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
DonJon Marine’s dredging team was back at work in the Manhattan Cruise Terminal this week, perhaps adding some depth back ahead of Fleet Week later this month. Otherwise observed traffic has been fairly typical on the North River, with Reinauer and Poling-Cutler crews moving oil products north, and stone coming south from the Clinton Point quarry. Up above, military traffic has been heavy.
Daniel, it’s always interesting to compare your daytime observations with mine, which are often nocturnal. In today’s posting, you show Buchanan “making its usual runs from Clinton Point.” That caught my attention, because when a tug rolls by late at night, it often turns out to be good old hardworking Buchanan! Makes me wonder if the work gets spread around evenly. Or does Buchanan have debts to pay…?
And speaking of nocturnal observations, tugs are pretty well lit up at night, while their barges, unlit, are hard to make out without binoculars. Meanwhile, bulkers traveling at night bear almost no lights at all! These huge dark forms move fast, barely visible, gone in seconds. Are they seeking to elude detection? Saving electricity? Or is it simply for drama? The sight is thrilling. (Sorry, Buchanan. No comparison!)
Someone once told me Buchanan12 is the hardest working boat on the river and I believe it. I’m never sure whether to be more amazed at the seemingly endless quantity of rock they can dig out of that same mountain up there or by the insatiable demand for the product. And i agree on the bulkers, it can be spooky. One just passed now and was completely invisible. Regards,
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