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This time I’ll do it differently, as post –more or less but close–the first and last photo I took each month, starting below with Buchanan I entering the Narrows on January 1 not long after sunrise.
And I won’t mention each date, but this was January 28 just before midday, Durance entering the KVK with Laura K Moran taking the stern.
Winter sees fishing boats like Eastern Welder in the Upper Bay, adding to the regulars in the anchorages like Asphalt Star and Emma Miller.
If you’ve forgotten how cold it stayed throughout the month of February, here are two photos from just off the Battery
taken on February 28.
James Turecamo ushers in March, actually that was March 6, and there’s still snow on the ground.
At the end of the month, Grey Shark was in town for repairs, an extended stay.
April 1 saw Margot continuing to extend NYS Marine Highway right through the sixth boro . . . the same day that
Kismet enters the cold waters after leaving its lair in the Caribbean.
April 29 . . . I finally caught Simone in the harbor . . . here tailed by MSC Monica.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
A few years ago, I did this series of posts on the 80th anniversary of the opening of the Bayonne Bridge, which I needed to shoot under to get this photo of Laura K. Moran assisting Global Laguna–-probably here for scrap– around Bergen Point.
So let’s have a look at the construction project, one of two major infrastructure upgrades in greater NYC. The photo below shows the New Jersey side of the project, mirror image mostly for what’s happening on the New York side. For scale, consider that the yellow horizontal structure–a gantry–is 500′ long.
Note the six or so support piers, 6 of what will be 26.
Below is a closer-up of the second pier from the left in the above photo.
And here’s still closer. See the worker?
Here’s the fifth pier from the left.
Here’s about 100′ feet of the gantry. See the worker in the boom lift, just under the support pier?
Now you see him?
Still see him?
Stay tuned. Here’s a nj.com story on the work from before this summer.
For photos of the other bridge project, follow Kaleidoscope Eyes.
Kirby Moran is new in the sixth boro this year; Laura K. was new in 2008; Gramma Lee T arrived here in 2002 and has now shifted south to Miami. And Eric McAllister arrived here last year. They pretty much resemble each other until you look at the numbers. Bear with me as we first compare their lines from similar perspectives.
So let’s compare horsepower, loa x breadth, and propulsion.
Kirby Moran: 6000, 88.7′ x 38′ , 2x medium speed, two cycle, EMD ME12G7C-T3 with Schottel SRP 1515 FP z drives
Laura K Moran: 5100, 87.4 x 32′, 2x Detroit Diesel MTU with Schottel z drives
Gramma Lee T Moran: 5100, 87.4 x 32′, 2x EMD 12-645F7B with Ulstein 1650H z drives
Eric McAllister: 5150, 91.8′ x 36′, 2x Tier III compliant Caterpillar 3516CHD with Schottel SRP1215 z drives
Conclusion of the non-engineer layperson that I am: Check out Kirby’s 38′ breadth. Seabulk has several like this one with less length and even greater breadth.
Much of this info comes from here, but all photos are by Will Van Dorp.
Well, L’Hermione (pronounced LAIR me un) will find her way into more of these photos. Here’s the venerable W. O. Decker. Click and scroll to see her at work a few decades back.
It’s Pelham, power unit for Wavertree not long ago.
And it’s James Turecamo, preparing to escort in the French frigate currently at South Street.
And Frederick E. Bouchard, in the process of switching B. No. 264 from on the hawser to alongside.
And my first shot of James E. Brown, brand spanking new. I’ll devote a whole post to James E. soon, I hope.
Laura K. Moran watches the French lion pass . . .
as does Frances out in Gravesend Bay.
And the answer to the question about Elizabeth Anna . . . the top photo . . . I believe it’s the erstwhile Bear, the Disch tug acquired by DonJon at an auction back in December 2014. I wonder where she’s headed. Anyone help out?
Except the top photo by Bjoern Kils, all photos in the past few days by Will Van Dorp.
