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City of Water Day was held this past Saturday, with a visit to the FDNY Fireboat 343, and a cruise on the Fireboat John J Harvey. Also, there are a few photos from the ferry ride to Manhattan.

Cape Beale at Stapleton. Photo by John Skelson

Evening Tide. Photo by John Skelson

Tug Jay Michael and Launch Alex D with dredging ops at MOT Channel Bayonne. Photo by John Skelson

Still at Weeks Marine, Jersey City, Left Coast Lifter’s boom has been raised, maybe finally preparing to head for the Tappan Zee Bridge. Photo by John Skelson

Justine McAllister with an oil barge “On the Hip”. Photo by John Skelson

Fireboat “Three Forty Three”. Photo by John Skelson

The huge Bow Monitor on Three Forty Three capable of delivering 18,000 gallons of water per minute. Photo by John Skelson

Tug Pegasus taking on passengers for a cruise. Photo by John Skelson

Fireboat John J Harvey. Photo by John Skelson

John J Harvey salutes Norwegian Gem as she leaves port on a cruise. Photo by John Skelson

Keep spotting,
John Skelson

All photos by John Skelson, generously shared with the Working Harbor Committee

Ed Note: Don’t forget, John’s photos are on exhibit through July 31st onboard the Historic Lighthouse Tender “Lilac”. Ship hours are: 4:00 to 7:00 PM Thursdays and 2:00 to 7:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is Free. (Directions to Pier 25.)

Arthur blew in on July 4th stirring up the currents and winds, creating issues for the fireworks displays, but, fortunately not much damage.

The “New” tug is not really new by any means, “Sandy G” was spotted crossing the harbor this week pushing a Crane Barge. I don’t know for sure but she may have been heading for the Tappan Zee project. Queen Mary 2 paid NY Harbor 2 visits this past week, sailing on a short 3 day cruise, and back on Sunday to load for a transatlantic crossing. Also spotted was a “new” colorful Stena Weco Tanker, anchored at Stapleton.

My photo exhibit “Tugboats, Workhorses of NY Harbor” opened this week on the Lighthouse Tender Lilac moored at Pier 25 in Manhattan. The exhibit will be up for the month of July, hours are Thursday 4-7PM and Saturday and Sunday 2-7PM.

Stenaweco Venture anchored at Stapleton. Photo: ©John Skelson

Tanker, Atlantic Pegasus in the anchorage. Photo: ©John Skelson

Austin and Stephen Scott Reinauer picking up a barge. Photo: ©John Skelson

Sandy G a new sighting, but not new by any means. Photo: ©John Skelson

Sandy G pushing a Crane Barge, Chesapeake Coast in the background. Photo: ©John Skelson

Magothy and oil barge bunkering Queen Mary 2. Photo: ©John Skelson

Queen Mary 2 at Red Hook, Brooklyn. Photo: ©John Skelson

Jill Reinauer in the KVK. Photo: ©John Skelson

HMS Justice having a tough time with winds and current from “Arthur”. Photo: ©John Skelson

Barney Turecamo in the KVK. Photo: ©John Skelson

Hunting Creek passing Magothy. Photo: ©John Skelson

Have a good time at City of Water Day tomorrow! Until next week… John Skelson

All photos by John Skelson, generously shared with the Working Harbor Committee

It’s not often, in fact very rarely that I will get out before sunrise; but this past Monday USS Slater was scheduled to leave Caddell Dry Dock and head for home at 0500 hrs.

I dragged myself to my usual spot just east of Caddell’s and was not disappointed. Not only did I photograph Slater, the Kill Van Kull was alive with traffic at sunrise. Here is just a taste of what was happening.

Bayonne Bridge at Dawn. Photo: ©John Skelson

HMS Justice Barge on the Hip Leaving Bayonne. Photo: ©John Skelson

Sabine McAllister, a New Arrival in NY Harbor. Photo: ©John Skelson

Patricia at Sunrise. Photo: ©John Skelson

Kobe Express. Photo: ©John Skelson

Heavy Traffic at the Bayonne Bridge – Maersk Iowa with Gramma Lee and Miriam Moran and Glen Canyon Bridge with Robert E and Ellen McAllister. Photo: ©John Skelson

Emerald Coast. Photo: ©John Skelson

Brenda (a Turecamo) This is Tugboat Painting Time. Photo: ©John Skelson

Resolute with Glen Canyon Bridge. Photo: ©John Skelson

ZIM New York. Photo: ©John Skelson

Lastly, there will be an exhibit of my photos on the Historic Lighthouse Tender “Lilac” opening Saturday July 5, with a reception on Tuesday July 8th from 6-9 PM. The exhibit will be up for the month of July. (Directions to Pier 25.)

