John Skelson on the KVK. Photo: Staten Island Advance/Ryan Lavis

Staten Island photographer, John Skelson has made the news again! Kudos to our friend and Friday’s ship spotting guest-blogger, here at the Working Harbor Committee blog.

Ellen McAllister and Pacific Reliance. Photo: ©John Skelson

John’s striking ship spotting photography on the Kill Van Kull has caught the interest of local and national media alike.

Tug Crow. Photo: ©John Skelson

Ryan Lavis/Staten Island Advance: When local photographer John Skelson bought his first camera, in 1970, he loaded it with film, and headed to his favorite spot along the shoreline of Staten Island, just under the Bayonne Bridge. 

Left Coast Lifter at the WTC. Photo: ©John Skelson

He spent countless hours there snapping away at the colorful variety of ships cruising along New York Harbor and the Kill van Kull — from massive container ships to freighters, tugboats and oil tankers. Today, not much has changed.

MOL Encore about to swallow up Miss Niz. Photo: ©John Skelson

Container ships “carry about every type of merchandise you can imagine” from all over the world. Some transport expensive cars, while others are laden with orange juice. 

Suez Canal Bridge assisted by Charles D McAllister arriving at sunset. Photo: ©John Skelson

“What you see coming through here, most people don’t even know exists, but just about every bit of commerce that comes into the United States passes through the Kill van Kull,” Skelson said.

Read more at the Staten Island Advance here… and check out more of John Skelson’s photos here…

by Mai Armstrong for Working Harbor Committee