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Happy Earth Day. Well . . every day should be that, and although I recall and participated in the very first one in 1970, I’m no longer so enamored of the name. Planet Day would be better, and of course every day should be that as well. Actually . .. I’m rather more attracted to declaring this and every day Sea Day. Actually, every day already is, with a parade of random vessels making their way past the KV buoy every day all day.
See that random stuff floating in the foreground on KVK waters?
This was at my feet that same day, all arranged by tide and wind and buoyancy. And here’s more.
Some these pics I took a month ago, a day I’d just heard about the search for the tragic Malaysian Flight 370. What struck me as strange was the reporter’s reference to “sea junk” … a term that seemed to suggest the sea was responsible for debris of all sorts floating there.
Calling it “our junk” would make more sense.
Today is also the 50th anniversary of the opening of the 1964 World’s Fair. If you don’t think the world has changed much in a half century, watch The Magic Bus, a video about a journey from California to the World’s Fair.
OK . . . let’s go back to today. I got work to do. Look at this desk junk . . . my desk. Note the logo on cup and guarded by the feline.
Let mer see . . . happy see day.
Guess the locations here and . . .
here? Answers follow.
This one should be obvious. What’s the Philly-bound tug?
It’s Lucky D.
Here’s Chesapeake Coast, probably North River and then Hudson River bound.
B. Franklin Reinauer is Sound-bound.
And some light tugs . . . Elizabeth,
. . . Margaret Moran and Pegasus.
The top two were . . . locations were Chao Phraya River in Bangkok and the Staten Island side of the Narrows, with tug Gulf Dawn outbound. Click here for some Thai tugs from almost seven years ago. Thanks much to Ashley Hutto for the first photo.
Here was the first time I used this title, which clearly needs to be used again.
Let me start here at 13:38. Note from far to near, or black hull to black hull . . . Cartagena, Four Sky with Lee T Moran, Red Hook, and Genco Knight.
Twin Tube slides through the opening between Bow Kiso and Genco Knight.
Even the bow of Genco Knight is crowded as their vessel prepares to dock and resupply the salt depot.
Kimberly Turecamo works the bulk carrier’s stern as Evening Star passes with B. No. 250.
Add McAllister Girls in the foreground and Ellen McAllister in the distance against the blue hull, which will appear a bit later.
McCrews heads westbound and Four Sky now seems to be doing the same.
Are you out of breath yet? Only 10 minutes has elapsed.
Linehandler 1 cruises blithely through it, supremely self-assured.
Cheyenne adds color.
Another line handler boat scouts out the set up . . . as a new blue hull arrives from the west, as
. . . does Charles D. McAllister.
Crew on the blue hull–Nord Observer–stows lines as they head for tropical heat, escorted
by Catherine Turecamo although
at the turn on the Con Hook range they meet Mare Pacific heading in with Joan Turecamo and Margaret Moran. At this point . . .
14:12 . . . the mergansers decided to hightail it . . . or at least follow their crests. And I hadn’t even turned around yet to see the congestion on land behind me.
All these photos in a very short time by Will Van Dorp.
My thanks to Brian DeForest and Atlantic Salt, whom Genco Knight was arriving to restock.
Below . . . a foto from Gerard Thornton showing Gary Nelson on Gage Paul Thornton. Gary seems to be keeping relatively good humor in spite of the cold.
Gulf Dawn returns a dredge scow to the AK.
See the icicles on an anchor which less than a month ago was splashed with tropical water.
Margaret and Laura K. Moran assist Valle Azzurra in from sea.
McAllister Sisters heads upriver with
RTC 60 and –I’m speculating– lots of heating oil for New York state homes.
McAllister Girls –here passing Sassafras–is a boat I haven’t seen in a while.
Thanks to Gerard Thornton for the first foto; all others by Will Van Dorp, who believes that one reason to put up such cold fotos is so that we can look back in July and feel delightfully cooled by these images.
Here was 27.
Last week’s weather fotos from Brian DeForest . . . Atlantic Conveyer cuts through a hint of fog, assisted by Charles D. and
Next, two significantly different ship departure fotos from Phil Little. Norwegian Gem 2007, 965 ft., thanks to pod propulsion, backs out with no, no fuss, no slewing around. Notable is what’s not seen, harbor tugs!
rolls to port as it bears hard to get Splendor turned into the flow.
I took the remaining fotos here earlier this week . .. along a congested KVK.
I’m not sure what this container is.
My parting shot . . . Elizabeth McAllister assisting Zim Shang Hai.
For more icy Great Lakes fotos, check tugboathunter’s site.
Thanks to Ken, Brian, and Phil for these fotos.
Any guesses? A clue . . if the vessel stays on schedule, it’ll be back in the sixth boro in about a month.
Safety Comes First. Commodities come promptly. Which ones?
