Night time is the right time

Been playing around with some night time long exposure shots recently. Fun to set up to shoot and fun to edit. While I miss being able to get the dramatic sunset shots, and a normal dinner, the night watch does allow for some interesting photographic opportunities. I have been experimenting with the trio of lenses for my Nikon One V1, as well as my ND8 & CPL filters, which has definitely helped improve the quality of my night time work. Also helping is my continued use and practice with Lightroom. I lack the formal eduction I wish I could get in this study, however the learning journey is still enjoyable. I think some kind of online course may be in my future, along with some upgraded equipment as finances allow!

HOS Captain & HOS Blackfoot at Hos port north

HOS Captain & HOS Blackfoot at Hos port north

HOS Bluewater & HOS Brimstone

HOS Bluewater & HOS Brimstone

HOS Bluewater & Brimstone close up

HOS Bluewater & Brimstone close up

The newest generation of crew boats to hit Fourchon have technology more familiar to star trek fans than mariners

The newest generation of crew boats to hit Fourchon have technology more familiar to star trek fans than mariners

Bordelon Marine stingray class under construction in Houma

Bordelon Marine stingray class under construction in Houma

ECO's LA Ship, didn't quite turn out as I wanted.

ECO’s LA Ship, didn’t quite turn out as I wanted.

McDermott's North Ocean 102

McDermott’s North Ocean 102

Theodore Industrial Canal  with the fog hanging over

Theodore Industrial Canal with the fog hanging over

Another of the North Ocean 102

Another of the North Ocean 102

Normand Clipper in the dry dock at BAE in Mobile

Normand Clipper in the dry dock at BAE in Mobile

A future special warfare staging vessel at BAE Mobil

A future special warfare staging vessel at BAE Mobile

Bulker offloading at the Port of Mobile

Bulker offloading at the Port of Mobile

Wide angle shot of BAE Mobile

Wide angle shot of BAE Mobile

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Photo of the week 8-7-14

I see, a bad moon a risin’….

sound track by CCR of course

sound track by CCR of course

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New becomes old

It is surprising in life how fast something that is new, a car, a camera, a pair of boots, quickly become just another dismissible item pushed into the background of our consciousness. Especially when this thing is at first unique, and before you know it every high school girl in sight is wearing a black north face fleece. The same can be said for people, girlfriends, new co-workers. It seems like before you know it you are brushing your teeth with your significant other on the toilet and know what your engineer’s kids birthdays are. How about the details and routines of a new job? It isn’t long before a new electronic log system, and what files you have to submit and when become old hat. The controls of a new boat go from new and concentration requiring, to the kind of in the dark muscle memory that allows you to hit the light switches in your house in the middle of the night.
However what am I really talking about? In this case it is boats, big surprise! I often post photos of new boats in Fourchon and in the past months it was exciting seeing the first and second in class of a lot of the new 300 foot and larger OSV’s start to show up in Fourchon. This hitch? All of a sudden the “big boats” are a dime a dozen and they have already lost what ever magic they had. Now, they are just dock and channel space hogs! It is very very clear that Fourchon was not designed with work boats this big in mind and they definitely can’t get slip C finished fast enough.

Big boats for everybody!

Big boats for everybody!

Grand Isle

Grand Isle

Grand Isle

Grand Isle

Grand Isle

Grand Isle

HOS Captain & HOS Black Foot

HOS Captain & HOS Black Foot

HOS Captain & HOS Black Foot

HOS Captain & HOS Black Foot

HOS Commander

HOS Commander

Miss Marilene Tide

Miss Marilene Tide

Miss Marilene Tide

Miss Marilene Tide

Harvey Hawk

Harvey Hawk

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Tugs on Parade, courtesy of a screw change

