Steady as she goes…

Here’s a photo I happened upon a few nights ago. Was driving along the coast of Savaneta, Aruba, DWI and spotted a tugboat steaming south as the sun set.

Tugboat headed south off Savaneta, Aruba, DWI.

Tugboat headed south off Savaneta, Aruba, DWI.

Always a good idea to keep a camera handy. This was my Nikon 1 AW, a great little unit that does a good job without much work on the users part. And, with all the media we have today, you can share instantly and enjoy.

Published in: on November 12, 2014 at 3:37 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A few days before Sept. 11, 2001…

On September 9, 2001, I left New York Harbor aboard a ship. On the way down the Hudson River, I snapped various photos of the skyline, including the one below (reproduced poorly here, but the original is perfectly clear thanks to ideal weather, a Hasselblad camera, Zeiss lens, and Kodak Ektachrome film). Note the structure in the upper right portion of the frame.

This photo taken Sept. 9, 2001.

Never forget this world is a dangerous place.

Published in: on September 11, 2012 at 1:26 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Tugboat Tour, video

In conversations at book signings and other events, people ask me how I came to be a writer. It was a winding path, though plenty of interesting places. One of those locales was the Philadelphia waterfront, including the Delaware River and Bay as well as the Atlantic Ocean. Part of my business involved tugboats and barges. So, here’s a video tour of the tug High Roller, a boat that I worked with while in that environment.

That’s quite a piece of floating machinery, isn’t it? One of the main engines has just been rebuilt, to the tune of about $250,000. That gives you an idea of what things cost in this field. While underway, the boat burns close to a hundred gallons of diesel fuel an hour. Do the math at today’s prices and you come up with a steep number indeed. Nonetheless, the job has to be done and working with the High Roller was always a fun challenge. Hopefully, I’ll have a chance to interview the owner, a fellow who is a real character. Stay tuned.

Published in: on October 17, 2011 at 12:52 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Heavy Lifting

Once again, I was in the New York Harbor area, aboard a tugboat with the legendary Captain Silva. This time we tended to a few barge shifts than returned to Staten Island where there was a heavy lift operation underway. DonJon Marine moved in with their Chesapeake 1000 floating crane. This unit proceeded to lift a newly constructed floating drydock from the shipyard into the water. Here is a photo of the scene.

liftaThis can be a tricky procedure, full of pitfalls if the weather changes, something goes wrong, or simple human error. However, the job went easily enough. The drydock was lifted, the crane pivoted around, and then the drydock was set into the water like a dozen eggs in the fridge. It takes copious amounts of cooperation between the people on the ground and the fellow operating the crane, who may not be able to see everything, including obstacles in the way.

Just another way to travel and things to do. Great story material, too.

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