Tugboat Devon

As long as we’re on the subject of boats, let’s go to one of my favorite categories, the tugboat. Here’s a snap from 1994 of the Devon at the dock in Philadelphia.


Was a perfect morning for that photo, which prints much nicer than it scans for digital use here. Can’t wait to get out and do some old school photography soon. Will be interesting to see the artistic differences.


Carrier bow…

Here’s another look at that aircraft carrier mothballed at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. This time, it’s a look directly at the bow.DSC_1228

There’s plenty of air draft on such a ship, which means some clever engineering to keep it right side up. It’s always impressive to see such a massive structure up close. I’d like to see one moving at speed some day.


Carrier at rest…

There’s an aircraft carrier at rest in the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Been tied up there for several years now. Finally got around to taking some photos and video. Here’s some live footage with an American Airlines jet overhead:

Aircraft on final to Philadelphia International Airport pass overhead, which made for an interesting view. More photos from this visit to come soon. Stay tuned.

Behind the dam…

Well, it’s not exactly a dam, but rather a coffer dam, or a door, or the thing that holds back the Delaware River at the former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Take a look at this photo:

The coffer dam of a graving dock at the former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.

The coffer dam of a graving dock at the former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.

Click on the photo for a larger version, and count the numbers on the left, indicating feet above the bottom. Then imagine all the water that thing is holding back. If it lets go, you’re going to get deluged by the full force of the river. Thanks to a friend, I was able to check out the laying of keel blocks in this graving dock. More posts to follow, hopefully, showing the vessel on the blocks, which is an amazing thing in its own right.