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This post is a direct follow-up to one I did a week ago, documenting the 270-nm trip from Kings Point NY to Norfolk aboard USMMA Sailing Foundation vessel Tortuga. This post documents the second and final leg of the trip to Tortuga‘s winter berth in New Bern NC, a 179-nm trip from Norfolk.
Let’s start here. Departure time on day 1 is 1100 h. If you think the navy vessel in dry dock looks familiar, well . . . it visited the sixth boro in May 2012, and I toured the ship DDG 57 USS Mitscher at that time here.
A USN presence is pervasive along the Elizabeth river portion of the ICW, but the Norfolk Naval Ship is
Click here and here for info on the Elizabeth River, technically a tidal estuary. Click on the map below to get interactivity.
I was surprised to learn there’s a lock in the ICW, the Great Bridge Lock. I was even more surprised to learn the USACE contracts the operation and maintenance of the lock to a company called US Facilities.
I must read more about the ICW, but in WW2 it proved a safe route for commerce when enemy submarines preyed on vessels offshore.
Paradise Creek pushes oil along the ICW today; when I started this blog, it was a regular workhorse in the sixth boro of NYC.
The color of ICW water is determined by natural tannins.
The ICW is composed of wide open bays and sounds–which have narrow channels-as well as narrow cuts. Here Evelyn Doris of the ICM fleet pushes a covered barge–soybeans, I’ll wager–northbound, possibly to Norfolk.
Ahead is the US Rte 64 Bridge over the Alligator River, a swing bridge.
Note the proximity of the photo above to the Atlantic Ocean.
Tannins in the Alligator River water create this color.
North Carolina today protects a lot of its coastal wetlands. Hunting is permitted, and in fact, VHF radio picked up a lot of communication with folks hunting in there.
Parts of the ICW flow through cuts like the Alligator-Pungo Canal.
This moment of arrival in Belhaven meant a lot to me, because just around the point in the center of the photo is the hospital where I was born. I hadn’t known it, but Belhaven also considers itself the birthplace of the ICW.
Departure time on day 3 was 0600, Jupiter and Venus were higher in the sky than the rising sun.
See the mine area on the south side of the Pamlico River below.
Hunting abounds here.
Note the spelling.
Belhaven used to support a fishing fleet. I’ve no idea how the size of the fleet and market in Hobucken has fluctuated over the years.
Tortuga is docked here for winter.
All photos by Will Van Dorp. Again many thanks to the USMMA Sailing Foundation for inviting me to crew in winter relocation for Tortuga.
I took these photos in early September. That’s New Bedford on the far side of the Acushnet River; I was standing on the Fairhaven side of the hurricane barrier. Acushnet was also the whaleship name in Moby Dick.
A member of the crew looks homeward.
Mary K, built 1990, and registered
in Woods Hole.
Megan Marie, built 1980, is registered in
Montauk. If you want to watch fish boats, the hurricane barrier is a good spot.
Sao Jacinto, 1977, and registered n New Bedford. And following them out, it’s
Jim Dandy, 1977, of So. Dartmouth.
Direction, Westport, MA.
Michigan, Fairhaven, 1947.
Nicole Danielle, Atlantic City, NJ.
Whitewater, Marathon FL!
Here are four vessels of the Eastern Fisheries fleet.
There are two boats by this name in New Bedford, as is
true of this one.
The registration on the stern says “New Bedford.”
The density of boats on the docks makes credible that this port is rated #1 in the US for catch value, and has been for the past decade and a half.
Check out Cape May NJ and Lowland, NC.
All photos taken over a two-day period around the mouth of the Acushnet by Will Van Dorp.
Someone more informed than me could identify what fishery each of these vessels engages in.
Call this GHP&W 11.
Botlek is a section of the port of Rotterdam. Here tugs Smit Texelbank and En Avant 1 and 20 assist craneship Oleg Strashnov into port for regular maintenance.
