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The other side of the boro . . . the strand on Coney Island, sees a visitation of finnyfolk, who briefly leave the water for this sun festival. Enjoy this field guide to western North Atlantic merpeople. These came in a replica of Nefertiti’s royal barge.
They say we never had a winter in 2011 into 2012, but on this first full day of summer, a hot season has begun. What better day to look at Cook Inlet. I’m using these fotos with expressed permission from Seth Tane, who took them four years and a month ago; see his painting here.
Seth’s platform here is Polar Adventure. Click here and scroll to see her shuttle route between Alaska and the West Coast during the past 30 days alone.
And the “tailgating” tug is Tan’erliq, a Crowley ship assist and tanker escort, training.
Click here for a commendation Tan’erliq shared with an even more powerful Crowley tug for rapid response to a tanker power loss.
Line is made and pullback begins. This process makes me think of calf roping or kayak hunting.
Unrelated: Bravo to community Board 1 for passing a resolution supporting wood carver Sal Polisi’s right to stay put. Shame on EDC for their broad-broom sweeping all that impedes their planning.
If you live near NYC , a great way to mark Memorial Day aka Decoration Day, visit any of the open piers. Check out the “early history” in this wikipedia link. I seized the morning out here, on DDG 57 USS Mitscher.
and starboard aft toward DDG-66 USS Gonzalez. On the tour I saw a wide range of specialists.
walruses!! And it turns out they do! Although, seriously, masks of different sorts are worn in traditional dances–reorgs–and the walrus represents strength.
Although Dewaruci was built at Stulken Sohn in Hamburg, begun in 1932 (pre-WW2 and therefore commssioned by the Dutch??) , it was completed in 1953, year four of Indonesian independence from the Dutch. The design, then, dates from a time that commercial sail still existed. But the detail on this vessel, currently on its last voyage, is phenomenal. I haven’t seen so much wood carving on a vessel since I visited the schooner Anne.
with Garuda and
Irian Jayan, actually the western end of the island of New Guinea.
and the engine order telegraph.
An intriguing poster on deck also shows all the commanding officers from 1953 to present, from Majoor A. F. H. Rosenow to Haris Bima B. Letkol Laut.
All fotos and story by Will Van Dorp.
I zoomed in on details in some Panama posts here and here, so how about closer to home . . . . All of the following fotos were taken in New York harbor, except one. But that one could just have well been taken here. Can you identify it?
Otherwise, just enjoy the fotos. Doubleclick almost always enlarges. For me, pleasure maintaining this blog comes from the locale and endeavor. I respect the livelihoods. But things the camera helps me see I admire also for the sculptural beauty,
Since I deliberately wrote these captions quickly, spontaneously recording what I associated with each foto, I could have captured something different no doubt upon examining each, . . . but then again . . . I’m interested in what they evoke in you. And here I invite your response.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp . . . in the past month.
The bottom foto was taken in Panama of a container ship I’d seen in the KVK earlier in March.
This foto in no way conveys the intensity of this moment: that car crept down Iberville Street at dusk blasting out a shock wave of engine roar that rivaled the scream of 747 engines.
The shadow of Christ emerges on this end of St. Louis Cathedral as night falls.
Tugster dips his toe in the Mississippi near where Capt. John hugs the wharf just northeast of JacksonSquare.
This statue is called Old Man River, and I’m intrigued though
Do you recognize this vessel?
It’s John Noble’s houseboat studio aka “little monticello.” For a 360-degree view of the interior, click here.
I’m assuming this is a fair use of a few fotos by Robert F. Sisson, p. 808, showing John Noble at work on his houseboat, granting eternal life to the rotting hulks over in Port Johnston, then a coal dock and now a petroleum dock.
Here’s the issue. If you find yourself with free time browsing in a Salvation Army store that sells used issues of National Geographic, the December 1954 issue has a fabulous article called “Here’s New York Harbor.” It lends itself to an excellent then/now revery.
Visit Noble Maritime too.
