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Note about ongoing voting below.  Also, previous “cranes” posts can be found here.

I’ve long included photos of Chesapeake 1000 but never devoted a post to it.  These posts here and here from seven years ago are my favorites, largely because my camera and I just happened onto the lift while prowling at night, not a common time for me to be out.  Is it possible that was already seven years that that WTC antenna went up?!!

So yesterday morning, I left home early for a midmorning rendezvous, and this is what I saw.

Mary Alice handed the Chesapeake 1000 off to Thomas,

who took the crane under the VZ Bridge and

toward the cliffs of the Upper Bay, including the WTC with the antenna it assisted the lift for  . . . seven years ago.


As is always the case, there’s a lot going on in the sixth boro.

All photos by Will Van Dorp, who reminds you that the polling for my 2020 calendar pages is ongoing.  You can see all the choices in these posts;  ultimately you and I will choose one photo for each monthly calendar page.  Polling ends on December 21, when I send the order in.  Again, to vote, just put the letter for each month in the comments or send it in an email to me.  Moreover, for the December page, I’m soliciting photos from you;  rules here.

“Here are guidelines:  a qualified photo for polling must involve a vessel and a non-verbal detail(s) identifying it as having been taken in a December.  I hope that’s ambiguous enough to keep it interesting.  Whoever sends in the chosen photo . . . to be determined no later than December 21, also gets a photo credit and a free calendar.  Another option is for me to choose a December photo from a previous year.  See what I’ve done in the previous 13 Decembers in the archives;  the location near the bottom of the leftside navigation bar allows you to select any month going back to November 2006.”

Thanks to all of you who have already voted.


I take a lot of photos.  A few are extraordinary, IMHO.  The photo below ranks among that select set.

Above and below, it’s Jonathan C Moran.  Sharon Sea heads for sea above.

Atlantic Salvor takes yet another scow filled with dredge spoils out to the dumping grounds.

Atlantic Dawn heads out.

Emily Ann tows Chesapeake 1000 down toward Norfolk.

St Andrews moves a petro barge.

Frances has a headline to a barge in the anchorage.

Two Vane boats wait in Gowanus Bay.

And James D. has a line onto ONE Stork.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.


Behold the Atlantics  . . . being A Salvor with the dump scow Witte 4003  and

A Enterprise . . . with the Chesapeake 1000. It’s delightful to see them now as twins, which they are, but hadn’t appeared to be.  Before we move to the next pictures, though, what are the “poles” beyond the dump scow?

The ridge is the highlands of Monmouth County above with West Bank Light below.

Mary Alice and Atlantic Salvor have been shuttling quite a few dump scows the past few weeks, it seems.


Caitlin Ann–which I first saw as Vivian L. Roehrig and later as Caribbean Sea— followed Enterprise in.

Different day, different towing arrangement . . . Atlantic Salvor returns with a light dump scow Weeks 258.

Caitlin Ann heads under the Bayonne Bridge, past its dismantled piers.

And the “poles” belong to  L/B Vision coming into the harbor with

her 95′ spindly spuds.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

See the two big shoes on the Nadro Marine barge pushed by Margot?  You might also call them “pedestals” for the New York Wheel.  Those are size 110-ton shoes.  A little over a month ago, NY Media Boat caught the legs arriving, the legs which will wear these shoes.


Here’s a close up with two crew getting prepared to offload these shoes.


Chesapeake 1000–which you’ve seen working here and here–did the lift.  In the photo below taken just prior to the shoes’ arrival, Chesapeake 1000 is offloading the “multi-axle” furnished likely by Supor.  Sarah Ann assists with the swiveling of the large crane.


Here’s a closeup of the multi-axle (there’s likely another name for that, but I don’t know it)


and the drone that someone is using to document the transfer of cargoes.



Here Margot finesses the Nadro/McKeil SV/M 86 with the shoes to the lift point.


Here’s another view of the same, looking east.




At this point, the barge is 110 tons lighter as the shoe is lifted and moved carefully onto the dock.


All photos by Will Van Dorp.  More shoes to come, although my Canadian cousins call them “boots.”

Click here for some details from  And since it’s always good to see more Margot, click here.

The first six photo here comes from Jonathan Steinman, taken on June 13.  The Donjon tugs has delivered Chesapeake 1000 to a point just off Rockefeller University’s campus to prepare for lifting prefabricated modules for Rockefeller’s River Campus.


