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How? you ask. Let’s back up four minutes. BW Hudson was making its final approach with Joan Turecamo and Laura K Moran assisting. Note the crewman outlined up on the bridge of the tanker.
You and I can afford the distraction way up by Manhattan: it’s Duncan Island bound for sea and Europe. It left Ecuador just over a week ago and spent only about eight hours in Red Hook.
Laura K was hitting the brakes hard as they approached the dock.
That was when the crewman readied the fist to
fling it up to the rail so that
the heavier line could thread the eye and
be secured to Joan so that she too could put the brakes on.
Then slowly and precisely, the tanker was
pinned to the dock. A lot more goes on in a docking, like dock line handling . . . but I’ve already covered that here.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp. If I read it right, BW Hudson arrived here directly from the Gulf, aka the Persian Gulf. If you’re wondering why an Ecuadorian reefer vessel would be called “duncan island,” here’s an explanation for a place that’s also called Pinzón Island.
Here was 2, nearly three years ago. I could also call this “some of the parts,” which is what I show . . . and you guess the rest.
We start with an easy one; answer will be clear once you get through a half dozen or so.
The ladders are distinctive.
I airbrushed out the first name.
If you were out on the sixth boro today, you might know these next ones.
The gray one is Newtown Creek.
Not the same vessel as above. Note the light at the Narrows far right.
Purrty sail! And then the answers.
Top one was the schooner Pioneer.
“Gunboat” catamaran Tiger Lily
And here’s the prize for putting up with my format: America 2.0 heeling over in the stiff breeze of the Upper Bay this afternoon.
All fotos taken today by Will Van Dorp, who didn’t even expect to be here today.