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This secret lake had great ice for these old boats like Ariel, Ice Queen, Whirlwind, Genevieve, and others.   I was asked not to tell then, and by now I’ve forgotten exactly where this Shangri-la was, but

the ice boating was ideal.  Has anyone heard of Hudson River Valley ice boating happening this year?  The temperature is perfect, but that doesn’t always mean the ice surface is.  I checked here and it doesn’t look favorable.

Evrotas was getting an assist from Amy C McAllisterEvrotas is currently St. Eustatius-bound from Texas.  Amy C is in the Mariners Harbor yard, and I’ve not seen her in a while.

Amazing, which has to be one of the most amazing extraordinary names for a bulk carrier, was discharging salt.  Currently she’s anchored off in the Black Sea.  The ice of February 2011, the heat from oil, and the need for salt of the roads interrelate.

Then, as now, the sixth boro was busy with (l to r) dredge New York, GL 501, MSC Yano, Horizon Discovery,  K-Sea’s Maryland, DBL 17. I may have left someone out there.  To choose two of these, the originally Esso Maryland is now Liz VinikHorizon Discovery was scrapped in Brownsville in February 2015.

Ipanema heads out to sea in the rich morning glow.  She may have sailed into her sunset as Norsul Ranaee, unrelated to this photo.

Irida discharges salt.  She appears to have been scrapped.

MOL Partner is inbound on the Con Hook range. That’s a GLDD mechanical dredge at work and (maybe) some Bouchard tugboats in the distant left.  MOL Partner is passing the Aleutians between China and Tacoma.

We leave it here.  All photos from exactly a decade ago, to the month, WVD.

 

Some of you may remember the January River, or JR, posts I did three years ago in July.  I went to Brasil because my daughter was there, and she’s a fluent Portuguese speaker.   I had a great time, swam in several places, and never got sick.  I’m putting some photos never posted here up today because I know there are sewage issues there in the huge bay called Guanabara, but let’s not make a poopmageddon out of it, as the meteorologists do with the snowmegeddons in winter up here.   Excuse my Portuguese, but merda sells news, always will.

I took this photo looking west from Arpoador toward Ipanema Beach.

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Here’s a shot from the same point looking toward Copacabana.

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Here’s a shot of Copacabana looking toward the Bay, with Sugar Loaf as the prominent feature along the ridge.  A fair number of people were in the water despite the heavy surf.

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I chartered this boat and –all tallied– chugged around Bay for about six hours.

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Of course, I was looking who was there, like Galliano, LA’s  C-Enforcer,

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CNL Ametista from Santos,

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Rio’s own TS Abusado and TS Soberano,

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Seabulk Brasil,

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a pilotboat and tug Atlantico standing off near Hai Yang Shi You,

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CPO Copacabana, and many,

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many more.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, who wonders where these vessels are today.

This is the 25th and final post–for now–focusing on JR, January river aka Rio de Janeiro.  It was a fabulous trip for which I’m especially grateful to my daughter, who convinced me to come.  The middle boat here–Menino do Rio, which translates as Rio Boy–could become my new nickname… if I lived somewhere around Guanabara Bay.  Of course, Rio is only a tiny portion of a huge country with 200 million people, so there’s much more to see than I have  years for.

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I loved the brightly painted fishing boats— I haven’t even seen a jangada yet–

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like this one in Urca–first Rio settlement by Estacio de Sa in 1565– and

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these in the Little Portugal section of Niteroi, a place

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I now wished I’d explored on foot.

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Speaking of jangadas, this is not one, but this innovative fast supply boat,  Siem Carajás–another close-up I wish I’d gotten–is the product of Inace shipyard up on the Brazilian state which jangadas are said to be common.

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It was exciting to see an LNG carrier of this design during my last walk on Ipanema and Copacabana. the morning of my departure.

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This is the waterside view of CBO’s Alianca Shipyard, which along with the neighboring UTC Engenharia facility, I’d love to see closer up.

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Ilha do Viana and Ilha de Santa Cruz . . .  I’d love to be back.

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I can’t tell the story of Green Fleet III and IV, Borodine, the Reicon vessel, or Metal Tanque II.

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Or this vehicle ferry.

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I’ve lots of fotos of Rio Pilots at work, like this one

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about to board Onyx Ace.

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And what’s the last time you saw a fisherman row into the sixth boro and

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then stand to cast a net some way off the stern of an anchored  Suape Express.  I took these fotos from a powerboat last Friday and at times the waves were so big I couldn’t get fotos.

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Ferry Ipanema was built 1970 over at Engenharia in Niteroi.

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Madre–painted in the colors of Urger and other Erie Canal vessels–passes Skandi Salvador.

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So much left to figure out and do . . .  that’s rock in the background although it looks like a racing current . . .

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Here the background ridge is  . . .

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Serra dos Órgãos National Park . . . and in the foreground I can identify at least a half dozen vessels including upper left . . . Willem van Oranje, which I got closer to in JR 16.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who now closes this chapter . . . at least for a while.

Meanwhile, if you need a great Brazil ship fix, check out the good work of Alan Haig-Brown.

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