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I’ve mentioned Heraclitus before here . . . he’s the guy credited with observing that you never step into the same river twice.  It’s certainly true about going to a the Kills with a camera.  Take Saddleback . . .  never seen it before I thought  . . . although on longer reflection, yes I had here, doing what it’s designed and built for back in 1992 and in the North River back in the winter.  Stern view just looks different than profile.

As my eye followed Saddleback to the east, I noticed this “neck,” and for some instants wondered what was afoot, or afloat at least.

I didn’t have long to wait . . . it was Weeks 526 pushed by Shelby, Norfolk bound as it turns out.

Mr Russell usually stays upriver, but shuffles are sometimes necessary  . . .

I suppose some of this equipment will end up in Boats and Harbors once the TZ project is complete.

Gelberman  . . . at first I thought she was headed here to fuel, and that would have surprised me because I’d never noticed that before, but when the fishing poles came out,

I realized they had a different objective, one

that boats like this benefit greatly from.

I’ll end this foot-in-the-water with Gabby, pushing a small barge with reinforcing forms.


More soon.  All photos by Will Van Dorp.

And finally . . . a research request:  a friend is looking for photos of McAllister workboat M. L. Edwards.  Birk writes about it here, and Bob Mattsson includes this photo

of it here.


I should have waved . . .


I can’t imagine what they were thinking . . .












Evergreen operates 30 of the L-type vessels;  others have names like Ever Logic, Ever Lively, Ever Liberal, Ever Lawful, Ever Learned . . .


Of course the fourth largest container fleet  operates other classes also.


Evergreen founder Chang Yung-fa died earlier this year.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.


Here was Ellen 1, and (scroll through) here’s how I first saw her in our fair harbor, the sixth boro.   I’ve not tired of watching this boat work.


Click here for fotos from earlier lives.  Speaking of earlier and then second lives, here and here are the two most recent “second lives” posts I’ve done, the #10 I’ve written two letters about but received NO response.





By the time the pilot appeared, I couldn’t get the shot, but the wait was worth it anyhow.


All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

I’d planned something else for today, but when Brian DeForest, terminal manager of Atlantic Salt, sent along these fotos –taken Sunday from a unique perspective, I scrapped my erstwhile plan. See the orange details in the foreground?


These are fotos from the ship, which is currently moving at 10 to 11 knots southbound off Cape May.   That’s the Bayonne Bridge and


here’s the arm conveying salt onto the pile.


I’m sure this has a technical term, but I’ll call it the bracket that supports the arm when not in use.



And here’s a view into the traveling wheelhouse and


the hold.


Here is engine room info.



Finally, here’s Quantico Creek as seen from the bridge wing.


Here’s a foto I took nearly six years ago on the KVK looking off the starboard bow of a large vessel of another time–a century ago–that used to engage in a salt trade out of Chile.   Know the vessel?


Answer:  Peking.  Here’s one of six posts I did about that transit of Peking from Caddell’s back to South Street Seaport Museum waters.

Many thanks to Brian DeForest for all these fotos, except the last one.

A thought just occurs to me:  Chile’s main salt port today is Patache.  Could that word be a Spanish spelling/pronunciation of the word “potash”?

A squadron of brants flew past the Green 7 buoy, followed by

Justine McAllister (1982 Jakobson Shipyard built),

Kristy Ann Reinauer (1962 Main Iron Works),

Norwegian Sea (1976 Burton Shipyard),

Mary Alice (1974 Service Machine and Ship).  Can you read the barge name?

Do you know the lyrics?  How was this barge dubbed with this name?

Also passing the green 7 this afternoon were Laura K. Moran (2008 Washburn & Doughty),

and Iron Mike, built 1977 but I know not where.   Named for the boxer?  Should get together with Steel Anna?  See foto 6.

Not the best light.  Certainly not balmy temperatures.  Truly a good way to spend some weekend time, though.

All fotos today by Will Van Dorp.

Related:  Note the crewman on the stern of Kristy Ann Reinauer above?  It’s Birk, the person behind

In that first foto, do you suppose those brants were ganging up on the gull guarding the buoy?

On Sunday, APL Qatar was tied up at the dock at Howland Hook.

Note the snow on the Elizabethport bank.  Imari is the smaller vessel forward of AP Qatar.  I wonder if she’s the only vessel ever named for  export porcelain??  Given the marine environment, I can’t imagine feeling safe on a vessel named for a material so fragile, but I digress.  And let me digress some more, the snowy bank a century ago was home to Crescent Shipyard, where an early generation of submarines was built.  Click here for fotos and story.

As of this writing, Qatar’s already at the dock in Savannah after having arrived and departed Norfolk.  By early afternoon Sunday, she had been backed down, nosed her way past Bergen Point and

slipped beneath the Bayonne Bridge.

