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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.
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.
Have a good time at City of Water Day tomorrow! Until next week… John Skelson
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
Hidden Harbor Tours® are only 1 week away, I hope to see everyone on board.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Have a great Memorial Day…
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.
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!
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.
All photos by John Skelson, next stop visiting some ships…