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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 . . . .

I’ve never seen or heard of Sam M before.  Anyone know what she’s doing in the boro?

Dramatic as this is . . . a few seconds earlier was even better .  . . that’s Maersk Montana.

Guesses on the tugboat on Eagle Beaumont‘s port bow?

The tug is not unusual in itself, but that it’s doing assist

work  . .. is something I’ve never seen.  Yes, there’s a line there connecting Stephen Scott to the tanker.

Maybe all other “assistants” were engaged elsewhere?

Charles D. McAllister solo was assisting British Harmony away from

the dock and retrieving the pilot.

The waters of the KVK seemed to call beckon me so strongly to come swim that I had to leave.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who wonders what became of Yemitzis.

And if you have an appetite for an youtube hour of Dutch tugboats in the rivertown of Maassluis . .  click here.

For a bit more context than yesterday’s post . . . I visited the AK twice yesterday . . . before my “shift”  started and at a break eight hours later.  Doubleclick enlarges fotos.

At 0651, I caught my first glimpse of Bayonne’s new landmark.

I know about the “green flash” at dawn and dusk;  I don’t know if there’s a counterpart term for this yellow spear pointing to the sun’s track.

The foto below of Howland Hook was taken less than a minute after the one above;  looking southwest v. east makes an amazing difference.   And this difference is much more noticeable on fotos than to naked eye.  I like the pink clouds in the orange morning.

Watching this diving bird (grebe) was part of my prep for a long work day.

At 1442, I took a break, and headed down the street to revisit the AK.  Marie J Turecamo (1968, ex-Traveller) was southbound on the Kill as Matthew Scott headed for the dredge.

And another type of orange flowed onto the scene . . . 830′ x 144′.

Eagle Beaumont, escorted by Bruce A. McAllister (1974, ex-Ellen F. McAllister) and McAllister Responder.

Thirty-six feet of her below the surface of the AK,

regally she passed, a huge cistern

to be avoided by all traffic

all around.

By this point, I was about halfway through my break.  More tomorrow.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Call this a 4000+ word post.  Arthur Kill is the complement of the much referred-to KVK, and it’s gorgeous, here at sunrise, just before 7 am.

I hope you agree what they say about the picture-word number correspondence.  If so, this post has about 4,058 words.


Here’s a dismal afternoon, 14:45 brightened by Eagle Beaumont.

More fotos of Arthur Kill orange tomorrow.

Back in the sixth boro, I prefer sunny, calm days when colors glow and the water mirrors not perfectly but does so adding intrigue.  Who doesn’t like those conditions?  Who wouldn’t want every taking of food to qualify as a dining experience, but that is just not realistic, at least in my world.

Darya Shanthi catches some dapples of sunlight here although the sky and water look sandpapered.

Sister tankers Strofades (nearer) and Sporades salute each other at IMTT Bayonne on the KVK.   Note the unique coloring on Strofades‘ hip, which

gets mimicked up forward too.  My immediate thought was the white tail splotches that distinguish one humpback whale from every other one.  Brendan Turecamo alongside.

The gray day, opaque water, and almost illegible ship’s name makes me expect that their VHF is also stxxatxxxicxxxckyxxx.

Bering Sea:  too bad I missed the foto of the K-Sea tug by that name passing the tanker.

Lakatamia is clearer than the washed-out Brooklyn background.

Linda Moran lighters off Eagle Beaumont.  Actually, I thought I saw Linda a few days later, but

on closer examination, I noticed it was a new one to me:  Lois Ann L. Moran, she born of the fire.  See her launch here;  not much happens until about 2:30 minutes.

Marjorie B. McAllister escorts Marie Schulte out to sea.

And, last but . . ..   here Explorer of the Seas heads out towards the Narrows from the Bayonne passenger terminal.  Seeing people afloat sometimes conjures up thoughts of the past, a different pace and rhythm, the glamour of ocean liners like those created by bowsprite here.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

I’m not talking about the identification number that all mass-produced boats since 1972 carry.  Nah . . .  and I’m only tangentially referring to the dimensions of this aframax lighter called Eagle Beaumont or her sisters.   Nor do I mean hull speed number.  For Eagle Beaumont, whom I’ll call EB  [I like Les’ suggestion to re-dub her E-Beau to distinguish her from similarly named sisters.],  some

of those numbers are as follows:  830′ x 144′ beam and 42′ draft, with big throbbing B&W power . . . whose measures I do not know.  Built in 1996, EB carries a max of 99,448 tons of crude, usually transferred into her holds from a larger tanker off-shore . .  if I understand this right.  For this reason, EB brings in a fresh load of crude more regularly than would be the case if she were loaded near the point of origin, i.e., a wellhead.  In the foto above and directly below, EB looks long and lean, svelte even.

