The Newtown Pentacle

Altissima quaeque flumina minimo sono labi

lasting merely

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

The other day, while onboard the Working Harbor Committee’s inaugural “Beyond Sandy” cruise, I spotted this fishing boat. Seawolf was not a small boat, and was crossing beneath the Verrazzano Bridge on its way back from some unknown place. It is mentioned, if only to provide one with a sense of scale.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

In the distance, a car carrier called Eminent Ace had just begun a journey of its own. A “Ro-Ro,” car carriers like this allow a fleet of newly manufactured vehicles to be driven on and off the ship and unloaded without the usage of Gantry Cranes, hence “Roll on, Roll off” or “Ro-Ro.”

– photo by Mitch Waxman

That’s the Sea Wolf in the lower right hand corner of the shot above, which provides, as mentioned- a sense of scale. It’s often hard to calculate or understand the size of maritime structures like Eminent Ace without some sort of rubric against which to measure them. Luckily, this maritime Sunday, such a visual cue was available.

Upcoming tours:

The Poison Cauldron- Saturday, June 15, 2013
Newtown Creek walking tour with Mitch Waxman and Atlas Obscura, tickets on sale soon.

Kill Van Kull- Saturday, June 22, 2013
Staten Island walking tour with Mitch Waxman and Working Harbor Committee, tickets now on sale.

The Insalubrious Valley Saturday, June 29, 2013
Newtown Creek walking tour with Mitch Waxman and Newtown Creek Alliance, tickets now on sale.

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  1. Dear Mr. Waxman – I love reading the Newtown Pentacle.

    I’m thinking about going on your tour of Newtown Creek – but am somewhat concerned about how difficult, or how long the tour will be. Can you provide any assessment? I’m a generally healthy senior citizen, and thought I’d like to go.

    Many thanks.

    Ellen Imbimbo



    May 26, 2013 at 11:40 am

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