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0545 at the Narrows . . . in the hazy days of summer . . . nothing beats it.

I had not come here just to beat the heat.

Surprisingly, Turecamo Girls (I believe) delivered the docking pilot.

Then she dropped back, to where one of the 6000s took the stern and

another the bow.

Only a couple hours into the day, another ULCV appeared in the offing . . .

Hyundai Drive, which sounds almost like a car ad framed as an order if you reverse the words . . . .

In the clearer light, you can clearly see Drive‘s crew asisting the docking pilot, boarding from Capt. Brian A.


For scale, notice the deckhand on the bow waiting . . .

. . .

for the messenger line.

To digress a bit, in July 2018 Hyundai Jupiter was in the sixth boro, and the company was still called Hyundai.  On March 31, 2020, it rebranded itself as HMM.  Jupiter, 1059′ loa,  had a capacity of 10,000 teu.

In March 2013, Hyundai Grace, a 2007 build, had a capacity of 4571 teu on her 964′ hull.

In April 2009, Hyundai Voyager was in town . . . built in 2008 with the same dimensions as Grace.

So in a decade, typical Hyundai (HMM) vessels calling here have increasing carrying capacity by nearly 300%. If you consider HMM calling elsewhere, the increase has been greater than 500%.

All photos, WVD.

April 2009 . . . a decade ago but it’s still palpable and present.

How could I not remember the morning before work I stood on the Elizabethport dock wishing the punch-in clock mechanism would slow to a pace slower than McAllister Responder and McAllister Sisters helping Eagle Boston ooze toward her Linden berth . . .   Some who don’t take many photos might not be able to fathom how those moments stick to the memory.

Or the unmistakeable Norwegian Sea light and going for fuel near IMTT .  . at dawn;  it’s unforgettable.   I was hoping there’d no delays on the rest of my way to work that morning.

Another day, I took lunch break in Elizabethport, thrilled that Laura K and Margaret were escorting Seoul Express away from Howland Hook . . ..  backing her down.

And here’s one . . . I recall my pain this morning as I walked north along HRP, conflicted between the hurt of betrayal and the chill of being under-dressed, since I’d crept out early on a Saturday morning thinking that sun in April translated into warmth ..  . and the throaty sound of Melvin E. Lemmerhirt distracted me from all those things.

Also from that dock in Elizabethport, I watched Rosemary McAllister and Responder ease Hyundai Voyager boat toward the dock in Howland Hook . . .

The scene here is harder to recall, but from l to r, it’s Nathan E. Stewart, New River, and –the uniquely named– Gramma Lee T Moran . . .!

In April 2009, I commuted into work early a lot,so that I could catch the likes of this . . . John Reinauer moving a barge southbound on the Arthur Kill… not knowing that a few years later, that equipment would travel across to the South Atlantic.

Scott Turecamo . . .  this is the only photo in this “oldies” set that could have been taken in 2019 as easily as in 2009, except I’d have to photoshop in the current Manhattan skyline in the distance . . .

All photos by Will Van Dorp, who hopes he’s still fit to add to the archives in 2029 . . .

I love snowy mornings . . . like this one 48 hours ago.


As of this writing, APL Pearl--Oakland registered–has just docked in Savannah.    I also adore surprises:  it turns out I took fotos of APL Pearl docking in Howland Hook four and a half years ago, when the vessel was known as Hyundai Voyager.


Resolute follows–well, resolutely–waiting to retrieve the docking pilot.



And what’s on the boxpile?



As I said, I love snowstorms.  That’s when the most interesting fotos seem daring someone to snap them.


All fotos snapped by Will Van Dorp.

Gliding in a few minutes earlier than Cyprine in the drizzly morning was Hyundai Voyager


Rosemary maintained tension to slow Voyager‘s forward momentum


while Responder –well–“responded likewise”  up forward.


As Voyager approaches the bulkhead, docking lines with heaving lines attached are at the ready, there to grab and toss .


Rosemary and Responder maneuver it in, inch by inch, easing it delicately, all tens of thousands of tons.


All fotos by will Van Dorp.

PS:  Good thing copious Cyprine was present.  (French wikipedia can’t be missed here.)

Unrelated:  Tugster has reported on the Onrust project in the past year.  They now urgently need volunteers to meet a launch deadline of MAY 20!!

Volunteers needed!!

We are planning on launching the Onrust ship on May 20th and are looking to schedule more volunteer help to assist in the construction of the ship especially in the next three weeks and were wondering if you and anyone you know would be able to participate? We need help to finish mechanical and electrical installations (engine room), carpentry work on and below deck, with moving of the wood piles around in the yard (with and without tractor), cutting small trees, with finishing touches on the outside of hull (caulking, painting).

We work SEVEN DAYS A WEEK from 9 am to 5 pm.
The ship is located near the Mohawk River at:

Mabee Farm Historic Site
1080 Main Street (Route 5S)
Rotterdam Junction, NY 12150

(From Schenectady Exit 1A on I-890 puts you on Route 5S, go 2,7 miles,
sign for farm is on right hand side)

Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Looking forward to hearing from you, Greta

Greta Wagle
Onrust Project Director
C 518 -248 -1395
W 518- 439-2096
Fax 518 -439-4052

Before seven a.m. yesterday I’d already overstimulated my excitement circuits:  two large container vessels dock almost simultaneously at Howland Hook.  Four McAllister tugs and the two behemoths (APL Cyprine and Hyundai Voyager) make me feel better than any loafer on the docks of 17th century Amsterdam watching a VOC East Indiaman return treasure laden from the Indies . . . or  . . . any roustabout wharf-gallivanting as a fleet of Spanish galleons deep with New World gold floated into 16th century Cadiz.  What riches albeit mundane wait sealed within all those containers?  By the way . . . tugs from near to far are Ellen, Amy C., Rosemary, and Responder.


First some fotos of  Cyprine, eeriily silent, Amy C‘s running lights


reflect on Cyprine‘s hull


the greatest noise coming from the torrents rushing through the bow thruster.  Wonder what the thruster diameter might be?


As Cyprine (what a fabulous AND curious name . . . wonder how it got attached to this frequent visitor to the sixth boro??) approaches its berth, Amy C throws itself into countering Cyprine‘s momentum


with all its power, torquing itself over as the larger vessel begins lateral movement


thrust toward the bulkhead by both tugs now, Ellen seeming almost to crawl


to creep bowfirst,


up Cyprine‘s wall-like starboard.


Tis amazing to watch!  Tomorrow more of my May Day morning.

How would this vessel get the name Cyprine?  If you haven’t noticed yet, check here for Cyprine . . . bet it’s not meaning #3.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

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