Here’s another clue then . . . the vessel hull-down here is Antwerp-bound and then recrosses the pond to approach the Panama Canal two and a half weeks from now. Another clue . . . it reminds me of what in my boyhood was the sixth foto here: my neighbor used a farm truck just like this to get the tomatoes, pickles, cabbage . . . to market . .. in that case the local canneries.
Answer: the vessel disappearing over the horizon yesterday afternoon is Albermarle Island (1993). Click here and scroll down to see her ports history. The foto below I took in June 2011, one I didn’t use in this post–Commodities 2– from around that date. Click here to see the schedule of all the Ecuadorian Line boats that bring us mostly–I presume–Ecuadorian bananas. Here are more Ecuadorian exports to the US.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp. If you’re good at getting your head around numbers, here’s a set from the Office of Trade Representative.
Random . . . all fotos taken in the past week, and . . . let’s start with a tugboat that’s NOT mostly painted white, the 1958 Thornton Bros. This foto, courtesy of William Hyman, also shows the color of foliage on the New Jersey bluff across from upper midtown.
2000 Brooklyn, which also has had a long list of previous names.
1979 Margaret Moran
2002 Gramma Lee T Moran
1974 BF Jersey
1966 Gulf Dawn
1979 Patrick J Hunt
And some fotos of vessels operating by . .. 1983 Escort
1969 Robert E McAllister
1976 Atlantic Salvor. Notice the tallest building in the distance . . . that’s WTC1. Eleven months ago, I took these fotos of Salvor steaming int the sixth boro with segments of the antenna that are now assembled and in place atop the tower.
And once again, the green 1958 tug that started out this post.
Thanks to William for the first foto; all others by Will Van Dorp.
Here was 19.
And this fast moving light tanker is Afrodite, shuttling Albany to St. John, NB Canada, exporting Dakota crude. That all may sound like science fiction, but sometimes I feel like my whole life has started re-enacting science fiction. Afrodite, she with the intriguing name, sails fast. This foto, taken between the bridges in Poughkeepsie, comes compliments of Jeffrey Anzevino. Thanks, Jeff.
The foto below, the latest from Tony Acabono, shows Gunhild Kirk, formerly Stealth Argentina.
I took all the rest here, except for the very last one . . . here Happy Dynamic leaves ex-MOTBY for sea.
The last few days, Happy Dynamic has been my striven-for state.
Maryland . . . passes here in the foreground of Overseas Fran and Stolt Concept. Overseas Fran . . . all I can think of –in the spirit of Thomas Pynchon-make that . . . overseas, fran? Or . . “Over. Seas (seize) Fran!” Gravity’s Rainbow is enjoyable, if you can make it through, and it took me three tries before I got through the first time. More Maryland pics soon.
Ah . . and finally that creamy colored tanker bringing into the sixth boro my favorite
At first my eyes saw Zengale, quite the oxymoron. Later, I made out the correct name, referring to a province of Latvia.
JPO Libra . . . escorted by Miriam Moran and
Energy Conqueror . . . spun by Margaret Moran.
Parting shot, also from Jeff Anzevino . . . Afrodite.
Many thanks to Jeff and Tony for use of these fotos. All others by Will Van Dorp.
Robert E. McAllister has quickly become my favorite tugboat in the sixth boro. I know how fickle that sounds . . . But here, muscling Victorious Ace around under cover of darkness, Robert E. is incomparable.
As many in the sleeping city have eyes closed, not everyone does. Mary Alice (I think) grabs scows by the pair.
Behold Discovery Coast, sleepless in the sixth boro.
Ellen, . . . whom I’ve long admired and still do, I’m happy to meet
your sister. According to this 2004 article, McAllister had at that time converted over a dozen of these.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Here’s my response to bowsprite’s post on Albany-bound ships . . . she drew a TEN tanker called Afrodite, but when I came looking–more on that later–I saw only Apollon, not necessarily Albany bound.
I saw MOL Encore, again bound for Asia.
I found Maersk Memphis . . . until very recently Maersk Kwangyang.
I noticed C. Angelo passing Explorer of the Seas.
I noticed workers walking the cables of the
VZ Bridge . . . .
Then I had obligations and headed over to Staten Island and caught Dalian Express passing Maemi II.
I was there when Hanjin Nagoya headed underneath the Bayonne Bridge, as did a pack
of Moran boats . . . .
And only later did I find Mischief–S/V Mischief, or I think that’s her, sailed by Harry and John. But that’s when I found . . . if not more mischief then misfortune.
the Bayonne Bridge walkway/bikeway . . . is now closed!! I wish they’d put up a re-opening date . . . 8/5/15? 8/5/16? Until then, there’ll be no more fotos like the last seven here.
All fotos today by Will Van Dorp.