Happy Birthday to Statue of Liberty

I have a live web cam pointed at the Lift Bridge so we can watch the ships that come and go under it, but there is probably only a ship in the picture 10 to 20 minutes a day. While you can see traffic going over the bridge statlibertytorchcamoct282011most all the time, we can already see traffic and don’t need a web cam to watch. The folks in New York City have done me one better, or worse. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886, just 125 years ago today.
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In honor of her birthday, they have placed a live web cam up on the torch of the Statue of Liberty, looking down. At least our bridge, opened 20 years later, goes up and down; I have not heard of the Statue of Liberty moving at all in her alderstatenislandferry240207-2--035125 years of life. I captured this picture from the torch cam on Friday evening on her birthday. Besides the torch cam, they also have a crown cam and a live streaming view of New York harbor from the torch.
satenislandferryatmerinete240207-2--012But Ken, why are you writing this in the Duluth Shipping News? Glad you asked! The best way to see the Statue of Liberty live, if a statue is live at all, is by going on a trip on the Staten Island Ferry, perhaps on the one called the Guy V. Molinari.
I first guymolinarisaw her while she was being built at Marinette Marine in Wisconsin. She sat right next to our Coast Guard cutter Alder when she was launched at the same ship yard on Feb 7, 2004. In the picture here, (above left) the Alder is still on the rails, about 24 hours away from her launch. The cutter Mobile Bay is out breaking some ice and the cutter Sequoia Bay is next to her and next to her is the Staten Island ferry, specifically the Guy V. Molinari. Connection made.