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What can you tell about this vessel?  Here’s a clue . . . try to give it at least 30 seconds of a listen.

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Here’s a bit more of her.  Actually, I’d love to get a fast rescue craft to explore harbors with . . .  Anyone know of a online marketplace for used FRCs?  Norsafe is a leading manufacturer, and their site introduced me to a new term, daughter craft.    But I digress.

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The sixth boro can be quite crowded sometimes.  Like here, how many large vessels do you count?

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From left to right, there’s Red Cloud, STI Fulham, Maersk Weymouth, Opal Express, Anthem of the Seas, and Leopard Sea, with an unidentified tug and barge unit along Opal Express port side;  and when I move the camera to the right, there also Zircon, with Sunny Williams delivering lube oil and I can’t identify the tug bunkering.

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Still farther to the right, there’s Marie Kirk, Irish Sea, and an unidentified fishing boat her the CNJRR station.

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A bit earlier, I caught this photo of Kirby Moran escorting STI Fulham out of the “inner harbor” to the anchorage.

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Over by the salt pile and deeply laden with ice remover . . .

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it’s Arcturus, newly arrived from the Antofagasta region, waiting to be discharged.

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Which returns us to the mystery ship at the top of this post.  It’s Carmen.  WW has named many of its PCTCs after characters from operas.

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Click here and here for more of these WW vessels. That’s either Miriam or Margaret Moran seeing Carmen in.

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All photos here by Will Van Dorp.

Here’s an index to the 44 prior posts by this name.  CMA CGM Parsifal here is heavily laden, looks huge–and for the sixth boro is one of the largest that have called to date–almost 11oo’ loa and around 8500 teu-capacity, but relative to the current largest container ship in the world is smaller by half, ranked by capacity.

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I’ve done lots of posts focusing on intriguing names, but Parsifal needs to be added to that list.  In the foreign-to-me world of opera, Parsifal was a “pure fool,” the only knight unsullied enough to get the magic sword back from the evil seductress Kundry.  Cool.

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Here’s JRT Moran–the sixth boro’s newest new tug–coming out to meet Troitsky Bridge.

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JRT teams up here with the venerable James Turecamo, a tandem that shows evolution in twin screw design over almost a half century.   Troitsky [trinity] Bridge is named for a structure in St. Petersburg;  for some reason it’s almost the name of a fun civil engineering competition.  Local high schools run such competitions also.

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Port Moody waits in the anchorage as USNS Red Cloud gets refurbished at GMD.

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I caught Leopard Sea in Nola here just over a year ago.

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Santa Pacific, with hatches cracked open, waits  . .  for orders?

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NS Antarctic gets around.

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Robert E. heads out for a job, passing NS Antarctic and  . . .

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Cielo di Milano, as Sandy Hook Pilots summer station boat New Jersey comes in for a call through the KVK.

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Living along the banks of the sixth boro has disadvantages, but I truly enjoy the fact that this too is part of the traffic.

 

All photos this month by Will Van Dorp.

I wonder . . . if I move here, will I tire of watching the traffic pass?   Sometimes there are familiar vessels . . . like Buster Bouchard, but otherwise . . .

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commerce rafts in vessels never before seen . . . like Fu Kang (almost a racy name?) foreground and Caribe Pearl protruding from around the bend, with  Angus R. Cooper, Bollinger, and Algiers Point in between.

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Leopard Sea and Miss Sylvia keep the excitement going, with

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handoffs to Karen Koby,

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Cindy R and Zante,

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C. Mack Zito, 

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Jesus Saves,

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Presager,

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J. K. McLean, 

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Alice I. Hooker, 

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Merrick Jones, 

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Louisiana and Angus R. Cooper meeting Qingdao Tower.

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The Mississippi never stops, but I will of now, with a note of familiarity, not Dolphin per se–she’s never been pictured on the is blog, I think–but rather the Kirby livery.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Back to Jesus Saves, is there any truth to the story that somewhere along the Mississippi a nun is master of a tug?

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