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I watched from the southwesternmost corner of Manhattan, near Pier A.

The sky made drama and Statue was nearly obscured.

Incoming container vessel MSC Charleston had to briefly delay its cargo delivery to allow this entourage to pass.

On the shore, loud and excited schoolkids–hundreds it seemed –got to watch the procession.  Who knows what impact it will make on them . . .  more on this at the end of the post.

I’ve never seen so many helmets on  a tug as were on Shelby today.

Time to get Enterprise up river, and

time for Little Lady to get passengers back to New Jersey.

The crane on Weeks 533 looks like it could lift the Statue

if need be.


and Elizabeth have fewer crew.  I wonder how much I’d have to donate to be a sponsor.

It’s time for Miriam Moran to get

a non-helmeted crew up there too.

All fotos of the starship and the star ships by Will Van Dorp.

Ray Bradbury, age 91, died today.  He had a profound impact on me.  And on why he started writing, here’s what’s reported:

“Throughout his life, Bradbury liked to recount the story of meeting a carnival magician, Mr. Electrico, in 1932. At the end of his performance Electrico reached out to the twelve-year-old Bradbury, touched the boy with his sword, and commanded, Live forever! Bradbury later said, I decided that was the greatest idea I had ever heard. I started writing every day. I never stopped.”

I’m grateful he got to meet Mr. Electrico.

Damaged?  Spamaged!  15:10:59?




The wind was howling!  Bravo to the crews of all the vessels, and Shelby . . .  the world’s only tugboat with wings.

Fotos by Will Van Dorp.

And this video is fine, but “unceremoniously aboard a barge “    what is this?  If a “barge” is regal for the diamond jubilee queen, why is it NOT for Enterprise?

Six weeks ago, the Shuttle Enterprise flew over the sixth boro; today the saga continued.

14:46 . . .  the tow moves through Grassy Bay and Winhole Channel with JFK Airport in the distance.  This too is the sixth boro.

14:51 . . . it passes just beyond the approach to the Beach Channel Swing Bridge of the A subway, yes . .  subway.

15:13 . . . with an assist from Susan Miller, the tow squeezes through and makes

for the Cross Bay Memorial Bridge, where several hundred watch . . . and are watched.  Folks on the bridge cheered and excited baitfish churned up the surface a mere 52 feet below.

Shelby leads and

Kathleen tails.   USCGC 47315 Sandy Hook flanks.

Whoever rode those subways got a show.   And given the challenge of fitting through the rail bridge on the gusty day it was, I guess it could be said that shuttle and tug crews demonstrated they could “boldly go where no shuttle has gone before.”

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

For John “Control Geek” Huntington’s take, click here.  We happened to be on the same bridge watching the same unique event and so mesmerized by it, we didn’t even realize we rubbed elbows!!

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