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Land mass area can be quantified in square miles, but I’d love to work with a mathematician to measure the area within NYC limits which is navigable, i.e., the sixth boro. Of course, “navigable” would need defining too. Immeasurable, of course, is the number of photos taken daily of vessels with the sixth boro.
Like this one of Crystal Cutler pushing
Patricia E. Poling westbound at the Brooklyn Bridge.
Taft Beach pushes BMLP 703 and 305 in the opposite direction. Also working recently have been
Paul Andrew with scrap,
Sarah Ann with more scrap,
Thomas D. Witte with crane barge Columbia,
James E. Brown with a spud barge,
and Fort Schuyler in various locations.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Unrelated, here’s an interesting video on the salvage of Modern Express . . . passed along by JM.
Also, as we near the mermaid parade, here are details on a performance to get you in the mood, an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s the “Fisherman and his Soul.”
The Cornell (1950) with Clearwater (1969) on Hughes 141 photos come with thanks to Glenn Raymo. The Hudson Valley is particularly beautiful this time of year, especially if you catch it in the right light, which of course is true everywhere.
The other tugboats and landscapes in this post are mine. In the KVK, Sarah Ann (2003) passes RTC 135 just as the morning sun clears a bank of low-lying clouds.
An upriver-bound Navigator (1981) clears the Kills with HT 100 around the same hour.
. . . passing lighthouses,
gantry cranes, storage facilities,
and impossible towers.
Many thanks to Glenn for use of his photos. I’m sure Paul Strubeck plays a role here also. And I took the photos of Sarah Ann and Navigator.
In the seldom-seen category, let’s start with Pegasus and Delta Fox.
Ditto Vulcan III.
Amy Moran light.
How often do you see Bergen Point pushing a crane barge?
Or Sarah Ann pushing a scow past the Hospital for Special Surgery?
or a stern-on Larry J. Hebert from the Port of LaRose, town of the crossroads?
James William southbound at the Statue as Indy photobombs . . .
and finally . . . first view for me of Sea Fox, ex-Kathleen, Doyle, Cherokee Eagle, Chris B. Boudreaux, Ledger, and Ann L.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Bravo to the organizers and participants of the 2015 NYC race. It starts with a muster…
which looks different as you shift perspective.
It’s great to see race newcomers like Sea Scout Ship 243 out of Rahway NJ, and
By this point, some boats like Robert E. McAllister start to get impatient.
Muster then turns into a procession, filing straight toward the starting line and
showing the colors
as some newcomers catch up.
Next stage . . . it’s the tension on the starting line, feet digging into the starting blocks and muscles tensing, sort of.
and water starts to cascade away from the bows…
froth by the ton.
But when the quick minutes of the race have elapsed, the first boat down the course is the impatient Robert E. McAllister.
And almost as in a triathlon, the dash down the course changes and the pushing starts.
All manner of paired struggle ensues.
Eastbound and from left, it’s Sunny Williams, Sarah Ann, and Ellen McAllister.
Around the same time, it’s a light Patrice McAllister eastbound. Compare the April 2014 shot below with these April 2012 ones of her first arriving in the sixth boro after the tragic fire on Lake Ontario.
After all the ice work Kimberly Poling has done the past few months, Sunday was a welcome sunny day, I’ll assume.
It wasn’t until this tow turned away from head-one that I understood what I was looking at . . ..
but closer in . . . it was clearly Stephen Dann (I think this is her first appearance on this blog) towing
crane barge Strong Island.
Off Owl’s Head, it’s Pacific Reliance and Discovery Coast (I think) off to the west.
Pacific Reliance appeared here about six weeks ago.
Catherine Turecamo stands by near Gulf Pearl.
Parting shot . . . following up on the opening shot of this post.
All photos the past few days by Will Van Dorp.
Some days more than others I’m only a bit more acutely aware of change. Certainly this is true in the sixth boro if you watch it over time. Name boards migrate from
one vessel to another. Actually, I’m told the foto above is Mary Gellatly the third, with the second below. It appears the first was a Navy built tanker. I’d love it if someone know the whereabouts of a foto.
Companies buy and sell floating stock . . . renaming and repainting . . .
Freddie K Miller is the fourth name for this 1966 vessel that was first dubbed New Haven. I can vouch that her interior looks brand spanking new as she nears the mid-century mark.
