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Let me start to play catch up here, since I have not done one of these posts in over half a year. Anyone know why HMCS St. John’s (FHH-340) steamed into the sixth boro yesterday, Thanksgiving Day? To assist this 45′ USCG response vessel and all the land-based law enforcement in keeping order on the so-called “black friday” chaos, perhaps?
Icebreaker Penobscot Bay (WTGB-107) headed upriver a half month ago, but there was no imminent ice formation at that time, unless one traveled well north of Inukjuak, but it would take some extraordinary turn-of-events for WTGB-107 to deploy there.
The sixth boro has a number of these 29′ patrol craft.
All photos in the past month by Will Van Dorp.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the “whatzit” series as much as I do. The photo below I took on October 22, 2016. A minute or so earlier, I was thinking we were about to meet some traffic. At this point I realized there were islands where I’d no recollection of seeing islands. So what is it?
Here’s a similar “island,” photo taken on November 14, 2016. In the Thousand Islands, such a small island with at least three trees would not have been out of place, but here . . . ?
Until I saw this, and a few seconds later . . .
this. By the way, these photos were taken not far north of Saugerties.
These camouflaged hunting platforms reminded me of some hunters we waked a few years back on Urger. You can’t slow down if you don’t see the reason to. Once we waked a few in a boat right along the bank–no photos because we didn’t see anything until we had passed by–we learned to “see” them and respond.
Here are a few we spotted in time.
We saw this guy, but he kept paddling madly as if to race us, all while keeping his face turned away.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who reiterates his suggestion from yesterday here:
“If you are working Thursday and therefore having lunch and/or dinner at work–whether on a vessel or in some other work setting–and you choose to take a photo of the dinner–any aspect of the meal–and send it to me, please do and I’ll try to devise a post with it on Friday this week. Thanks for the consideration.”
On the cusp of wintriness if not winter per se, the Hudson Valley is spectacular. Let’s start with Fred Johannsen pushing this crane barge northward. That’s the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge aka George Clinton Memorial Bridge (DeWitt Clinton’s uncle) in the distance.
Here Treasure Coast urges Cement Transporter 7700–one I’ve never seen before–the last mile to the cement dock.
This reflection was so magical, I needed to include this closer-up.
Emerald Coast pushes a fuel barge downstream.
Sarah D moves a motley pair of scows upstream.
Eastern Dawn moves a fuel barge downstream.
Mr Russell shifts a barge near the TZ Bridge. What is in those tanks?
Might that be Marion Moran pushing sugar barge Somerset up toward Yonkers?
I believe this is Doris Moran moving cement barge Adelaide downriver.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who has a proposal below:
If you are working Thursday and therefore having lunch and/or dinner at work–whether on a vessel or in some other work setting–and you choose to take a photo of the dinner–any aspect of the meal–and send it to me, please do and I’ll try to devise a post with it on Friday this week. Thanks for the consideration.
Also, you may be “choosing” ed out by now, but here’s a set of thoughtful, well-reasoned and -articulated perspectives on the Hudson anchorages question that is open to public discussion until early December.
Also, if you’re planning to be at the WorkBoat show in New Orleans next week, I’ll be wandering around there, maybe looking for some extra work. I hope to see you.
Margot nears Troy with the Lockwood Bros barge from back in October. Watch the variety of backgrounds in this post, too.
Jay Michael a few days ago passes by Con Hook.
Amy C McAllister rounds the southern tip of Manhattan towing a capacious cargo barge Columbia Baltimore, capable of carrying 690 tees..
Betty D light crosses the Upper Bay. I didn’t say “Betty Delight,” but the possibility for misunderstanding is there.
Brendan Turecamo escorts Tammo inbound from the island of Jamaica.
Fort McHenry waits over by IMTT.
Sarah D pushes in some upstate rock.
Fells Point crosses the Upper Bay bound for the Kills.
And to finish with a photo from September, it’s Rae, standing by for the move of Wavertree.
All photos by will Van Dorp.
People on land like to look out over the water. Folks working on the water need to pay attention to water spaces, but sometimes they study the banks too. Here’s the town of Castleton-on-Hudson, east of the river. I should visit and walk around town one of these days.
Can you guess this busy port?
Above is Coeymans, another place to visit. And below is Coxsackie, west of the river. Residents of this town signed a declaration of independence and called for opposition to the intolerable acts of the British Parliament from more than a year before that other document by the same name was signed in Philadelphia. I should go there too.
What house is this in southern Athens NY? I was there once, but I need to return there too.
I think this is the old Lehigh Cement plant.
