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Paris this springtime has seen new waterfronts, quite miserable for anyone wedded to the old margins. Click on the image to read the story.
But I’m not focusing here on “paris,” but rather “pairs” that have been “pairing” around the sixth boro. And that appears to be Flinterland over beyond the warehouses just arrived from Paramaribo. Both Paris and Paramaribo are on my list of “gotta got there soon” places. In the foreground and eastbound on the East River, it’s Foxy 3 and Rae.
I caught Marie J Turecamo and Mary Turecamo doing the do-see-doe allemand left recently just off Caddell.
The background margins seemed to be trying to add a script.
With the Turecamos, the background served as a record of change on the Bayonne Bridge.
And Mary appears to have just had a makeover.
Are there pairs in those boxes? Yes, I know these are the flocks of pigeons that are said to create art when they fly. Here though in daylight they look like Joseph Perkins boxes with living creatures in them, mimicking a microcosm of the residents of NYC.
But I’ve somehow gotten myself off topic, but no matter, it’s springtime.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who took a break from catfishing and stumbled onto an answer thanks to the site naturalareasnyc.org. According to them, NYC includes over 76,000 acres of open water, i.e., the sixth boro. That number of acres converts to about 119 square miles (mi2). Manhattan, in comparison is only 23 mi2.
Here are the other land boros’ areas:
Bronx, 42 mi2
Staten Island, 58 mi2
Brooklyn, 71 mi2
Queens, 109 mi2
And size matters. It’s time for the 119-acre-boro to have its own official name and status.
OK, I’ll hand this back to the robots and reel in my catfish.
Let’s start with Marie J. Turecamo (1968). And then let’s look at others out around this springtime morning:
Like Joan Turecamo (1980), built near the confluence of the Hudson River and Erie Canal,
heading out here with James D. Moran (2015);
Caitlin Ann (1961) doing a recycling run;
Emerald Coast (1973) leaving the U-Haul;
North Sea (1982) heading for the Kirby yard;
Robert E. McAllister (1969) heading out for a ship;
Quenames (1982) moving a barge alongside;
Crystal Cutler (2010) getting some maintenance; and
that brings us back to Marie J. Turecamo and a photo taken only a minute of so before the lead-off photo in this post.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Here are some photos from last year’s October breast cancer awareness campaign.
The idea of an annual breast cancer awareness month dates back to 1985. Since at least last year, some US tugboat companies have also joined in the effort to promote mammography and all else for early detection.
I hope you are as impressed as I am.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
The first photos here comes from John Jedrlinic, who took the one immediately below in Norfolk in August. So far as I know, Julie Anne has not yet seen the sixth boro.
I’m also not sure A. J. McAllister has seen the sixth boro. Believe it or not, A. J. dates from 2003, built in Panama City, FL. Jed snapped this shot as she passed USS Bulkely. Unknowable from the Oct. 16, 2015 photo, the tight light on A. J. was attached to bulker New Spirit.
Can you guess this one?
It’s a nicely tidied up Quenames, New England bound.
Charles A has been in the harbor since at least this summer.
Coming in out of the rising sun, it’s Marie J. Turecamo and Kirby Moran.
And headed in that direction, it’s Elizabeth McAllister.
Now let’s size down . . . Robbins Reef is 42.4 ‘ loa,
Helen Paker is 39′,
and Ava Jude is 25′ . . .
This last photo I can’t identify, although I count at least four crew. Photo comes thanks to Phil Little.
Thanks to Jed and Phil for the first and last photos here; all the others are by Will Van Dorp.
See the decorated Dutch bar? That’s not something you see every day.
but July 4 is not an ordinary day. Just look at all those people at the land’s edge: “water-gazers” Melville called them, as you can read here with the last sentence of the second paragraph and go through the next two paragraphs. All wanting to see the decorated Dutch bar?
Marie J Turecamo brought a barge of pyrotechnics too.
Marion Moran–like Brendan Turecamo–brought a barge full to midtown, I believe.
. . . as did Doris Moran. Again, see the water-gazers fill the esplanade.
Other tugboats brought other gazers . . . sky-gazers soon.
like Kimberly Poling and .
Yemitzis, launched as a PRR tug in 1954. Click here and scroll to see her original look.
My goal at the fireworks on Pier 16 had been to get shots of Ambrose bathed in pyrotechnical light, but alas . . . without the right orientation of camera to boat to flashes . . . this is the best I got.
