The Nicole has been trading in the Gulf of Mexico for the last three years or so, it was a nice run. Tropical, deep blue and vast. We dodged a couple hurricanes in the last months and made the trip back from the warm southern climes a couple of hitches back. It was an eight and a half day voyage from New Orleans that included riding the back of Hurricane Joaquin off the Carolinas for a bit. It got a little nasty to say the least.
Our operations are now focused in the Northeast market for the time being and it’s busier work. A lot of boat handling and action on familiar waters. I have to say I missed the bustle of New York. The benefits of working in the gulf were balanced by the headache of air travel limitations and sometimes grueling gauntlets of connections. Once on board, the work was a bit more sedate with long distances and vistas of open water. I don’t miss the traveling, I’ve seen enough airports for a while.
So in the spirit of sharing, here are some photos I’ve taken of our return to the northeast.