Friday, August 31, 2012
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Chubby, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
A Chubby farewell.... My neighbor's boat, "Chubby" was recently sold, this shot was taken as the new owner sailed off into the horizon. A fixture in the neighborhood, the 25 ft Marshal Cat will be missed by those of us who always smiled when we saw her profile on the bay.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
A rare sight in recent years. A working oyster dredge in Long Island Sound where the oyster harvest can still support a few working boats. Long Island's once global oyster industry is attempting to regain a foothold through aqua farming.
Monday, August 27, 2012
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Friday, August 24, 2012
Staten Island Ferry, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
Few things in New York are free. The best bargain in town just might be the free ride on the Staten Island Ferry with it's gorgeous views of New York Harbor. Interestingly, the ferry never really "turns around"..it just changes direction as the stern becomes the bow and vice-versa. One would think that the endless back and forth navigation just might become rather tedious for the crew members!
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Liberty LandingTrain Station, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
A hundred years ago,the CRRNJ (Central Railroad of New Jersey) terminal was the gateway to all points west and often the first destination for immigrants after being processed through Ellis Island. Now a museum and an integral part of Liberty Landing State Park, the terminal was the start of many American success stories. If one listens quietly enough, the echoes of ancestors filled with fear, adventure and excitement can still be heard. The place is a must-see on many genealogy buff's bucket list!
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Seven Forty am, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
It's always nice to know what time it is when you are sailing on the Hudson. The Colgate Clock has actually been a part of the New York landscape since 1906, a Colgate Clock has been on the Jersey side of the river since 1924. When the corporation moved to the mid-west in the 1980's it was agreed that the clock would remain under the stewardship of the new landowner. At any rate, I suppose there's no excuse for being unaware of the time if you have a view of the river....
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Monday, August 20, 2012
Beyond Queensbourgh Crop, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
Some bridges just have too many names. Off our stern as we head north on the East River is the newly re-named "Mayor Edward Koch Bridge". Really??...To me the "Queensbourgh Bridge" will always be the "59th Street Bridge". After all, how many bridges have songs named after them?? (Feeling Groovey...)
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Friday, August 17, 2012
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Astoria Train Bridge, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
Hell Gate... The train bridge in Astoria, Queens marks a narrow stretch of the East River where currents can literally push boats backwards. Proper prior planning is a must here where radical changes in depth can cause rips and standing waves. Very strong currents from the East River and Long Island Sound converge in this narrow passageway. Navigating through this infamous area is all about timing, tide tables and current information dictate a prudent arrival for any boater.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Barge Bow, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
Every boater knows not to pass between a tug and a barge (although some have tried). Depending upon conditions tow lines can exceed 1,000 feet in length and boaters need to be very aware in the dark of night. Long Island Sound sees it's share of commercial barge traffic at all hours of the day.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Friday, August 10, 2012
Thursday, August 09, 2012
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
Monday, August 06, 2012
Sunday, August 05, 2012
Saturday, August 04, 2012
The Narrows, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
The Verrazano Narrows mark the entrance to New York Harbor. The Verrazano Narrows Bridge connects Brooklyn and Long Island to points south. I speak from first hand knowledge: passing under is much more enjoyable than crossing over as the bridge is frequently heavily traveled.