Prior to coming into port, Oleg Strashnov had been working in the North Sea gas fields.
These photos come via Fred Trooster.
For GHP&W 10, let’s gallivant over to the West Coast and look at some photos there by Glen, who moved to the Columbia watershed after a long career working on sixth boro waterways.
Let’s start out with Shaver’s Washington. Notice anything unusual about this photo? Answer at the end of the post.
And some more starting with Kirby’s Sirius,
Shaver’s Umatilla and Foss’ Howard Olsen,
P. J. Brix, and
and Bernert’s Diane B.
And in that first photo, Washington travels on the river any way forward she pleases.
Many thanks to Glen for these photos.
This is day 8 of the GHP&W series, so let me break pattern a bit. If you missed the beginning, GHP&W is not a law firm; it’s abbrev for “gunk holes, harbors, ports, and wharves.” I haven’t dusted off any wharves yet, but two-thirds of the months still lie ahead.
The story here is that TS Kings Pointer was out serving as a training platform and not at Kings Point, although there was a potential meeting somewhere south along our track to Portsmouth, VA.
Mile 1, 0738 Wednesday, heading for the Throg’s Neck Bridge.
0756. Passing SUNY Maritime and TS Empire State. Click here for photos from her summer sea term 2015.
0804, Robert Burton, a Norfolk boat.
0907, Mary Gellatly with a sand scow at the southern tip of Governors Island.
1017, Romer Shoal Light and Coney Island.
1517, Capt. Willie Landers northbound off Beach Haven, I think.
1612, FV Jonathan Ryan and tug Pops in the distance.
1618, entering a grid marked “numerous scientific buoys.”
1657 off Atlantic City, with unidentified tug and barge
1740 and about to switch watch.
Thursday, 0852, looking north into the Chesapeake after going wide around Fisherman Island.
0910 . . . it’s the current TS Kings Pointer, ex-Liberty Star. . .
. . . heading along Virginia Beach
before turning northward toward Long Island Sound. Her former sister ship–Freedom Star–was in the area but we did not see her.
Meanwhile, we head north into the Thimble Shoal Channel Tunnel and into port, which you can follow tomorrow. And that tug and crane barge in the distance . . . survey work for new infrastructure or maintenance dredging?
All photos by Will Van Dorp, with thanks to the USMMA Sailing Foundation for inviting me to crew in winter relocation for Tortuga. It was a smooth trip.
or GHP&W 6. Traverse City is home to the Great Lakes Maritime Academy, training in the freshwater watery North Coast of the US. All photos today come from Isaac Pennock, currently a cadet at GLMA, and principal behind the tugboathunter blog. Click here to see many of Isaac’s photos taken on and around the Great Lakes aka North Coast.
Northwestern, 56′ loa aluminum vessel,
a 41′ utility boat, and their big
Tenders called in the port of Traverse City recently, with intrepid explorers—well, tourists–from
a German cruise ship called Hamburg .
Shorefolk ventured out in kayaks, perhaps to trade with folks aboard the ship?
Another recent visitor in the port was Canim, dating from 1930.
Again, for these photos I’m grateful to Isaac, a GLMA cadet.
aka GHP&W 5
You saw the tug Cornell moving Clearwater to the Rondout in this post in late October. But if you wondered how the sloop was loaded, today’s your lucky day. First, the truck comes to deliver the wood to support the keel on the barge before the
Travelift moves Clearwater. Along the left side of the photo, that’s Norman’s Kill near where it flows into the Hudson.
When the blocking is ready, the Travelift moves down the tracks alongside the “pit”
and final adjustments are made.
Click here to see the 3m31 sec YouTube of the process of getting the loaded barge out of the pit for the southbound trip to the Rondout.
