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After posting yesterday, many other ideas related to attachment came to mind, but I’ve rejected returning for a second A for now.  Let’s move on to B, as in bow, and today there seems to be no sprites.  Some bows seen head on so resemble faces that no figurehead is needed.  Behold Ever Radiant, eyes resolutely downcast, focused, bound for sea from whence she came less than 24 hours before.  And what looks like a tiny tongue


in profile turns huge.


Stolt Capability, too, bow . . . like a face albeit that of a distinctly  marine mammal.  I know a bulb protrudes somewhere below the surface.

aaadb4What fountain spurts forth from bow portside of MSC Dartford?


I wonder about the condition of the prop that spun over the bulb of Ever Refine, leaving the design.


Foreshortening operates here, but I don’t think I’d keep fishing if my runabout were this close to King Edwin’s bow wave.  The little white boat is going to rock.


In parting, a question:  Vane Brothers’ new Bohemia here  (Is that pronounced Bo-hemia or Bow-hemia?)


sashays out of the KVK with Doubleskin 51 on the hip.  The notch says the barge is stern forward, but given that it throws off a “bow” wave, in nomenclature would the notch for now be in the bow of the barge?  I’m guessing the answer is negative.  So would it throw off a “stern” wave?


So much more could be said of bows, but just not now.

All fotos, of course, by Will Van Dorp.

Bowsprite put up an interesting post recently of shots made sans tripod showing ships passing in the night as some runny ooze (oozy run?), but it’s pretty and she herself makes comparisons with fruitcake, which I like.  But I wish to show here that ships do NOT always pass in the night, do NOT always approach and separate without making a difference or lasting impression.  They also pass in the day, in the effulgence of 10 am springtime warm sun.  Like Zim San Francisco,


Dynamic Express with its orange shimmer on the water that would give Monet inspiration,


Dynamic Express neither upwind nor upriver but surely uplight,


Zim San Francisco uplight,


Atlas Valor being muscled like a heifer on a halter and


struggling back against Rosemary‘s bollard pull,


Azov Sea offloading not unlike a nursing mammal (the young here being IMTT Bayonne,


with crew boat Matthew Scott passing above and Bismark Sea (I think this is a first appearance for Bismark Sea on this blog.) and Turecamo Boys passing below,


and Jo Ask of


somewhat web-secretive Jo Tankers.


Some interesting statistics on the decline in shipping demand and prices can be had in this article from a recent issue of the New York Times.

Remember . . . ships do NOT only pass in the night.  I prefer mine in daylight, if I might choose.

Photos, WVD.

Gliding in a few minutes earlier than Cyprine in the drizzly morning was Hyundai Voyager


Rosemary maintained tension to slow Voyager‘s forward momentum


while Responder –well–“responded likewise”  up forward.


As Voyager approaches the bulkhead, docking lines with heaving lines attached are at the ready, there to grab and toss .


Rosemary and Responder maneuver it in, inch by inch, easing it delicately, all tens of thousands of tons.


All fotos by will Van Dorp.

PS:  Good thing copious Cyprine was present.  (French wikipedia can’t be missed here.)

Unrelated:  Tugster has reported on the Onrust project in the past year.  They now urgently need volunteers to meet a launch deadline of MAY 20!!

Volunteers needed!!

We are planning on launching the Onrust ship on May 20th and are looking to schedule more volunteer help to assist in the construction of the ship especially in the next three weeks and were wondering if you and anyone you know would be able to participate? We need help to finish mechanical and electrical installations (engine room), carpentry work on and below deck, with moving of the wood piles around in the yard (with and without tractor), cutting small trees, with finishing touches on the outside of hull (caulking, painting).

We work SEVEN DAYS A WEEK from 9 am to 5 pm.
The ship is located near the Mohawk River at:

Mabee Farm Historic Site
1080 Main Street (Route 5S)
Rotterdam Junction, NY 12150

(From Schenectady Exit 1A on I-890 puts you on Route 5S, go 2,7 miles,
sign for farm is on right hand side)

Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Looking forward to hearing from you, Greta

Greta Wagle
Onrust Project Director
C 518 -248 -1395
W 518- 439-2096
Fax 518 -439-4052

Before seven a.m. yesterday I’d already overstimulated my excitement circuits:  two large container vessels dock almost simultaneously at Howland Hook.  Four McAllister tugs and the two behemoths (APL Cyprine and Hyundai Voyager) make me feel better than any loafer on the docks of 17th century Amsterdam watching a VOC East Indiaman return treasure laden from the Indies . . . or  . . . any roustabout wharf-gallivanting as a fleet of Spanish galleons deep with New World gold floated into 16th century Cadiz.  What riches albeit mundane wait sealed within all those containers?  By the way . . . tugs from near to far are Ellen, Amy C., Rosemary, and Responder.


First some fotos of  Cyprine, eeriily silent, Amy C‘s running lights


reflect on Cyprine‘s hull


the greatest noise coming from the torrents rushing through the bow thruster.  Wonder what the thruster diameter might be?


As Cyprine (what a fabulous AND curious name . . . wonder how it got attached to this frequent visitor to the sixth boro??) approaches its berth, Amy C throws itself into countering Cyprine‘s momentum


with all its power, torquing itself over as the larger vessel begins lateral movement


thrust toward the bulkhead by both tugs now, Ellen seeming almost to crawl


to creep bowfirst,


up Cyprine‘s wall-like starboard.


Tis amazing to watch!  Tomorrow more of my May Day morning.