And if I haven’t said this explicitly enough, New York Media Boat is the faster, most versatile, shallowest draft means to see whatever you want in the sixth boro. Need waterborne support for a project or . . .want to see or show someone the sixth boro and its borders with the other boros, check them out.
Click here to scan the many posts with KVK in the title. Here’s a new one inspired by arrivals that had many folks, aship and ashore, paying attention.
Wavertree is suddenly and lavishly being regaled with sights of 21st century merchant vessels
and crew from all over the world are paying attention.
And a mile farther east, at the old gypsum dock, tugboats like Laura K Moran and
Stephen B pass.
If you want to read a good book about when and how the US took possession of Eagle, read Captain Gordon McGowan’s The Skipper and the Eagle. The book has an introduction by Peter Stanford, a foreword by Alan Villiers, and the journey starts out from NYC’s own LaGuardia.
I have many more closeups of the barque; maybe
Here Swallow Ace crew check out an Eagle.
The long street on the landside of this portion of the Kills is called Richmond Terrace. For photos and explanation of what is and used to be there, click here and here, from the ever fascinating forgotten-by.com. Click here to see an image of a square rigger bulk carrier docked in front of Windsor Plaster Mills, now an Eastern Salt facility, in its heyday.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Note: This morning I noticed that wordpress has automatically added a captioning space below each photo, so I’ve decided to use it. What unifies this set of photos is the fact that it shows three of the most powerful NYC-based tugs that primarily assist powered vessels into and out of the port.
I think the last time I used a photo of Amy C McAllister was here, actually not that long ago. Here’s a comparison of the three boats featured here by horsepower.
Eric McAllister–5150, Laura K–5100, and Robert E–4000. I suspect the sixth boro will be seeing a new Moran vessel with 6000 horsepower by mid-summer.
Let me know what you think of the use of captions.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Let’s start with two from New York Media Boat. Can you identify this vessel?
It’s Jay Michael, on a foggy morning last week. She’s headed to the dredge over by the passenger terminal.
Eileen McAllister last appeared in this blog –I think–over six years ago here.
Here’s Laura K. Moran doing what she does. Anyone have an ETA of the next Moran assist tug arrival?
Ocean Tower has been towing and towering elsewhere these past few years.
Here’s Caitlin Ann, a new entry in the containerized garbage hauling?
Caitlin Ann first appeared here nearly seven years ago as Vivian L. Roehrig.
And closing today’s post, Evening Star.
The first two photos by Bjoern Kils. All others by Will Van Dorp.
Laura K Moran first appeared on this blog back in 2008 here, as the sixth boro’s newbie.
I’m not sure the story here, but Laura K holds station off the stern of MSC Sariska, who still has the hook down.
Brian Nicholas and Evening Mist head out on assignment.
Here’s an entire post I devoted to Brian Nicholas over four years ago.
For a frontal view of Evening Mist, click here and scroll.
Here Miriam Moran escorts Hoegh Inchon. ROROs’ cargo is quantified not in teus, but ceus, and Inchon is a 21-year-old floating parking lot with 4300-car equivalent capacity.
Maryland and Franklin Reinauer meet, with missions taking them in opposite directions.
And with Red Hook we end.
Happy springtime, like it was in the photo below, showing Huron Service about seven LONG years ago.
All photos taken in the real maricentric sixth boro by Will Van Dorp.
Unrelated: The post about the documentary Graves of Arthur Kill seems to be getting a lot of attention the past few days. Gary Kane and I can always figure out a time when one or both of us could do a screening for a group you put together.
0647 . . . This is the best time for optimism. Quantico Creek is leaving the port side of BLS Liwa.
Joan Moran exits the East River bound for sea.
Mako stands by during cargo transfer.
Laura K. Moran heads westbound between jobs, always between jobs she.
And count them . . . five motive vessels . . . Maryland, Brendan Turecamo, Joan Moran, maybe Ruby M, and another . . . Easter morning is a busy place in the sixth boro.
Have an optimistic day. All photos by Will Van Dorp.