Many thanks to Paul Strubeck for these.
aka GHP&W 4
Some of you might remember schooner Issuma . . . ? Since this post and this one five years ago, Richard Hudson has sailed the schooner from the Northern Atlantic, westward across the Northwest Passage to Alaska, down to Easter Island, and now he’s truly been gunkholing along the western side of southern South America, where there’s an archipelago not unlike parts of the coast of Maine.
Richard took these photos in mid-September, so this is approaching the start of spring here.
Don Jose, part of the Frasal fleet, is a multi-purpose transporter that sometimes transports commodities such as fish and wine.
Hull cleaning is done here in much the same way I’ve seen it done in Maine.
By the way, the distance from this archipelago in the south to the salt mines in the north of the country, Salar Grande de Tarapacá, Iquique-Chile, is about 1500 miles! These are the mines where much of the road salt stored in Staten Island and elsewhere along the eastern US come from.
As the lobster might suggest, this St. George is in Maine, and named for the river which is named for the English explorer/captor of Squanto who visited this area in 1607. I was confused the first time I arrived here because I was looking for Port Clyde and all the signs said was “St. George.”
But it turns out that within the town of St. George are villages like Tennants Harbor, Martinsville, and Port Clyde.
I hope to return to Port Clyde next year, in part because this is the mainland wharf for the Monhegan Boat Line. Elizabeth Ann was preparing for the passenger run, but
I didn’t get to see the “world-famous Laura B,” a repurposed 1943 Army T-boat, which after doing WW2 duty in the Pacific, ran lobsters from Maine to Boston and New York. Anyone know of old NYC sixth-boro photos of Laura B delivering Maine fruits of the sea to the city? Laura B was working, delivering freight to Monhegan. And these cargo nets filled with firewood await for the next cargo run.
A glance at a map or chart of the peninsulas of Maine is enough to explain the value of craft like Reliance and her sisters.
The work boats in the harbor represent only part of the “gear” needed to fish; the rest is on paper.
Even on rainy days, I like looking at these boats. Taking photos of paperwork . . . never so much.
From a short conversation of the wharf, I have the sense that the paperwork and regulations keep vessels like these in port many more days than they fish. And global water temperature trends make this an even harder way to earn a living.
All photos here by Will Van Dorp, who wants to get back up here soon.
aka GHP&W 2. Macedon only became a port when Clinton built his ditch. The ditch and subsequent iterations connected it to the sea. When I took the photo below back on Oct 21 2014, eastbound on Urger, I felt very far from salt water.
But Chris Williams’ photo below, taken October 25, 2015, shows how connected Macedon is to the sixth boro and all watery places on Earth beyond the VZ Bridge. Less than a week ago, I did a post about Margot, the tug frequently-seen in NYC that delivered this cargo to the port of Macedon.
Bob Stopper took the next set photos. The fact that a Goldhofer semitrailer of 12 axles, 48 wheels, is needed shows the weight of the cargo delivered across the state by NYS Marine Highway. The land portion of the cargo transfer is provided by Edwards Moving and Rigging.
Here’s a closeup of the hydraulics at the front of the trailer.
Transfer from barge to trailer begins with the jacking up of the cargo.
At this point, there are 96 wheels under and moving the cargo.
The next photo taken by Rob Goldman, and taken from the NYS Canal Corporation FB page, on October 31, 2015, shows how the Edwards trailer moves the cargo, one huge piece at a time, off the barge and into the port of Macedon.
Macedon is one of those place names in central NY named for places or people in classical Greek and Roman history. Others are Troy, Ithaca, Palmyra, Greece, Athens, Rome . . . and more; people memorialized in town names here include Hannibal, Scipio, Pompey, Homer, Ulysses, Brutus . . . .
Credit for these photos goes to Chris, Bob, and Rob. My personal connection to Macedon includes the fact that I bought my first car there, less than a half mile from the Canal, and at the time had no clue that it was a port, that it could be connected to the oceans.
Here are previous “port of __” posts i’ve done.
And finally, unrelated, here from another even smaller NY canal port, here’s into on an auction below.