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Coming in past the obsolete and almost-development-obscured Coney Island parachute jump, it’s a science ship.

R & R . . . that stands for “research and recreation.”  Ocean Researcher has worked in the area for over a year, but she’s still an unusual vessel for the sixth boro.  And the small craft below . . . that IS my dream boat, a Grover 26.  Believe it or not, a version of that crossed the Atlantic back in the 1980s, with crew and builder from Freeport NY.

Ocean Researcher has been mapping the sea bed over in the area where the Atlantic City wind farm will be planted.

The Grover towing a tender.  Last year around this time I was contemplating getting a Grover 26.  My reservation . .   you can’t have too many toys.

I’m not sure why OR gets escorted in each time, given that it likely has some fine maneuvering tools and skills.

Ah . . . the Grover, it calls to me.  Maybe I can lease one for a summer and make a long trip.  I’m baring my soul here.

Gardline operates this vessel.  I saw one person on deck;  I wonder how many work aboard.

sigh . . .

With all the exotic bathymetric vessels calling in the sixth boro, I wonder how long it’ll be before pre-assembled modules will begin appearing.

All photos . . . WVD, who invites you to e-join me on Tuesday, for a synchronous or asynchronous Erie Canal tour.

[Specialized] vessels don’t push or tow or transport cargo per se.  They are tools with a variety of applications, as diverse as the tools in a professional mechanic’s chest, in an entire full service garage, in fact.

Ocean Researcher has appeared here before, but not escorted by a tug, as James D. Moran is doing here.  I’m not sure why it was escorted in the other day.

 

She came in after some time crisscrossing the all-but-trackless sea off Atlantic City.

Fugro Enterprise has appeared here before as well.

In this case, she was headed back out to sea,

 

Below is a sample of Fugro Enterprise’ track earlier this week.

And for comparison, Ocean Researcher left the indicated track SE of Atlantic city during the same time period.

Kings Pointer also has appeared here before . . . and she’s a tool with its own purpose . .  training.

Before coming to the USMMA in 2014, this vessel was known as MV Liberty Star, and had a different use . ..  locating and retrieving jettisoned Shuttle external fuel tanks.

Here–above and below– she transits Hell Gate, first westbound and then east.

All photos by Will Van Dorp, who never marked Highland Eagle–still in Lake Huron–as a specialized vessel.  Another Great Lakes-dedicated research vessel, with a notable environmental name, was recently put up for sale, as here.  I saw it in Sturgeon Bay over two years ago here.

 

As she leaves for the North Sea port of Hull, finally .  .

I caught Ocean Researcher.  She’s spent much of the summer and fall until now doing survey work in advance of wind farm leasing and development in the New York Bight.

Seeing the vessel confirmed that she’s not a new vessel . . .  built in Devon, SW England, in 1985.

Her original name was RRS Charles Darwin.

RRS expands to Royal Research Ship.  The first vessel of that organization, built in 1901, was RRS Discovery, carrying among others Robert F. Scott and Ernest Shackleton.

The Gardline Group operates several dozen vessels around the world.

After a final salute from the Statue,

Ocean Researcher heads across the big pond.  Next stop Hull, East Yorkshire, England.  ETA . . . Boxing Day.   Bon voyage.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

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