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My library for the time period January 1, 2012 until today contains 11,244 fotos. Starting from tomorrow, any 2012 fotos will be taken along the road. So I decided to choose ONE foto per month, quite subjectively and without regard for this foto having previously been featured here. I don’t claim these are the best of the month. Only 12 fotos, one per month.
January, Sandmaster . . . waiting to refuel. Today, Dec 22 . . . Sandmaster was out there doing what it usually does, mining sand.
February . . . Eagle Beaumont escorted in the Arthur Kill by Charles D. McAllister.
March . . . side by side, CSAV Suape and bulker Honesty, Pacific bound through the Miraflores locks, demonstrating graphically what panamax means.
April . . . red-trimmed Taurus west bound on the KVK, cutting past Advance Victoria. And just today, I saw Taurus, now blue-trimmed, heading north between Manhattan and Jersey City.
Choosing just one foto per month is tough, but for May, here’s Swan packed and almost ready to go hulldown toward Africa with these specimens of the Crowley, Reinauer, and Allied fleets.
June . . . Weeks Shelby tows shuttle Enterprise from JFK toward Manhattan.
July and an unforgettable 4th using Pegasus as subject under the rocket’s glare
August . . . and coal-fired Badger heads into the sunset . . . and Wisconsin.
September, and a parade of vessels including Urger and Buffalo leave the Federal Lock bound for Waterford. My inimitable platform here is Fred’s Tug44.
At the start of the Great Chesapeake Schooner race, crew is setting sail on the unique tugantine Norfolk Rebel. In the distance, it’s Pride of Baltimore 2.
Coming into the home stretch from Montreal, it’s Atlantic Salvor delivering segments of the WTC1 antenna.
And December . . . it’s Stena Primorsk looming over the USCG vessels. At this time, Stena Primorsk was impatient to load that first hold with “north dakota crude,” only to experience the malfunction that has left her temporarily disabled upriver, its outer hull gashed open.
Tomorrow I hit the road . . . gallivanting and visiting season. I thank all of you for reading, many of you for helping me get these fotos, lots of you for correcting my errors and supplying missing info. Happy New Year and let’s pray for much-needed Peace on Earth . . . .
So here’s the question . . . two locks, almost 3000 miles apart, Miraflores Esclusas in the Panama Canal and Poe Lock in the Soo. . . each recently traversed by a large vessel,
And let the record show that I would have gotten it wrong, but although their beams are the same, Mesabi Miner is 39′ longer than CSAV Suape! Mesabi is named for the mountain range it is involved in hauling away.
Panama fotos by Will Van Dorp.
The NPR station I support–WNYC–has been running an interesting BBC series called “History of the World in 100 Objects.” This has itself spawned a local variation called “the story of NY in 10 objects.” So far, WNYC has revealed 10, 9, and 8; more next week.
I’m curious whether the seven remaining will include water-related, sixth boro-linked items. Certainly, any ship that passes through the Narrows is emblematic of the story of this city. Any the vessels never stop! John Watson took these two this morning. CSAV Suape heads out, and
CMA CGM L’etoile arrives, for a short appointment for some container shuffling in the port of NYC/NJ. Suape‘s namesake is a Brazilian port, and the vessel, whose original name was MedBaffin, first floated three years ago off the Chinese island of Zhoushan. L’etoile . . . star, comes from Hyundai Heavy Industries in Ulsan. Vessels come and go, all weather and hours of night and day . . . a gauge of tireless trade.
NouNou, or are they the same?
St. John’s is the clue. Passing here is OOCL Norfolk.
on 1/31. Today she’s in Alexandria aka الإسكندرية, as in Egypt’s largest port.
NYK Meteor as focused on a chock, and then
the Golden Gate, and is headed . . . where in Asia?
And what would surround us in our daily NYC lives without the goods on these vessels?
Many thanks to John Watson for the first two fotos.