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I had something different planned for today’s post, but when long-time reader and contributor Michele McMorrow sent along this photo, I was intrigued. It’s cable layer Ile de Sein, which I’d noticed on AIS off Belmar NJ for some time, but . .. as they say, I had other fish to fry, or roast.
It turns out Ile de Sein was involved in an interesting if sad project back in 2011. So a question for the day . . . what’s it doing off New Jersey these days?
Click on the photo below and you’ll see it and lots more on Alain Quevillon’s interesting Flickr page. I put up the next photos because of a response I got to the posting about CCGS Tracy being for sale. Ken Deeley wrote that so is CCGS Alexander Henry, and for a price lower than you’d pay for Tracy. It seems the maritime museum in Kingston, ON included it for a time in their collection but then the museum, in financial distress, thinking to reef it in the deeps of Lake Ontario, learned that it would cost at least $420,000 to do that. As an alternative, the big red boat will be towed to the Lake Superior port of Thunder Bay ON, near where it was built, to be part of a maritime museum there. Current, the boat is docked in Picton ON–near Kingston on Lake Ontario–as its fate becomes clear.
Ken also sends along the photos below, taken from the defunct museum’s website, he says.
This outdoor telegraph looks in fine condition when this photo was taken.
Many thanks to Michele, Alain, and Ken for these photos.
The tale is here . . . transporting fuel to northern Quebec by a very long flexible hose. Go to Leo Ryan’s story on p. 74. I’ve recently added Maritime Magazine to my blogroll.
Here’s the previous post by this title.
Let me start with the oldest ones not yet published. There’s something timely about Tracy, the vessel below. I took the photo from mid river between Ogdensburg NY and Prescott ON. Are you hankering for a project? Details below.
The next day I got this photo as we entered Oswego. RV Kaho was christened in this post I did a little over two years before. Its mission is research on habitat and fish in Lake Ontario. Here’s an article on that christening that mentions the meaning of the name in Ojibwe.
I shot this last week as it was tied up at the dry dock in Bayonne, and wish I could have gotten closer. Ferdinand R. Hassler was christened in 2012. Its namesake is this gentleman, distinguished in two countries.
Line has had light work this season in its role as a 65′ ice breaker. Here’s an article I did on this 54-year-old vessel a few years back.
I’m not sure where 343 is these days; Feehan seems to be covering the North River these days. Click here for photos of Feehan as she transited from Lake Ontario to the sixth boro.
Fire Fighter II passes the hose rack–not water hoses–on the KVK.
And here’s a twofer… a Staten Island ferry and a small USACE survey boat, I believe.
So here’s why the top photo of Tracy is timely; it’s for sale. The minimum bid is $250,000 Canadian, which is a mere $189,880 US, given today’s exchange rate.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
This may be the one to look for, the one to satisfy the restless Peking, transport her back to Germany.
It’s not fake news, but I am speculating. Combi Dock 1 . . . might be the one, even though it’s currently approaching Singapore. For more vessels of their fleet, click here.
If you’re wondering about the title . . . BOLO, see here.
You can call this “three of five,” and enjoy the photos of her predecessors–Star and Sail— here, leaving Sun and Sky yet to come; the builder is Chinese . . . the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard, an enterprise going back to the 1920s.
As Atlantic Sea made the turn into the KVK, i imagined her as an errant passenger vessel; from this angle, she bears little resemblance to previous generations of container ships.
I wonder if these lights stay on at sea.
To see what she looks like below the waterline, click here.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
I’m adding this link after posting because it tells a story I’d never heard: the sinking of an ACL vessel during the Falklands War here. It has LOTS of photos. Thanks to RG. Here are more photos. And more.
Stuff happens. Like cars and trucks, ships too sometimes need a tow. Pretty World needed a tow to the repair facility a few years back. Here’s Horizon Crusader towed to the scrap yard. Here’s CV-60 USS Saratoga getting a tow to the same end.
Thorco Hilde found herself at the end of this tow line in the wee hours of Saturday morning.
I caught the tow just as I went for a walk along the water’s edge.
The zoom told me they were surely attached. As of Monday morning, she was in the Brooklyn Navy Yard getting fixed.
The lead tug here is Marjorie B McAllister, featured in many previous posts indexed here. In this role, she reminds me of some of Farley Mowat’s best, his novels about salvage tugs, a role once played by the tug below, now dissolving in the Arthur Kill, as she looked when I took her photo in August 2011. In April 1945, the salvage tug below assisted in towing the torpedoed Atlantic States back to safety in Boston for repair and reuse.
Many thanks to Thomas Steinruck for use of the top photo. All others by Will Van Dorp.
I’ve done lots of fishing posts, mostly about this unlikely estuary, where I’ve never fished.
Here’s Virginia Sue heading past Sakizaya Champion and out
the Narrows. By the way, I’m planning a post on that fort in the distance some day soon.
Dutch Girl is a regular here,
as is the unlikely named but frequently seen Eastern Welder.
Speaking of fishing, here’s my most recent Professional Mariner story on a group of guys who catch-and-release great big white fish.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Here and here are some related posts from six years ago. And why not another about a boat I’ve not noticed yet this year, Miss Callie; keep in mind, I’ve not been out that much myself.
Genesis Energy likely has more boats on inland waters than offshore. I saw the first two boats in today’s post first when they had Hornbeck livery.
Genesis Victory used to be Huron Service (and further regression is found at that link) and
Genesis Liberty used to be
Liberty Service, and here’s more regressions on both.
A lot of boats in the harbor have worn other names previously. It’s true of Mary Alice.
Here’s her history, thanks to Birk’s gold mine site.
Jonathan C, however, is brand spanking new, having been christened less than a year ago. But starting from week one, maintenance needs doing.
Ditto Janet D, she’s less than two years old.
And here is Labrador Sea as I saw her last week, but when I first photographed her she looked
I hope you enjoyed this look backwards.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Unlike the sixth boro waters, freshwater New York changes state. As illustration, here is a color photo I took yesterday, and
But I digress. Here’s what tenders look like in February.
And the long-suffering Chancellor, after the pool level has been lowered.
And can you identify the vessel in the foreground?
All photos taken by Will Van Dorp this week except the first one.
See the Fort?
No, I don’t mean Fort Hamilton on the other side . . . or the top of the bunker at Fort Wadsworth.
This is the closest you can get to Fort Lafayette from land . . .
at least, what’s left of it, where it once stood before it was dismantled to serve as the base for the Brooklynside tower for the Verrazano Narrows Bridge.
And Robert Cobb Kennedy, he was a would-be arsonist or maybe reckless jokester Confederate officer who was was tried, convicted, and hanged in Fort Lafayette less than two months before the end of that war.
Do any readers have photos of the Fort before demolition? It would have to be from the late 1950s or earlier.
Here’s more about the VZ Bridge.
All photos here by Will Van Dorp.
I love the clear air of winter days, better to see details, like the horizontally mounted ladder and all the trucks in the background moving containers at the Global Terminal. See how many trucks, i.e., tractors, you count in this post.
And more trucks, as Erin McAllister stands by.
Again, see the trucks, as Scott Turecamo passes. And you wonder why I don’t do even more truckster posts.
I happened to be down by South Street Seaport’s row of ships the other day and noticed W. O. Decker there alongside Wavertree.
And then lots more traffic passed on the East River, like Ruth and
All photos by Will Van Dorp. I counted around 18–20.