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People on land like to look out over the water.  Folks working on the water need to pay attention to water spaces, but sometimes they study the banks too.  Here’s the town of Castleton-on-Hudson, east of the river.  I should visit and walk around town one of these days.

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So let’s follow Brooklyn down through part of the Hudson River Valley and see what we see.  The two bridges here are the Castleton Bridge and the Alfred H. (not E.) Smith Rail Bridge.  

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Can you guess this busy port?

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Above is Coeymans, another place to visit.  And below is Coxsackie, west of the river.  Residents of this town signed a declaration of independence and called for opposition to the intolerable acts of the British Parliament from more than a year before that other document by the same name was signed in Philadelphia.  I should go there too.

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What house is this in southern Athens NY?  I was there once, but I need to return there too.

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I think this is the old Lehigh Cement plant.

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I believe this is Clermont, a Livingstone home and supposedly where Robert Fulton docked his North River Steamboat so much that the house name started being applied to the boat.

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Saugerties Light . . . I met one of the keepers last week.  Wanna stay over?  Here’s the info.

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I’m looking to identify the building in the next photos, all between Saugerties and the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge.  Any help?  I know Bard College is nestled in along there, and I’ve been there a long time ago.  Maybe I should go back.  What buildings are these?  Maybe they’re just conspicuous private homes whose owners wish to remain anonymous.

A.   ?

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B.  ?

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C.  ?

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D.  Blithewood Manor, another building on Bard’s campus?

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E.  ?

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And finally, on the west side of the Hudson, beyond the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge or George Clinton Memorial Bridge, that “castle” on the midsize mountain is the Mount Community at Bruderhof. That George Clinton is here, uncle of DeWitt of canal fame, and not related to this George Clinton, I suppose.

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Will Van Dorp took all these photos.

 

In the drizzle, BBC Alabama awaits cargo in Port of Albany.

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Pocomoke transfers cargo,

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Brooklyn heads south,

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Hudson Valley sentinels keep vigil no matter

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how much rain falls,

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Doris hangs with Adelaide,

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as does Coral Coast with Cement Transporter 5300,

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Strider rests from striding,

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Union Dede docks at a port that 10 years ago was sleepy,

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HR Pike (?) rests on rolling spuds,

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Saugerties Light houses B&B guests,

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not far from Clermont, home of the father-in-law of the father of steam boating on the Hudson and then the Mississippi,

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Comet pushes Eva Leigh Cutler to the north,

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Spooky‘s colors look subdued in the fall colors, and

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two shipyard relatives meet.

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Will Van Dorp took all these photos in a 12-hour period.

Most paraders don outlandish costumes, like this one . . . how could there be a chicken-of-the-sea

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named Lady Gaga.

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And these next two photos MIGHT puzzle you . . . since the woman in black shorts and boots seems to command a lot of attention even though she is not particularly be-costumed.

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Lots of attention and with a weird parasol.

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Besides music and dance, I enjoy the costumes–however over-the-top or under-the-bottom– they may be.  Even librarians dress up and carry conventional parasols, as

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do museum folk.

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And it’s fun, except for the man in blue shirt blocking half the street and bombing lots of my photos;  I’m sure I’m not alone in finding that just loutish.  His press pass can’t license him to photobomb that shamelessly, can it?  Maybe someone with a press pass can weigh in on protocols for photographers at events like this?

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Sometimes paraders break out of the procession and pose with the kids at the parade.  I like that.

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If you haven’t seen the 1979 movie called The Warriors, here’s a reference to that.  I like that movie now because it depicts what parts of the city are said to have looked like 40 years ago.

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Well, start counting down the days until the 2017 parade and make plans to be there.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.  If you didn’t recognize the woman in the black shorts near the top of this post, here’s the story.

Meanwhile, here’s my second shorter recording of Gypsyfunk Squad.  Here was the first one.

Soon after this shot, the queen of hearts and troupe danced for the judges with this on a loud sound box.  That makes for a good day, even though I can’t remember Alice, a rabbit, or the dormouse.  But that’s one of the things I love about the parade . . . good music and dancing.

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After then parade, Gypsy Funk Squad played on . . .  Here’s my phone-recorded sample of King Jack Neptune playing the oud, with a mermaid queen, percussion and dancers.  Hear more oud–related to the lute–here.

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Of course, Dick D. Zigun, honorific mayor of Coney Island,  always leads off the parade with his drum and band.

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I’ve never seen this sort of Mexican dancer in the parade, but they surely raised the bar for quality.

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And of course, mermaids can make politics much more palatable than most politicians or media marketeers.

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But mostly, it’s exuberant music and ecstatic dancing.

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How many starfish have you seen trumpeting?

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And high octane drumming overcomes stasis.

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Enjoy the photos, the solstice, and the strawberry moon.

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Click here for mermaid parade years and here for annual solstice mermaid migration years.

All photos here by Will Van Dorp, who WAS a judge!

