This week marked the 1st anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. Due to my health issues at that time I was unable to do much photography of the storm damage, but I was able to photograph the John B Caddell where she washed up on the Staten Island shore.

The 185 foot John B Caddell, was built in 1941 and used to transport gasoline and heating oil, until her retirement in 2009. She was sold to a Nigerian company who left her abandoned at a pier on Staten Island, until Sandy claimed her.

She lay there for 6 weeks before salvage crews were able to move her to Donjon Marine yard in Rossville, Staten Island. The Heavy Lift Crane Chesapeake 1000, also owned by Donjon, was used to lift and refloat her. At an auction several weeks later, a lone bidder (Donjon again) bought her for scrap.

John B Caddell ashore on Front Street, Staten Island. Photo: ©John Skelson

High and Dry, as salvage work goes on. Photo: ©John Skelson

In her final days, JBC also became a canvas for graffiti artists. Photo: ©John Skelson

A broken ship. Photo: ©John Skelson

She also became quite a tourist attraction. Photo: ©John Skelson

On shore. Photo: ©John Skelson

Donjon’s tug Sarah Ann was part of the salvage operation. Photo: ©John Skelson

Chesapeake 1000 pictured here at a later date in the KVK. The 1000 ton heavy lift crane was used to refloat her. Photo: ©John Skelson

And for Halloween…

All decked out in orange, the Petroleum Tanker Bow Spring departing Bayonne assisted by tugs Kimberley Turecamo, and Turecamo Girls. Photo: ©John Skelson

All photos by John Skelson for the Working Harbor Committee

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