Escort appears to be Elizabeth McAllister.

Will there be regrets when this beautiful bridge gets modified?

It appears here that some masts have been folded down.

On the question of the future of this bridge, read the Nathan Holth comment . ..  scroll down.  Not every agrees with the idea of modifying the bridge.

Funding to change the bridge . . . wonder why tolls have recently increased on all the bridges over the sixth boro?  Details  on bridge modification–if it’s a done deal at this point–have been scant.  Will the bridge have an 80th party?

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Ever wonder what bridge was the longest steel arch prior to Bayonne’s  acquiring that distinction in 1931?  Before you find out by clicking here, a clue is that it’s also over a sixth boro waterway.

A lot has happened here in 10 days, although the fotos here reveal none of it.  The sixth boro has its way of obscuring change, seasonal or otherwise.  I know folks within 10 miles of this waterway who have no power yet and who have tossed to curb-side trash picker-uppers most of their water-befouled furniture, appliances, books, etc.

But along the KVK, Chem Antares (ex-Sichem Unicorn) transfers fluids,  while

Torm Sara waits to do the same.  [Doubleclick enlarges most fotos.]

Kings Point Liberator inspects other vessels along the KVK.  I’d never guessed she had a wooden hull.

Sarah Dann froths eastbound.

My shot is a half second late as splash dissipates from this Ken’s Marine boat.

Note the water color here from  Marie J Turecamo and from

Ellen Bouchard.

Anyone identify this crew boat?

To get a sense of scale on ATB Freeport, note the two crew outside the wheelhouse.

So far, Freeport is the only of the US Shipping Partners 12,000 hp ATBs.  Some years back, I was fortunate to have caught one of their ITBs–Philadelphia– high and dry, here and here.  For an update on Philadelphia‘s current location/status, read Harold’s comment below.  Thanks, much . . . Harold.

Skiff in the foreground seems to be capturing flotsam planks for reuse.

Oh, by the way, four days  from now will be the sixth boro’s 19th annual tugboat race.  See you there?

All fotos today by Will Van Dorp.

Here was H & D 6.

Thanks to Stuart, Harold, and “Ann O’Numess”  for identifying the Kosnac tug steaming past Riker’s in Carlito’s Way.  Here’s a foto I took three years ago, and below I took of Dorothy Elizabeth (1951)  in Tottenville a month ago.  Might she really already be slivers of scrap?

Hercules (1963), sibling of Maverick and others, awaits her emigration with

the return of Blue Marlin.  Note Alert (1976) in the lower left.

Matthew Tibbetts (1966) was high and

dry on Saturday.

With unusually high exhaust, that’s Marlin (1974)  on left and Penn No. 6 (1970)  beside her.   No one has yet told me how designers decide to run such long exhausts v. equally serviceable short ones.  Sea Raven is another high-exhaust vessel.

Click here to see Kathleen Turecamo in its element, not where it stood last weekend.

Barents Sea (right) and Na Hoku  . . . I wonder how long they’ve spent tied up here.  I recall feeling excited when I first spotted Barents (1976) more than three years back, and Na Hoku (1981) used to work the California-Hawaii run, but I can tell you when she last floated on Pacific water.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who DOES reduce foto resolution before posting them here.

Ever been in close proximity with someone but you’re each focused elsewhere and that’s all fine?  This might be a cautionary tale;  action…. I thought …. is provided by Cape Talara  (2008) assisted in this pirouette by Resolute (1975)  and Barbara McAllister (1969, ex-Bouchard Boys and T. J. Sheridan).    Let’s call this roughly 4 pm.

7 minutes past focus medium and

focus closer.

8 minutes past.

16 minutes.

23 …

25.5 …









Whoa!  Warn me next time.   These are NOT the right lyrics;  I think they beg to be parodied to fit this tale, but until they are, enjoy.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Looks  like a new blog about the sixth boro . . . welcome Vladimir and Johna!

Out-of-town friends this weekend saw how busy the KVK could be:  40 minutes elapses between the earliest foto here and the last. Kimberly Turecamo and Laura K. Moran

assisted Torm Tevere to IMTT, then rotated her, and

pinned her to the dock.

Not long thereafter, Stadt Gera floated in, very light, quite high in the water and escorted by Margaret Moran.

Preceding all this (the fotos are not in chronological order), Ellen and Charles D. McAllister rotated Gulf Pearl and

moved her a half mile east, and then pinned

her to the dock.  Hmm . . .  I’m curious about what appears to be an old crewboat . . . . named Glen Cove passing.  Anyone know the story?

Out-of-town friends were quite impressed by the sixth boro and its traffic, the good kind.

All fotos here by Will Van Dorp.

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