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This collage of orange and blue indicates that something unusual approaches . . .

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0846 hr . . .

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Atlantic Salvor might have been headed out on a long range mission, but

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at this point, I realized this mission would begin in the Lower Bay of the sixth boro along with

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lots of other vessels, although

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something new this year was the escort of four commercial tugs:  Sassafras, Miriam Moran, 

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Atlantic Salvor, and Normandy.   1150.    I was happy to find someone to talk to.

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It’s fleet week NYC.  Welcome all.

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It’s USS DDG 96,

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HMCS D 282,

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WMEC 911,

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HMCS MM 700,

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HMCS MM 708,

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LHD 5,

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DDG 99,

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and LSD 43.

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At 1216, Eric McAllister joins the welcome party . . .

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WLM 552.

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An E-2 flew by too.

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The message on the port wheel well ((?) amused me.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Here was last year’s arrival.

 

Some people are up before dawn on Easter because of work.  But at sunrise this morning from Bard Street and looking west . . . it was gray.

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Looking east . . . dawn smudged the rosy fingers’ painting.   Lucy Reinauer pushed RTC 83 in that direction, while the Moran 6000 hp tractors returned to the barn after helping Hanjin Shenzhen out to sea and southbound.

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And the Bayonne windmill has revived its current production.  Passing it in order were JRT Moran,

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and James D.  In the distance, that’s Barney Turecamo and

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Miriam also passed.

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Caitlin Ann and

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Hunting Creek also worked their way into Easter morning.

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And I decided to get to work also.  All photos by Will Van Dorp, who did versions 1 and 2 of this in previous years.  Here was a different take on Easter.  As for Caitlin Ann’s being blue . . .

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here’s how I first saw her.

 

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.

. . . I haven’t figured out what the shakers are yet.  But of course, people are the primary movers, even for movers of people like Martha’s Vineyard Express.

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There are silt movers like Stuyvesant.

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And of course all manner of movers of fluids to be respected like Loya and

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Red Hook and

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Orange Blossom.

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There are movers of boxes like Vega and

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Josephine K. Miller, who can do local moves for cargo boxed or bundled or . . .  other.

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There could be a category of movers of movers like this and

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direct movers and

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indirect ones.

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Maybe I should spend some time today trying to figure out who the shakers are.  All photos recently by Will Van Dorp, who was being given a tour of traffic in San Francisco Bay and noticed this interesting assemblage of names of movers.

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Curtis Bay Fells Point built 1956.  Taken 1987.  Click here for Fells Point with more of the fleet.   Scuttled in 2008 at Redbird Reef near the mouth of Delaware Bay.

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James Turecamo built 1969 . . . in my first 2015 photo of her.  In the dry dock directly between James and the WTC, it’s MSC Harry L. Martin.

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It’s the classic 1965 built Bushey-built Cheyenne. Here she was in Oswego in June 2014 about to head into the Great Lakes, making her a truly anadromous vessel.

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Miriam Moran built 1979.

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Bruce A. McAllister . . . built in 1974.

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Ruby M . . . built in Oyster Bay in 1967.

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Robbins Reef . . . 1953

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with entourage that may have salvaged the white fiberglass boat on the barge.

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And the current Fells Point, Maryland built in 2014.

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Photos of both vessels Fell Point come thanks to Allen Baker.  All others by Will Van Dorp.

 

For the misfortune of all us 25 million sixth boro shore dwellers, it’s cool like below.  Here’s what the the river banks like look for us when Mardi Gras gets scheduled.

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Tugs and buoys carry glaze like this or

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this . . . .

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Even local wrecks (that’s two side by side there) have a glaze that mimics the gleaming white paint they once wore . . . .  And one local water guy whose blog I usually read conveys experiences like these.  Hawsepiper, . . . this goes out to you.

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At these times it’s good to remember we have our own deferred (defurred?) mardi gras parade when we ditch our winter burqas and enjoy the summer solstice warmth . . .

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sometimes even without parasols

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in fewer than 125 days from now.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Loosely related, click here for a bulk carrier named Mardi Gras and a whole youtube channel devoted for Asian tugs, jetfoils, fireboats, and other workboats.

 

 

Red Hook with Alice Oldendorff in background.

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Lia with Stolt Effort on the far side.

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Hellas sisters with Left Coast Lifter in the background.  Anyone know when the gargantu-crane will move toward the TZ Bridge site?

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Ever Divine has seraphic lines . . .

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Zim Luanda follows a sinuous path through the KVK with assistance from Brendan Turecamo

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… as does Hanjin Durban, escorted by Miriam Moran

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maintaining a steady course between the two container ships as MOL Excellence bounds seaward…

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and encounters a sister MOL Expeditor waltzed in with Marjorie B McAllister.

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So . . . what do you know about this ship?

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Answer tomorrow.  All photos here by Will Van Dorp.

 

Crow languishes here in Port Newark.

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A detail-impoverished foto of Manson Construction‘s hopper dredge Glenn Edwards along with tug Kendall J. Hebert.  Actually Samantha Miller is hiding in the haze near starboard stern of the dredge, anchored in Gravesend Bay.

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Click here for a coloful foto of Kendall J. Hebert.

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Some of the other boats I’ve seen recently are Susan E. Witte,

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Katherine,  (Last summer I caught Katherine pulling a dredge scow in Morehead City, North Carolina)

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Pati R. Moran, 

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Ron G, which I first read as Rong.  Often she’s in Philadelphia.

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Gabby L Miller,

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Miriam Moran returning to base after retrieving the docking pilot,

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And finally, a boat I’ve never seen before . . . Navigator.  Anyone know her story?  I took this foto Sunday morning.

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All fotos 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.

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The foto below, the latest from Tony Acabono, shows Gunhild Kirk, formerly Stealth Argentina.

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I took all the rest here, except for the very last one . . .  here Happy Dynamic leaves ex-MOTBY for sea.

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The last few days, Happy Dynamic has been my striven-for state.

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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.

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Ah . . and finally that creamy colored tanker bringing into the sixth boro my favorite

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drink.

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At first my eyes saw Zengale, quite the oxymoron.  Later, I made out the correct name, referring to a province of Latvia.

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JPO Libra . . . escorted by Miriam Moran and

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Energy Conqueror . . . spun by Margaret Moran.

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Parting shot, also from Jeff Anzevino . . . Afrodite.

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Many thanks to Jeff and Tony for use of these fotos.  All others by Will Van Dorp.

Guess this tug?  This and alternate fotos here are taken by Seth Tane.  Answer follows.

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Joan Turecamo (1980 and one of the last tugs built at Matton in Cohoes)in the foreground.  Guess the one in the distance?

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Natoma . .  1976.

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Vessel in the distance earlier was Susan Miller, 1981.  I’m guessing the barge is loaded with riprap for shoreline protection somewhere in Raritan Bay.  I wonder about the origin of those rockaceous chunks.

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Craig Foss was launched in June 1945 as LT-648 by Tampa Marine, one of over 700 tugs operated by the US Army at the end of WW II.  For a foto of a Tampa hull, click here.

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Peering over crane barge Delaware Bay, it’s Caitlin Ann, 1961.

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It’s Shaver’s 1981-built Portland.  For a foto of a 1947 ship-assist tug Portland, click here.

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And finally . .  a tug with a tent passing a clock with no hands, it’s Miriam Moran (1979).

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Top foto is Amnav’s Revolution at the Rainier Foss shipyard in 2006.

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