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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.
I had planned something different, and this foto is certainly NOT great, but . . . what it shows is River Wisdom Qingdao, China-bound and Duncan Island Red Hook, Brooklyn, USA-bound. They’re passing each other at sea level Pacific side just “south” of the Miraflores locks.
Here was River Wisdom about a half hour earlier. Any idea what she paid for the transit? Warning . . . I don’t know the answer, but I can come close. Number of vessel transits annually? Answer follows.
Some answers or attempted ones: PTCC Tortugas paid over $200,000 to transit the Canal. In cash. At least 48 hours in advance. The alternative is 8000 miles around Cape horn and about two additional weeks . . . . Richard Halliburton swam the Canal in August 1928. Took him 10 days. Cost him 36 cents!
For River Wisdom, New York PLUS 7 days put her here. Balboa PLUS 30 days will put her in Qingdao.
Might Duncan Island arrive with her bananas and other tropical fruit at the dock in Red Hook around March 22? (Just looked it up . . . they could be there already the 18th!!!.)
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, in the past two hours.