Hoping for a dry 4th of July!

All photos by John Skelson, generously shared with the Working Harbor Committee

The first Hidden Harbor Tour® was held this past Saturday,
and we are off to a great season.

A lot of activity in the Kill Van Kull and Newark Bay, and the USS Slater’s last days in dry dock at Caddell’s. Slater should be in the water by the time you read this. There were a couple of new tug sightings.

We are rounding out the week with our first Hazy, Hot and Humid days. It wasn’t even cool on the Staten Island Ferry.

Paul Andrew in Push Gear at the Statue. Photo: ©John Skelson

Buchannan 12 at the Bayonne Bridge. Photo: ©John Skelson

Brian Nicholas. Photo: ©John Skelson

Caitlin Ann gaining on a Container ship. Photo: ©John Skelson

Elizabeth McAllister in Newark Bay. Photo: ©John Skelson

Maersk Pittsburgh at APM Terminal Port Elizabeth. Photo: ©John Skelson

Manhasset Bay. Photo: ©John Skelson

MSC Arushi R, Newark Bay, out to sea. Photo: ©John Skelson

An unusual looking tug, Reliable, in the KVK. Photo: ©John Skelson

USS Slater dry docked at Caddell, Staten Island. Photo: ©John Skelson

Maersk Kentucky and Kimberly Turecamo Hazy New York morning. Photo: ©John Skelson

Tug Eagle on a barge headed for the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project. Photo: ©John Skelson

Most of today’s photos are from the June 14 Hidden Harbor Tour, next trip will be Saturday, June 28. Circle Line 42 at Pier 83 – W. 42 Street/12 Avenue.

Boarding at 10:30 AM, see you then… John Skelson

All photos by John Skelson, generously shared with the Working Harbor Committee

Orange Sky arrived this week with her cargo of Orange Juice from (somewhere) to Port Newark with our old friend Gramma Lee T Moran assisting her. An Evergreen ship, Ever Reach, came in on her way to Port Elizabeth loaded with containers of summer and probably Fall goods.

Zhen Hua 10 was leaving port empty after delivering new cranes to Port Newark. Another unusual sight was Conti Harmony, a small container ship, leaving empty and riding so high out of the water that her Bow Thruster was visible.

Orange Sky arriving, Hayward, Catherine Turecamo passing and Gramma Lee T assisting. Photo: ©John Skelson.

Orange Sky. Photo: ©John Skelson.

Gramma Lee assisting. Photo: ©John Skelson.

Ever Reach. Photo: ©John Skelson.

Evening Star and Charles D McAllister docking a barge at IMTT Bayonne. Photo: ©John Skelson.

Zhen Hua 10 leaving the port empty. Photo: ©John Skelson.

Conti Harmony riding HIGH. Photo: ©John Skelson.

The Bow Thruster on Conti Harmony clearly visible. Photo: ©John Skelson.

Jay Michael. Photo: ©John Skelson.

Resolute and Bering Sea. Photo: ©John Skelson.

Hidden Harbor Tours® are only 1 week away, I hope to see everyone on board.

John Skelson

All photos by John Skelson, generously shared with the Working Harbor Committee


Six crew sleeping below deck aboard tug Viking, were awakened by FDNY to a deck fire burning above, as reported by the Staten Island Advance.

Kirby’s Viking. Photo: ©Birk Thomas via

Firefighters safely evacuated the captain and 5 seamen from their flaming vessel docked at Kirby Offshore Marine on Richmond Terrace. Thankfully, no one was hurt.

Viking. Photo: ©John Skelson

FDNY officials say the tugboat fire broke out around 12:30 a.m. The fire caused minimal damage and was extinguished just after 1 a.m. Read more at the Staten Island Advance here…

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

Arriving at my shooting spot today, with a family of Geese checking me out, there was the tug Maria J, next was Miss Nizz, then Laura K Moran, Mary H… wait… could this be a theme blog in the making? Hmmmm! Yes, all of the ladies were out today, and here are a few.