Turning the angle, however, and the same vessel seems rather . . . more . . . uh .  . zaftig, like the last painting below.

And the same is true if we get a full frontal peek.  She is full.  But, female or male, we all have certain angles

that serve our needs although from which we’d rather not be seen.   Pfffft!  EB, your beauty just glows and warms me and all the waters in the Kills, and I love that.  You’ve told me a whole lot more already than AO ever did.

EB, you are the best EB you can be, and count me as a fan as you safely float into the harbor what stuff we need.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.  Escort tug is definitely Marjorie B to port and to starboard, was it Sisters?

As I hiked along the KVK today, it seemed for a while that half at least the boats were  K-Sea white with red and mustard trim.  Of course, I’m known for the gift of selective vision.  Not all the fotos below were taken today, but the enjoy the fotos.

First sea:  Greenland Sea.

Nathan E. Stewart (2) nearer and (I believe) Lincoln Sea (3) farther off at the dock.

Nathan E. passing aframax Eagle Beaumont escorted by Marjorie B. McAllister.

Volunteer (4) on the far side of panamax Sanko Venture.

at the dock in Bayonne last week, and

back on the far side of Sanko Venture today.

Check out the color-coded piping on the barge Columbia.  What word do I fail to make out on the hull:  looks like S  –  A  –  U . . . .

Slinging the barge around today was Baltic Sea (5) .

Sixth sea is Houma . .  although it’s not Houma Sea.

And the seventh sea

is Ross Sea, definitely  surfing a sloping KVK today.  Might it have been camera operator inclination?

So I’ve stopped counting.  Tasman Sea.

and in Philadelphia last week, moving The Recycler down the Delaware was Falcon.    Recycling what?

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Related:  Here’s a list of all the seas as well as which ones figured in what different people called the “seven seas.”

Final shot:  a color-adjusted (but not Warholized) foto of Davis Sea.

“Ship of the Day,” on my blogroll over a year now, states as goal to “concentrate on ships entering the Port of Rotterdam on that same day.”  That blog does that one ship per day.  The vessels in this post represent only a small percentage of ships that have moved through the sixth boro in the past week.

Intriguing was Pacific Winner, not only because of its place of registry– Chile–but also because  of its


its previous name:  Republica dei Pisa.  A ship named for a city with a “listing” tower would make me nervous.  Here she clears the Bayonne Bridge.


Maersk Matsuyama, launched from the Onomichi yard in Hiroshima a mere nine months ago, clears Bergen Point with assistance from Marjorie McAllister, recently featured here as having a wheelhouse on a stalk, retracted here.


Sichem Manila swings back NW in the Con Hook Reach.


Notwithstanding all this focus these days on the Dutch, Westerhaven arrives in the Bay at dawn and pushes up to the Buttermilk Channel unheralded.  Earlier this year it autopiloted itself onto a reef off Belize.  In spite of its name, Westerhaven runs largely between North and South America.  On or about 31 August, Flinterduin is expected to arrive in boro6 with a cargo of 20 traditional Dutch sailing barges.  How about an impromptu contest to get fotos . . . I could devise some incentive ideas . . . .


Energy Challenger at the dock at IMTT, less than a month after working in the Baltic.


Eagle Beaumont, one of the Eagle fleet I sported with a year ago, is registered in Singapore although it’s part of a fleet called “American Eagle.”


Blue Jade, beautiful name although somewhat unexpected for a tanker.  It sounds more appropriate for a drink or a restaurant, but it’s actually Korean-owned and Swiss-managed.  More Blue Jade soon.


NS Power, offloads in the Arthur Kill.  NS is short for Novorossiysk, a Black Sea city.


Ships in, ships out . . . I never tire of it, of watching it.  I also think it strange that these international machines moving over the watery parts of the entire globe, mostly have English names.  Or even if the name refers to a place so far from yet accessible to the sixth boro, their names are written in English.

All fotos here by Will Van Dorp.

Reminder:  Flinterduin . . . 31 August . . . I’d love a pic.  It’ll be headed through the Narrows and then into the East River.


Check KennebecCaptain’s animal post here, related to his approach to Singapore, the etymology of that word itself is animal related, a tiger mistaken for a lion 700 years ago. Noticing an animal thread among my own recent posts, I decided to persist. I embedded a link to the “eagle” fleet near end of the the post. Why “eagle?” Doesn’t that bird get disproportionate attention already? Imagine a fleet with names like Dog Boston, Dog Birmingham, etc.

Swallow Birmingham,


Goose Tacoma,

Coot Boston returned,

Puffin Beaumont or Turkey Beaumont or Gooney Beaumont

I expect to see more of this fleet in months to come. For the full–if somewhat monotonous–eagle list, check out the link to the AET fleet.

Oh, a puffin tomorrow.

All photos in this blog, unless otherwise credited, by Will Van Dorp.

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