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Taken Feb 4 by Bjoern Kils . . . the spearhead.

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Taken this morning by bowsprite, the onslaught of frazil ice.  Is that Amy C. McAllister pushing the Bouchard barge? Anyone guess the light tug in front of Ellis Island?

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And taken yesterday by Allen Baker looking over the stern of Mediterranean Sea northward toward Albany, the state of the Hudson right now . . .

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ditto all . . . here’s the view from the wheelhouse of Mediterranean Sea.

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And as if by magic . . . some pics of the same unit by Allen from a remote vantage point . . . coming with

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a sign of caution, unheeded

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in this photo by Bob Dahringer of a coyote on ice up near Catskill.  According to Bob, “Stephen Reinauer was following us upriver, they said the poor thing fell into the water when they went by him, but he got himself out.”

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And finally . . . from Ashley Hutto and taken on Monday this week . . . the NSFW belle of winter in the sixth boro. . .

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Thanks to Bjoern, bowsprite, Allen, Bob, and Ashley for these reports on the ice.

I never thought there’d be a series starting here . ..  but she did take most of the photos below, so here goes . . . Quantum of the Seas  (hereinafter just Q) heading from Bayonne for sea but NOT before doing a doughnut in front of  . . . Lower Manhattan.

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Seeing Q turn in its length without the assistance of any tugs is remarkable, especially when contrasted with some of the SS United States and SS Leviathan pics here.

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Smaller tour boats scatter around the rotating Q.

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Click here for bowsprite’s shortie audiovideo of Q‘s whistle . . .  which to me sounds like a plucked bass chord.  Click here for her drawing of SS Normandie.

As to the “more” referred to in the title . . . I took these the other day at the LIRR station near my snow cave . . . the day after Juno left NYC mostly alone.  Rail movement creates so much more visual turbulence than water traffic.

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Thanks to bowsprite for use of her photos.

It’s been a while, since 32.

Bowsprite caught Genco Progress headed upriver on Dec 27.  Today the Hong Kong-registered vessel is in  . . . Honduras.

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Here . .  she photographed Oslo Bulk 5 also heading north.  Today the Singapore-flagged bulkier is passing Miami bound for the other side of Florida.

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You might remember a similar photo of Orange Ocean last week from Fort Wadsworth.  Right now the Liberia-flagged juice carrier is at sea bound for the juice port of Santos. Here are some other juice carriers.

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Last Tuesday this Liberia-flagged parcel tanker was in the Kills;  today Stolt Capability‘s in the Mississippi.

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And finally for now, a week ago Honk Kong-flagged MOL Expeditor had lost power departing Ambrose Channel;  today she’s traversing the Panama Canal for the Pacific, and if marine traffic is to be believed, bound for Pangani.  Pangani?  Might someone have punched the wrong info into the device?  Someone’s wishful thinking, perhaps?

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Don’t ask me, I’m just the photographer, as is bowsprite when she’s not an illustrator.  Thanks to her for the first two photos.

 

I gave up sending Christmas cards quite a few years ago, but I do put up a holiday post.  I look for festive scenes, and this year my pick  was not on a creek upriver, or on a barge on the river.  This year’s does not involve Rockettes per se . . . .  But right here on our very own Richmond Terrace, I did chance upon what might be an end-of-year dance.  I think bowsprite started it and she just charmed the red-clad deckhands

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into life!  Whatever bowsprite did, the deckhands mimicked!  I was so spellbound that I put down my camera and just watched, entranced.

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Seriously but not too seriously . .  be happy with yours and what you have.

All photos by Will Van Dorp, who wrote this version of 12 ___ of Christmas a few years ago and made a modest proposal here after an inspirational trip to Gloucester.   If you need some late gifts . . . or early ones for any event in 2015, check out bowsprite’s online shop here.

 

I’ll start with the greatest looking tug of all I saw.  It has a name, but I cropped it out and will reveal it as this post goes on.  But isn’t this a beaut?!!  It also has an evocative previous name.  Can you guess her vintage?

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I’m in the mood for puzzling today, so what’s this?  I know there’s no tug in this photo, but . . .

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now there is.  Check out the scale of those gift boxes!  Here’s the story of the Algiers Christmas bonfires. Scroll through here to photos 4 and 5 for last year’s Algier’s bonfire fuel.

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So here’s a closer up of the tug Bunker King passing the tanker Bow Trajectory, heading for Plaquemine.

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See the Algiers “gift boxes” over the stern of Cecilia B. Slatten?  See where she fits in her fleet here.   Can anyone explain what if any connections there are between Bisso Towing and Bisso Marine, who recently have had a project in NYC’s sixth boro?

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Freedom . . . there’s nothing in the sixth boro with these colors and artwork.

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M/V Magnolia . . . as night falls.

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Night falls on James Dale Robin and Kimberly Hidalgo.  Less than an hour earlier, prayers had been offered and champagne spilled over these two vessels and another, Dale Artigue.

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And nightfall means I should return to the beaut in the first photo . . . here it is with name restored, formerly called Havana Zephyr.  Check out this fabulous line drawing of her by Barry Griffin.

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Here’s the whole vessel as I saw it last week.  Such lines!  I’d really love to see a bowsprite rendering of those curves!

