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So I’ve seen Thomas Dann before, although not this one.  I’ve seen this tugboat before but not as Thomas Dann, and I’ve seen this barge Somerset before but not pushed by Thomas Dann or any other Dann Ocean boat.

The most prominent feature of the covered dry cargo barge is the hatch cover crane.

Somerset measures 418′ x 75′ and was built in 1990. Any guesses on deep draft?  You’ll see your answer soon.


As you can see in the links in the first paragraph, this Thomas Dann appeared here previously as Amberjack, 1981, 106′ x 32′ and 3900 hp.

Here’s today’s deep draft information.

Since Yonkers is her destination, it’s safe to assume the cargo is sweet.

To digress, I’m starting to find Jaume Plensa’s sculpture annoying, bossy, no matter what the intention. For more of his work, click here.

All photos, WVD.

Here’s a photo I posted 8 years ago of the northeast side of Jersey City as it looked in the early 1980s.  The key landmark here should be the two Jersey side ventilators for the Holland Tunnel. 

Here the ventilators show at the extreme edge to the left of the photo below.  Seeing this old infrastructure begs the question “what’s there now?”

The rest of these photos I took yesterday, after I had decided to walk from the ferry to midtown along the ever changing western edge of Manhattan.  One goal was to see Jaume Plensa’s 80′ tall sculpture there called “Water’s Soul.”  It’s been there for a few weeks already.  I’d rename it “sixth boro soul” of course.

If you want to read a statement about the sculpture from the Richard Gray Galley, click here.

In the photo below, you can see the horizontal sections fitted together to make the work.

All photos, WVD, who thinks she’s telling us to think about what was here before.  Here are more of those sixth boro fifth dimension posts.   Here‘s more harbor art.



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