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Spring brings farmers and random green-thumbers to the fields, players to the parks and playgrounds, other folks to their gardens and yards, dancers to the streets, old and new vessels to splash into the water, landsmen and fraus to the pierheads, and fishermen and fotograffers for pleasant escapades along the riverbanks.  Boat crews spend more time on deck, where they can see to execute their work and take relief from it.  I last added to this series less than a month ago here.   Crew on Dynamic Express might be out to watch their escort as well as handle line.

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Deckhand on Miriam tends line on the h-bitt,

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and undoes it as needed.  Notice crewman at helm looking out port window.

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Crewman departs Zim San Francisco to rejoin Sisters,

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survey craft Wolf River currently has no one out on deck but their equipment lets them see where others can’t anyhow no matter who’s where,

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Enjoy the rest of these people on the boro shots:   Marion C. Bouchard,

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Houma,

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Ruth M.

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more Ruth M., which has an angular but interesting stern.

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Crewman on the sixth boro might call anywhere home, like this guy on Turkon Line’s Ecem Kalkavan as Taurus moves in with a bunker barge.

aapb10Crewmen from APL Japan prepare bays 54 and 55 to receive 20′ containers.

aaaapb9Actually, it’s time for me to get out there myself.  Later.

Images, WVD.

Bowsprite put up an interesting post recently of shots made sans tripod showing ships passing in the night as some runny ooze (oozy run?), but it’s pretty and she herself makes comparisons with fruitcake, which I like.  But I wish to show here that ships do NOT always pass in the night, do NOT always approach and separate without making a difference or lasting impression.  They also pass in the day, in the effulgence of 10 am springtime warm sun.  Like Zim San Francisco,

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Dynamic Express with its orange shimmer on the water that would give Monet inspiration,

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Dynamic Express neither upwind nor upriver but surely uplight,

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Zim San Francisco uplight,

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Atlas Valor being muscled like a heifer on a halter and

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struggling back against Rosemary‘s bollard pull,

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Azov Sea offloading not unlike a nursing mammal (the young here being IMTT Bayonne,

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with crew boat Matthew Scott passing above and Bismark Sea (I think this is a first appearance for Bismark Sea on this blog.) and Turecamo Boys passing below,

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and Jo Ask of

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somewhat web-secretive Jo Tankers.

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Some interesting statistics on the decline in shipping demand and prices can be had in this article from a recent issue of the New York Times.

Remember . . . ships do NOT only pass in the night.  I prefer mine in daylight, if I might choose.

Photos, WVD.

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