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Coyote has generously given permission to use these life at sea fotos taken on the runs between Nova Scotia and Hudson River ports as well as other locations along eastern US. Imagine coming aboard and facing this crew. Would you think this something other than a gypsum carrier? How many nanosecond would a prospective pirate coming aboard hesitate before swan diving back into the wet?

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Non-officers spend time rust-busting on the hatch covers.

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or checking the crawl space between the inner and outer hulls.

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Off duty it’s rock ‘n roll and on sunny days,

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barbeque fit for a holiday.

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Hey . . . if you’re not home for the holidays, you make yourself at home no matter where at sea you might find yourself. Thanks coyote, et bonnes fetes.

In the local waters of the sixth boro, get ready for Operation Christmas Cheer. See fotos here from Portside’s 2006 campaign. I’d recommending them for any year-end contributions.

And then there’s Seamen’s Church Institute. Check out “letters from mariners” on the left side.

Moving fuel, Reinauer barge on McAllister hip, on a gray solstice afternoon.

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Ever notice the masthead light banner midships high on a barge?

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and chain towing bridle dragging through the water ready to be snagged when needed?

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I’m surprised to learn this tug, Michaela McAllister, one I don’t recall having seen before, has homeport of Charleston. Will this crew spend solstice plus other holidays at sea?

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