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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.

USS New York at the Statue, Robert E McAllister at her stern. Photo: ©John Skelson

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.

Shannon McAllister, ex Alice Winslow at the Battery. Photo: ©John Skelson

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 Ship Graveyard, (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.

Pusher Tug Buchanan 12 outbound of the KVK. Photo: ©John Skelson

Joyce D Brown ex John P Brown at Mariners Harbor, SI. Photo: ©John Skelson

Twin Tube, a Stick Lighter, at Port Ivory, SI. Photo: ©John Skelson

Bering Dawn assisting the dredge GL 51 at Howland Hook. Photo: ©John Skelson

Bering Dawn and GL 51. Photo: ©John Skelson

Tanker Alpine Marie at Bayway Terminal NJ. Photo: ©John Skelson

John B Caddell, one year later, waiting to be broken. Photo: ©John Skelson

New York Water Taxi Marian S Haskell and US Parks Service launch at sunset. Photo: ©John Skelson

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

Until next week… Happy Ship Spotting!

All photos by John Skelson for the Working Harbor Committee

Circumnavigation of Staten Island Tour
Sunday, 10 November 11 am – 2 pm

Pier 17 South Street Seaport – NY Water Taxi Landing

 (Boarding begins @10:45 am)
Tickets: $60.00 / $50 Senior & WHC members

Graveyard of ships. Photo: ©Mitch Waxman

The tour will go up the Kill Van Kull ‘tugboat alley” passing by oil docks, tug yards and working dry docks. Past the New York Container Terminal and a former shipyard, now bird sanctuary – Shooter’s Island.

K-Sea’s (now Kirby) Davis Sea on the KVK. Photo: ©Mitch Waxman

Sailing south through Arthur Kill to the graveyard of ships at Witte’s and Fresh Kills landfill, previously NYC’s largest garbage dump which once filled, was capped and is now being developed as parkland.

Graveyard of ships. Photo: ©Mitch Waxman

The tour rounds Tottenville at the southern tip, past more ship terminals before heading north up the east side of Staten Island and Stapleton, the former US Navy Home Port and the home of the brand new FDNY fireboat Firefighter II and Miller’s Launch.

Photo: ©Mitch Waxman

Lighthouses and More!

Included in the tour will be the following Lighthouses: Princes Bay, Old Orchard, West Bank, and Ft Wadsworth. On our way back to Pier 17 we the back channel by Robbins Reef Light, Military Ocean Terminal and Global Container Terminal, Greenville Rail Yards with a pause at the Statue of Liberty before returning to Pier 17.

Robbins Reef Light. Photo: ©Mitch Waxman

Cash bar on board – guests are welcome to bring their own sandwich/snacks. Indoor heated viewing available.

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by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee


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