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Tug Dory at Newtown Creek in today’s post.

- photo by Mitch Waxman

Heading over to Greenpoint, which seems to be my occupation sometimes, your humble narrator was utilizing the Pulaski Bridge to cross the malign Newtown Creek. Suddenly, from below, waves began crashing and a vast oblong shape appeared from the void formed by the span.

- photo by Mitch Waxman

This barge likely came from Allocco, an aggregates company based on Kingsland Avenue in Greenpoint. Allocco, by the way, isn’t some fey corporate composite name, rather its a family name. I’ve met members of the eponymous clan, and they’re nice guys. They sort debris into graded materials – sand, gravel etc. for resale. Allocco is one of the few corporations along Newtown Creek who fully utilize their maritime bulkheads, so I’m a fan. What’s being moved around in that barge would require the services of around 30 trucks otherwise.

- photo by Mitch Waxman

Never have I seen the Tug Dory on the Creek before. This boat is a bit of a mystery to me, and not much is available on it. Unfortunately, they weren’t displaying their IMO number in a place visible from my vantage, so I’m afraid that all I can tell you is that it’s painted white.

- photo by Mitch Waxman

She may be somewhat anonymous, a pale enigma posed alongside an oblong shape if you will, but Tug Dory still looks pretty good heading out of the Newtown Creek on her way to the East River.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

April 4, 2014 at 11:00 am

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  1. Mitch, I have been walking over the Pulaski Bridge multiple times over the past few months and see tugs on the creek quite often. Many of them are right by the bridge at the scap metal place at the end of Manhattan Avenue. The other day I spotted the Sarah Ann tug out of Newark, NJ by itself; no barge being pushed. I am curious, on the second photo, what lens and exposure did you use. I am amazed by the vividness and contrast of your photos.

    George Laszlo

    April 4, 2014 at 11:21 am

    • The tech stuff on the image, exposure etc, should be visible on the images flickr page. This was my Sigma 18-35 f1.8 which I usually set to 2.8 for general duty.

      Mitch Waxman

      April 4, 2014 at 11:47 am

  2. Mitch, what’s with ALL those sailboats tied up on the right side? It looks like a veritable marina going on there. Are there docking fees? If so, who gets the $$$? Or can one just mosey-on-up and tie-up the boat? How’s this business all work?

    georgetheatheist . . . over the bounding main

    April 4, 2014 at 11:34 am

    • That’s the Hunter Point Boat Sanctuary, and its a pirate operation. It isn’t legal, in the slightest, and although the literal “Captain of the Port” at Coast Guard has been made aware of it, it’s the responsibility of some low level City Hall official to police them.

      Mitch Waxman

      April 4, 2014 at 11:46 am

      • So, the owner of an expensive boat (and its contents) such leaves it there? There’s no security at all? You and me and others can just hop aboard and lounge about or even take off? What do you mean by “pirate operation”? A guy with a gun “patrols”? A guard dog wanders about? Where’s the entrance/egress point(s) on the mainland? More info . . please.

        georgetheatheist . . . over the bounding main

        April 4, 2014 at 12:11 pm

      • Not able to provide all that. The point of access is at Vernon Avenue nearby 54th avenue.

        Mitch Waxman

        April 4, 2014 at 12:15 pm

      • Any reporters reading this? Here’s a news tip to get you going.

        georgetheatheist . . . over the bounding main

        April 4, 2014 at 12:35 pm


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