I won’t dredge up this heavy eloquence of Melville’s “November in the soul,” but I can attest that today I witnessed the cure to “gloomy June.”  And it is:  a hike and a ride around the Upper Bay.  All manner of friendly gestures did their best to bring cheer.  Like Baltic Sea and the two lighthouses, one black/white and the other green/gray.  Oh yes, she was a lighthouse once!

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Hornbeck’s Atlantic Service . . . call it a bone in her teeth if you want, but I saw it as sweet fizzy water to a thirsty man.

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Sludge tanker Red Hook.  Yeah . . . New Yorkers, every one of us including the Mayor, as fertilizer producers ..  that always makes me chuckle.

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Michigan Service, another Hornbeck boat . . . just looks like good energy.

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Maas Trader in Red Hook Container Port, shuttling between Brooklyn plus other eastern ports and points on the island of Hispanola.   Maybe someone who was nearer by got a better foto?  No matter . . . I know there was excitement over there that I’ll hear of later.

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Peter F. Gellatly, a mere youngster among boats in the Bay.

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Potomac not quite two years off the ways . . . . and already immortalized in Bowsprite’s sketchbook.

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Jack Newman, a Great Lakes Dock and Dredge boat.  More on Jack Newman and other GLDD vessels and toothy tools tomorrow.

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So I fail to understand the mechanisms at play, but this day on the bay –overcast as it was–chased away the “gloomy Junies.” By Saturday I might feel prepared for the mermaid invasion.

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A little more than 1 . . . . that’s the number of days left for you to EBay bid on an utterly delightful dinner with Bowsprite and Tugster as part of a Mary Whalen fundraiser.

All fotos . . . unfortunately . . . by Will Van Dorp.

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