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The nice weather days we had last week were really welcome, but that blast of April snow was NOT. Still, I’ve had some quiet days shooting this week, with lots of activity to shoot.
All photos taken the week of 4/13/14. Until next week… John Skelson.
Well, as luck would have it, NO photos of the USS Slater arriving at Caddell’s Staten Island.
She departed Albany, Sunday morning at about 8:45 AM; and arrived and turned into the Kill van Kull at 3:30AM Monday. Not a good time for photography! I hope to be able to get some photos of her soon, and so here are this week’s photos.
Reinauer was the big mover on Wednesday morning, 5 of them. Also, US Army Corps of Engineers boats were on the job in the KVK. Strangely though, while I was there, NO Moran, McAllister or Vane tugs passed by.
Until next week… John Skelson.
26 mph winds, 30 degrees, cold on the water! I haven’t taken many photos this week as I’ve been away upstate for a few days visiting my mother for her 99th birthday, no water nearby to shoot.
Today, back on the water all is quiet, a couple of tankers docking in Bayonne, and not much tug traffic. I’ve also included a video, from last week, of tugs turning a tanker around on the KVK.
Tanker Turning on the KVK. Video: ©John Skelson
That’s all for now, have a good week.
The boat graveyard in Rossville on the Arthur Kill is a ghostly stretch of rusting hulls, empty wheelhouses and sunken wrecks – a haunting and breathtaking vista that only a few even know exist.
I had heard Will had been working on something cool, and indeed he was. Will Van Dorp, a maritime historian and writer together with and Gary Kane a former Associated Press editor were making a documentary exploring the history of the Staten Island’s Boat Graveyard.
“Graves of Arthur Kill,” is a 32-minute documentary about the maritime dumping ground in Rossville, and will have its premier Staten Island showing on April 2 at the Seaman’s Society for Children & Families, with help from the soon-to-open National Lighthouse Museum, as reported by DNAinfo.
Mr Kane’s curiosity was piqued when he saw some of Will’s photos on the disintegrating ships on his blog, Tugster.
DNAinfo: “What caught my eye was the way they look, I thought it’s just fascinating how they look like ghost ships or crumbling wrecks. The history of them was the bonus. I thought this could translate into really compelling footage for a documentary.”
Watch the trailer:
Kane, a former Associated Press editor, tracked down the man behind the images: Will Van Dorp, a creative writing professor in New Jersey with a passion for maritime history that led him to photograph the boats in 2010. Van Dorp, who lives in Kew Gardens, Queens, publishes the blog Tugster, which is dedicated to New York’s waterways — an area he’s dubbed the city’s “sixth boro.”
Together, the pair set out in a row-boat to film the ships. Read more at DNAinfo here…
The Staten Island screening of “Graves of Arthur Kill” will be on April 2, at the Seaman’s Society for Children & Families, 50 Bay St., Staten Island, starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10.
Some days I am lucky to see a tugboat in an hour, other days a parade of ships, the later being today.
A new load of Rock Salt for Atlantic Salt, ZIM Monaco loaded with Summer Fashions, and the latest electronics. McAllister tugs turning the 750 foot tanker Uraga Princess around 180° from her pier in Bayonne, to head out to sea (video to follow next week). Of course Tugboats, quite a few passing, including Mary Gelatly to add to last week’s list of Mary’s..
That’s all for now, have a good week.
I made a ferry trip to Manhattan, and on the return, due to harbor conditions, the SI ferry Kennedy had to detour through Buttermilk Channel. It’s always a treat when that happens.
A Tale of 4 Mary’s? Hmmm! Tug Mary H in push gear in the Buttermilk passing Mary A Whalen, and Maria J and Maryland in the KVK. Too bad the Queen Mary was not in port.
The German navy ship “Bonn” was visiting NY for a few days, and I was able to get a couple of quick shots of her. Also, shot “Coast Guard on Patrol”, a short video of CG Safe Boat escorting the SI Ferry.
Video of US Coast Guard on patrol escorting the SI Ferry. ©John Skelson.
It won’t be long before the warmer weather and Working Harbor Committee boat tours will be here, so as a reminder of things to come, this week I am posting photos from past Hidden Harbor® tours.
Tugboats, Container ships, Newark Bay, Erie Basin, KVK, sunsets near the Statue…
YES!… it will not be long now.
Hopefully the ice will be gone from my regular shooting spot by next week, until then…
My KVK spot is still iced over, so this week I traveled around for some shooting. Fort Wadsworth and the SI Ferry were my platforms for most of this week’s shots.
Oil-Petroleum tankers were on the move delivering the “Black Gold” to the area. Container ships and fishing boats rounded out the day’s photography.
Have a good week ship spotting…
Ice everywhere today made for slippery conditions on the waterfront. Only the geese were enjoying the weather, not disturbed by my presence.
Also, I would like to thank everyone who showed up at B&H Photo for my presentation on Monday.
A thank you to David Brommer and Deb Gilbert at B&H Photo for having me at the Event Space.
Until next time…