The Heritage and The Tugboats

The Heritage and The Tugboats

The M/V Heritage and the Moran Towing tugboats sit amidst a thick fog in the Piscataqua River.  Another iconic coastal New England scene with fog so thick that the Memorial Bridge can barely be seen in the background.

Rainbow over the Memorial Bridge

If you see this image – you’ll probably wonder whether the pot of gold is really located at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery.  This night was simply incredible – the sky was ridiculously dynamic, changing from rain soaked and grey to sunny to ominous, and a rainbow even made an appearance in there at some point.  It was awesome to watch unfold, and I was very thankful to be there with camera in hand.  I just wish I’d brought my tripod along for the fun, but as I mentioned earlier in the week – you have to learn to make do with what you’ve got sometimes.  Improvisation can make for some creative and fun shoots.

Harbor Cruise | Portsmouth, NH

The two sources for fun on the water during the summer months in Portsmouth, NH are the Heritage and the Thomas Laighton.  The Heritage is an awesome little old-school style yacht (with a bar on deck) that is great for a late evening sunset cruise out towards Whaleback Lighthouse…as featured above covered in snow.  Below is the Thomas Laighton in the heart of the harbor-cruising season in years past, full of people ready to enjoy a long evening out on the water.  The Laighton is definitely a larger boat that heads out for longer periods of time…also offering a great time and a great way to enjoy the seacoast.

Night Freighter

I thought it was time to mix it up and return to some working waterfront images after all the waterfront beach shots featured recently.  With the onslaught of winter we’ve been having since 2011 arrived, I had been amazed that the sand/salt piles at Granite State Minerals shrunk as much as it did.  That meant one thing – more freighters would be in town soon…so that local trucks could come to the rescue of Public Works departments across New England.  Sure enough, upon getting back from Miami on Tuesday…I was greeted by two freighters in port.

The night shot add a dimension to the working waterfront feel for me, as we’re all used to seeing boats do their thing during the day, but it’s more rare that I stop to appreciate the fact that the cranes move through the night until all the minerals are unloaded.  Here is a glimpse of the freighter along with the Heritage (the boat I take most often for some summer weather harbor cruising).

Martingale Wharf | Reflections of a Changing Waterfront

This shot was taken setting out on the sunset harbor cruise on the Heritage.  I snapped this single exposure with the incredibly sharp and vibrant Carl Zeiss lens that I’ve rented on a couple of occasions – and I just loved the rich blues of the water and the sky.  I’ve always thought that the Martingale Wharf building was pretty massive when seen from Bow Street…as it takes up so much of the street front – but it wasn’t until we were heading back in from the cruise that I realized just how massive the structure is.

Seen here the water side of the building is partially covered in tarps – as construction has progressed through the summer.  If you are walking up Bow Street, you might notice the fire sealing/insulation on the interior of the structure – so I imagine it’s only a matter of time until the skeleton of the building gets its skin.  I can’t wait to see what the structure looks like when its brick facade is installed….and it will be a welcome change to this seemingly stagnating waterfront visage.