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I’ve not used this title in too long, so here it is, a general cargo ship . . . because not everything fits inside a container.
Nor does everything require a huge ship.
hn I saw Wilson Newcastle the other day, I knew I’d seen a Wilson vessel once before.
I just didn’t think I had to go back almost four years. It’s not exactly identical; Newcastle is more than a decade more recent and has 25% greater capacity. .
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
I’d thought this tanker was part of the Eagle fleet . . . although occasionally I’d wondered if there might be this laker connection, too. Maybe if I’d been more familiar with a certain border region in the US quite far away from the sixth boro, I would have grasped the name immediately . . . Answer follows, if you don’t know. Also, how many McAllister boats can you spot here?
Did you get this one? Can you identify it now that you’ve seen the first two photos?
This one is Robert E., leaving the other as quite likely Ellen.
And another question–this one from long-time reader WS–what connection has Eagle Ford with El Faro?
That’s the Seabulk logo.
EagleFord and El Farro were both built at Sun Shipbuilding, as hull #668 and 670, respectively. Thanks to WS for pointing this out.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Since it’s THE maiden voyage arrival, let’s follow her all the way to “all fast.” Here were parts 1 and 2, which followed her from several miles out in the Ambrose Channel to the Narrows and then from there to mid-KVK.
Eric works the starboard and Ellen, the port.
The turn at Bergen Point is way more than 90 degrees . . . more like 135, and
takes well-timed thrusting at bow and stern. Notice Atlantic Concert just above Eric‘s stern?
Atlantic Concert is completing its clockwise spin here to line up its stern ramp, a maneuver
that Atlantic Star will replicate.
Here Eric McAllister is beginning the push on the stern to assist with that clockwise spin; Ellen and Atlantic Star‘s own three thrusters are also likely engaged.
Getting a profile of these two CONROs lined up . . . is not easy, since they represent nearly a half mile of ship.
Foreshortening helps a little.
I’ll be watching for the remainder of the G4 vessels–Atlantic Sail, Atlantic Sea, Atlantic Sky, and Atlantic Sun.
All photos here by Will Van Dorp, with thanks to NY Media Boat.
Also many thanks to JS, a retired harbor worker who made this connection for me between Atlantic Container Line, their generation 2 vessels, and John A. Noble. The image below comes from pages 210 –11 of Erin Urban’s Hulls and Hulks in the Tide of Time, a must-read for all students of the sixth boro work boats. Noble called the 1977 print “The Cinderella Passes the Occidental,” and then writes his sense of this new container ship passing the hulk of 1874 full-rigged ship called the Occidental. He also alludes to having drawn the Atlantic Cinderella when she was brand new, but I have yet to locate copies of those drawings. Oh well. Many thanks to JS, whose previous contribution you might have seen here.
Let’s pick up from yesterday and follow Atlantic Star from the Narrows to the part of the KVK called the “salt pile.” To the right off the stern of Atlantic Star, that’s lower Manhattan.
Ellen McAllister swoops in to deliver the docking pilot. The signature “G” on the stack points to Grimaldi Group, of which ACL is an associate. Grimali’s West Africa service is a regular in the sixth boro with such vessels as Grande Morocco.
Seen from head-on, the bow is knife edged, but in profile it’s plumb. Yes, that’s the Statue of Liberty in the distance.
That’s Robbin Reef Light and WTC1 just off its right. Atlantic Star and the other G4 vessels are operated by a crew of 16, compared with 21 for the G3 vessels like Atlantic Concert.
The cranes in the distance are at the MOTBY terminal.
We’re now in the KVK with the salt pile to port and
the Bayonne Bridge ahead, and Atlantic Concert being assisted beneath.
Eric McAllister joins, and we’ll pick it up there tomorrow.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, with thanks to the NY Media Boat for conveyance.
The bridge still looks familiar to someone from the 1930s, although I’d love to see photos of Shooters from then, and
of course the bridge is getting unfamiliar.
Ellen McAllister and Specialist way in the distance are familiar, as
is Port Elizabeth, so
no doubt about it, this is Mariner’s Harbor . . . stern to Richmond Terrace, the mark in the foreground with Capt. Willie Landers in the middle and Maersk Denver over in Port Elizabeth.
All photos here by Will Van Dorp.
Related: Is this the story of Capt. Willie Landers’ namesake?
Here are previous posts in this series.
Here’s Star Falcon just before sunrise and
a few hours later. Currently it’s Houston-bound.
Currently known as Kalliopi RC,
I photographed this vessel a snowy day nearly two years ago as Hoechst Express.
Here’s Global Laguna, inbound . . . .
On recent trips, it has transported scrap to Turkey.
And finally, a larger-than-typical OOCL Luxembourg inbound the other day . . . 1053′ loa.
Eric McAllister and Ellen McAllister assist.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
All the rest I’ve taken recently in the sixth boro . . . Gracious Ace (a fun name) left Yokohama on June 30.
Palmerton follows the Ambrose Channel into the Narrows.
Anyone recognize the cargo?
Glovis Crown and CMA CGM Vivaldi cross on the Ambrose Channel.
Juliette Rickmers heads for sea with Margaret Moran alongside.
Thanks to Fred for the top photo; all others by Will Van Dorp.
Recently in t-shirt weather in the sixth boro . . . it’s a classic, Thomas J. Brown.
Ellen S. Bouchard,
Resolute with a Bouchard barge,
and Evening Star, also with a Bouchard barge.
Elizabeth McAllister light,
Robert E. McAllister,
and finally Ellen McAllister shifting
Cielo di Roma . . .
Thomas J. Brown . . . enjoy another look at this classic.
All photos by Will Van Dorp. And in the post above, subtracting the three tugs in the O. Nonimus Bosch photo, you have over 25,000 horsepower, of which 1000 of those ponies are generated by Thomas J.
How many more folks in the cold first months of 2015 would have slipped on walkways or skidded off roadways had it not been for our annual salt infusion? Spar Spica is the most recent vessel emptied here.
How many old trucks and cars have a second life in the Caribbean islands because of this trade conducted by Grey Shark?
What kind of petroproducts does Pula transport?
The classic Ellen McAllister escorts her in. . .
as another tanker . . . Arionas heads for sea
guided by Elizabeth McAllister.
Deep Blue–named for this??– lingered in port a few days as
did NS Lotus, here a few weeks ago when this ice drifted beyond the Narrows. And what did the crews think of the ice drift?
I really have lost track of the number of salt ships that have delivered anti-ice properties to the land sides of the sixth boro. There was at least one between United Prestige–shown here in mid-February–and Spar Spica.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who is ecstatic to be in a warmer sixth boro this morning.