The “houseboat” can truly be called an Artship, but I recently learned of a (now defunct??) project in San Francisco called the Artship, an arts space on a February 1940-launched vessel previously known as Del Orleans, then USS Crescent City aka APA 21, Golden Bear II. Currently, though, she’s slated to be towed to Texas for scrapping. I can imagine at least two constituencies are sad to see this vessel go. I wish I’d be able to visit Artship before these days and this one-way journey.
Many thanks to David Hindin for this info (and see comments) apologies for the errors that I hope I’ve corrected.
I’m culling fotos these days, trashing lots. I’m sharing these never-used ones that caught my attention. .
This foto hangs at the Ear Inn. I liked the image until I noticed that this hair product advertisement uses a wrecked ship and locals looting supplies from said wreck. Now imagine a business did this today . . . .
I’ve used some of these White, GA, fotos before, but part of what attracts me to the car is the art of Jacek Yerka.
This foto accompanies a story in Yerka’s book with Harlan Ellison called Mind Fields, with over two dozen such images accompanied by short fiction.
Happy birthday, my fellow-Aquarians.
Unpacking a suitcase or knapsack I like to be fast; unpacking my head after a trip I like to be slow. The foto (doubleclick enlarges) below I took Christmas morning 7:57 am . . . Hiwassee River under I-75 . . . it was so moody, so unwelcoming of Christmas scenes that I stopped the car on the shoulder just beyond the bridge and ran back to get this foto. I know you’re not supposed to do that, but . . .
Notice that I’ve added many new fotos to the Flickr show on the left side of this page, all taken at Old Car City in White, Georgia, a place of ghosts like this one of Hernando de Soto. His face here looks as disoriented as I felt walking through the
Obviously I saw cars here, in various states of degradation, but I also saw people from my past. No . . . I’m not really a lunatic, but seeing a De Soto I think of the great-uncle who sponsored my father to this country. Seeing a Hudson I remember Ernie, the farmer from across the valley who drove one unless he was sitting on his Minneapolis Moline face flushed from a combination of sun and hard cider he made himself.
Pelicans . . . I still need to get a foto of a squadron of these guys wingtips skimming the water. Help me out here: I recall someone telling me of a pelican sighted on Jamaica Bay last summer. Anyone see it or hear of it?
Most of you know the poem by Bobby Frost that starts out with the line . . . “Whose woods these are I think I know . . .” Living in NYC, believe it or not, I have woods AND the Kills. On my way home from work today, I stopped by this spot on the Kill Van Kull. Friends know I refer to this as my office. I hope the city never makes this place a “park.” I love it the way it is. Today there were friends, including Kristy Ann Reinauer eastbound and Ever Radiant westbound, on her way in from (exactly one month ago) Shanghai. Two years ago I caught Ever Radiant . . . in the KVK near my office as well. Actually, in reference to these fotos, I’d ask “whose docks these were . . . I’d love to know . . .” They’re just east of the Caddell yard and right across the KVK from IMTT. By the way, click on that previous link and get a great aerial shot of the KVK looking west.
Also during my stay at the KVK, this crane configuration went by, although if you doubleclick and look at this in larger format, you’ll see the Great Lakes New York eastbound, propelled by Miss Gill; and Weeks Marine 527 westbound, moved by Catherine Miller.
It’s the formerly orange tug now know as Sarah Ann, and after two years, I’m still of two minds about the new paint scheme.
All fotos in September 2011 by Will Van Dorp, who’s just outa breath sometimes.
Unrelated . . . click here to see the marine art of Tony Moffitt, hailing from Newcastle, Australian.
Coming home from work, I overheard this conversation on New Jersey Transit last night between Newark and New York.
She from West Virginia: Oh this is so exciting. Soon I’ll walk through Penn Station, just like I saw in movies and TV. Even the train ride is exciting.
She from NYC: Thank you. Thanks for the reminders. I’m always tired coming from work on this train, and I forget how exciting this is. Thank you!
The latter sounded sincere, and I’ll bet it was. Taking fotos helps remind me of the exciting place the sixth boro is. I took all these today while showing a friend around. Like Captain Zeke urging a scow
the collaboration of USCGC Campbell heading outbound through the Narrows.
All fotos today by Will Van Dorp.