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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.

Penn No. 4 sporting her new “Kirby” paint job. Photo: ©John Skelson

MSC Marta…Out to Sea. Photo: ©John Skelson

McAllister Sisters with one “On the Hip”. Photo:©John Skelson

Mary Gellatly. Photo: ©John Skelson

Kimberly Poling. Photo: ©John Skelson

Launch ABC 1 delivering supplies to a ship. Photo: ©John Skelson

Tanker SFC Pechoria in Stapleton Anchorage, Robert E McAllister ducking out behind. Photo: ©John Skelson

4 Days later at IMTT Bayonne. Photo: ©John Skelson

Sea Tow to the Rescue. Photo: ©John Skelson

St Andrew with some new paint. Photo: ©John Skelson

Weddell Sea “On the Wire” out to sea. Photo: ©John Skelson

Ruth M Reinauer. Photo: ©John Skelson

Gramma Lee T Moran meets Dace at the fuel dock. Photo: ©John Skelson

All photos taken the week of 4/13/14. Until next week… John Skelson.

All photos by John Skelson for the Working Harbor Committee

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.

Stephen Scott Reinauer at IMTT Bayonne. Photo: ©John Skelson

Zachery Reinauer in Push Gear, Stephen Scott in the background. Photo: ©John Skelson

Ruby M, dropping a barge in Bayonne. Photo: ©John Skelson

Reinauer Twins outbound in the KVK. Photo: ©John Skelson.

Meredith C Reinauer west in the KVK. Photo: ©John Skelson

Maersk Kentucky. Photo: ©John Skelson

USACE Hudson. Photo: ©John Skelson

USACE Hocking. Photo: ©John Skelson

USACE Hayward. Photo: ©John Skelson

Haggerty Girls. Photo: ©John Skelson

Emily Ann, ex Brandon C Roehrig. Photo: ©John Skelson

Until next week… John Skelson.

All photos by John Skelson for the Working Harbor Committee

A “Self Propelled, Cable Laying Barge” under tow, passing through the KVK on her way to Martha’s Vineyard, was this week unusual catch. The tug Navigator had her under tow through the harbor and Long Island Sound.

What is it??? Photo: ©John Skelson

Self Propelled Cable Laying Barge C.B. Rockland. Photo: ©John Skelson

Detail of the rig. Photo: ©John Skelson

Out drive on the barge. Photo: ©John Skelson

Tug Navigator had the barge in tow. Photo: ©John Skelson

Franklin Reinauer east in the KVK. Photo: ©John Skelson

Sarah Ann westbound. Photo: ©John Skelson

Coast Guard 26 footer on patrol, Robert E McAllister in the background. Photo: ©John Skelson

Ellen S Bouchard. Photo: ©John Skelson

Diane B, barge in Push Gear. Photo: ©John Skelson

If all goes well, next week I should have photos of the Museum ship USS Slater, heading for Caddell Ship Yard. She has been Ice Locked on the Hudson preventing her from making the trip from Albany.

Have a good week… John Skelson

All photos and video by John Skelson for the Working Harbor Committee

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.

Laura K Moran crossing the harbor. Photo: ©John Skelson

NYPD “SafeBoat” “Det. Robert Parker. Photo: ©John Skelson

Pegasus entering the KVK. Photo: ©John Skelson

Resolute at Robbins Reef. Photo: ©John Skelson

Bow Sea docking at Con Hook Bayonne. Photo: ©John Skelson

Energy Panther docking at Bayonne, Moran tugs assisting. Photo: ©John Skelson

Doris Moran docking Energy Panther. Photo: ©John Skelson


Tanker Turning on the KVK. Video: ©John Skelson

That’s all for now, have a good week.

All photos and video by John Skelson for the Working Harbor Committee

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.

Photo: ©Will Van Dorp/Tugster

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.

Gary Kane. Photo: ©Will Van Dorp/Tugster

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.”

Photo: ©Will Van Dorp/Tugster

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.

by Mai Armstrong for Working Harbor Committee. Thanks to Mitch Waxman of Newtown Pentacle for guest blogging while I was out-of-town.

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..

