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Sometimes the shapes, hints and colors are enough.  You’ll see two more fotos of the ship farther down in this post.  Tug–I believe–is Mary Alice.

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Same vessel disappears off left as Atlantic Elm heads for the Narrows bound for sea as well.

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Leaving town she drew only

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about 14 feet.

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Here’s Baltic Mercur, the vessel disappearing over the horizon above.

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Other vessels in the sixth boro yesterday included Stena Poseidon turning and outbound,

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Torm Helsingor and Southport, 

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Grande Congo and Rio Madeira,

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and Overseas Texas City and an unidentified Vane unit.

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Notice the pairs . . . . it’s Valentine Day, and I see imminent kisses in places.

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And then there’s this . . .  if anyone gets a foto of Temptation with a capital T . . . I’d love it.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.  AIS capture credits to marinetraffic.com

For V’Day . . . check out this post from bowsprite and this one she inspired.

Here was 20.  Endurance is not your run-of-the-mill RORO

design.   In fact, I’ve never seen one like her.

Endurance and her eight sister vessels do government work, as described in their mission statement here.  It hauled “assets” out of the Gulf when that season came.   Click here to see which ports she’s visited in the past six weeks alone!

NYK Delphinus is regular NYK vessel that shuttles between the sixth boro and China (with some other stops) on a sixty-day RT schedule.

Here she left port this afternoon

bound for Norfolk and then the Canal.   Approaching sailing vessel is Ventura.

Sea Lady is a bulker that follows a very different route and rhythm, spending much more time in port, loading claw-full by claw-full of crushed cars and other ferrous  non-life.  Scroll through that link for some of the ports she’s seen in the past year.

Given the intriguing name, I’m sorry I couldn’t catch up with this less-than-one-year old box vessel, CMA CGM Samson.

And finally, over in Red Hook today it was Baltic Mercur.  Built in Germany a quarter century ago, she really does connect eastern US with the Baltic, including St. Petersburg.

All fotos taken this midday by Will Van Dorp.

Unrelated:  Following up on yesterday’s post about warping tugs.  Paul located and sent along these links showing almost century-old fotos of warping tug Alligator in good repair.  Click here and here.  Paul . . . again, many thanks.

No matter what the posts are this week, the backdrop is that around this time  three years ago I started this blog.  Now nine hundred fiftysomething (!)  posts later, the greatest gratification for me is the  sense of community I’ve gotten from my work.  I feel it!  Thanks to all who’ve read, commented, contributed info and/or fotos, and lurked.  If you’ve only read and lurked, great although I’d love to hear from you too.

Recent traffic has been heavy on Grouper, a 1914 tug that languishes upstate along the part of the Erie Canal where I grew up.  Click here for the details.  Anyone need a project for a mere $26,000?  I took the pic of Grouper in early November 2009, less than three weeks ago.

Fire Fighter, to date FDNY’s unit with the greatest gpm output,  cuts an impressive profile as she cruises Gravesend Bay.

LORO Baltic Mercur has an intriguing silhouette.

An unidentified tanker disappears out the Ambrose, way beyond the bow of barge Charleston.

Uh . .  Brendan (3900 hp), who are you trying to kid?  You’re no stand-in for Pati R, (5100 hp), at least from a “see-over” perspective even with your telescoping house.

And what you do NOT see in the offing of the sixth boro, large fishing vessels like this one, a midwater trawler like Challenger.  This foto was taken off the east end of Cape Ann.

A front page story in today’s NYTimes links Challenger and Brendan Turecamo, in a manner of speaking:  a guy catching a 157-pound bluefin from a kayak that weighs less than 30 pounds,  human-powered although it had to be registered as a motor vessel for him to get a tuna license,  Check it out; tuna have impressive bollard pull.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Here’s a herring song to hold you over til my fishing post:   version a and version b.  I prefer b.

Note:  Although I like assembling/looking at a random set of fotos, I’m aware that each one tells at least one good story . . .  only problem is that I don’t know the story, the very one that in fact I should.  These common unknowns overlay the pictures with a sense of mystery.  Maybe seeking the mysterious and exotic is why I keep doing this blog.  Of course I also do it because it completes me.

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