This photo from July 2012 was what I had imagined I could get. Well . . . it’s all about a lot of things, including location. See the different version of this shot of the left of this page and please let’s continue the discussion on the future of Pegasus.
Speaking of sky-gazers . . . from the back of the crowd on Pier 16, this is what I got.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
And if you didn’t see this article in the NYTimes about digital photography and ethics, check it out, even if you just look at the before and after photos.
See the name clearer of the stern here than the bow? See the distinctive tender?
This vessel with the unique davits and radar is not the same vessel. And the woman in black with a bow in her hair at the stern, she is the namesake for both boats. The gray, black, and white photos, complements of Russell Skeris, were taken in 1952, when this Marie J. was new. Previously, Russell sent along the lead photo in this post here.
And here, the gent forward most on the bow is Barney Turecamo. In the background is Jersey City.
I’m not sure what “platform” these shots were made from, the the landmass in the background here looks like Staten Island as seen from off Red Hook.
It turns out that the 1952 Marie J. Turecamo is now DonJon’s William E., and unfortunately I do NOT have a photo of William E. Anyone help out here? Here you see some shots from Birk’s site.
Many thanks to Russell for his photo and to Birk and crew for his informative site. 2015 photos by Will Van Dorp.
More gray tomorrow.
Here’s the index to the previous posts in this series.
Self-unloaders are not unheard of in the sixth boro; in fact, some of my favorite vessels like here, here, and here . . . I’ve followed them. Here’s a link to the Oldendorff site showing how the self-unloaders work. Rt Hon Paul E. Martin is named for this politician from our neighbors to the north.
Traveling through those same waters . . . MSC Monica.
A few days before the Martin, Ultra Colonsay was replenishing the pile at Atlantic Salt.
Other vessels calling in the sixth boro recently include Vladimir,
Sypress escorted by Marie J. Turecamo,
Atlantic Compass passing by Joyce D. Brown, leaving an ominous sky to the west
and finally Torino. This photo was taken by regular contributor John “Jed” Jedrlinic, who–in addition to being a great raconteur, took
a photo of this ne’er do weel.
Besides the two photos by Jed, all photos were taken by Will Van Dorp.
Thank the verizon gods for internet service after a few more days’ drought. Click here for previous snowy posts.
I think today was the snowiest day yet in the sixth boro. So I hope you enjoy watching Orange Ocean emerge from the “particle fog.”
I missed Donjon’s Yankee leave town this morning, but I did catch Marie J Turecamo pivot Stolt Capability. Click here to see tug fax photo of Yankee in Halifax a few day back. Please get in touch if you got any Yankee photos .. . I’m that kind of a Yankee fan.
MOL Expeditor remianed in the Lower Bay anchorage for some time after losing power on the outbound run last night. Losing power in the narrow Ambrose Channel must be a terrifying experience.
Like I said earlier, I missed Yankee, but I caught Frances coming in the Narrows, and passing a vessel with the unlikely name . . .
Neverland Dream. I include a link here just in case you don’t believe me.
All photos today by Will Van Dorp, who is not certain of internet service from one day to the next.
As day broke, the fog descended. Here was Zhen Hua 10 right outside the Narrows around 0700.
Marie J. Turecamo stood by.
Nicholas Miller ferried out . . . crew? . . . materials?
Here’s how the bridge looked by 0720. i had to do some work, and when I
returned at 1030 . . . the bridge looked like this and Zhen Hua 10 and escorts looked like
All photos by Will Van Dorp. Here’s the Shanghai-based company site.
Here’s the first in this series. David sent me some photos earlier this week and offered to write the commentary as well. Hence the quotation marks.
“Marie J. Turecamo steam harmlessly through the harbor.”
“James Turecamo makes a splash as she heads towards the Kill.”
Lincoln Sea sits patiently in the notch of the DBL 140.”
“Two displays of heritage in the form of New York State Marine Highway tug Margot and Ellis Island.”
“Herbert P. Brake pushes a scrap barge (possible future additions to her hull?) through the harbor.”
“Crystal Cutler pushes the Patricia Poling as Andrew Barbieri bears down upon her.”
My take: if a waterborne Rip van Winkle had fallen asleep 80 years ago and awakened today, the bridge and the light might be among the very few structures he would recognize.
“Stephen Reinauer steams lite through the harbor towards her next assignment.”
“Ever ready, ever vigilant.”
Thanks, David. The sixth boor’s the star here, IMHO. To post some corny doggerel in Poetry Month “collaboration is the game and “sixth boro” the star’s name!