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I could have called this a “scale” post, but I wanted to keep the thread.  The next two fotos were taken over a hundred years ago;  I used them back in 1989 in a now out-of-print book called Incomplete Journeys.  It was about shipwrecks in or near the mouth of the Merrimack River in Massachusetts.  The fotos show not salt but sand being loaded onto a schooner.  The vessel would be run onto the “sand pile” bank at high tide, loaded, and then floated off the next high tide.

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These ships were called sand droghers there, although that usage doesn’t seem very widespread.   But I digress.

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Let’s return to Port Newark, United Challenger, and salt.

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61,000 tons of salt arrived on this ship.

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Two men in cranes emptied the ship in about five days.

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That involved an additional eight men driving trucks to the mountain.

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Time lapse photography might be fun.

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Notice the spiral staircase into the hold.  Also, this hatch is midships;  the bridge is quite a distance away.

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Double click to enlarge (most fotos) this foto and just to the left of the Newark Bay Bridge, you’ll see WTC1.

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This is taken from just forward of the first hatch, counting from the bow.

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This is the bridge view.

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This parting shot is from the starboard bridge wing.

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Safe driving on icy roads.

All fotos (except the first two, of course)  by Will Van Dorp.   Many thanks to Brian DeForest of Atlantic Salt.

Timbuktu?  Taudenni?    Has tugster gone back way west?

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A buried ship?

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Nah . . . See the Newark Bay Bridge in the background and if you look carefully just under the open clamshell in the center of the foto, you might spot WTC1 in Manhattan.

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Here’s a closer up of United Challenger–now back at sea and bound for Norfolk, actually Newport News, I think, to load coal.    See the WTC1 between the crane cab and the bridge?

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The workday is getting under way.

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Clamshells drop the salt into the loader.

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Huge trucks loaded with relatively small increments of the 61,000 ton cargo transport the road salt to

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the top of the mountain.

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Here you’re looking from the ship at–I’d guess–at least a million tons of road salt.

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And these are one of two sets of hands that unload the ship by controlling

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clamshell buckets this size.  Think of these places, ships, and crews when next you’re driving on icy roads.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.  More soon.   Many thanks to Brian DeForest of Atlantic Salt for permission to get these fotos.

Tangentially related:  Check out this article in the NYTimes about my friend John Skelson.

The dramatic sunset and stark skyline suggest where?

 

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Any idea what shore will lie to starboard when these tugs follow the river curve ahead?

 

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What lies inland from this industrial scene or is it a strip mining operation surrounded by icebergs? What major highway lies less than a mile away from these two shots taken less than 15 minutes apart?

Respectively . . . Elizabeth, New Jersey and I-95 aka New Jersey Turnpike. Perspective and light make all the difference.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

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