Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Shuttle Enterprise on the last leg of its trip to the Intrepid Museum

Photographing the Shuttle Enterprise on the last leg of its trip to the Intrepid Museum

Wed, June 6th, 2012




Shuttle Enterprise covered by watery curtain by fire boat. Copyright 2012 by Alina Oswald. All Rigths Reserved.
Shuttle Enterprise covered by watery curtain by fire boat. Photo by Alina Oswald
Today I spent almost my entire day photographing the shuttle Enterprise on the last leg of its trip. I spotted the barge carrying the shuttle sometime around 10.30 AM (15 minutes late) heading seemingly parallel to the Verrazano Bridge and slightly north. Traffic on the Hudson was... heavy, to say the least. The shuttle was flanked by fire boats, which were, on and off, literally showering it. Red coast guard helicopters were humming in the sky, watching over it.


Shuttle Enterprise with Verrazano Bridge in the background. Photo Copyright 2012 by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Shuttle Enterprise with Verrazano Bridge in the background. Photo Copyright 2012 by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

 
Shuttle Enterprise with Verrazano Bridge in the background. Photo Copyright 2012 by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Shuttle Enterprise with Verrazano Bridge in the background. Photo Copyright 2012 by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.


Shuttle Enterprise and Staten Island Ferry. With Verrazano Bridge in the background. Photo Copyright 2012 by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Shuttle Enterprise & Staten Island Ferry. Verrazano Bridge in the background. Photo Copyright 2012 by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

 One at a time, the barge sailed up the river, squeezing its way among ferries full of tourists, other barges, Staten Island ferries, police boats and many others. It first reached Lower Manhattan, than Winter Garden and the new construction at Ground Zero. It moved up north, reaching Midtown (Empire State Building and then Times Square).

All this time, the crane followed closely. After Midtown, the barge carrying the shuttle veered west and waited for the crane to catch up. While waiting, more fire boats showed off all they could do, turning into watery butterflies, welcoming the shuttle.
Barge with Shuttle Enterprise on the Hudson, at Empire State Building. Photo copyright 2012 by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Barge with Shuttle Enterprise on the Hudson reaches Empire State Building. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Shuttle Enterprise and Fire Boat. Close-Up. Photo by Alina Oswald. Copyright 2012. All Rights Reserved.
Shuttle Enterprise and Fire Boat. Close-Up. Photo by Alina Oswald.
Barge with Shuttle Enterprise on the Hudson, at Empire State Building. Photo copyright 2012 by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Barge with Shuttle Enterprise on the Hudson reaches Midtown. Photo  by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.


Once the crane reached the shuttle, approximately at 42nd Pier level (Intrepid Museum), the barge started to rotate, offering a 360 perspective of the shuttle. Then ever so slowly, it sailed the remaining few feet to the Intrepid.
Shuttle Enterprise feet away from its final destination: Intrepid Museum, NYC. Photo copyright 2012 by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Shuttle Enterprise feet away from its final destination: Intrepid Museum, NYC. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Shuttle Enterprise feet away from its final destination: Intrepid Museum, NYC. Photo copyright 2012 by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Shuttle Enterprise feet away from its final destination: Intrepid Museum, NYC. Sign and Tail. Photo by Alina Oswald.

I was one of the few photographers and viewers standing and snapping pictures until the very end. One last photograph, the one I almost did not take, shows a partial tail (of the shuttle) passing by a sign saying "Shuttle Enterprise." I discovered the sign only when I got home and looked through the images.
Shuttle Enterprise reaches Winter Garden and Ground Zero. Photo copyright 2012 by Alina Oswald. All RIghts Reserved.
Shuttle Enterprise at Ground Zero. Photo by Alina Oswald

Here are a few samples of today's shuttle Enterprise photo-shoot. Hope you enjoy them!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Alina Oswald

For more Enterprise images, please visit my online portfolio at www.flickr.com/photos/ano07.

Thanks!