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March 2020 has arrived, and when I brushed the cobwebs away from the March 2010 archives, I discovered I took a lot of interesting photos that month, enough to do two posts from the 2010 March set.

Let’s start with the quirky Capt. Log, captained by the friendliest person I know in the sixth boro.  I rode along on the 63′ tanker for this story.

A fleetmate of Stena Perros , Stena Primorsk, is currently anchored off Long Beach NY.  Perros is off Santos Brasil today, 2020.  Ships are designed to travel the largest part of the planet.

Firefighter was still in service 10 years ago;  now it’s a museum in Greenport NY.  After the hauling out in this post, she was repainted in her original white/black colors.

MOL Innovation is escorted in by the indefatigable Ellen McAllister.  At 961′ loa, Innovation is more than 300′ shorter than the largest container ships calling in the sixth boro these days, and I suspect the 1996 build has been scrapped.

Back in 2010, I was not using AIS, but as I drove my car over the VZ Bridge on my way to work one morning, I noticed it entering the boro;  I was very happy that I was driving to work early that day;  I got the photos and still made it to work on time.  THAT is the logic of going to work earlier than necessary, and (almost) always carrying a camera.   Now I’m sorry to report the 1995 Jumbo Spirit is aground in a scrapping yard in Aliağa.

Maersk Wisconsin, a 2000 build, has also been scrapped.   Note the Humvees being transported.

McAllister Brothers is a 1958 Jakobson product;  I believe she’s laid up in the McAllister Staten Island yard.

Eagle Service is now Genesis EagleHorizon Discovery … in the distance, she’s also been scrapped in Texas. Note the different Manhattan skyline, only a decade ago.

More soon.  All photos in March 2010 by WVD, who now needs to wash the cobwebs off.  And since learning that Jumbo Spirit has been scrapped, I decided I need one more glance.

Besides tools of commerce, ships are things of beauty, and maybe that’s why they appeal to lots of us layfolk.


The paint texture here almost mimics spotted creatures in the natural world, although here starboard of this vessel does not


match port.  No matter . . . who sees both sides at once anyhow?


It’s physics personified . . . or


or at least illustrated, with


curved surfaces just about




All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Little toot surely!  And what might she be dragging along?  Answer at end of the post.

A new sighting for me . . . Kathleen (1975).

Jill Reinauer (ex-Ranger 1967).

Amy C McAllister (ex-Jane A. Bouchard, 1975) with Ellen (1966) and MOL Innovation (1996) in the background.

Choptank (2006).  And what is that dour yellow in the background?

Evening Tide (1970).

Another shot of Ellen escorting in MOL Innovation.  MOL vessels are named for great abstract qualities like Vigor, Vision, Confidence, and –as seen here a little over a week ago–Efficiency.  I’m wondering why the single-deep stack of containers occupies the starboard sternmost corner.

Lil Toot is Tommy Miller dragging in Lady Ashley of Cliffside Park.  I’ve no clue about the make or vintage of Lady Ashley, but I suppose it’s impolite to ask a lady her age.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp within a shot hour and a half Saturday morning.

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