Daily observations on the Hudson River as it passes through New York City. The section of the Hudson which passes through New York is historically known as the North River, called this by the Dutch to distinguish it from the Delaware River, which they knew as the South River. This stretch of the Hudson is still often referred to as the North River by local mariners today. All photos by Daniel Katzive unless otherwise attributed. Twitter @dannykatman
Philadelphia Story and the voyage of the Baylander
Wye River arrived on the North River Monday with a loaded looking tank barge on the wire. This towing configuration is not usually seen on the River other than for tugs coming from or heading directly to sea, and, indeed, in this case, Wye River’s AIS showed it arriving from Philadelphia. This is another pattern we have been seeing in recent weeks: tugs with tank barges coming up from and returning to the Delaware River (or South River to stick with Dutch labels), and there may be some pipeline capacity explanation for why there seems to be more traffic than usual between these two big hubs for petroleum products. Once Wye reached the Boat Basin, they reconfigured to a more conventional North River setup, with the tug dropping back into the notch and then anchoring.
Another interesting move on Monday involved a ship that normally does not move at all. The Baylander is a retired Vietnam era US Navy utility boat that at one time was used to practice helicopter landings. In recent years, she has been permanently docked at the West Harlem Piers at the end of 125th Street. But on Monday, Stasinos’s Meaghan Marie came up the River and towed Baylander down to the May Ship Repair boatyard on the Kill van Kull, where they are presumably having some work done before reopening for the summer in April.
Other moves on the River Monday were more typical.
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