How would this vessel get the name Cyprine?  If you haven’t noticed yet, check here for Cyprine . . . bet it’s not meaning #3.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Ralph E. Bouchard and B. No. 230 move in the direction of Explorer of the Seas.  Not apparent from this foto . . . Explorer was at that moment reversing its way into the the Bayonne passenger terminal, backing into a parking spot if you will.


Compliments of Bernie Ente of Working Harbor Committee, Hoegh Africa moves seaward through the KVK, overtaken by  . . .  she who’s been alleged as my “crush-du-jour,” Emma Miller.  Well, Alice has spurned me for just so long,  that part of me that always seeks “my other half” has decided that 700′ loa bulk carriers like Alice might just not be my long-lost other half.  Maybe Emma is more my type.

To get serious, Bernie has some fantastic “hidden harbor tours” planned, including four sunset tours and –what I get most excited about– a circumnavigation of Staten Island.  Click here to reserve your spot(s) while they last.


Nathan E. Stewart emerges from behind New River, an American-built tanker from Avondale Industries, 1997.


Emma again?   Nope.  It’s her sister Sunny Williams passing Histria Tiger, Romanian, proving that not all blues are created equal.  I’m partial to the lube tanker’s blue.  To digress into thoughts of love, I’ve never had a crush on someone with an identical twin.  I wonder how that would work.  Here, I feel something for Emma different from Sunny.  Hmm?   Such strange wiring I must have in me.


Parting shot . . . stern of Chemical Pioneer, a very unusual ship to bear New York as its port of registry, escorted to sea by Rosemary McAllister, who arrived in the sixth boro almost a year ago.


All shots, except Bernie’s, taken today by  . . . Will Van Dorp.

Unrelated:  Henry’s logpage is up although the watercolors keep getting washed away by the stormy north Sea.

Mary H. commands her own interest, but look beyond her to the other side of the bridge, where something immense approaches  Bergen Point.  Anyone have old pics of the now-gone Bergen Point Lighthouse?


All 960+ feet of APL Egypt taxis out of Newark Bay as


Rosemary stands by in case a nudge is needed to rotate Egypt in front of Shooter’s Island,


leaving Mariner’s Harbor in the background and


bound for sea


squeezing under the Bayonne Bridge, where


Rosemary‘s escort task’s nearly complete and the next client soon to beckon.


An unsettling feature of these behemoths made clear to me this snowy afternoon is not how noisy the engine is [it’s silent] , but rather how loud the swish of displaced water, as the bulbous bow froths as it plows a furrow through the Kill.


At a maximum speed of 25 knots, Egypt could no doubt outrun Rosemary.  Anyone know Rosemary‘s maximum speed?


Egypt shrinks  Caddell into plaything proportions.


Totally unrelated, here’s a pre-Mardi Gras tribute to a New York dancer who went by “Little Egypt.”

All images, Will Van Dorp.

Rosemary coursing her frothy way eastbound on the KVK is a thing of beauty that always catches my attention

ever since my first view in June.  Look closer toward a member of the crew

on the starboard side

is keeping Rosemary new and shiny.

Anyone know the percentage on women currently working on tugs in the sixth boro?  I don’t, but I’m curious.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

You’ve seen these colors combined before.  Maybe in an ad or on a parts truck, but you know the gray

set off by the red pinstripe

and the ivory.

See it on the stack?  Nissan has to be the only vehicle company with a corporate color.  But you’d think they’d christen their carriers with a nym ending in “-a” like Sentra.  Something like Shipra or Boxra or Vesselra.

Rosemary escorts Ocean Spirit in, ensuring no chitchats with MSC Bremen and CMA CGM Georgia.

Read here for the origin of the company name in 1913.  Is Nissan unique as a vehicle manufacturer in having a corporate color this widespread? I mean . . . even lots of fastfood supply trucks avoid yellow arches or becrowned bifucated-tailed mermaids.

Fotos by Will Van Dorp.

The centenarian-PLUS-eight-years Helen returns with a shiny coat of paint, and  . . .

off to her port the FDNY’s Emerald Society Pipes and Drums muster on the dock.  Why?


Rosemary‘s already worked in the sixth boro since June.   Who’s the twin 500 feet astern?

Welcome Andrew . . .

Capt. McAllister comes ashore . . . and benedictions and champagne and

and soon “shepherds of the sea” cause the “river” water to rise up in celebration

obscuring their newly christened selves . .  or further christening them.  Anyone have gallons per minute info on these water cannon relative to the FDNY vessels?

At baptisms and christenings, I feel led to wonder about the future of the new ones, and ask the higher powers to guide and bless.  I feel the same looking at these fotos.  Welcome Andrew and Rosemary and congratulations to the McAllister family.  Whitherward these two beautiful vessels, great-great-grandkiddos of Helen?  Whither the sixth boro?  Whither us?

Special note:  Many thanks to “bowsprite” for these fotos.  Whither bowsprite?

Left to right:  Laura K Moran, new this year; Edith Thornton, 1951; and Pegasus, 1907.  Laura K didn’t race on Sunday but escorted in a cruise ship moments before.  Built in Maine, New Jersey, and New York, respectively.

Rosemary McAllister , 2008, raced, a stand-in for Andrew McAllister, also 2008, Florida.

And while we’re on McAllisters, this foto taken back in January shows McAllister Responder, 1967,  escorting Peking;  in the foreground in Helen McAllister, 1900,  recently disappeared from South Street Seaport.  Built in Florida and New York.  Hope Helen comes back a tractor.

Photos, WVD.

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