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Outbound from Port Richmond, bound for Galveston. The photograph was taken from the New Castle, DE waterfront.
Departing Lewes Terminal.
The queen of the fleet for over 50 years, USS Enterprise was decommissioned in 2017 and now rests on a dock in Newport News. Many would like to see her become a permanent monument, but, even with her nuclear powerplant removed, she is probably still too "hot" for preservation.
LPD-24 USS Arlington is an Amphibious Transport Dock of the United States Navy. Here she passes in to Hampton Roads silhouetted against the early morning sun.
A fleet of these small pedestrian ferries run continuously between the two cities.
Crane ship of the U.S. Navy Ready Reserve. She was built in 1967. Moored alongside is sister Flickertail State.
Encountering rough conditions far out in North Carolina's inland sea.
The tugs are waiting to escort Federal Agno to the Port of Morehead City.
Hatteras is tied up at the Cherry Branch Terminal, probably for engine work.
When the picture was taken the ship was laid up, but surprisingly she was put back in service in 2006 hauling taconite pellets on Lake Superior. Currently she is in layup in Superior, WI.
The last of the breed. Badger is the last coal-fired steamship in regular service in the United States. She ferries cars, trucks and people across Lake Michigan from May to October of the year, connecting U.S.10 between Ludington and Manitowoc and saving travellers 4 hours over driving by way of Chicago. The photograph was taken at Manitowoc.
Bulk carrier built in 2007, as of November 2017 the ship was still in service and reported off the coast of Japan.
The ferry connects two sections of Jacksonville at a narrow stretch of the St. Johns River. It runs on the half hour and only takes a few minutes to make the crossing.
Approaching the Hatteras landing.
Pedestrian ferry to National Seashore.
Waiting to load at the Hatteras terminal.
Casino boat is laid up at Green Cove Springs.
Built in 1988, Americana is laid up on the same dock in Green Cove Springs where I found Cape May Light and Cape Cod Light in 2009. It's the same story - bankruptcy of the operator, in this case Travel Dynamics International. The boat was christened Yorktown Clipper and renamed several times over the course of its career.
The big Sound Class boat carries a full load of vacationers to Ocracoke on a beautiful fall Friday.
Dredge Hampton Roads works close to the Savannah waterfront. The vessel is owned by Marinex Construction, Inc. of Charleston SC, and is the smaller of two dredges operated by the company. She and sister Savannah are on permanent duty keeping the port of Savannah open.
Taken from aboard my sailboat Valor. From my notes of that day - "Passed ferry coming out of Southport and Mary Beth came out and waved her cap at me." That would be Captain Mary Beth Ray, a friend from the marina who held a regular position of command for many years on this route. Years later I would have the privilege of crossing the Cape Fear in the pilot house of an NC ferry as her guest.
In the ICW near Southport Marina.
Unidentified freighter passing under the Columbia River Bridge at Astoria, OR in the summer of 2003.
Unidentified freighter in the fog on the Cape Fear River, taken from the Fort Fisher - Southport ferry. As a safety precaution, the ferry held departure until the crew could make visible contact with the ship. We heard her foghorn out on the river long before we could see her.
A big late summer crowd aboard Cape Point on their way to Ocracoke Island for the day. We were aboard Chicamacomico on the opposite run. During tourist season the boats on the Ocracoke - Hatteras route don't adhere to schedule, turning around as fast as they can discharge and reload at the terminals.
Inbound to Hatteras landing, taken from boat on opposing schedule.
The two boats pass near the landing at the north end of Ocracoke Island.
The boat covering this route is the smallest in the NC Ferry Division system, with a capacity of 18 to 20 cars. The rationale for the route is to carry schoolchildren from Knotts Island to mainland Currituck County, since the island population is too small to support a school. When I rode it in 2017, there was a school bus and about 10 cars going to the island, with 6 cars on the return. The boat makes six round trips a day, less on weekends and in the summer when school is out.
