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Here are previous installments in this series.

You might look at this top photo and ask yourself where are the people, and is this really about the sixth boro?

They’re there, and to me bridges like this are hybrid creatures, attached to land but in air over water.

I’d been here for at least half an hour before I noticed the bridge workers.

Then I noticed how crowded the wires were,

all strapped in and employing some ingenious conveyances.


I don’t think this is a windy or cold weather job, but I don’t know.


I believe I’d have a hard time working here, since I’d be looking around too much.  Has anyone been to the observation deck on the bridge in Bucksport ME?

If so, I’d love to hear about it.  Meanwhile, here’s what Gay Talese had to say about the VZ Bridge back in 1964:  ““The anonymous hard-hatted men who put the bridge together, who took risks and sometimes fell to their deaths in the sky, over the sea—they did it in such a way that it would last.”

Meanwhile I use the bridge both for passage to the other side and for framing photos like this of Meishan Bridge departing or

or Elsbeth III arriving.

All photos in October by Will Van Dorp, who tips his toque for the work these folks do.

Elsbeth III appeared in the Lower Bay on AIS Thanksgiving Day morning, and no matter the temperatures, I headed out to the surest intercept for photos.

It turns out she’s not the boat I’d seen here over two years ago, delivering 20 barges all at once . . .  but the fleet sisters surely look alike, until

you start looking at dimensions another numbers.  III is 20′ shorter, and 4′ narrower than II.  Both II and III are triple screw, although the engines differ.

Read all about II here and III here. I saw another fleet mate, non-Latham-Smith-built in the Pacific last spring here.

She passed the Sandy Hook Pilots station on her way in, from the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, I believe.  As of this morning, III is over by the Brooklyn Navy Yard.  I don’t know if she’s being dry-docked or just picking something up.

All photos by Will Van Dorp, who’s previously posted exotics here.

For some Smith Maritime projects, click here.  For more on the company, click here.

And by looking around the Smith Maritime site, I just learned whatever became of a sixth boro and Hudson River regular once known as Norwegian Sea. She’s now Miss Rui.

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