Know the boat behind this cutting edge?  Doesn’t this frontal view look like a human face with seriously trimmed upper lip whiskers a la cervantes?

Remember a vessel name that turned into a slur meaning “besmirch?”

It’s a swiftboat.  Until I saw a “swiftboat,” I hadn’t realized how much swiftboats look like the crewboats that run up and down the KVK.  Click here to read the origins of the design at Sewart Seacraft.  Looks like the company has evolved into swiftships, producing military and commercial vessels.  Now that I savor the new company name, it occurs to me that I saw a swiftships vessel (called Fort Jefferson) on Dry Tortugas.  I love it when connections happen where they’re not expected.

Here’s the encyclopedia of

info on swiftboats.

SS-285 Balao –cousin of ballyhoo –underwent the last overhaul of her career in  . . . Staten Island.  Read more on what once was attached to this conning tower and now lies on the bottom off north Florida here.

Here’s a foto of Barry I’d intended to include yesterday.  I certainly need to get back to the Navy museum, which

I now realize is easier to get to than I’d previously thought.  This is panel 2 . . . yesterday you may have seen panel 1.  What edifice is this?  Seriously, who wrote the text carved into this limestone?

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Unrelated:  Silver worth $200 million lies unclaimed in one bottom location?

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