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Here was the first in this series.

The first three photos below–Weeks 535 to the left and Weeks 529 to the right–I took on December 3, 2013.

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The rest of the photos here–taken by Brian DeForest–show cranes including Weeks 535 taken in mid-July 2014.  Note the orange-helmeted man at the lower left point in the crane barge hull.

 

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Here are the cranes of Howland Hook where Grande Morocco 

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prepares for her run along the coast of West Africa.

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Finally . . . a unique perspective for landlubbers . . . Weeks 573 working on the Goethals Bridge southeast side.

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Many thanks to Brian for these photos.

 

One day Atlantic Coast moves the scow, and the next it moves what would scoop sixth-boro-bottom into  the scow.

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Michele Jean does pre- and post-dredging surveying.

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An eight-leg stand bucket (?) in autumn light is as beautiful as a spring daffodil about to open, a bud just quivering with excitement.

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Fin Kennedy has its niche.

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More buckets  . . . er quivering petals.

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Red Rogers has its niche.

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Bowsprite’s favorite is the cutter head, fierce though it be.

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See the fine print on the hull midships . . .  it’s another survey boat.

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and two barges loaded with buckets and cranes over by Atlantic Salt.  More on this soon.

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Not a very good foto of Seis Surveyor, but I did catch it as an unusual profile about a mile and a half away.  Read all about this transient here.   Here are her fleet siblings.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.  Note:  all these fotos were taken in about a four-hour period over two days in the past week.  More dredging than typical in fall?

I wonder if Little Richard  would substitute “dredgin'” for “shakin,'”  THE anthem of the dredging world  then.

If you want to see some of the 92,754 steps in building one of the world’s largest dredgers, click here for Leiv Eiriksson.

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