Free parking and a seaplane

The run of great weather comes to an end Tuesday evening as storms move in, with winds gusting above 20 MPH by the end of the day. Commercial traffic was light, with just some of the usual locals observed. However, the approach of summer brought some seasonal activity, including an infrequent cruise ship visitor, a new sea plane service, and a sailboat anchoring in the Boat Basin mooring field

The James William was filling in on the stone run down from Tilcon’s Clinton Point quarry south of Poughkeepsie. The Buchanan12 usually makes this trip but she may be out of service—her last AIS ping was 5 days ago showing her headed for the Feeney Shipyard in Kingston.

James William pushing stone south from Tilcon’s Clinton Point quarry
A load of paper waste headed to the Pratt mill in Staten Island for recycling
The DEP’s Red Hook tanker ferried sludge to Hunts Point for dewatering

The small cruise ship Seven Seas Navigator was tied up at Pier 88, arriving Tuesday morning from Newport. She was set to head out Tuesday evening on an extended cruise to the UK, heading for Martha’s Vineyard first, then up the New England coast, over to Iceland, Scotland, and Ireland before ending in Southampton, England.

The Seven Seas Navigator tied up at Pier 88
A seaplane passed up the Hudson, having taken off in the East River and looped around the Battery, the plane was heading for Boston, a new three times a day service initiated by Tailwind last week

The Boat Basin Marina is closed and there are no seasonal moorings offered this year. However, this sailboat did anchor in the usual mooring area and someone looks to have rowed ashore in a dingy, which they tied up right under a “no docking” sign on A dock. It would have taken some athletic ability to climb out to the dock at this spot though as there is no ladder.

A sailboat anchored near the boat basin
And a unpowered dingy tied up at A Dock

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