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I’ve done dense traffic posts, and actually this is one.

The 3-mile strait can get quite busy.

 

Petroleum and all other goods, manufactured and raw, transit.

Key word here is busy.

 

Sometimes large vessels seem to be on a collision course, but that’s just trompe-l’œil ….

Yesterday, at one point it was unusually busy.  Count the tugs and larger vessels here? I count three ships and at least six identifiable tugboats when I blow this photo up.

There’s plenty of room in that 1000′ waterway.

All photos, WVD.

This photo was taken from the parking lot on the Belt Parkway, a half mile east of the VZ Bridge looking toward the Coney Island Light.  See the ship?   It’s the speck on the horizon almost dead center of the photo.  How far away would you guess it to be?

A few seconds later, the same ship here is magnified 12X.  

And again . . .  few seconds later but magnified 50X.  

Meanwhile, as you calculate the distance off above, here are some photos of the same vessel as it arrived in the boro about six weeks ago.

So guess in nautical miles with a decimal point?  Go back and look at the top photo again if you wish.

That was Kirby Moran on the starboard bow.

All photos, WVD.  According to my magic device, the ship was 5.6 nm away when the photo was taken.

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