It’s been quite a photo-op week around the harbor with the arrival of the USS New York for Veterans Days festivities, and the Working Harbor Circumnavigation of Staten Island. Add to that a first time sighting of a (new) McAllister tug and a couple of great sunsets.
Friday morning was picture perfect for the arrival of the New York, but as luck would have it she was late. The skies turned dark and gray, and the mighty gray warship appeared. Never discouraged, I stuck it out and got my photos. Assisting the ship, tugboats from McAllister, Robert E., Ellen, and Shannon were on hand. This was the first sighting of Shannon McAllister, a new arrival in NY. She was built in 1991 and was known as Alice Winslow, owned by Winslow Marine of Maine. McAllister Towing and Transportation acquired her in 2012 applied a new coat of paint and gave her a new name.
Sunday was brisk, to say the least, but was a great day for Working Harbor Committee’s Circumnavigation of Staten Island tour. A highlight of the trip was getting up close and personal with the Great Lakes dredging operation at Howland Hook in the Arthur Kill, near the New York Container Terminal. Passing the , (Don Jon aka Witte) also on the Arthur Kill, I noticed that most of the wrecks are now just a pile of rubble, having been broken up by storms. Don Jon’s yard is also the final resting place for the John B Caddell, waiting to be broken up.
Until next week… Happy Ship Spotting!