James Turecamo ushers in March, actually that was March 6, and there’s still snow on the ground.

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At the end of the month, Grey Shark was in town for repairs, an extended stay.

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April 1 saw Margot continuing to extend NYS Marine Highway right through the sixth boro . . . the same day that

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Kismet enters the cold waters after leaving its lair in the Caribbean.

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April 29 . . . I finally caught Simone in the harbor . . . here tailed by MSC Monica.


All photos by Will Van Dorp.
 

When Walter’s building looks like this in the center of the island,

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the sixth boro looks like this.   Here Ava Jude pushes a Hughes barge past Ruth M. Reinauer wedded to RTC 102.

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Eastern Welder fishes as Emma Miller services Asphalt Star.

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Wolf River does hydrographic work while

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Chesapeake Coast lighters Elixir, and just beyond

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Amazon Brilliance belies her name.

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Awaiting orders or favorable tide and each with a barge, it’s McAllister Sisters and McKinley Sea.

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Here’s to hoping for fog to dissipate.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

OOps!  I used “star”  title already back five years back.

Some of you can read the name of the black mystery vessel;  the one off its stern appeared in this blog at least as early as August 2007.  Today’s McAllister Responder was one of triplets delivered in 1967 to Esso Shipping.  See her here in Exxon colors; actually as you scroll through, be aware that the sixth foto down is filched from this blog . . . Auke!!?@#.

Assisting in this job is another of the triplets, Charles D. McAllister.  Here are Auke Visser “compiled” fotos of her way back.  Any guesses yet what the mystery ship is?

A clue is that the larger vessel is black like bitumen

because that’s what it transports.

Yesterday she was sashayed away from the dock for

the anchorage a lot

lighter, I suppose, than when she arrived.  I guess that makes

her an  . . . emerging star?  Summer is “road work season” here, so I’m guessing that’s the ultimate use for her trade.

A rising Asphalt Star, at least until it takes on its

next cargo.  Excuse this one, but if I watch her on AIS, does that make her

a star of the little screen?    The real stars here are the crews, as today is the Day of the Seafarer.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

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