Driving east on U.S. 158 toward Edenton, I caught a glimpse of a sign on a side road with the word "Ferry" on it. I doubled back at the first opportunity and found a sign indicating the Parker's Ferry on the road ahead, operating during daylight hours. I drove down the road, which turned to gravel, and eventually reached the Meherrin River. There was a sign instructing the driver to blow the horn to summon the boat. There was an NCDOT truck already waiting and the ferry was just leaving the other side. The river is quite narrow and in a couple of minutes we loaded and began the crossing, which itself just took a few minutes. On the other side, I followed a gravel road for several miles and came out near Murfreesboro, NC.
The ferry is cable operated, operates every day during daylight hours unless the water is too high or rough, and is free. It is considered an inland ferry and is not under the jurisdiction of the NC Ferry Division, but is run by the local District Office. There are two more of these ferries in North Carolina, the Sans Souci ferry crossing the Cashie River near Winton, and the Elwell ferry crossing the Cape Fear near Riegelwood.
This vessel was put in service in 1938 and worked for 50 years until she was laid up in 1978. After languishing for 8 years, she was purchased and given a cosmetic refurbishment and put on display in downtown Duluth. The vessel was well-maintained by her former owner U.S. Steel Corporation and is in fine condition today.
Climbing to the bridge of a preserved Great Lakes bulk carrier.
I took this picture from aboard Marian Claire at the end of a trip through the Dismal Swamp Canal.
Various Odfjell vessels are a common sight on the Morehead City dock.
For a comparatively new vessel, Cape Cod Light has a hazy history. My best information is that she and sister Cape May Light were built in 2001 for an operation called Delta Queen Coastal Voyages. By the end of the year, the company was bankrupt and both boats were laid up at Green Cove Springs, where I photographed them im 2009. Rumor has it that a company called Waterfront Lifestyles International bought the boat in 2008 with intentions of converting it to a floating condominium, but it doesn't appear that anything came of it. Another rumor is that one of the boats was chartered in 2010 to serve as housing for relief workers in Haiti after the devastating earthquake.
As of September 10, 2017, MSC Kalamata was in the Balearic Sea, bound from Valencia, Spain to La Spezia, Italy.
Cable ferry near Port Bickerton, Nova Scotia.
Built in 1925 and christened Ann Arbor No. 7, she was rebuilt in 1964 and renamed Viking. She worked hauling freight cars and passengers across Lake Michigan until she was laid up in 1982. Finally in 2013 the hulk was cut down into a barge.
Built in 1914, the hulk of Great Lakes ore carrier William H. Donner was still in service as late as 2011 as a freight transfer vessel.
This boat was built in 1981 and currently hails out of Charleston, so she is a familiar sight along the southeastern coast. In recent news, Na'Hoku lost her tow April 20th, 2017 and it washed up on the beach at Lake Worth, FL. No damage, no harm done.
Aurora is a chemical tanker built in 2000, gross tonnage 16,454, flagged under the Marshall Islands. As of September 9th, 2017 she is off the coast of South Carolina.
The boat was built in 1947 out of war surplus materials.
As best as I can determine, this boat, built in 1977, is no longer in service.
Hatteras is far out in Pamlico Sound on the 2012 temporary route between Stumpy Point and Rodanthe that was set up to ameliorate the transportation issues caused by severe washouts on Highway 12. The road was closed from Bonner Bridge to Rodanthe for months. The picture was taken from aboard W. Stanford White running on the opposite schedule.
Croatan is inbound to Stumpy Point. The picture was taken from W. Stanford White on her way to Rodanthe.
Approaching the dock at Aurora on a mild December day. Dan and I were on our way to ride the Stumpy Point Ferry.
This boat, like most of those used on the Neuse River Minnesott to Cherry Point route, is a member of the NCDOT Ferry Division's Hatteras Class. She carries up to 26 cars amd 149 passengers, and was built in 1990..
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