Located between Staten Island and New Jersey, it’s the Arthur Kill waterway where you will find the ship graveyard. Rusted pieces of metal that from a distance seems like floating garbage. We started our trip in Long Island city with the great guidance of Harbor Lab, a non-profit organization where Scott has been involved for while now. The goal was to drive to Carteret waterfront park in Middlesex, NJ. But once we arrive we encountered difficulty trying to park since there was an event and parking was limited. So we had to drive to a different location in order to launch the kayaks. Yes! This was my kayaking adventure in New York and it was part of our Photojournalism class requirement.
The day was apt for photography. Beautiful sunny day with clear skies. I have packed my Canon Mark
5D Mark III with two lenses: a wide angle 28-70mm / f2.8 and a telephoto 70-200mm /f2.8 as well. We had to paddle for about a mile. But time had been our main constraint. Due to the change of launching points we had wasted about an hour. We couldn’t reach the destination which was ship graveyard, but instead we visit another shipyard that was on the water way next to an old dock and oil refinery. Even though it was only one ship, it
was still fun to explore and photograph. The ship was half-sunken in the water and tilted but it was safe to walk over it and photograph all parts of it. The cabins were all rusted, deteriorated and dark. Fortunately, I was carrying a Yongnuo 600exII speed light and was able to manage a few shots of the inside. The environment was rough due to the angled position of the ship in the water. I would say if might be dangerous if you’re not careful enough.
We stayed for about 30 minutes on this piece of metal junk. Some of us even climbed one the ship’s masts and got a few aerial view shots of the place. Unfortunately, time run out and we had to head back. We didn’t have a chance to visit the ship graveyard due to lack of time. But Scott promised we would visit again in a future trip. So it’s finally time to get back on the kayaks and paddle back to shore. It was a full day of activities even though we only visited one ship. After that, Scott took a few of us to his favorite bar in Jersey and celebrated the end of the trip.