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A year and a half ago, I saw a small craft that I’d first misidentified.   No, of course it was not Atlantic Enterprise or 

Witte 4004, shown here

returning from the dump on a rainy morning.

But right outside the Staten Island side of the VZ Bridge, this small craft, the RIB, showed up, and again I wondered if it was the NY Media Boat Defender, which led me to wonder why

they moved in so close to the wire trailing from 

Atlantic Enterprise.

By now, even with naked eye,  I’d spotted the blue logo on the sliding door of the RIB.  It was a crew 

addition on the fly.

It’s a maneuver that used to make me queasy, just because I never got that good at it.

Well done.  Transfer complete, Enterprise throttles up.

They spin around, take the stern of 4004, and head back to the base.

All photos, WVD.

Carl Sandburg said:  “The fog comes  . ..  on little cat feet.

It sits looking  . . . over harbor and city . . . on silent haunches

And then moves on.”

 

My unrehearsed version is :  “The old cat once . .  . patrolled the wharf
Now it sits over the sunlight . . . and sheds on the riverbanks
masking the distances.”

What I really mean is that taking photos on limited visibility day like yesterday benefits from heightened foreground details in comparison.
Jennifer Turecamo heads out to Gravesend Bay along with the USCG patrol vessel.

A tanker arrives with a name

that’s ironic on a few levels .  .

Meagan Ann hauls Witte 4002 out to dump and

Mary Alice returns Witte 4004 from HARS before Meagan Ann  returns.

And Barney Turecamo comes into port a bit while the barge is monitored by Jennifer.

To finish, here’s another shot of Combi Dock 1 arriving from China with lots of sea miles logged….

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

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