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Guess what this is? I’ll call it T-time on Kraken.
Then this is T minus five minutes. Note the orange mass just forward of the channel marker.
T minus five seconds!
Believe it or not . . . this is T PLUS five seconds. So, there was a thud that resonated through the concrete barrier I braced myself behind on shore at least 600 feet away, and then the sound of spray seen in the first foto above. But five seconds beyond . . . mist had dissipated and some gurgles formed in the water.
T plus fifteen seconds . . . the first bird arrives and the water turns muddy.
T plus a half minute, the gurgles have grown, appear grainy and muddy, and a yellowish mist forms.
One minute beyond . . birds have heard the dinner bell . . . er . . . blast.
I wonder what the cormorant on lower right of center is thinking . . ..
Two minutes beyond . . .
And the zone reopens to traffic. All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who has a blast every time he goes down to the water. The last blast depicted on this blog–taken in Panama–was the final foto in this post from back in March.
I didn’t take these fotos quite right, but . . . look closely, on the left side of the foto and the channel are three orange channel markers, as they appeared on October 10. That’s Bayonne in the distance. Behind the camera and off the right side is Howland Hook terminal.
Of course Patrick Sky cleared that nearest marker without a slightest scratch.
But a few days later . . . October 14 and after a tip-off, I returned and
only two markers remained.
Of course, Irish Sea and Bering Sea had nothing to do with the lost marker. Nor did Kraken.
But one was gone, vanished, disparu!
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who hasn’t returned here since . . . but might there now only be one? Click here for some background info on Patrick Sky. The Kirby unit in the top foto is Beaufort Sea.
Ten weeks ago I did this post about Kraken–the best named vessel in the sixth boro. That day, I sat on the west shore of Bayonne looking at Elizabeth. But yesterday . . . with many thanks to Frank Belesimo, VP of Cashman Dredging, I got onto the water for a close-up tour of the Kraken and masterful description of how it works. Here we approach the boat with our backs to Bayonne. That’s St. Patrick’s Church to the right. The red tug is Jay Michael (1980).
In the background on the Elizabethport shore is the huge now-defunct Singer plant.
Moving inside the house, notice Elizabeth Marine Terminal/Port Newark in the background, along with the peninsula of Bayonne and the cliffs of Manhattan beyond. And on the line stretched betwen bore-platforms, those nodes at the end of each orange signal cord will
More on this dredging project later. All fotos by Will Van Dorp; getting the tour the same day the Shuttle flew over . . . I positive NASA wanted a close-up view of the project as well.