I believe this is Clermont, a Livingstone home and supposedly where Robert Fulton docked his North River Steamboat so much that the house name started being applied to the boat.
I’m looking to identify the building in the next photos, all between Saugerties and the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge. Any help? I know Bard College is nestled in along there, and I’ve been there a long time ago. Maybe I should go back. What buildings are these? Maybe they’re just conspicuous private homes whose owners wish to remain anonymous.
D. Blithewood Manor, another building on Bard’s campus?
And finally, on the west side of the Hudson, beyond the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge or George Clinton Memorial Bridge, that “castle” on the midsize mountain is the Mount Community at Bruderhof. That George Clinton is here, uncle of DeWitt of canal fame, and not related to this George Clinton, I suppose.
Will Van Dorp took all these photos.
If you depart at 0400, there’s not much to photograph. Light beckoned as we approached Newburgh/Beacon.
I saw Mt. Beacon as I never had before;
ditto Storm King in sunrise that even dappled
the wave tops.
Once around Gee Point, we saw the statue (to the left on the ridge)
of Kościuszko’s, fortifier of West Point.
Once south of the Bear Mountain Bridge, passengers traveled upstream
for seasonal seesighting.
Scrap was sought.
Sloops sailed and
work boats waited their time.
More statues sighted, and
vessels waited their time.
And we had arrived at a place where at least two boros approached each other.
Will Van Dorp, who took these photos, is back in the boros for a while.
Let’s start with some photos of the TZ Bridge work taken in October 2013
This is looking south.
Now here are some from February 2016.
And looking back north.
And June 2016.
And two months later, late August 2016, looking north.
And looking back southward.
The February photos come from a friend. All others by Will Van Dorp.
I’m not sure what the cargo here is, but this vessel lacks any hint of sheer.
Here’s what I believe is a fleet mate of HR Otter . . . Helen Laraway.
See how much has changed about the operation in Coeymans, if my claim of 18 months ago here was correct then.
Otter and Laraway both operate out of the port of Coeymans, a former brickyard that has become a booming hub for staging shipment of construction materials. Pun intended.
I’m guessing that it won’t be long before Otter gets painted to match Pike, its older sibling by one year.
Just north of the port of Coeymans Coral Coast is standing by at the loading facility for the quarries at Ravenna.
And in this Hudson River shoreline setting that bears resemblance to a jungle, south of Albany, it’s a USACE spud barge and
pushboat Sentinel II. Sorry I don’t know any more about its project.
The banks up north of Catskill are magical, as seen here with morning fog and Olana, the Persian palace of Frederic Church.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who hopes to get back this way again later this summer.
Today’s photos were taken less than a month ago by Ingrid Staats, who writes, “I grew up on the Hudson River and I love getting your blog posts! Here’s some pics from my last trip upstate 1/30– looking north toward Albany, there’s two tugs waiting to greet Champion Istra. One is Frances
Turecamo. She went past [the tanker], then turned around and escorted her on the stern while the other one led her bow
About three hours later I saw BBC Tennessee come up. So much action on the river these days ….”
As you know, I enjoy collaborations on this blog, and then I do my own poking around. If the shipspotting info is correct, BBC Tennessee called so briefly in Albany–between a stop in Newport News and Philadelphia–that it doesn’t even show. As of this morning, March 2, she’s inbound Rio de la Plata for Buenos Aires.
Champion Istra is currently in midAtlantic, westbound from Denmark, headed for Philadelphia.
Many thanks to Ingrid for these photos, which offer insights into Hudson River shipping connections.
Here’s the index.
Of course, it’s two boats, the sloop Clearwater tied up to the ex-NYC DEP skimmer Cormorant. As I understand the situation, it’s on the market . . . again.
I don’t know the date of this photo or the identity of the person showing scale.
And here’s Clearwater pulling away. But, before they cast off lines, their crew was on the dock checking
this short nose sturgeon. Now I can’t prove a connection between dead fish and TZ construction, but a few days ago I read this article at the Lohud site that included this paragraph: “In June 2012, the fisheries service determined Tappan Zee construction would injure or kill some sturgeon but was “not likely to jeopardize the continued existence” of the fish. Under a federal permit issued to the Thruway Authority, two of each species can be killed during construction.” I’m surprised such language exists in the paperwork. And what happens if this limit is exceeded?
Well, here’s another paragraph from the article: “[Riverkeeper] said 100 Atlantic and shortnose sturgeon have died since the start of construction in 2012. From 2009 to 2011, it said six sturgeon deaths were reported to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.”
Here’s a statement of Cormorant‘s mission, now turned over to the USACE.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, back on June 12, 2015.