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Hats off to the small boats that work all year round . . . crew boats,

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patrol boats,

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fishing boats,

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line boats,

pilot boats,

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dive boats,

more fishing boats,

more crew boats,

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government boats,

more —soon to face major cuts--government boats

more line and boom boats,

and here’s a special . . . a historic life boat, long atop Binghamton, which is still intact as far as I know, and a bit longer ago had

guys in hazmat suits doing the last ever lifeboat drill aboard the 112-year-old condemned ferry.

And finally, of course there’s the New York Media Boat. 

All photos by Will Van Dorp, who gives a hat tip to all the crews in small boats on the big waters.

 

I’ve done lots of fishing posts, mostly about this unlikely estuary, where I’ve never fished.

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Here’s Virginia Sue heading past Sakizaya Champion and out

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the Narrows.  By the way, I’m planning a post on that fort in the distance some day soon.

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Dutch Girl is a regular here,

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as is the unlikely named but frequently seen Eastern Welder

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Speaking of fishing, here’s my most recent Professional Mariner story on a group of guys who catch-and-release great big white fish.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Here and here are some related posts from six years ago. And why not another about a boat I’ve not noticed yet this year, Miss Callie;  keep in mind, I’ve not been out that much myself.

 

If you squint, you can almost imagine Ellen McAllister is out at sea, with a big blue sky beyond her.  But that blue is

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also Maersk blue;  to know how to create that blue, read through this thread and you’ll get the mix.  And this name . . . I couldn’t get the echo “sheer maerskness” out of my brain.  There’s also this port town by that name.

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It’s fishing season in the sixth boro again, and here Eastern Welder is at work as Kimberly (oops!) JenniferTurecamo tows Portland out toward the Lower Bay.  It looks like Timothy Reinauer farther off.

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Also, in the anchorage at that moment, were Weddell Sea with DBL 83,

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launch Grace D, Mediterranean Sea with DBL 84,

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Dylan Cooper, Joanne III, and Matthews Tibbetts.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

 

I don’t actually go looking for parallel posts;  maybe it’s just that my brain thinks and eyes see in similar ways from one year to the next in March, but here and here are posts from exactly four years ago.

Although this blog focuses on work boats, I’ll comment on backgrounds today.  What’s on the water is fluid, but all the constant transformations on the landsides here are more permanent and yet constantly evolving.  Baseline might have been 500 years ago, but even by then it had evolved.  The cruise ship here is docked at what today is called Cape Liberty Cruise Port;  thirty years ago it was MOTBY.

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Frances waits at a barge anchorage near Anthem of the Seas

Over on the nearest shore, left half of the photo is evidence of work where next year an attraction called New York Wheel will spin.  I know we’re way past name discussions now, but I’m still for alternatives like Ferries Wheel or NY Wheeler Dealer . . . .  And with the reference to “pods,” I’m thinking of a series of sci-fi movies . . .

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Eastern Welder fishes as New Jersey Responder exits the KVK.

The uneven, brown land just off the starboard bow of USNS Red Cloud is part of the Bayonne Golf Club, below the surface of which is a capped landfill.

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Discovery Coast passes in front of Red Cloud.

Off to the left, you see current status of the Bayonne side of the bridge named for the same town.

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From l. to r., there’s Chandra B, Celsius Manila, New Jersey Responder, and (I think) Robert E. McAllister.

Looking from behind the construction site for the Wheel, some miles to NE are part of the Statue of Liberty and  the iconic 1931 Empire State Building.

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Anacostia (2009)  and Tangier Island (2014)  look a lot alike, but the older boat has 1200 more horsepower.

Note the double deck traffic on the VZ Bridge.

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l. to r. it’s Caroline Oldendorff and Australian Spirit.

This is looking from the middle of Upper Bay across Red Hook to downtown Brooklyn.

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In front of the busy background, it’s Alice Oldendorff, Rossini, and Robert E. McAllister.

 

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Here’s what I did two years ago.  And here’s what I did last year.

This time I’ll do it differently, as post –more or less but close–the first and last photo I took each month, starting below with Buchanan I entering the Narrows on January 1 not long after sunrise.

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And I won’t mention each date, but this was January 28 just before midday, Durance entering the KVK with Laura K Moran taking the stern.

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Winter sees fishing boats like Eastern Welder in the Upper Bay, adding to the regulars in the anchorages like Asphalt Star and Emma Miller.

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If you’ve forgotten how cold it stayed throughout the month of February, here are two photos from just off the Battery

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taken on February 28.

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James Turecamo ushers in March, actually that was March 6, and there’s still snow on the ground.

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At the end of the month, Grey Shark was in town for repairs, an extended stay.

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April 1 saw Margot continuing to extend NYS Marine Highway right through the sixth boro . . . the same day that

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Kismet enters the cold waters after leaving its lair in the Caribbean.

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April 29 . . . I finally caught Simone in the harbor . . . here tailed by MSC Monica.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

When Walter’s building looks like this in the center of the island,

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the sixth boro looks like this.   Here Ava Jude pushes a Hughes barge past Ruth M. Reinauer wedded to RTC 102.

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Eastern Welder fishes as Emma Miller services Asphalt Star.

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Wolf River does hydrographic work while

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Chesapeake Coast lighters Elixir, and just beyond

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Amazon Brilliance belies her name.

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Awaiting orders or favorable tide and each with a barge, it’s McAllister Sisters and McKinley Sea.

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Here’s to hoping for fog to dissipate.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

I first had a photo of Eastern Welder here in a post from almost 7 years ago.  And I had the photo below all lined up back on the first day of the season, but I snapped it after my subject had left the frame.  Oh well, I put this here to show what the salt pile looked like–all tarped–before the ice season began.  Hundreds of thousands of tons of salt have moved in and out there since.  The white hulled vessel is Dutch Girl.  Here and here are more sixth boro fishing posts.

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And here’s our subject.    The photo above and below were taken on December 1, 2013.

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And the rest of these I took this past Sunday.

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It’s hard to believe the New York Bight can be so glassy smooth sometimes.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Actually, this is a reprise of a post I did earlier this week . . .  Ferry Coursen carried trucks.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Mary H pushed a creek-size barge.

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Winter fishing continued apace aboard Eastern Welder.

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I got a close-up of Mary H.

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Brendan Turecamo headed out for an assist.

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A slightly different angle on Sorensen Miller shows the yellow as strapping.

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More shots of John P. Brown moving railcars over to New Jersey.

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A Moose boat on patrol barreled right at me.

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Hunting Creek got light at the mooring.

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And a USACE boat practiced bathymetry.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.  For fotos of Hamilton (ON) harbor delights, click here.  Here’s more info on the 1935 tug he shows.  It’s for sale for less than a loaded Escalade.  Unrelated . . . another blog I read these days is Ohio River blog with good inland rivers fotos here.   And since I’m all over the place today . . .check out this Flickr page by Guillermo Barrios of southern South American tugs and towboats.  And finally  check out these fotos of the old bridge in Bucksport, ME.  I haven’t crossed that bridge–about to be demolished– in over two decades . . . .

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