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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.

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I caught the tow just as I went for a walk along the water’s edge.

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The zoom told me they were surely attached. As of Monday morning, she was in the Brooklyn Navy Yard getting fixed.

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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.

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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.

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Here’s Virginia Sue heading past Sakizaya Champion and out

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the Narrows.  By the way, I’m planning a post on that fort in the distance some day soon.

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Dutch Girl is a regular here,

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as is the unlikely named but frequently seen Eastern Welder

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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.

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Genesis Victory used to be Huron Service  (and further regression is found at that link) and

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Genesis Liberty used to be

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Liberty Service, and here’s more regressions on both.

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A lot of boats in the harbor have worn other names previously.  It’s true of Mary Alice.  

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Here’s her history, thanks to Birk’s gold mine site.

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Jonathan C, however, is brand spanking new, having been christened less than a year ago.  But starting from week one, maintenance needs doing.

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Ditto Janet D, she’s less than two years old.

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And here is Labrador Sea as I saw her last week, but when I first photographed her she looked

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like this. And although I have none of my own photos, here’s what I first saw.

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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

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below is roughly the same view (looking down from E-5 in the Flight) taken in late September 2016, almost five months ago.   What’s departing lock 4 was reported here.

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But I digress.  Here’s what tenders look like in February.

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And the long-suffering Chancellor, after the pool level has been lowered.

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Floating and working, it’s the art deco tug Syracuse.   She has been working since December 1933!

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And can you identify the vessel in the foreground?

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Indeed, it’s the 1912-launched Grouper sustaining yet another season in Niflheim.

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All photos taken by Will Van Dorp this week except the first one.

See the Fort?

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No, I don’t mean Fort Hamilton on the other side . . . or the top of the bunker at Fort Wadsworth.

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This is the closest you can get to Fort Lafayette from land . . .

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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.

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And more trucks, as Erin McAllister stands by.

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Again, see the trucks, as Scott Turecamo passes.  And you wonder why I don’t do even more truckster posts.

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I happened to be down by South Street Seaport’s row of ships the other day and noticed W. O. Decker there alongside Wavertree.

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And then lots more traffic passed on the East River, like Ruth and

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Helen and 

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James.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.  I counted around 18–20.

 

Until 2015, this would have been one of the largest K Line vessels, at nearly 1100′.  Then, the next year, a new series came out, at 1197.’

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Marjorie B takes the port side stern,

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while Patrice tied on three football fields forward.  Click here for my first view of Patrice McAllister, almost five years ago, after a tragic fire on Lake Ontario.

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They make the turn and line up

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for the high point of the Bayonne Bridge.  See the crew watching the underside of the old road bed?

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Erin minds the stern for the time being.

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And then Hanoi Bridge heads for at least two more US stops before making for the Pacific.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

The name of this 2011 tanker alone captures the imagination.  Many years ago in Kuwait I saw another tanker by this name, but spelled Termoil.

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When Turmoil started to move, it appeared

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she was down by the head, but

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I’m supposing this was only an illusion.

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I saw this superstructure design once before on Maersk Murotsu here . . . scroll.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, who notices that Turmoil is, as of this writing, in the anchorage off Long Beach NY.  I’d be nervous if Turmoil anchored beside me, whether it be a tanker or a yacht.

 

I’ve done posts with titles like 15 minutes or 18 . . . but here’s a set shot in just three minutes, just after that strange cloud–comet’s tail?–passed the day the temps went up to 65 midday for a few hours, setting a NYC record for that day.

Here’s Jonathan C from head-on, with Shooters Island off the stern.

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Zooming out shows Pegasus and Kimberly Poling using Edwin A. Poling, and the cranes at Howland Hook.

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It looks like some refinishing is happening on Pegasus.

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Mary H pushes Patriot heading the other direction.

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That church in a lot of photos is Immaculate Heart in Elizabeth NJ.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

The photo below is somewhat misleading;  MSC Beijing was assisted in–from outside the VZ Bridge by the two 6000s–Jonathan C and JRT–but Doris just happened to be in proximity as the ship passed.

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Earlier in that glorious 65-degree day with the strange cloud, here was JRT assisting another ship around Bergen Point . . ..

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Margaret was assisting on the bow.

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And in quite different light less than a half hour later, here Jonathan C escorts a related ship around the point,

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in tandem with James D. It should be noted that while Amber was inbound NYC from the UK, Georgia was arriving from Spain, converging–I suppose–at Ambrose. Now that’s logistics.

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Jennifer Turecamo followed around the Point.

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Half hour later, Margaret and JRT headed back to the barn.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

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