Step one for Donjon is to secure the gargantuan crane.


Then Atlantic Salvor moves into place to


receive the massive anchors, a job that Salvor may be IS uniquely qualified to perform.




The yellow lighted buoys mark the anchors’ positions.


By the time I got there on June 17, sans camera other than phone, several of the modules had already been lifted from the waterborne transport into the locations where they’ll stay for a very long time.  See time lapse of the installation of modules 1 and 2 on youtube here.


A dozen more modules will still be lifted when


water, tidal, and atmospheric conditions allow.

Click here for more information of the River Campus project, one of many construction sights to behold along the East over.  A calendar of additional lifting can be found here, subject to change.

And many thanks to Jonathan for use of his photos and information about the project.  Next time, I’ll bring my good camera.

Previous sights to behold there can be found here.

And while we’re on the topic of heavy equipment, here’s a vimeo update of of invisible gold project happening off Block Island.  I want to get back there soon.



Call this  . . . everything but the kitchen sink and ballast water.

I’m still arrested by the thought of the squeezing pressure on this hook dangling from the boom of Chesapeake 1000 and all the loads its carried.  Click here and here for that hook and crane on other gargantuan jobs.   Here’s one more.


Seas . . .  check out the “must-read”  article by Keith Gessen in the Dec, 24 & 31 New Yorker.  “Polar Express:  A Journey through the Melting Arctic, with sixty-odd thousand tons of iron ore,” and the odd there is significant.  On the voyage from Murmansk to Huanghua, Nordic Odyssey traverses seas by the names Barents, Kara, Laptev, East Siberian, Chukchi, Bering, of Okhotsk, of Japan, East China, and Yellow . . . and that’s more than seven.


And finally from Astoria on the West Coast, could the sixth boro some year have a new year’s concert like this described by Joanne Rideout of the Shipreport?


All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

The sixth boro’s blue Friday this year is . . . of course  . . . the day after Thanksgiving, notable because that was the day DonJon blue Atlantic Salvor re-entered local waters from Montreal with a barge of Canadian-fabricated segments for the WTC1 antenna.    So . . . last night, three full weeks after that arrival, here’s what I stumbled upon over near Pier 25.  Around 9 pm, the huge Christmas tree-crane called Chesapeake 1000–same one that deposited John B. Caddell into the waters earlier this week–arrived, and splashed workboat Green Bay into the river.


Brian Nicholas assisted in positioning the 1000.


I shot this looking mostly south from Pier 25.   The multi-color tower is WTC-1 in holiday lights, soon to be crowned with the assembled portions of antenna.


From this angle, I might talk myself into thinking the 1000 could just land the segments atop the tower.


I shot this looking north from the area of Stuyvesant High School.  That’s Sarah Ann tending Witte 1407.  Here’s Sarah Ann when she was orange as a safety vest and operated as June K.   My anthropomorphizing brain sensed that last night this 10-year-old tug felt very honored.


And the crews . . . seemed intent, careful, and equally honored.  At least four crews were there:  Donjon, Supor, safety folks, and then the bloggers and scribes and documentarists.   Greetings, Marcus.


Again, I’m shooting south from Pier 25.  Borough of Manhattan CC is to the left.


I’m wonder the weight of the hook and block . . . 15 tons maybe?


I’m guessing mostly Supor crew here begin to secure the segment for the lift.



At this point, I had to leave for a few minutes.  By the time I returned, the safety crew had blocked access to my former locations and the lift had already occurred.


The 230′ boom of the 1000 landed the antenna segment onto the trailer waiting in the southbound lane of 9A, West Street.   Click on that link to see the 1000 lift a retired sunken Staten Island ferryboat.



This foto is taken with my back to BMCC, looking across West Street and toward the river.


Here the Supor trailer–with at least 64 tires NOT counting those on the tractor–prepares to turn east onto Harrison Street . . .


and then south onto Greenwich Street.


The tower to the right side of the foto–colors now dimmed–will receive this segment.


As the train proceeds south down Greenwich . . . notice the WTC1 again, above that green reflection.


Once the construction is complete and –say–10 years from tonight, I hope that we remember the crews who worked this night–and have been working for weeks– to position these materials.