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Merlin Banta, which my defective eyes first read as ‘merlin santa,” came out of the St. Louis Boats yard in 1946, not long after the yard delivered a fleet of icebreaking tugs to the US Navy and then to the USSR!  If you click on no other links in this post, you have to see these icebreakers . . . last photo in a post I did a year ago here.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

Over a week ago I felt all the symptoms of impending illness, Gfever.  I suffer from that affliction quite a lot, as you know if you follow this blog.   It starts when I can’t sit for more than 15 seconds, atlases–paper or interactive electronic–beckon, the ear worms in my head are all about travel .  .  .  the only cure for this fever . . . Gfever  . . . is a gallivant.  And in this case, a Bayou Lafourche gallivant was the only remedy.  So from the airport any direction was fine as long as it was south.  Let’s cross this lift bridge and go . . .  farther than we did last time here.

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Of course, bowsprite came along and sketched hither and yon . . . and who could pass up Intl Defender!

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There . .  beyond the copse of backup rigs . . . it’s the boom town of Port Fourchon.

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And rather than understand first and write later, I’ll just put up a sampling of vessels I saw. . . .  Here’s off the bow of Delta Power (127′ loa) is Dionne Chouest (261′ loa).  A random assortment goes on with

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HOS Red Dawn (268′),

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Dictator (140′), Candy Bear (156′), and Candy Stripe (130′),

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the venerable Stone Buccaneer . . . ex-Eastern Sun.

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the brand-new 202′ Capt Elliott,

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a cluster that includes from l. to r. . . . HOS North Star, Seacor Washinton, C-Endeavor, C-Fighter, and Miss Marilene Tide.  The stern-to vessel in the foreground . . . I can’t identify.

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Looking like they’re aground and on the grass . . . it’s HOS Black Rock and HOS Red Rock, recent builds and each 278′.

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There are more and more . . ..

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in Port Fourchon, as seen here from the c-store looking over the trucks, the single-wides on stilts, and the vessels beyond.

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Many thanks to our guide, Aaron of Crewboat Chronicles, a blog I look forward to read all of. We knew Ben was around too . . . but in a short time, you can’t meet everybody.  Ben . .  catch you later.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.  Let me know whether you’re interested in another post from Bayou Lafourche.

 

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Many thanks to bowsprite for these photos;  Pretty Lamb raises the bar for unusual names.  Click here for more “pretty” fleet.  Or here:   https://tugster.wordpress.com/?s=pretty

Here was 1.  Part of my inspiration here is Paul’s hawsepiper blog, sorted here by the topic of bunkering.  Here’s bowsprite’s POV on this.  Another part of the choice here–other than muggy August weather–is the appearance of this story in Professional Mariner, for which I took the photos.  This post uses some of the other photos I took that cold, dark morning a half year ago.

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Behold a problem of having a dripping water hose too close to the fuel inlet.

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The crew of Capt. Log topped off quite a few tanks that morning, and

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printed out a ticket a the end of each job.

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Here’s the first post I did on Capt. Log, whose days delivering fuel as a single-skin tanker are numbered.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

All these photos come from bowsprite, who is known to scale the cliffs and trees of lower Manhattan to photograph and sketch the ships go by.  From auspicious time to time, she shares her photos with me, as she did recently.

Northbound . . . Stad Amsterdam in formation with a sludge tanker.

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This past Sunday she caught Topaz.  Some years back, I caught Skat, a yacht built by the same yard.

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Here and here were photos of Stad Amsterdam I’ve taken in recent years.

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The Intermarine vessel (Industrial Echo taken on April 6) is evidence of expansion of wind power generation upriver.  Thanks to David Silver for identifying the ship.

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In the foreground Gateway tug Bridgeport (Thanks for the help!)  and in the distance the all-knowing, never shrinking from difficult work Michele Jeanne.

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As we move through these photos, bowsprite must have descended the trees or cliffs, because here she’s incorporated early spring arboreal detail into her compositions . . . Gran Couva (with “lower” Jersey City) and

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Afrodite and Stad Amsterdam and

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Voge Freeway.

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For the current tip of bowsprite’s opus, click here.  For the most recent tugster post showing her work, click here.  Her photos clearly show the variety of large vessel traffic northbound between Manhattan and Jersey City/Hoboken.

I am grateful to bowsprite for her permission to use these photos.  To see and buy her work online, click here.

Care for a shot of Melville?  ““Take almost any path you please, and ten to one it carries you down in a dale, and leaves you there by a pool in the stream. There is magic in it. Let the most absent-minded of men be plunged in his deepest reveries–stand that man on his legs, set his feet a-going, and he will infallibly lead you to water, if water there be in all that region. Should you ever be athirst in the great American desert, try this experiment, if your caravan happen to be supplied with a metaphysical professor. Yes, as every one knows, meditation and water are wedded for ever.”

Paraphrase that a bit, take liberties,  and you might come up with:  “When you gallivant, chances are you’ll end up in the water.”  If Melville were around the sixth boro these days, he might add something about the likelihood of seeing folks with digital cameras and–if among those gallivants there’s a bowsprite–inks/charcoal pencils too.

The whale lives

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here, 100 miles plus east of the sixth boro’s easternmost reaches and if you go

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up these stairs marked by a rendering of the orange ferry John F. Kennedy, you’ll

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see this . . . 38 pieces of bowsprit’s art on display.

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The exhibit called “Working Girls of New York Harbor” is up now til the end of May.

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And if you feel a thirst that water fails to quench, the exhibit is located one floor above stainless steel vats filled with thousands of gallons of fermenting, living brews.

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Here’s the front of the exhibit postcard, with evidence that bowsprite has turned her gaze and inked what she saw in increasingly distant waters.

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Oh . .  and the opening’s tonight in Greenport.  Gotta run.   More Greenport soon.

All photos here by Will Van Dorp.

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