 

Here was a previous series called “landmarks.”

Houma at the 5.

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Brooklyn passing Robbins Light, with the tallest Queens building in the background and the newest hill on Governors Island–snow-covered–in between.

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James Turecamo passing the 3.

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Dace Reinauer  . . . the 30.

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The current Dean Reinauer  . . . south of Robbins. Click here and scroll for the previous Dean.

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Bering Sea with DBL 29, sans watermarks.

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Ditto Maryland.  Here are some photos of Maryland 2008 and earlier.

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Also . . . with landmarks, Mediterranean Sea . .  .  compare her here in a photo taken almost exactly three years ago.

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Evelyn Cutler at the KV buoy pushing Edwin A. Poling.

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And Pelham with my favorite bridge.  Does anyone know what the rectangular structure off Pelham‘s stern is?

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As the last photo for today, without watermarks or landmarks, where is Peter G. Turecamo?  For some of you this will be easy.  I didn’t initially know.  Answer soon.

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The photo of Peter G. Turecamo comes from Dirk van der Doe.  All others by Will Van Dorp.

 

I’ll ditch the parody of the title of a book and movie I’ll forego.

The temperatures this morning were below 20 F and will go down to below 10 by tomorrow morning, and yet I was amazed by the routine activity happening on the KVK.  When this vessel was a greater distance off, I didn’t recognize it because of the apparently white hull, the whit/grayish glaze of February.

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That color makes it hard to distinguish where hull ends and froth begins.

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Be careful if you’re out long in the wind-driven cold.

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Now known as Brooklyn, click here for photos of her making a convenience store stop on my rocky office terrace over six years ago.

Photos by Will Van Dorp, who’d love to see your ideas of either shades of spray or glaze of spray . . .  or some other variation on this  . . .. matter.

Here was the post I put up the day 343 arrived in the sixth boro, brand spanking new.  And below was a photo I took a few cold days ago when it seemed to be on routine patrol.

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Tony Acabono snapped the next two photos just before 0011 Saturday, and

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Ashley Hutto got this one just after lunch.  Note the NYMediaboat is on the scene.

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Here were some photos I got a few years ago of a land’s edge fire in a place where today there is no land.  Pier 17 is gone, for now.

Paperwork fueled the fire, it seems.

Thanks much to Tony and Ashley for these photos.  I took the first photo, where you can see the now-renovated Pier A.  To see some of the previous usages of this area, click here.   Right near there is also the dramatic Merchant Mariners Memorial by Marisol Escobar.

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.

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The new cranes arriving and the bridge their squeezing underneath are integrally related parts of the same story, as . . .

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… are the cranes and the dredging equipment in the background.  Note tug Specialist in the background

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Margaret Moran tends the port bow.

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Gramma Lee T Moran supplies the brakes and rudder.

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The ship completes its journey of thousands of miles.  Is it true that Zhen Hua 10 arrived here via Cape of Good Hope?

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On the same theme . .  here’s a handsome team of tugs, good paint all around.  Working on a tandem assignment?

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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.

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She’s being escorted in by Emily Ann . . .

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Crow and her sister Cheyenne DO have classic lines!

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Machines on shore were already staged . . . .

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while not far away a last spring seal lollygags on some warm rusty metal, once also a brand new machine.

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And on the other side of Staten Island rubble of a light indispensable a century ago adapts to a new life as a rookery.

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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.

Iron Mike . . . 1977 and 53′ loa  . . . has lots of character

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although I don’t know what engine/horsepower moves her.    Anyone?

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Haggerty Girls . . . late 2013 and a surprising 110′ and 4000 hp . . .  with RTC60 must be the newest tug in the sixth boro.  Click here for a photo of her first arrival in NYC.

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If we were talking birds, Pacific Reliance (red stacks) would be called an exotic, not common to this habitat.  Pacific Reliance  . . . built in 2006 and 121′ loa uses 9280 hp to  move her payload.  Alongside is Quantico Creek, 90′ loa launched in 2010 and rated at 3000 hp.

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Brooklyn, 76′ loa, launched in 2000 with 2000 hp has had lots of identities in her 14 years of service.

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And finally .  .   . dwarfed by the Lower Manhattan skyline in February, it’s Pegasus.

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Built in 2001, 75′ loa and rated at 1900 hp.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, yesterday, thanks to mobility by New York Media Boat.  Check them out here.

Finally, a relatively close-up foto of Katherine.

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Bruce A. McAllister pushes through the snowflakes, as do

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Blue Fin . . . still gray,

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Brooklyn and Patapsco,

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and finally Pegasus.

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And finally . ..  escuse the poor quality, but these are cam-captures of Miss Lis at the Gatun Locks last Thursday, six days ago.  Although it’s not legible here, the container at the bow of the barge reads “FLUOR.”  Let’s keep a watch for this tow at the Narrows in the next few days . . .  from the Left Coast and headed here for the Tappan Zee project, I presume.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

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