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One year ago this week, June 30th, USS Slater returned to her berth in Albany after several months of repairs at Caddell Dry Dock, Staten Island.

I was out at 5am to photograph the start of her journey back home; once again, I’m sharing some of the photos here.

USS Slater on dry dock at Caddell. Photo by John Skelson

Back in the water, sporting her new “Dazzle” paint job. Photo by John Skelson

The journey begins, tugs Margot and Frances making the move. Photo by John Skelson

Margot. Photo by John Skelson

Frances. Photo by John Skelson

At sunrise. Photo by John Skelson

Passing Zim New York. Photo by John Skelson

Leaving the KVK. Photo by John Skelson


One year later, June 30, 2015, on the KVK


New Jersey Responder, pollution control vessel. Photo by John Skelson

Dorothy J assisting Ruby M docking a barge at Bayonne. Photo by John Skelson

St Andrews. Photo by John Skelson

Stephen B, Miriam Moran in background. Photo by John Skelson

A curious spectator. Photo by John Skelson


Thursday, July 9th, there is a Working Harbor Newark Bay cruise; tickets are available here. Hope to see you spotting onboard.

Have a happy and safe 4th of July!
– John Skelson


All photos by John Skelson, generously shared with the Working Harbor Committee


Hermione. Photo via Hermione 2015


Hermione, the hand crafted replica of Lafayette’s 18th century ship arrived in NY Harbor this morning!

Hosted by South Street Seaport Museum, Hermione will be docked at Pier 15 at the South Street Seaport for the next few days next to the Street of Ships. Get first-hand experience on public ship tours, open tomorrow and Friday, July 2-3, 2015 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. (Did you know that 16th century replica Spanish galleon El Galéon would be there too?!)

Hermione on arrival in Yorktown. Photo via


And don’t miss the “People’s Parade of Ships” on Saturday July 4th!

Parade of Ships sail route. Via Hermione 2015


Hermione together with 100 participating vessels will sail through the Verrazano, up the harbor passing the Statue of Liberty and up the North (Hudson) River to the USS Intrepid museum and back down river to Governors Island.

All the action starts around 11 am!

View the original media release PR Newswire here…

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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