Currently I am sitting back at work here in Fourchon, after what can only be described as a pretty bad crew change. Several days of waiting, not a lot of sleep, bad food, and getting dropped right into the end of a spot job at 0600 on a saturday.
On the plus side I got another day at home and what a day it was. July 29th was the Centennial of the opening of the Cape Cod Canal, and there have been festivities and events going on most of the week preceding it. My entire time home I was not looking forward to my return to work for all of the usual reasons, however this time I had one added reason. I was slated to travel on the 29th, not only the day of the Centennial, but also of the celebratory tugboat parade in the canal!
If you aren’t a frequent viewer you might not know the reasons why I wanted to be there for this. The Cape Cod Canal (CCC) is an intertwined part of the Therapist Fiancé and I’s lives. I have made countless trips through it and still do while home. Together we have had more than a few milkshakes at the sandwich boat basin watching the boat traffic and walking the dog along its banks. As my pictures show it is often where I got to catch tugs and other traffic making their transit from one bay to another. We aren’t the only people in the are who consider the canal to be a big deal. Any day of the week there are people striper fishing, running, riding bikes, or like me just watching the boats.
So to get to ride along on Jaguar, the first tugboat in my maritime career, in the tugboat parade for a waterway that is such a big part of both me and the therapist fiancé’s life…Well it was a big deal for me. It became an even bigger deal when you factor in the empty 32 gig memory card I had ready and waiting.
So all of the waiting, bad food, no sleep and general confusion of the crew change ended up really being worth it. The crowds along the banks of the canal were far larger than I expected and even included some family members. There was a decent turn out of boats with McAllister’s two newer tractor tugs the Andrew and Buckley really stealing the show. I ended up shooting around 1000 frames and I have my 80 or so finished photos posted on my photos sales website, http://newenglandwatermanphoto.smugmug.com/Cape-Cod-Canal-Centennial-Tug/, however if you need a fix now here are a few good ones!

Happy 100th CCC!

Happy 100th CCC!

Andrew McAllister, Reliance, Buckley McAllister

Andrew McAllister, Reliance, Buckley McAllister

Between the bridges, Mac boats in a line

Between the bridges, Mac boats in a line

"Andrew McAllister"

“Andrew McAllister”

Mass Maritime's "Ranger", our pace boat at the east end jetties

Mass Maritime’s “Ranger”, our pace boat at the east end jetties

proper flag to boat size ration

proper flag to boat size ration

"Andrew McAllister" and Mass Maritime's "Hercules"

“Andrew McAllister” and Mass Maritime’s “Hercules”

"Reliance" at the east end

“Reliance” at the east end

"Co"

“Co”

"Sea Smoke" off the boat basin

“Sea Smoke” off the boat basin

"Alert", "Co", and "Reliance" westbound at the boat basin.

“Alert”, “Co”, and “Reliance” westbound at the boat basin.

Water show by the McAllister tractors at the rail road bridge

Water show by the McAllister tractors at the rail road bridge

"Buckley McAllister", the Canal's newest escort tug

“Buckley McAllister”, the Canal’s newest escort tug

"Andrew McAllister"

“Andrew McAllister”

Mass Maritime, and the T/S "Kennedy"

Mass Maritime, and the T/S “Kennedy”

"Kennedy" & "Ranger"

“Kennedy” & “Ranger”

"Kalmar Nyckel" at Mass Maritime

“Kalmar Nyckel” at Mass Maritime

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Photo of the week 7-26-14

I visited some friends aboard the Charles W. Morgan yesterday and in there honor here is a shot a snapped after undocking her in New Bedford.

A very pretty sight!

A very pretty sight!

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Comin’ In Hawt’

Just imagine the title yelled in German over the VHF, and you get the idea. A great video shared by the crew over at Gcaptain.

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Spot Jobs, of a Different Kind

I have been busy with things other than the new house and having fun since I got home. Having to take an extra week off from work to make my closing meant trying to make up some of the lost capital through other means at home. Since I am not quite in bikini shape yet, modeling or selling my body was out of the equation. Thankfully a lot of the small operators in the area don’t have set crews and tend to be looking for a warm body now and again. This need for crew has led to picking up a few spot jobs for an old friend and boss, for a new boat, and the chance to be part of one ships remarkable 38th voyage.
The first tug I ever worked on is the Jaguar from New Bedford, she is owned and operated by Capt. Charlie Mitchell and has been since he had her built in 1967. I always try to get a trip or job in on Jaguar when I am home, she is 65′ of pure hawser boat. No winches, no capstans, just proper boat handling and muscle on deck. Everything is fairly small and for an 18 year old who thought he knew a thing or two about boats it was a great environment to get humbled in. Nowadays Jaguar is where I go to keep the deck skills sharp and continue to learn a thing or two about running a tug from a master of the trade. This trip home we have done a couple cool jobs, two rather par the course and another of a more historical manner.
One thing I have done a far bit of on Jaguar is move and tow tall ships. She is the right size for it and Capt. Charlie has a delicate touch with wooden hulls often older than any of two crew combined. So it was no surprise for me when I got the call to be crew for undocking the historic whaleship Charles W. Morgan as she left New Bedford to continue her 38th voyage. I had ridden as a passenger several days earlier for the boat parade celebrating her visit, though that was pure fun. This was work, albeit still fun. Even better was getting to say hi and take a line from a class mate from school working aboard the Morgan for the summer. Even Even better was getting to take the Therapist Fiancé along for the ride, her first tugboat experience and a first hand glimpse into what I do for a living. Things went off with out a hitch and the crowd to see the Morgan off was amazing. She is the last wooden whaling ship afloat and the oldest sailing vessel in the country next to the U.S.S. Constitution. Getting to be even a small part of her first voyage in decades is something I feel privileged to have done. What was just as special for me was getting to share this part of my life for the first time with the Therapist Fiancé. She has been curious about the mysterious Jaguar for a while, and to get to take her along on a really cool job like this was a treat.

