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This is the second of three digressions I’m making from the GWA series, and what a digression it is.

How can one postpone posting these photos of the largest ever single unit transported by barge down the Hudson!  And with outstanding photos like these.  By the way, the first two, by Glenn Raymo are available to purchase here.

I post about this cargo, which has been covered extensively on FB, because not everyone enters the labyrinth called FB.

Two of the same tugs made the high profile tow to Rochester via the Erie Canal earlier this year as seen here.

When this tow entered the Kills, many hours later, the passed the salt pile,  where Brian DeForest took these shots.

Click on the photo below to read the banner, part of which says “union built in the USA.”

Hats off to all involved.  Many thanks to Glenn and Brian for photos I couldn’t chase.

Click here for more prints by Glenn.

Previous photos of Mister Jim here, CMT Otter here, and Helen Laraway here.

Sometimes I have to ‘fess up:  I miss lots of stories in the sixth boro even though I might know of them.  And here’s another one:  I first noticed the tops of cranes on the south side of the Goethals Bridge a couple of years ago on the rare occasions I drove to work, but that old bridge–much as I admit to liking the name and the connections to both Brooklyn and Panama–has narrow lanes and used to have potholes that once cost me a tire and rim even though I saw myself steering into it.  I did that because with a truck beside me, there was nowhere to go.

Anyhow, thanks to Brian DeForest for this photo he sent me back in July 2014.  This section of the AK is not one I regularly see, although I know some of you see it regularly.

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The rest of these photos all come from Thomas Steinruck, to whom I am grateful.  The new bridge is taking shape.

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A new day dawns for commuters, and it can’t come too soon.

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Happily, there’ll be a walkway over the bridge too.  All the above views look toward Staten Island, and

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these show a bit of New Jersey too.

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And here’s a panoramic shot, showing the new bridge, the old Goethals, and the AK Rail Bridge, with the gantry cranes of Howland Hook off to the right side.  I used to regularly get shots of the Howland Hook terminal and the AK Bridge from the other side, like here.

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Many thanks to Brian and Thomas for these photos.  Thomas took these last six since the beginning of 2016.

For my previous posts on bridges, click here.

Here was the first in this series.

The first three photos below–Weeks 535 to the left and Weeks 529 to the right–I took on December 3, 2013.

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The rest of the photos here–taken by Brian DeForest–show cranes including Weeks 535 taken in mid-July 2014.  Note the orange-helmeted man at the lower left point in the crane barge hull.

 

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Here are the cranes of Howland Hook where Grande Morocco 

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prepares for her run along the coast of West Africa.

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Finally . . . a unique perspective for landlubbers . . . Weeks 573 working on the Goethals Bridge southeast side.

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Many thanks to Brian for these photos.

 

There are birds . . .  .  like (?) this winter plumage loon and

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this common merganser male.  And

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there are birds . . . here.  The rest of these photos come from Brian DeForest.

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What I’d still like to see this winter is one of these, though.

Many thanks to Brian DeForest for these photos.

 

Cape Henry at arrival . . . drawing between 12 and 13 meters with its holds

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full of salt to render area roads safe and savory.

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At departure for sea and points east yesterday afternoon . . .  she drew less than 6.

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She was assisted out by Marjorie and

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Ellen McAllister.

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All photos except the third one by Brian DeForest, whom I thank.  I took #3.

 

What’s this?  Answer follows.

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Ice . .  we love it in some drinks.  but on rivers and roads, it’s a nuisance.  Ice breakers try to keep strategic waterways open, and on roadways, salt is the weapon, but when the storehouse floor looks like this and

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and this, then you pray for another replenishment.   By the way, the top photo looks down into this hold from the exterior.

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Geography and time are  impediments, but so are well-intentioned regulations, as explained in this article.  We’re still a month from the start of spring this year, and according to the article embedded in the previous sentence, the state of NJ–I don’t know the info for NYC or NY–has used 1.5 times the amount of salt used all last winter.

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Many thanks to Brian DeForest of Atlantic Salt for all the photos in this post.

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These photos were taken on M/V Rhine last week.

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Currently the next vessel has arrived and  . . . more are in the offing.

Many thanks to Brian for these photos.

It’s high time for me to reread Kurlansky’s Salt.

Rhine is currently in port offloading salt given the reported shortage of the material.

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Lines were made fast Monday midday, just after Balder had left.

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In the past six days, Balder had come and discharged its dozens of thousands of tons of the stuff and gone.  As Corey Kilgannon reports in the first sentence of his recent NYTimes article, “Pass the salt, please” describes the business plan here.

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This is what international trade looks like, whether it be Islandia heading out under a leaden-gray afternoon or

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these unidentified vessels departing recently at dawn.  In the photo above, the dry-docked vessel in the background is USNS Pomeroy, T-AKR 316.

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The first three photos are used with permission of Brian DeForest.  The others are by Will Van Dorp. And obviously, none of these photos were taken today, as another type of white stuff descends upon the harbor.

This post marking a personal milestone passed already five years ago.  Today’s post marks the fact that now I’m officially old enough to opt for the thin slice of retirement money or a senior price ticket on New Jersey Transit.

The photo below shows one of my high points of my past year.  I’m the more enclosed guy with the black cap.   And you might wonder where this is?

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Here are two clues that’ll help you situate that high point, the aluminum portion and the

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steel.

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And here I’m standing on the edge of a trough.

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Many thanks to Chris Ware for the top photo and to Brian DeForest for the one directly above.

I am deeply grateful for a chance at another year of living  . .  . exuberantly.    Here was seven years ago.

This is the series for photos from all over.

First, from Bob Stopper, who makes it his business to –among other things–document Erie Canal life up in the  county where I grew up, it’s  . . . can you guess what’s under all that snow?

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It’s a hibernating Grouper.  I’ve done more than two dozen posts on this boat, which I keep hoping comes back to life.   Here’s a post that shows her working on the big lakes, the northern coast of the USA.

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And from the Maraki crew currently getting their passports stamped in the Conch Republic . . .  some Stock Island residents . . . like Robert W. Tomlinson (ex-YT-399 Numa) and

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Dutch tug turned yacht Itinerante (ex-Havendienst 1, Vulcanus).

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Here’s one of my photos:  that’s Iver Foss tailing the big ZPMC Shanghai-built crane as RORO Hoegh Shanghai follows them in through the Narrows last week.

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Some photos from Brian DeForest . . . Joyce D. Brown delivering a crane barge as

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RORO Don Juan rolls some vehicles off and some others on over in Port Newark.

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Here’s are two photos lacking a photographer both showing Tradewind Towing Rachel powering USS SS Mount Washington AOT-5076 on its final voyage.  The photo below I screen-grabbed from the Crystal Serenity, which is now off Japan.   Mount Washington is at the scrapyard and Rachel is preparing for the next job.

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This photo comes from the Gatun Locks webcam.

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Bowsprite caught these three last week:  apparent L to R, Arabian Sea, Mediterranean Sea, and Patricia in Red Hook.

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Thanks to Bob, Lucy my sister, Franco for standing in the cold with me at the Narrows, Brian, bowsprite, and the remote cameras for these photos.

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?

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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

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here’s the arm conveying salt onto the pile.

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I’m sure this has a technical term, but I’ll call it the bracket that supports the arm when not in use.

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And here’s a view into the traveling wheelhouse and

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the hold.

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Here is engine room info.

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Finally, here’s Quantico Creek as seen from the bridge wing.

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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?

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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”?

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