I don’t know that much about Sam M, 1972, other than that she was fire-engine red around Christmas, and
bleached-out white last summer.
Kimberly Poling, 1994, looks much better with the
modified roofline and more complex paint scheme.
June K in orange was one of my favorites some years back, but pushing old metal or
holding new metal as Sarah Ann . . . the 2003 vessel remains one of my favorites.
Herbert P. Brake 1992 . . . red or
blue . . . I don’t see her that often.
To paraphrase Heraclitus again . . . only change is unchanging . . . and it surely doesn’t happen at a constant clip.
All foto by Will Van Dorp.
The sixth boro’s blue Friday this year is . . . of course . . . the day after Thanksgiving, notable because that was the day DonJon blue Atlantic Salvor re-entered local waters from Montreal with a barge of Canadian-fabricated segments for the WTC1 antenna. So . . . last night, three full weeks after that arrival, here’s what I stumbled upon over near Pier 25. Around 9 pm, the huge Christmas tree-crane called Chesapeake 1000–same one that deposited John B. Caddell into the waters earlier this week–arrived, and splashed workboat Green Bay into the river.
Brian Nicholas assisted in positioning the 1000.
I shot this looking mostly south from Pier 25. The multi-color tower is WTC-1 in holiday lights, soon to be crowned with the assembled portions of antenna.
From this angle, I might talk myself into thinking the 1000 could just land the segments atop the tower.
I shot this looking north from the area of Stuyvesant High School. That’s Sarah Ann tending Witte 1407. Here’s Sarah Ann when she was orange as a safety vest and operated as June K. My anthropomorphizing brain sensed that last night this 10-year-old tug felt very honored.
Again, I’m shooting south from Pier 25. Borough of Manhattan CC is to the left.
I’m wonder the weight of the hook and block . . . 15 tons maybe?
I’m guessing mostly Supor crew here begin to secure the segment for the lift.
At this point, I had to leave for a few minutes. By the time I returned, the safety crew had blocked access to my former locations and the lift had already occurred.
The 230′ boom of the 1000 landed the antenna segment onto the trailer waiting in the southbound lane of 9A, West Street. Click on that link to see the 1000 lift a retired sunken Staten Island ferryboat.
This foto is taken with my back to BMCC, looking across West Street and toward the river.
Here the Supor trailer–with at least 64 tires NOT counting those on the tractor–prepares to turn east onto Harrison Street . . .
and then south onto Greenwich Street.
The tower to the right side of the foto–colors now dimmed–will receive this segment.
As the train proceeds south down Greenwich . . . notice the WTC1 again, above that green reflection.
Once the construction is complete and –say–10 years from tonight, I hope that we remember the crews who worked this night–and have been working for weeks– to position these materials.
Indulge me . . . I have a bit of unfinished doggerel:
‘Twas 10 days before Christmas
And all lower Manhattan
Seemed gathered the the business
Of drinkin’ and eatin’ and chattin,’
But down at the docks
Near Pier 25
A company of workmen
Was making some barges come alive.
Bowsprite in boots . . . I in my cap,
And artist, riggers, and an engineer
Delighted to watch, had fotos to snap
It brought us good cheer . . . .
All fotos by Will Van Dorp. Apologies to Clement Clarke Moore for my partial parody.
It’s noteworthy that Chesapeake 1000 and this lift is happening about 200 yards from where where the Weeks crews almost four years ago fished US Airway Flight 1549 out of the river, then again delivering the plane ultimately to J Supor crews as well. Click on that link for that long-night tugster report.
(Doubleclick enlarges these again!! I’ll go back when I can and correct the “display setting” for the past few days.)
Thirty-six or so days after surging sixth boro waters tossed this “mothballed” tanker onto the shoreline at Clifton, Staten Island, efforts appear to be preparing to move it off. Crews have been assessing the condition of John B Caddell for some time, but as of nightfall today, tug Sarah Ann had barge Raritan Bay
I can’t say what this beach will look like tomorrow, so
I took advantage of the 65-degree foggy evening to get
what fotos I could. It’s only an illusion caused by flood lighting that John B no longer has a bow, but come . . . a month from now,
who knows. This press release about a unified approach to removing the wreck made the rounds in my email yesterday. Thanks to all who passed it along.
All fotos fresh from the camera and the dark room of Will Van Dorp.