Maria J, with one on the hip. Photo: ©John Skelson

Margaret Moran. Photo: ©John Skelson

Katherine Weeks. Photo: ©John Skelson

Helen Parker. Photo: ©John Skelson

Christine Miller. Photo: ©John Skelson

Barbara McAllister. Photo: ©John Skelson

Miss Nizz. Photo: ©John Skelson

Patricia. Photo: ©John Skelson

Sarah Ann. Photo: ©John Skelson

Mary H. Photo: ©John Skelson

And…The Geese. Photo: ©John Skelson

No day would be complete without “Gramma” Lee T Moran. Photo: ©John Skelson

To be continued… John Skelson


I made a visit to the USS Cole today, at the Staten Island Homeport Pier. Cole, an Arliegh-Burke Class Aegis-Equipped Guided Missile Destroyer, was commissioned in 1996 and deployed to the Persian Gulf.

In October 2000, while refueling in Yemen, she was the victim of a terrorist attack by a small boat carrying explosives. It resulted in the loss of 17 crew members and a gaping 40 by 60 foot hole in her port side. She was transported back to a US shipyard on the Heavy Lift Ship Blue Marlin. She was repaired and re-commissioned in 2002.

USS Cole arriving at Staten Island for Fleet Week. Photo: ©John Skelson

Boarding the Cole. Photo: ©John Skelson

The Bridge and Radar Area. Photo: ©John Skelson

Looking Forward. Photo: ©John Skelson

Our Guide, USS McFaul in background. Photo: ©John Skelson

Missile Launchers. Photo: ©John Skelson

NYPD Harbor Patrol keeping a watchful eye. Photo: ©John Skelson

Ships Bell. Photo: ©John Skelson

Radar Masts. Photo: ©John Skelson

Gunner posing for me. Photo: ©John Skelson

Dedication Plaque. Photo: ©John Skelson

5 Inch Gun. Photo: ©John Skelson

End of the Tour. Photo: ©John Skelson

Have a great Memorial Day…

All photos by John Skelson, generously shared with the Working Harbor Committee

First, Zhen Hua 10 showed up with its huge cargo of cranes, built in China, with destination Port Newark. Wednesday was the arrival day for several warships, marking the beginning of Fleet Week NY 2014.

Sadly, this week the tugboat Crow made its final voyage…to Don Jon (Witte’s) scrap yard.

Tug East Coast looks like she has a fresh coat of paint. Photo: ©John Skelson

Fire Fighter II. Photo: ©John Skelson

Mary Turecamo. Photo: ©John Skelson

MSC Michaela getting underway from Stapleton anchorage. Photo: ©John Skelson

Margaret Moran, Zhen Hua 10 “On the Hip”. Photo: ©John Skelson

Tugs moving Container ship CSVA Loncomilla to Bayonne drydock. Photo: ©John Skelson

Clipper City and Pioneer on overcast “Sunset” cruises. Photo: ©Phyllis Featherstone

Bergen Point. Photo: ©John Skelson

Tug Crow in better days (July 2012). She is now awaiting the cutting torch. Photo: ©John Skelson

That’s all for this week. Thanks to Phyllis Featherstone for the Clipper City photo.

Ed Note: Thank You John Skelson for a bonus week of ship spotting photos – 3 photo-packed posts full! Thanks for sharing your amazing work with all of us!

by John Skelson, for the Working Harbor Committee

Fleet Week 2014 began this morning with a parade of ships entering the harbor. Leading the Parade was FDNY Fire Boat Fire Fighter II, followed by USS Cole.

Other ships coming in were the USS Oak Hill, US Coast Guard USS Campbell, USN USS McFaul and USCGC Katherine Walker. USS’s Cole, McFaul, and Katherine Walker will be open for visitors at the Navy Pier Staten Island. The USS’s Oak Hill and Campbell will be at 42nd St Manhattan.

Fire Fighter II Leading the Ships. Photo: ©John Skelson

USS Cole Receives a Cannon Salute at Fort Hamilton. Photo: ©John Skeslon

USS Cole at the VZ Bridge. Photo: ©John Skelson

USCGC Campbell. Photo: ©John Skelson

USS Oak Hill at the VZ Bridge. Photo: ©John Skelson

USS McFaul at Bay Ridge. Photo: ©John Skelson

USS Cole Docking at Staten Island. Photo: ©John Skelson

USS McFaul Docking, Assisted by Ellen McAllister and Kimberly Turecamo. Photo: ©John Skelson

USS McFaul at Staten Island. Photo: ©John Skelson


All photos by John Skelson, next stop visiting some ships…



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