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Why gild the lily? Why articulate the mood?
These photos are the result of an hour’s worth of fooling around on a Lower Manhattan cliff top on a cold January afternoon . . .
looking toward the container ports and
the glittering salt piles.
I really should do this more often, and it beats
being where the wind can cut your skin.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Notwithstanding all that . .. sometimes the thought that a day is the first day in the rest of one’s life is superlatively vivid. Enjoy my pics and maybe you’ll get this sense also.
Sunday afternoon, Zhen Hua 10 enters the Kills. Does anyone know if “Zhen Hua” means anything? Note Manhattan and the tip of Bayonne to the left, and tug Brooklyn, Robbins Reef Light, and the boro of Brooklyn to the right.
The new cranes arriving and the bridge their squeezing underneath are integrally related parts of the same story, as . . .
… are the cranes and the dredging equipment in the background. Note tug Specialist in the background
Margaret Moran tends the port bow.
Gramma Lee T Moran supplies the brakes and rudder.
The ship completes its journey of thousands of miles. Is it true that Zhen Hua 10 arrived here via Cape of Good Hope?
On the same theme . . here’s a handsome team of tugs, good paint all around. Working on a tandem assignment?
My thought when I read the name on the nearer tug was . . . this is historic . . . Crow‘s last ride; the Bushey tug might also be in the last mile of its thousands and thousands in a half century of work.
She’s being escorted in by Emily Ann . . .
Crow and her sister Cheyenne DO have classic lines!
Machines on shore were already staged . . . .
while not far away a last spring seal lollygags on some warm rusty metal, once also a brand new machine.
And on the other side of Staten Island rubble of a light indispensable a century ago adapts to a new life as a rookery.
Many thanks to NYMedia Boat.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who will be transiting himself soon. Thursday I leave on a grand gallivant, and in early June–if all goes well– I start a new chapter working on Urger, that handsome young centenarian tug you see upper left at the top of the page.
I’d planned something else for today, but when Brian DeForest, terminal manager of Atlantic Salt, sent along these fotos –taken Sunday from a unique perspective, I scrapped my erstwhile plan. See the orange details in the foreground?
These are fotos from the ship, which is currently moving at 10 to 11 knots southbound off Cape May. That’s the Bayonne Bridge and
here’s the arm conveying salt onto the pile.
I’m sure this has a technical term, but I’ll call it the bracket that supports the arm when not in use.
And here’s a view into the traveling wheelhouse and
Here is engine room info.
Finally, here’s Quantico Creek as seen from the bridge wing.
Here’s a foto I took nearly six years ago on the KVK looking off the starboard bow of a large vessel of another time–a century ago–that used to engage in a salt trade out of Chile. Know the vessel?
Answer: Peking. Here’s one of six posts I did about that transit of Peking from Caddell’s back to South Street Seaport Museum waters.
Many thanks to Brian DeForest for all these fotos, except the last one.
A thought just occurs to me: Chile’s main salt port today is Patache. Could that word be a Spanish spelling/pronunciation of the word “potash”?
The days to use the westside pedestrian/cyclist lane of the Bayonne Bridge are winding down . . if plans are to be believed. And then, in 2014 or so when the work is completed, the walk/cycle lane will reside on the east side.
Note the bulb of a vessel appearing between the support members. I’m thinking that given the use of “flags of convenience” in this industry, this foto might make a suitable flag for an aquatic micronation like Republic of New Atlantis or Oceania.
Behold a possible 4892-teu vessel headed straight for the narrow channel at Mariners Harbor.
Fortunately, that trajectory will be modified by Amy C McAllister. But I wonder, what would happen if that bow tug should suddenly lose power.
That gray console on the portside bridge wing, can I cal that a bridge wing helm station?
Note the folded forward mast. Vessel is APL Oman. Any guesses where she was built? A clue is that builder is listed as a company named Daewoo.
Bruce A. McAllister acts as the starboard stern thruster.
She’s five days out of the Panama Canal. Here’s APL’s itinerary for the past two months:
|2012 August 19th, 13:00:31 UTC||New York|
|2012 August 14th, 04:00:44 UTC||Balboa|
|2012 July 29th, 00:00:08 UTC||Pusan|
|2012 July 27th, 08:30:05 UTC||Yang Shan|
|2012 July 25th, 00:30:49 UTC||Hongkong|
|2012 July 24th, 11:00:17 UTC||Yan Tian|
|2012 July 21st, 22:00:58 UTC||Yan Tian|
|2012 July 21st, 22:00:40 UTC||Hongkong|
|2012 July 19th, 22:30:28 UTC||Kaohsiung|
|2012 June 18th, 08:00:09 UTC||Norfolk|
The rotation is progressing well.
