Wilmington Pictures

Tugs manuevering freigher

The tugs are pulling the container ship away from the dock. Bozo there pulling the tube doesn't seem to care how close he comes to the tugs.

Tugs manuevering freigher

Once it's clear, they will push it backwards into the Delaware River.  The light to the right marks the entrance to the Christiana River and the Port of Wilmington from the Delaware.

Wilmington, Delaware, skyline

Wilmington, Delaware, skyline from the Christina River. The Christina River Water Taxi is in the foreground.

Lower pool, Christina River

Wide Pool of the Lower Christina

And now some new pictures taken in 2007:

Remnants of Shipyards

Remnants of Shipbuilding. Wilmington was a shipbuilding center for many years. During World War II, Wilmington was part of the Emergency Shipbuilding Program. Because of the width of the Christina River, many of them were launched sideways. Here you can see a crane rusting away, and, because it's dead low tide, the remnants of the slides used to launch the ships. Behind the crane is the roof of the Riverfront Outlets.

Remnants of Shipyards

Remnants of Shipbuilding For some reason, some of the cranes were all dolled up with new paint jobs for the Riverfront project, and some, like the one in the previous picture, were not.

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Tall ship Kalmar Nyckel

Replica of the Kalmar Nyckel at the Wilmington Shipyard Shops. The original Kalmar Nyckel brought the first settlers to what is now Delaware, landing at "The Rocks" on March 29, 1638. Since the death of Wilmington's shipbuilding industry, the drawbridges in downtown Wilmington seldom have cause to open, unless the Kalmar Nyckel or a fireboat is moving to Riverfront Park for a celebration.  At high tide, the River Taxi can't make it under one of the bridges. The Christina has a tide drop of five to eight feed and an eight-knot tide race.

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