Charles W. Morgan at the state pier

Charles W. Morgan at the state pier

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Charles W. Morgan at the state pier

Charles W. Morgan at the state pier

Dropping lines, photo by my Fiancé

Dropping lines, photo by my Fiancé

Approaching, photo by my Fiancé

Approaching, photo by my Fiancé

Passing lines

Passing lines, photo by my Fiancé

Stern line up

Stern line up, photo by my Fiancé

Sirius making up

Sirius making up

Outbound Butlers Flats Channel

Outbound Butlers Flats Channel

A pretty sight

A pretty sight

Flying high

Flying high

The other two jobs we have done are slightly less glamorous regular tugboat work. After the boat parade we ran out through the dyke and followed in the tug Sirius towing the Seastreak Wall Street, yes that one. They had lost one of their wheels near the dock in the vineyard and had to be towed to New Bedford for repairs. After coming in through the hurricane barrier we made up on the port quarter of the ferry and brought her over to the state pier. An easy little job and I even got to work alongside my cousin on deck.

Inbound alongside

Inbound alongside

The most recent job was heading out to vineyard sound to take over the tow of a clam boat that had broken down. A partner boat had towed her overnight from offshore and about two miles outside of Quick’s Hole we took her in tow for New Bedford. It was a less than pleasant day to be on the bay and if we had headed out past Nantucket the night before to tow her the whole way it would have been a lot less than pleasant. As we approached I faked the hawser and bridle out on deck and made up my heaving line, we set up just upwind of the bow of the F/V Starlight, and passed the towing gear to them. I made the hawser up short, even though Charlie will tell you I was itching to let some out, and headed for New Bedford. Upon making New Bedford we towed on a short hawser through the dyke, and made the swing bride just in the nick of time, still towing on a short hawser. After getting through the crew on the Starlight dropped the bridles which with the hawser I hauled aboard quickly, and we made up along side of them on the fly. This involved not getting them stopped before we broke tow, and letting them over take us, putting up the head line first and using that to stop them as I put up the strap and stern line. We secured her alongside some of her partner vessels and it was time to put up the hawser and wait for the southbound bridge opening.

FV Starlight on a short hawser

FV Starlight on a short hawser

To add to the variety I was able to do a two day job aboard the tug Bucky for the Toscana Corporation of Nantucket. They own the Bucky and a barge for the express purpose of moving their own materials and equipment two and from the island, as well as providing removal service for certain island trash. We took a load of crushed stone and empty dumpsters over one day, and offloaded and reloaded with full trash dumpster the next day before making our return trip. It was a fun job and I got to take some good pictures of Nantucket harbor and some of the ferry boats. Capt. Tim onboard was a really cool guy to work with and I hope I get to fill in some more for them.

Outbound New Bedford

Outbound New Bedford

Looking back at woodshole, eastbound

Looking back at woodshole, eastbound

Nantucket Sound Sunset

Nantucket Sound Sunset

Starting to offload

Starting to offload

Almost finished

Almost finished

trash going on

trash going on

westbound on vineyard sound

westbound on vineyard sound

See ya on the one, but first...let me take a selfie

See ya on the one, but first…let me take a selfie

So I have a little over a week left at home and with any luck I can squeeze in one or two more short gigs to round things out! If not I still got to keep my tug boating skills up and continue to stay familiar with my home waters for my eventual leaving of the bayou for good.

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