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One of the joys about living in the sixth boro is its size and dynamism.  There are three bridges in this photo below that will not be the same if I take this shot again in three or four years;  this is my first notice of the stays already in place at the new Goethals. Will the new bridge still honor an engineer who worked on the Panama and then the PANYNJ?   I was interested in the ship because a friend had assisted docking when she arrived . . .

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Overseas Long Beach last had a strange paint job, too.  AIS showed that Erin McAllister was on the bow, which I took possibly being a misspelling of Eric, pictured a bit farther below.

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To my astonishment, when the escort emerged around the stern, it was

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Erin, not Eric.  After the pilot was retrieved,

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she spun

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to port and

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returned to base, allowing me to get a closeup and

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compare the two boats, Erin from 1996, although I believe her bow has been modified since then, and

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Eric from 2014.  And the differences are clear.

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Erin actually originates from the same time, design, and shipyard as this tug, Z-One.

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Photo by Will Van Dorp, San Juan, PR, March 2013

 

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For more comparisons, click on this “Tale of the Tape” post from a year and a half ago.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

 

Sometimes I have to ‘fess up:  I miss lots of stories in the sixth boro even though I might know of them.  And here’s another one:  I first noticed the tops of cranes on the south side of the Goethals Bridge a couple of years ago on the rare occasions I drove to work, but that old bridge–much as I admit to liking the name and the connections to both Brooklyn and Panama–has narrow lanes and used to have potholes that once cost me a tire and rim even though I saw myself steering into it.  I did that because with a truck beside me, there was nowhere to go.

Anyhow, thanks to Brian DeForest for this photo he sent me back in July 2014.  This section of the AK is not one I regularly see, although I know some of you see it regularly.

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The rest of these photos all come from Thomas Steinruck, to whom I am grateful.  The new bridge is taking shape.

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A new day dawns for commuters, and it can’t come too soon.

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Happily, there’ll be a walkway over the bridge too.  All the above views look toward Staten Island, and

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these show a bit of New Jersey too.

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And here’s a panoramic shot, showing the new bridge, the old Goethals, and the AK Rail Bridge, with the gantry cranes of Howland Hook off to the right side.  I used to regularly get shots of the Howland Hook terminal and the AK Bridge from the other side, like here.

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Many thanks to Brian and Thomas for these photos.  Thomas took these last six since the beginning of 2016.

For my previous posts on bridges, click here.

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