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Of course, I prefer the spring equinox, but whatever other associations you have with the transition from summer to autumn, you can’t deny the twilights have special color.  Bernie of Working Harbor Committee took this one of Maryland at sunset last week.

I took this dawn foto of Morgan Reinauer last week, and

this one of Stephen-Scott Reinauer a few minutes later.

Although it’s the beginning of the darkcold and colddark season, good things happen in the fall like Wine Moon and Thanksgiving.  You might witness the transition if you study the twilights.

All fotos, unless otherwise attributed, by Will Van Dorp.

Actually, I should call this “eight hours on the boro.” I took these shots in reverse chrono order from 8 pm yesterday til about 3. Would you believe I share these fotos because I wanted to convey the exhilaration of living time backwards? I think there’s a movie about getting younger.

Schooner Liberty brings a new face to town. I’ll bet she’s younger than her appearance although I shouldn’t write this.

The northwest corner of the state has the Maid of the Mist; the sixth boro has W. O. Decker, a wooden hulled tug operating for South Street Seaport Museum. I probably shouldn’t say this either, but … imagine a foto of a vessel like Lincoln Sea with the helmsman looking DOWN onto Brooklyn Falls.

Lyman moves eastbound past waterfront previously occupied by warehouses.

When a Buchanan tug with moves a string of barges like this, it travels through water and time crabwise.

In Erie Basin, John, Franklin, and Stephen-Scott await orders–be they forward or backward.

It’s now 3 pm Doris Moran moves northward into the Buttermilk Channel with the Statue still facing the space on the boro Doris occupied at 2:30.

Tomorrow, Saturday July 26 is City of Water Day. Here’s a schedule. “City of water” is the term the MWA uses to describe what I’ve coined the phrase “sixth boro” to capture, aka New York harbor with all its related waterways. Enjoy it.

Photos, WVD.

Janice Ann Reinauer hurries toward an assist



leaving us in her wake and letting us study the upper wheelhouse. See the rods on either side extending slightly above.



Why the dark gray rod portside just aft the upper house door?



It’s upward mobility. They allow the upper house to ride upward as needed for view over a barge.



A shot of the lower after portion shows the wheelhouse in the lowered position. Push a button and you ride to the top of the rod.



Cheyenne, which once needed variable height to operate on the Erie Canal had a different means of raising the entire wheelhouse; see this post.

By the way, let me go on record saying the crew of Janice Ann have no rivals as hospitable and helpful folks. Thanks for the rescue.

Unrelated update Friday morning: An orange-juice tanker of the sort I wrote about here last May collided with the dredge New York yesterday in Newark Bay. Check out the New Jersey paper story here and others here. In both, you may have to scroll through.

Photos, WVD.

..or low and wet, high and dry. Here’s an almost anatomical look at the same boat same general angle in and out of its medium.


What can these props and 3400 horses of Caterpillar churn up?


Plenty frothy. A bronze and wine red beauty either way, Stephen Scott.


All photos, Will Van Dorp.

…or wheat or peanut butter or … just what color shade of brown is it?



For what it’s worth, I’ll just call the Reinauer color close enough to “Hudson spring melt” brown with wine red. Kristy Ann Reinauer muscled a fuel barge upriver last April. I took the foto from Storm King Mountain.



Christian Reinauer in Brooklyn Navy Yard last January,



Kristy Ann Reinauer pushing between Governor’s Island and the Battery (unseen to starboard),



and Stephen Reinauer at anchor facing Bayonne. Notice anchor ball hanging from forward mast of barge.



Stephen Scott approaches Erie Basin. I love the Reinauer site album of their equipment taken mostly by Reinauer crew, especially the winter shot near the bottom, tug and barge moving through ice above their reflection.

For more water vessel images, check out this tug video by Tom at

All photos, Will Van Dorp.

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