ZIM Monaco bound for Port Newark, Ellen McAllister and Mary Gelatly behind. Photo: ©John Skelson

Susan Miller, work barge in push gear. Photo: ©John Skelson

Twin Tube. Photo: ©John Skelson

Ever Precious arriving with a load of Rock Salt, Catherine Turecamo and Gramma Lee T Moran assisting docking. Photo: ©John Skelson

ATB Galveston, and barge Petrochem Producer at IMTT Bayonne. Photo: ©John Skelson

Mary Gelatly west in the KVK. Photo: ©John Skelson

Meagan Ann leaving the Fuel Dock, Bayonne. Photo: ©John Skelson

Robert IV lurking about. Photo: ©John Skelson

Robert E McAllister preparing to move Uraga Princess. Photo: ©John Skelson

Tanker Uraga Princess underway. Photo: ©John Skelson

Morgan Reinauer inbound for Reinauer’s yard. Photo: ©John Skelson

US Army Corps of Engineers Hocking. Photo: ©John Skelson

That’s all for now, have a good week.

All photos by John Skelson for the Working Harbor Committee

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.

German Warship Bonn in port at the foot of Atlantic Ave Brooklyn. Photo: ©John Skelson

Tug Mary H in push gear with barge Patriot. Photo: ©John Skelson

Mary A Whalen at her Brooklyn pier. Photo: ©John Skelson

Maria J in the KVK. Photo: ©John Skelson

Maryland, barge on the hip east in the KVK. Photo: ©John Skelson

ZIM California entering the KVK. Photo: ©John Skelson

Bouchard Evening Tide, Stephen Reinauer in the background. Photo: ©John Skelson

Crystal Cutler passing IMTT Bayonne. Photo: ©John Skelson

NYC DEP ship Red Hook leaving the KVK. Photo: ©John Skelson

Kobe Express inbound for Port Elizabeth. Photo: ©John Skelson


Video of US Coast Guard on patrol escorting the SI Ferry. ©John Skelson.


All photos and video taken on 3/10 and 3/11/14 by John Skelson for the Working Harbor Committee

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.

Kristy Ann Reinauer in Erie Basin. Photo: ©John Skelson

Emerald Express anchored off Staten Island. Photo: ©John Skelson

Ellen S Bouchard from South Street. Photo: ©John Skelson

Miss Yvette in the KVK. Photo: ©John Skelson

Container ship Najran heading out to sea. Photo: ©John Skelson

Nave Atria “Bunkering” in the anchorage. Photo: ©John Skelson

SS Julia at Bayonne. Photo: ©John Skelson

Thomas D Witte in Buttermilk Channel. Photo: ©John Skelson

Thomas Dann at the Bayonne Bridge. Photo: ©John Skelson

Lynx in Newark Bay. Photo: ©John Skelson

Sadly, Crow has been removed from service and is in the scrap yard awaiting the torch. Photo: ©John Skelson.

Red Sky in the Night, sunset over Global Terminal. Photo: ©John Skelson.

Hopefully the ice will be gone from my regular shooting spot by next week, until then…

All photos by John Skelson for the Working Harbor Committee

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.

Alpine Stealth at Bayonne. Photo: ©John Skelson

Brendan Turecamo crossing the bay, Gov. Island Ferry Coursean at Bayonne Drydock. Photo: ©John Skelson

Chem Star inbound to the KVK. Photo: ©John Skelson

Frederick E Bouchard, light oil barge “on the hip”. Photo: ©John Skelson

Jill Reinauer, “barge on the hip”. Photo: ©John Skelson

MSC England out to sea at the VZ Bridge. Photo: ©John Skelson

Fair Seas, heavy in the water at Stapleton anchorage. Photo: ©John Skelson

Fishing Boat “Eastern Welder” at Fort Wadsworth. Photo: ©John Skelson

Tug Severn making up lines, Tanker American Spirit in background. Photo: ©John Skelson

Old friend, Gramma Lee T Moran crossing the bay for the KVK. Photo: ©John Skelson.

Have a good week ship spotting…

All photos by John Skelson for the Working Harbor Committee

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.

Barbara McAllister at the fuel dock IMTT Bayonne. Photo: ©John Skelson

Bering Sea passing the ferry racks. Photo: ©John Skelson

Bulk Carrier Paquis heading for Port Newark. Photo: ©John Skelson

Clean Harbors on patrol. Photo: ©John Skelson

McAllister assisting with docking of Dredge Stuyvesant at Bayonne Drydock and Repair. Photo: ©John Skelson

Gulf Dawn, Mud Scow on the hip. Photo: ©John Skelson

Geese and Miriam Moran. Photo: ©John Skelson

Stephen Scott Reinauer, pushing a Crane Barge. Photo: ©John Skelson

Nanticoke east in the KVK. Photo: ©John Skelson

It’s me at B&H. Photo by ©Phyllis Featherstone.

A thank you to David Brommer and Deb Gilbert at B&H Photo for having me at the Event Space.

Until next time…

All photos by John Skelson for the Working Harbor Committee

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