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I start this post with five older fotos; the one below showing crew tidying up lines on McAllister Responder dates from January 2007. Until now, I’ve always focused on the foreground, not the background. Of course, all those blue warehouses are now being replaced by Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Another example–Francis E. Roehrig (now Aegean Sea but ex-Jersey Coast and John C. Barker and as Francis E. a hero post-Bouchard accident) has always been focus of this foto for me rather than what’s in the background.
Again, I’ve focused until now on the foreground, on the 140′ icebreaking tug Sturgeon Bay instead of on the rich architecture of Brooklyn Heights,
in summertime obscured by a jungle of foliage, making it easier to focus of East River traffic like Express Marine’s Duty, below. However, what I learned last week is that Brooklyn Heights has fascinations all
its own. Like this house standing on Pierrepont Place, the house of Abiel Abbot Low, son of Seth Low of Salem, Massachusetts. A. A. Low moved to Brooklyn Heights after spending six years in Canton’s markets dealing with Wu Bingjian aka Howqua. From Brooklyn Heights, Low could observe
the goings and comings of his fleet of China clippers over at South Street when it was a seaport in the years between the First and Second Opium Wars. Finding out more about the Lows ( and in subsequent generations their connections to the mayor of Brooklyn, Columbia University and FDR . . . ) those are adventures and work that lie ahead. Last week I learned that what’s in the background might as well be an interesting focus as what is background.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Socrates left the harbor under a golden sunset pulling an empty
Sugar Express; they headed south from the Yonkers plant (to where?) for a refill. Who can live the sweet life
Stolt Perseverence, a parcel tanker built in Croatia in 2001, delivers assorted chemicals, escorted by James Turecamo and Marie J Turecamo (?).
I’ve no clue what these vital assorted chemicals might be, or what their journey is.
West Virginia coal
gets Escorted into the sixth boro by this vessel.
Jill Jacob . . . moves global industrial life blood.
There’s so much that does NOT meet the eye and is NOT easily discovered about in/outflow of commodities in the boro. Of course, petroleum products and containers dominate, along with an occasional elixir of orange. Some months back I posted my fantasy about sailing goods into the boro from the agricultural north. Bowsprite reflects on overlapping ideas here.
All fotos above were taken this week by Will Van Dorp.