A ducky Wednesday on the river
Another lovely day with winds dropping and the sun shining. Recreational boaters were out in force but commercial shipping was fairly light.
A Pea Souper
Sunday opened with a thick layer of fog sitting over the river. The soup burned off, though, over the course of the morning, and afternoon brought sunny skies and warm temperatures, with plenty of recreational activity on the river.
Terrific conditions arrived Monday though by the end of the day the wind was picking up again. Tanker and hopper traffic on the river remained heavy.
Mothers’ Day Improvement
Conditions improved steadily over the course of Mothers’ Day after the drenching of the past few days. The morning saw three AT/Bs at anchor in the river: the Mako and Haggerty Girls remain for a second day, and the Jacksonville arrived in the early hours of the morning from Port Jefferson and anchored near Grant’s…
A Saturday drencher
Drenching rain and high winds persisted for most of the day, keeping recreational boaters off the river. Walkers were in evidence through the morning though, as the annual Great Saunter, a 32-mile walk around the entire circumference of Manhattan went on as scheduled. You can read more about that in my article on it today…
The strong northwest winds slowly abated over the weekend and swung around to the south. Temperatures came up into the 60s, but there is rain coming tomorrow. Dredging activity continued but shifted to the south side of Pier 88.
Friday is for the birds
Brisk northwest winds continued for a third day and kept recreational boaters at bay, but the birds were out in force. A bald eagle flew over Pier i in the morning, pursued by crows. Meanwhile, back on the ground, the first of the spring goslings emerged in Riverside Park, perhaps a tempting snack for the…
The dredging operations at the passenger ship terminal moved aside on Sunday and were replaced by two Norwegian ships and the smaller Ocean Explorer cruise ship. The Norwegian Gem and Getaway were both in port Sunday morning, and were heading out Sunday night for Portugal and Halifax, respectively, a break from the Bermuda and Caribbean…
Back to the river
Clearing skies and warmer temperatures saw activity on the river continue to pick up. The knot of tugs anchored in the river broke up, with only Stephen Reinauer remaining. What looked to me like a juvenile bald eagle passed over Pier i in the early hours, being harassed by a crow. The eagle was followed…
The Dutch naval patrol ship visiting at the south side of Pier 88 made an early departure with an assist from a McCallister tug. By the end of the day she was motoring east at 15 knots, signaling a return to the Netherlands on AIS after spending the past 3 months on patrol in the…