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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.
Over six years ago, I did another asphalt post here. Yesterday I was thrilled to get the following photos below from Jonathan Steinman of this unusual vessel on the middle portion of the East River.
Asphalt Sailor–a great name–turns out to have a set of siblings ranging from a lot more capacious to somewhat less so. On names alone, I’d love to see Black Shark. Given the cargo, I wonder if the deck feels warm.
That’s James Turecamo overtaking on the west side. Here’s a hydrodynamics problem . . . is the greater amount of froth churned up by James due only to its greater speed, or is hull shape a factor?
For outatowners, that’s the 59th Street Bridge, and Asphalt Sailor is headed “south,” actually west.
Unrelated: Here’s an East River ship photo I posted six years ago. The conclusion then was that it was “doctored.” Anyone new thinking on it?
Thanks again to Jonathan for these unusual photos.
Here was a previous series called “landmarks.”
Houma at the 5.
Brooklyn passing Robbins Light, with the tallest Queens building in the background and the newest hill on Governors Island–snow-covered–in between.
James Turecamo passing the 3.
Dace Reinauer . . . the 30.
The current Dean Reinauer . . . south of Robbins. Click here and scroll for the previous Dean.
Bering Sea with DBL 29, sans watermarks.
Ditto Maryland. Here are some photos of Maryland 2008 and earlier.
Also . . . with landmarks, Mediterranean Sea . . . compare her here in a photo taken almost exactly three years ago.
Evelyn Cutler at the KV buoy pushing Edwin A. Poling.
And Pelham with my favorite bridge. Does anyone know what the rectangular structure off Pelham‘s stern is?
As the last photo for today, without watermarks or landmarks, where is Peter G. Turecamo? For some of you this will be easy. I didn’t initially know. Answer soon.
The photo of Peter G. Turecamo comes from Dirk van der Doe. All others by Will Van Dorp.
. . . I haven’t figured out what the shakers are yet. But of course, people are the primary movers, even for movers of people like Martha’s Vineyard Express.
There are silt movers like Stuyvesant.
And of course all manner of movers of fluids to be respected like Loya and
Red Hook and
There are movers of boxes like Vega and
Josephine K. Miller, who can do local moves for cargo boxed or bundled or . . . other.
There could be a category of movers of movers like this and
direct movers and
Maybe I should spend some time today trying to figure out who the shakers are. All photos recently by Will Van Dorp, who was being given a tour of traffic in San Francisco Bay and noticed this interesting assemblage of names of movers.
McAllister Sisters is back there somewhere, on the windy side,
not the sunny side where crew keep watch on
Atlantic Trader. If you’ve forgotten what Sisters looks like, click here on a post from over a year ago.
Much more conspicuous is Bruce A.
James Turecamo assists in Vega.
And finishing this post out, it’s Pelham.
Of course, the rooted talent in this post is of course Robbins Reef Light.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Thanks to the many folks contributed to this post.
First, Russell Skeris sent this along of a James Turecamo in Turecamo livery. Given all the flags, might this have been taken by an unknown photographer quite near her launch in 1969?
Next, hats off to Rand Miller who caught this photo of a brilliant red and gold Delta Fox, lighting up this grey day on the East River. Hats off especially because Rand had to hastily throw on some clothes and take these photos while holding an umbrella and cell camera. Some of those words are his, and I am grateful, as I hope are you.
New Bedford bound perhaps?
And gracias to my gallivanting sister who is still along the Colombian coast, watching remolcadores like Sirocco racing out to
escort in a freighter.
And appreciation to Allan and Sally Seymour, who recently made a trip up a watershed that’s long been on my list of “gotta do’s.” Joseph A and P & L fleet mates gather here among the colorful buildings the mysterious Miami River, where
this vessel in TowboatUS colors perhaps stands watch in a manatee area.
Judging by the coloration of the buildings in the background, this unmade vessel with classic tugboat lines lies in the same area. Anyone know the name? the history?
Many thanks to Russell, Rand, Maraki, and Allan & Sally for these photos.
James Turecamo built 1969 . . . in my first 2015 photo of her. In the dry dock directly between James and the WTC, it’s MSC Harry L. Martin.
It’s the classic 1965 built Bushey-built Cheyenne. Here she was in Oswego in June 2014 about to head into the Great Lakes, making her a truly anadromous vessel.
Miriam Moran built 1979.
Bruce A. McAllister . . . built in 1974.
Ruby M . . . built in Oyster Bay in 1967.
Robbins Reef . . . 1953
with entourage that may have salvaged the white fiberglass boat on the barge.
And the current Fells Point, Maryland built in 2014.
Photos of both vessels Fell Point come thanks to Allen Baker. All others by Will Van Dorp.
Since the first in this series was in 2009, let me go through my archives starting from the present. I seem to have taken no photos of James so far in 2015, but here are two from 2014.
Here are a few from 2013, the day the new Caddell Dry Dock came to town.
I don’t know where 2012 went, but here was 2011, passing Stena Stealth.
I especially like this one with James‘ house down to fit under the flare of Silver Express.
For a few weeks when the NYC DEP Red Hook came to town, James followed . . . like a fly on . . .
well, a DEP boat.
All photos here by Will Van Dorp. For some shots of the vessel in Turecamo woodgrain, click here.
Here’s the first in this series. David sent me some photos earlier this week and offered to write the commentary as well. Hence the quotation marks.
“Marie J. Turecamo steam harmlessly through the harbor.”
“James Turecamo makes a splash as she heads towards the Kill.”
Lincoln Sea sits patiently in the notch of the DBL 140.”
“Two displays of heritage in the form of New York State Marine Highway tug Margot and Ellis Island.”
“Herbert P. Brake pushes a scrap barge (possible future additions to her hull?) through the harbor.”
“Crystal Cutler pushes the Patricia Poling as Andrew Barbieri bears down upon her.”
My take: if a waterborne Rip van Winkle had fallen asleep 80 years ago and awakened today, the bridge and the light might be among the very few structures he would recognize.
“Stephen Reinauer steams lite through the harbor towards her next assignment.”
“Ever ready, ever vigilant.”
Thanks, David. The sixth boor’s the star here, IMHO. To post some corny doggerel in Poetry Month “collaboration is the game and “sixth boro” the star’s name!
Here was 4.
So I ‘ve had a problem today: I tried to do a portrait of Gage Paul Thornton, and that tall building and confederates jumped in the way.
I took another . .. and the green lady interrupted.
I attempt a solo shot of James Turecamo, and the green lady AND the orange ferry need to get involved.
So I thought I’d try it again . . . a bowshot of the 1930 charter yacht Diplomat . . . same effect.
Ditto . . . Dorothy J. Well, maybe background context is important . . . like to show that the New york York Media Boat is timely as well as punctual
maybe it’s time to listen what the woodchuck told me yesterday, go home, polish my lens, have some really hot tea . . . and wait for warm sunshine.
All photo by Will Van Dorp.