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This is day 8 of the GHP&W series, so let me break pattern a bit. If you missed the beginning, GHP&W is not a law firm; it’s abbrev for “gunk holes, harbors, ports, and wharves.” I haven’t dusted off any wharves yet, but two-thirds of the months still lie ahead.
The story here is that TS Kings Pointer was out serving as a training platform and not at Kings Point, although there was a potential meeting somewhere south along our track to Portsmouth, VA.
Mile 1, 0738 Wednesday, heading for the Throg’s Neck Bridge.
0756. Passing SUNY Maritime and TS Empire State. Click here for photos from her summer sea term 2015.
0804, Robert Burton, a Norfolk boat.
0907, Mary Gellatly with a sand scow at the southern tip of Governors Island.
1017, Romer Shoal Light and Coney Island.
1517, Capt. Willie Landers northbound off Beach Haven, I think.
1612, FV Jonathan Ryan and tug Pops in the distance.
1618, entering a grid marked “numerous scientific buoys.”
1657 off Atlantic City, with unidentified tug and barge
1740 and about to switch watch.
Thursday, 0852, looking north into the Chesapeake after going wide around Fisherman Island.
0910 . . . it’s the current TS Kings Pointer, ex-Liberty Star. . .
. . . heading along Virginia Beach
before turning northward toward Long Island Sound. Her former sister ship–Freedom Star–was in the area but we did not see her.
Meanwhile, we head north into the Thimble Shoal Channel Tunnel and into port, which you can follow tomorrow. And that tug and crane barge in the distance . . . survey work for new infrastructure or maintenance dredging?
All photos by Will Van Dorp, with thanks to the USMMA Sailing Foundation for inviting me to crew in winter relocation for Tortuga. It was a smooth trip.
Here was 13 . . . from what seems ages ago.
And the next few? A freak snowfall in the sixth boro?
And might these be protest signs?
. . . out of the mouths [and from the brushes and paintpots] of babes . . . and young’uns come some impressive sentiments.
Fotos 4 through 7 were taken by Brian DeForest, Terminal Manager, who also took the first six fotos here. The others . . Will Van Dorp.
Here are some more fotos by Seth Tane in the late 1970s /early 1980s.
Foto#1. Princess Bay just south of the Old Bay Draw, placing her about a mile of her place of construction. Anyone know what happened to her, last known as Mabel L? She was launched from Elizabethport the same year as Coral Queen.
Foto #2. Jet Trader heads for the Arthur Kill. Today Jet Trader has a new life as . . .
reef, among sunken NYC subway cars and army tanks off Atlantic City. Here’s a foto of her last voyage on the hip of Taurus. Click here to see fotos of motor tankers, subway cars, and army tanks being reefed. Have you or someone you know had the experience of diving on these reefs and care to share the experience?
Fotos 3 and 4. Mystic Sun waited in the Morris Canal for its last voyage to the scrappers in Kearney. Click here for fotos of some of the Sun fleet including Mystic Sun in better days. Can anyone identify the tugboats here?
Here’s the bow of Mystic Sun. Here’s a detailed history of Sunmarine. Mystic Sun started life in 1944, launched from East Coast Shipyards in Bayonne as AOG 38 and was scrapped in 1981, dating this foto. Here are other AOGs in dazzle paint.
Last foto, #5. Mary Gellatly, the tanker incarnation. Click here and scroll for a recent foto of the current Mary Gellatly in the sixth boro. Who was the long-revered namesake? And anyone know the details of the launch and demise of this tanker?
Many thanks to Seth Tane for these fabulous fotos of sixth boro history.
Upriver at Magdalen Island, here’s a followup to Ooops 3 . . . Mary Alice (1974) brings in bucket on dredge Delaware Bay (2006) to begin process of raising the beached scow. That’s Leopard Albany-bound on left side of page. See Leopard anchored in the sixth boro in the second foto here.
These fotos come thanks to Dock Shuter.
Resolute (1975) heads for a rendezvous with Zim Qingdao. That’s High Mercury and the ferry terminal in the background.
Anyone know who takes credit for that white arch atop the terminal?
Headon view of the new Mary Gellatly (2000). Actually, I wish the green trim along lower side of house windows were left . . . even enhanced. That’s Maersk Caitlin in the background.
Tied up along the salt pile . . . it’s Vane’s Red Hook (2013) and Hunting Creek (2012) They may be the two newest tugboats in the sixth boro.
Catherine Turecamo (1972) closes in to meet UASC Jeddah.
And here . . . high and dry and needing a shave, it’s Specialist. Here (scroll through to the end) is a foto of the same vessel–house up–three plus years ago. Is she really a 1956-build?
And finally, heading into the Narrows, it’s
Sea Bear (1990).
Thanks to Dock Shuter for the Mary Alice fotos. All others by Will Van Dorp.
Some days more than others I’m only a bit more acutely aware of change. Certainly this is true in the sixth boro if you watch it over time. Name boards migrate from
one vessel to another. Actually, I’m told the foto above is Mary Gellatly the third, with the second below. It appears the first was a Navy built tanker. I’d love it if someone know the whereabouts of a foto.
Companies buy and sell floating stock . . . renaming and repainting . . .
Freddie K Miller is the fourth name for this 1966 vessel that was first dubbed New Haven. I can vouch that her interior looks brand spanking new as she nears the mid-century mark.
I don’t know that much about Sam M, 1972, other than that she was fire-engine red around Christmas, and
bleached-out white last summer.
Kimberly Poling, 1994, looks much better with the
modified roofline and more complex paint scheme.
June K in orange was one of my favorites some years back, but pushing old metal or
holding new metal as Sarah Ann . . . the 2003 vessel remains one of my favorites.
Herbert P. Brake 1992 . . . red or
blue . . . I don’t see her that often.
To paraphrase Heraclitus again . . . only change is unchanging . . . and it surely doesn’t happen at a constant clip.
All foto by Will Van Dorp.