Indulge me . . . I have a bit of unfinished doggerel:

‘Twas 10 days before Christmas

And all lower Manhattan

Seemed gathered the the business

Of drinkin’ and eatin’ and chattin,’

But down at the docks

Near Pier 25

A company of workmen

Was making some barges come alive.

Bowsprite in boots . . . I in my cap,

And artist, riggers, and an engineer

Delighted to watch, had fotos to snap

It brought us good cheer . . . .

All fotos by Will Van Dorp. Apologies to Clement Clarke Moore for my partial parody.

It’s noteworthy that Chesapeake 1000 and this lift is happening about 200 yards from where where the Weeks crews almost four years ago fished US Airway Flight 1549 out of the river, then again delivering the plane ultimately to J Supor crews as well.   Click on that link for that long-night tugster report.

Good golly . . . what hangs there?  Find a color clue  in the lower left corner as to ownership of the crane, …

Why . . . it’s Miss Holly aka these days as Paul Andrew. If you click the Paul Andrew link, check Sarah Ann. And if you own a crane like this, who needs a dry dock to lift a vessel into the high and dry?

Paul Andrew (ex-Miss Holly) built in 1968, 63′ x 23′ x 8 draft and 2400 hp.  Anyone

have fotos of

Miss Holly hanging around?

Sorry, but I couldn’t resist.  Nor could I resist listening to Little Richard Miss Holly . . . er something.

Top three fotos (taken in March 2008) taken by Mr Bill Benson of Hydrographic Surveys.  Thanks much, Bill.  The last two, by Will Van Dorp.

Unrelated:  A peak moment in 2009 for me was seeing Onrust lowered from a crane into the Mohawk for its very first float event.

<<Only 17 hours left as of now to bid the PortSide fundraiser…. catered dinner with Bowsprite and Tugster.  Bid now here.>>

More on what defeated the “gloomy Junie” bugs in my head  . . . . and I know the fotos lack winter-sharp clarity, but if I attempted to shoot these today, quality would be even less sharp, given the intermittent rain.

The three men below focus on the business-end of the cutter suction dredge Illinois.  That cutter-head begs to serve as inspiration for a horror movie.  Brangus is one of two associated tugs, the other being Jack Newman, shown yesterday.


Here’s the rest of Brangus and more of Illinois.  When the toothy end of the dredge burrows into the bottom of the Bay, the large rectangular object (motor and gears?) submerges as well, like a woodchuck’s tail following the digging claws.  More dredge fotos soon.  Can anyone educate me on what I’m looking at in these fotos?  In the background is the bow of Horizon Challenger, an old container ship built in 1968!  I could do more on Horizon Challenger.


The sixth boro’s oldest (and possibly most active) schooner Pioneer scuds into the choppy East River lowering the foresail.  It does look like it’d be fun to sail on a day like this.


The pennant snaps in exhilaration, but is that the desired angle for the descending gaff?  Don’t misunderstand my intent:  bravo to the jaunty crew.


DonJon’s Mary Alice tows the massive Chesapeake 1000 as Megan Ann provides assist at the stern.  Chesapeake 1000, the largest floating heavy-lift crane on the East Coast, has participated in efforts ranging from post-Katrina clean-up, salvage of Stellamare, and demolitions/construction more than I know.  Anyone have Chesapeake 1000 stories to share?


James Turecamo quickly passes products tanker with a top-of-the-hierarchy name:  Archangelos Gabriel.  I harbor affection for this 1969 Matton Shipyard built tug.  By the way, Matton Shipyard, walking distance from Waterford,  this August will launch the WOW fleet tour.


It always makes my soul jolly to spot Odin, especially after what seems like a too-long hiatus.  Have I been away, or has Odin cleft (cloved cloven?)  other waters on assignment?


Paul T. Moran waits on the hook, as does Socrates in the background, a 2008 Panamax tanker of the TEN group.


So here’s a mystery.  As was the case a few years ago, a vessel of the Japan Coast Guard docks over in Brooklyn near the Heights/Red Hook line.   Provisioning, I assume.    Anyone help?  Yeah . . . I’m not proud of the quality of photography here;  some days I can only privilege content.


All fotos by Will Van Dorp on June 17, 2009.

Getting all this torrential rain bodes well for a bright Saturday Mermaid Parade, or at least that “wishful thinking” part of me says.  If you can’t make it, at least wish someone a sparkling summer solstice . . . in however they choose to celebrate it.  I do the same to you right now with this foto from last year’s parade.


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