I am pleased to announce that the Working Harbor Committee blog is expanding!

Meet John Skelson, Staten Island native and NY/NJ harbor-rat. He can often be found haunting the shore along Kill Van Kull, the Verrazano-Narrows bridge, the container ports in Bayonne, photographing the waterways all around our harbor and beyond.

Please give John a warm welcome and enjoy a look through his lens.

John Skelson. Photo: ©Phyllis Featherstone

It’s really been too hot to get out and photograph during the day, so we’ve been taking folding chairs and sitting by the KVK, in the evening. A Cool breeze and sunset make it a bit more bearable. Some of the photos were captured during the last 2 WHC Hidden Harbor Tours. So, here is my first blog post.

“Pyxis” A very unusual looking RoRo outbound in the KVK at sunset last week. Built in 1986, the vehicle carrier is sailing under the Panamanian flag.

Photo: ©John Skelson

“Sea Tow” is the equivalent of “AAA” for pleasure boaters.

Photo: ©John Skelson 

“Lucy Reinauer” with Petroleum Barge RTC 83, unloading product at ITMM”s Bayonne NJ facility.

Photo: ©John Skelson

From last weeks Working Harbor Newark Bay trip, Tug “Bear”, it’s bright red color explodes in an overcast evening.

Tug “Cheyenne” barge “On the Hip” eastbound in the KVK. This “Old Tug” is always looking good.

Photo: ©John Skelson 

Henry Marine’s, Pusher Tug “Robert IV” Push gear with barge Patriot.

Catch of the week from this week’s Working Harbor ‘Beyond Sandy’ Cruise is the “Bridget McAllister”. Not seen in the harbor before (at least not by me) originally owned by Foss and named “Leo”, appears to have operated out of Boston. Hope she is in NY to stay, at least for a few months.

Photo: ©Joe Ruggerillo 

Finally, a photo of Zephyr at sunset in the KVK on Tuesday’s Working Harbor ‘Beyond Sandy’ tour. Photo shot by Joe Ruggerillo, as she was passing Snug Harbor. Hopefully the weather will break soon, and I will be spending more time out and about the waterfront.

Like what you see? You’re in luck! You can look forward to more of John’s beautiful photography every week, as he documents and shares his adventures on and around our glittering harbor.

by John Skelson for Working Harbor Committee, intro by Mai Armstrong