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For as multipurpose as sixth boro waterways are in summertime, my perception is that safety prevails.  RORO, barge on a short wire, and canoe stay well apart.

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Ditto here with spacing.

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PWCs . .  I’ll never be a fan.

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Foreshortening masks the fact that from a vantage point like Fort Wadsworth . . . I can see over 10 miles.

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The traditional ship here was launched in 1997;  the tug beyond  . . . in 2001.

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My only question is where that classy yellow sand is going.  TZ Bridge?

All photos recently by Will Van Dorp.

 

The first photo comes via Fred Trooster, HHL Fremantle leaving Waalhaven for Port Said on 4 August, with RT Zoe, RT Stephanie, and RT Claire, for new lives there . . . .

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All the rest I’ve taken recently in the sixth boro  . . .  Gracious Ace (a fun name) left Yokohama on June 30.

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Ellen McAllister and McAllister Sisters escort GA under the Bayonne Bridge

Palmerton follows the Ambrose Channel into the Narrows.

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Anyone recognize the cargo?

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Glovis Crown and CMA CGM Vivaldi cross on the Ambrose Channel.

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Juliette Rickmers heads for sea with Margaret Moran alongside.

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Here crabbing across the Hudson is Sightseer XII, built in 1933!!  Click here for more info on this vessel originally built to enforce Prohibition!

And finally . . . Destiny, a new one for me, a sixth boro version of a lobster boat.   A Maine lobster boat has evolved into something quite different.

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Thanks to Fred for the top photo;  all others by Will Van Dorp.

 

I’m not entirely sure where the land story here starts and stops, but three and a half years ago, I posted this when the tower went up because it intruded into a lot of photos I took.  I took these next two photos in January 2012, right after erection but six months before it went on line.

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from the Upper Bay

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from Lower Newark Bay

And here are two I took last month.

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from right across the KVK

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from the Con Hook range

Here’s the news:  the turbine is fritzed and needs repair or replacement after just three years in spite of an expected life span of 20 years!  Here’s a full range of speculation. Of the hundreds of thousands of wind turbines operating in the world, why does this one fritz out?

All photos by Will Van Dorp, with thanks to WS for passing this story along.

 

 

 

 

 

Recognize this northbound tanker?

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Afrodite.

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Another orange PCTC . . . escorted in by Margaret, I think.

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Tulane.

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Torm Lotte . . .

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The Peter Max vessel headed for Florida and back by next weekend?

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Breakaway.

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Conrad S . . . she of the

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whaleback forecastle to lessen greenwater loading?

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And another PCTC . . .

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Hoegh Inchon escorted in by Margaret again . . . .

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All photos taken in the past week by Will Van Dorp.

Most if not all of these vessels have appeared here before, but bear with me because a surprise follows.

Gramma Lee T Moran,

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Margaret  Moran, 

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Brendan Turecamo, 

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Ruby M with dredge Glenn Edwards in the distance,

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Eric McAllister,

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Emerald Coast going head-to-head–not really–with Red Hook,

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Paul Andrew eastbound on the East River,

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heading in the same direction about the same hour are Catherine Miller and

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Susan Miller.  By the way, in the pic above here’s a close-up of that green sculpture almost dead center of the photo.

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Ok, now we’re getting to the “different” part.  Note Maryland in December 2008 and

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in early April 2015.

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Ditto Baltic Sea in August 2009 and –gasp—

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last year.  I concur with someone on FB who said it appears she’s been whitewashed with some trim made out of crude oil mixed with pulverized charcoal.  This is sad to see.

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And these photos are from an ad that’s now over a year old.  I wonder if they changed hands . . .

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Can anyone identify the other tug in the center of the photo below?

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All photos except the last three by Will Van Dorp.

(I haven’t used this title since 2008) Ooops!  not true.  Here were 2 and 3.

Notwithstanding all that . ..    sometimes the thought that a day is the first day in the rest of one’s life is superlatively vivid.    Enjoy my pics and maybe you’ll get this sense also.

Sunday afternoon, Zhen Hua 10 enters the Kills. Does anyone know if “Zhen Hua” means anything?  Note Manhattan and the tip of Bayonne to the left, and tug Brooklyn, Robbins Reef Light, and the boro of Brooklyn to the right.

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The new cranes arriving and the bridge their squeezing underneath are integrally related parts of the same story, as . . .

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… are the cranes and the dredging equipment in the background.  Note tug Specialist in the background

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Margaret Moran tends the port bow.

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Gramma Lee T Moran supplies the brakes and rudder.

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The ship completes its journey of thousands of miles.  Is it true that Zhen Hua 10 arrived here via Cape of Good Hope?

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On the same theme . .  here’s a handsome team of tugs, good paint all around.  Working on a tandem assignment?

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My thought when I read the name on the nearer tug was . . . this is historic . . . Crow‘s last ride;  the Bushey tug might also be in the last mile of its thousands and thousands in a half century of work.

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She’s being escorted in by Emily Ann . . .

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Crow and her sister Cheyenne DO have classic lines!

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Machines on shore were already staged . . . .

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while not far away a last spring seal lollygags on some warm rusty metal, once also a brand new machine.

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And on the other side of Staten Island rubble of a light indispensable a century ago adapts to a new life as a rookery.

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Many thanks to NYMedia Boat.

All photos by Will Van Dorp, who will be transiting himself soon.  Thursday I leave on a grand gallivant, and in early June–if all goes well– I start a new chapter working on Urger, that handsome young centenarian tug you see upper left at the top of the page.

It’s late Sunday evening, and Monday morning will come very early, so as a sneak preview to tomorrow’s post, a few photos of the transit of Zhen Hua 10 to Port Newark.  Moveable platform courtesy of NYMedia Boat, which gets a photographer in the right places.

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More tomorrow after work.  All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

Here was 14.

And in the photo below, dozens of people occupy  the vessels, mostly invisible even as the weather starts to warm up.

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But some work is done outside . .  like preparing to retrieve a docking pilot, whereas

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others, after a time at sea, feast their eyes on details of a foreign port . . . one that might NOT look like the legendary port they are entering,

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looking at the south side of KVK and thinking, “This is New York?”

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

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?

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This was at my feet that same day, all arranged by tide and wind and buoyancy.  And here’s more.

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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.

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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.

Go back a century . . . 1914 was also the year of opening the Panama Canal, the Cape Cod Canal . . . and more.

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.

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Let mer see . . . happy see day.

 

Guess the locations here and . . .

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here?  Answers follow.

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This one should be obvious.  What’s the Philly-bound tug?

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It’s Lucky D.

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Here’s Chesapeake Coast, probably North River and then Hudson River bound.

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B. Franklin Reinauer is Sound-bound.

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And some light tugs . . . Elizabeth,

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Joan Turecamo,

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Chesapeake,

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Megan McAllister, 

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. . . Margaret Moran and Pegasus.

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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.

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