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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.
World’s End is not some lamentation about the single digit temperatures we’ve seen in these parts; it’s one of the great place names in the Hudson Highlands from 40 to 55 miles north of the the Statue. Enjoy these summer/winter pics of this curve in the vicinity of World’s End. West Point is just to the left, and we’re headed north.
Birk Thomas–of tugboat information.com– took this photo in just about the same place less than a week ago.
I took this two summers ago, and that’s Pollepel Island in the distance.
Same place . . . Birk’s photo from last week. Visibility is so restricted that the Island cannot be seen.
And here are two more shots of the same view in summer, from off Cornell and
Patty Nolan. That’s Buchanan 12 heading north in the photo below.
Photos 2 and 4 used with thanks to Birk Thomas. All others by Will Van Dorp.
What’s this? Reptile skin?
A major East coast river.
Here’s the post I did when Reinauer Twins came to the sixth boro for the first ever time. What pushes this bow through the ice . . .
some 400+ feet back . . .
is Reinauer Twins in her third winter, probably
her toughest winter yet.
Hope the cabins are warm . . .
The unit goes through the ice like a dart.
I can’t wait til July, myself.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
A late addition . . I’ll add it to tomorrow’s post too . . . what would our northern neighbors do on a river like this? You gotta see it here.
Notice a few cranes near the TZ Bridge, as seen from MetroNorth train. Click here for the project website including cameras.
A passenger in my car took the next two.
The one above and the next three were taken from a southbound boat.
Many thanks to my friend David Hindin for coordinating the SF views. Join me in wishing David a prosperous 2014.
All ships are basically containers. They are –after all– sometimes called vessels. And just as is true of a FedEx aircraft or a semi or a plain-brown wrapper . . . ship’s names give little clue about what’s in the holds. So for now, let’s just look at a few and leave it at that: they are a delight to look at.
Would this be pronounced “pango?”
And finally from Maureen . . . our elusive and fast Afrodite, southbound for St. John.
Thanks to Maureen for this last one. All other by Will Van Dorp.
From the train . . . south of West Point this morning, and then
this afternoon as seen from the river . . . south of Poughkeepsie.
It’s Patricia, one of the newer vessel through the sixth boro, even though it’s actually 50 years old . . .
built by Wiley Manufacturing Company . . .
but who’s operating her?
Last foto as only a train window shot can look.
All fotos today by Will Van Dorp.
Vermont Sail Freight . . . south bound. Click here for their ports of call and dates. More fotos courtesy of Fred Wehner.
I’m eager to see them with masts stepped and sails billowing.
If anyone wishes to contribute fotos of the vessel making her way south and calling at ports headed south, please get in touch.