It seems the starboard bridge wing helm station is covered, so portside to the dock?
Color-coded overalls keep hierarchy pronounced?
While I’m up on my vantage point overlooking Newark Bay, I have a chance to see what else is around. From roughly far left to near right, it’s upper blue wheelhouse of DonJon boat, Bebedouro!!, an unidentified ferry, and Cashman’s drillboat Kraken.
All fotos taken today by Will Van Dorp, whose computers are happier than they were yesterday.
And the place of construction for APL Oman . .. Daewoo Mangalia in Romania!!
I took this foto at 15:40 yesterday, and I’ll call it “prelude to afternoon golden hour,” but this is a view of the turbine from the Battery Park direction. A few weeks ago, I recorded 18 minutes, so here’s more than twice that.
Although I noticed no harbingers of snowy December when I stopped briefly at the KVK this morning, my eyes were drawn beyond the barge and tug in the foreground. My attention went right past what I believe is Greenland Sea to the vessel in midstream. Could
it possibly be . . . Barents Sea? It’s been ages since I saw it move, and judging by
As I followed Barents back toward Mariners Harbor, I noticed another surprise . . . movement up on my favorite bridge.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp. Click here for a foto of Barents Sea and Atlantic Salvor in earlier lifetimes. Atlantic Salvor appears to be keeping Ken Boothe company.
Maersk Kentucky turns at least 90 degrees to starboard after passing under the Bayonne Bridge. Beyond Shooters Island lies the city of Elizabeth, NJ. More close-ups of Maersk Kentucky–eleven years running and a fifth of a mile long— tomorrow, but for now, she draws more than 30 feet max . . . and notice the mud trail she stirs up.
Here’s a satellite view of Shooters Island; I believe the vintage foto of Shooters I posted the other day was taken from midway between the A pushpin and the New York ramp of the Bayonne Bridge. Click on the satellite foto to see where things lie in relation to Manhattan. Most of the container traffic through the port of “New York” operates through Port Elizabeth.
Related: See Johna and Vladimir’s homage to the Bridge here.
There always needs to be a first time, for everything. Maria J (ex-Jesus Saves) did it for me . . .
my passing from innocence to experience. I picked the day, bridge dedication plus 80 years with vivid bridge shadow on the water. Land in the distance is Elizabeth, NJ; point on right is Bergen Point . . . a section of Bayonne, NJ that once was a farm of tanks . . . an orchard if you prefer.
Zim Virginia was the first ship
Happy dedication day! If you missed the link to the pdf published by the Port Authority upon the 75th anniversary, click here. Great vintage pics. If you missed the diagram of the planned approximately 80′ raising of the roadbed, click here.
All foto by Will Van Dorp.
So concludes this series . . . with total time elapsed from Qatar nosing around Bergen Point until Suez Canal Bridge‘s stern clearing the west side of the Bayonne Bridge . . . about 50 minutes. Furthermore, a fourth vessel–Seatrout–traversed in that same time period, as did RTC 135, moved by Nicole Leigh Reinauer.
So while you’re enjoying –I hope–these fotos, let me do some math. Using deadweight tonnage info available in that magic library called the internet, I total the cargo capacity of these four ships and one barge as . . . 223,157 tons. And I’ll assume (just an assumption for sake of discussion) that each of these vessels was at its peak capacity.
And if you’re wondering why none of these fotos were taken by the new camera, I was lugging it, but it confounded me by moving one of its own buttons and not working until I got home.
On Sunday, APL Qatar was tied up at the dock at Howland Hook.
Note the snow on the Elizabethport bank. Imari is the smaller vessel forward of AP Qatar. I wonder if she’s the only vessel ever named for export porcelain?? Given the marine environment, I can’t imagine feeling safe on a vessel named for a material so fragile, but I digress. And let me digress some more, the snowy bank a century ago was home to Crescent Shipyard, where an early generation of submarines was built. Click here for fotos and story.
As of this writing, Qatar’s already at the dock in Savannah after having arrived and departed Norfolk. By early afternoon Sunday, she had been backed down, nosed her way past Bergen Point and
Funding to change the bridge . . . wonder why tolls have recently increased on all the bridges over the sixth boro? Details on bridge modification–if it’s a done deal at this point–have been scant. Will the bridge have an 80th party?
Ever wonder what bridge was the longest steel arch prior to Bayonne’s acquiring that distinction in 1931? Before you find out by clicking here, a clue is that it’s also over a sixth boro waterway.