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Sitting on the bank, I really enjoy watching large vessels turned at the dock. Here is an index of previous “turning” posts.
Warm Sunday mornings are the best times to watch, though, because you might spend a long time waiting. The first photo here was taken at 0929 hrs. Can you identify the tug beyond the bow bulb?
0845 . . . Gramma Lee T Moran arrives at Fidias’ gangway
to deliver the docking pilot . . . 0848. And then, as events unfold onboard, from the land, it appears that nothing is happening.
At 0930 there is noticeable although quiet motion.
0931 . . . well, it’s less quiet when Gramma Lee spins her wheels to keep Fidias from slipping seaward with the tide.
Once the 600′ vessel starts to spin, things happen very quickly.
All photos above by Will Van Dorp. Photo below was taken by “Jed.”
Today–and every day– is Earth Day, prompted post-Santa Barbara 1969. Hat’s off to all the person-centuries of painstaking efforts at safety and coexistence. Who said this? “”It is sad that it was necessary that Santa Barbara should be the example that had to bring it to the attention of the American people. What is involved is the use of our resources of the sea and of the land in a more effective way and with more concern for preserving the beauty and the natural resources that are so important to any kind of society that we want for the future. The Santa Barbara incident has frankly touched the conscience of the American people.” Answer here. HR Constellation is the ex-Beluga Constellation.
Here was last year’s Earth Day post . . . sea junk.
Most if not all of these vessels have appeared here before, but bear with me because a surprise follows.
Gramma Lee T Moran,
Ruby M with dredge Glenn Edwards in the distance,
Emerald Coast going head-to-head–not really–with Red Hook,
Paul Andrew eastbound on the East River,
heading in the same direction about the same hour are Catherine Miller and
Susan Miller. By the way, in the pic above here’s a close-up of that green sculpture almost dead center of the photo.
Ok, now we’re getting to the “different” part. Note Maryland in December 2008 and
in early April 2015.
Ditto Baltic Sea in August 2009 and –gasp—
last year. I concur with someone on FB who said it appears she’s been whitewashed with some trim made out of crude oil mixed with pulverized charcoal. This is sad to see.
And these photos are from an ad that’s now over a year old. I wonder if they changed hands . . .
Can anyone identify the other tug in the center of the photo below?
All photos except the last three by Will Van Dorp.
Tugs and buoys carry glaze like this or
this . . . .
Even local wrecks (that’s two side by side there) have a glaze that mimics the gleaming white paint they once wore . . . . And one local water guy whose blog I usually read conveys experiences like these. Hawsepiper, . . . this goes out to you.
At these times it’s good to remember we have our own deferred (defurred?) mardi gras parade when we ditch our winter burqas and enjoy the summer solstice warmth . . .
sometimes even without parasols
in fewer than 125 days from now.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Loosely related, click here for a bulk carrier named Mardi Gras and a whole youtube channel devoted for Asian tugs, jetfoils, fireboats, and other workboats.
April 2010 . . . UASC vessel Al-Mutanabbi bound for sea. It has come and gone through the sixth boro many times.
Late November 2014, it looks like a new vessel in the UASC fleet, Al Rain.
Oh! new name . . same old ship.
This makes me wonder whether next time Al-Abdaly comes through . . . it’ll be Al Snow? Named for my friend maybe?
But seriously . . . name changes happen a lot . . . take APL Pearl . . .
she of the blotchy paint job. I saw her pass very near here almost exactly a year ago on a very snowy day . . . Prior to that, some years back I saw her when Hyundai Voyager was painted on her bow. In fact, if you look closely around the starboard anchor, you can still see traces of Hyundai blue.
Take Radiant Sea, just off the bow of the radiant Gramma Lee T Moran. Last time Radiant Sea was here . . . she was Ashley Sea.
Whether a name change constitutes a real transformation–Shakespeare would surely say it doesn’t–I did need a descriptor, preferably one that starts with T.
Here’s another: traveling Tuesday. By the time you read this post, I hope to be around latitude 29.98°N longitude 90.25°W elevation 4.’ To put it another way, here. There’s a conference happening there, and my schedule has never let me get there until now, so it’s time to laissez les carpe diem et bon temps router. Maybe I’ll see some of you there. I’m NOT taking a laptop along . . . only a camera and notebook.
Specialist (Texas) is looking good for a 1956 vessel.
Dean Reinauer (Rhode Island, 2013) heads into the rising sun.
Eastern Dawn (Louisiana 1978) passes the hose rack.
Gramma Lee T Moran and Barney Turecamo in the KVK under an unsettled sky.
Caitlin Ann (1961, Louisiana) with tons of scrap.
Patrice McAllister (Alabama, 1999) stands by. Here was how she looked her first hours in the sixth boro.
Neptune (1992, Louisiana) tends the dredge along the Con Hook Range.
All photos taken this week by Will Van Dorp.
Notwithstanding all that . .. sometimes the thought that a day is the first day in the rest of one’s life is superlatively vivid. Enjoy my pics and maybe you’ll get this sense also.
Sunday afternoon, Zhen Hua 10 enters the Kills. Does anyone know if “Zhen Hua” means anything? Note Manhattan and the tip of Bayonne to the left, and tug Brooklyn, Robbins Reef Light, and the boro of Brooklyn to the right.
The new cranes arriving and the bridge their squeezing underneath are integrally related parts of the same story, as . . .
… are the cranes and the dredging equipment in the background. Note tug Specialist in the background
Margaret Moran tends the port bow.
Gramma Lee T Moran supplies the brakes and rudder.
The ship completes its journey of thousands of miles. Is it true that Zhen Hua 10 arrived here via Cape of Good Hope?
On the same theme . . here’s a handsome team of tugs, good paint all around. Working on a tandem assignment?
My thought when I read the name on the nearer tug was . . . this is historic . . . Crow‘s last ride; the Bushey tug might also be in the last mile of its thousands and thousands in a half century of work.
She’s being escorted in by Emily Ann . . .
Crow and her sister Cheyenne DO have classic lines!
Machines on shore were already staged . . . .
while not far away a last spring seal lollygags on some warm rusty metal, once also a brand new machine.
And on the other side of Staten Island rubble of a light indispensable a century ago adapts to a new life as a rookery.
Many thanks to NYMedia Boat.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who will be transiting himself soon. Thursday I leave on a grand gallivant, and in early June–if all goes well– I start a new chapter working on Urger, that handsome young centenarian tug you see upper left at the top of the page.
It’s late Sunday evening, and Monday morning will come very early, so as a sneak preview to tomorrow’s post, a few photos of the transit of Zhen Hua 10 to Port Newark. Moveable platform courtesy of NYMedia Boat, which gets a photographer in the right places.
More tomorrow after work. All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Saturday morning . . . sunrise . . . Gran Couva.
Same time . . . MTM Hamburg.
An hour later, Stolt Bobcat heads for sea. Can you make out her original name in raised metal letters?
Golden Legend. That’s Firefighter II overtaking to port and a boom boat to starboard.
MTM Hamburg inbound the Kills leased by Gramma Lee T Moran.
Voge Paul in Gravesend Bay with Twin Tube and
Gran Couva Trinidad bound and
not a half hour later Afrodite in the offing bound
for Albany, where as of this writing, she’s not yet arrived.
All photos yesterday morning by Will Van Dorp.