We love to picnic out on man-made Shelter Island, but sometimes our harbor can be the emptiest of places. Much of the West Coast cargo goes to Long Beach, San Pedro, or down into Mexico. Here we get mostly cars from Asia though others come in by truck or train. There are few bulkers in our bay. We do have a visible tourist trade that keeps the bay busy, and we have two maritime museums.
There are a lot of Navy ships of all sorts. Once this year there were four carriers in port at the same time. Right now, in our neighborhood, we have one carrier and a few other things like this supply ship. Further down the bay, we have a variety of naval ships, and around the corner toward the mouth of the bay, there’s the Sub base. I rarely see them.
I like a busy bay. Few cruise ships come in now that the cartels in Mexico’s are so very dangerous. One Disney ship this year so far. A few others but no masses of them like there used to be. I miss them.