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When I got to the wreck Easter morning, as you know, I spotted a seal. In the fog and from a distance, I first imagined it another creature–one more typically associated with Easter but for some reason with a flattened tail and sleeping on the beach. I gave it wide berth, but when it turned
and looked up, I noticed it was either a deformed bunny sans ears OR NOT an Easter bunny but rather a seal that seemed to has a sense of boat survey work, the clue being that it was reading Colvin’s Steel Boat Building, Vol. 1.
Having with me a silkie speaker of Halichoerus grypus aka hooked-nosed sea pig, I thought I’d ask a few questions via translation. After dispensing with initial interview protocols, I learned that ᐅᒡᖪᒃ , as this young male gray calls himself, witnessed Le Papillon arrive on the beach and was calculating odds of it rolling off the beach in like but reverse manner. ᐅᒡᖪᒃ demonstrated as he spoke, and
after astounding me with jargon like panting, racking, hogging, sagging, and hogging some more, he grew quiet, pensively stroking his juvenile whiskers. “Sooner . . . would have been better than now, but, in my not-so-humble seal opinion, it needs a strong vessel . . . of several hundred orca-power at least (must be how seals calculate terrific torque) to wrestle the pinky free of this entombing sand and
I turned back once while leaving; ᐅᒡᖪᒃ must have felt bad. My translator told me she heard him mutter something about “I can’t believe I said that. I need to learn a bit of tact with these terrestrials.” Then, he said something about heading for South Street Seaport next . . . . hmmmmm!
Day 24, midmorning . . . fog reduced visibility to half mile or less along the beach and tower, and given my dose of Christian upbringing, I hoped I would tell a resurrection story, but alas, as I got close,
More seriously, the seal is believed to be a juvenile male gray seal, about four months old, healthy though tired, which would–if left unmolested–return to its watery realm.
Yes, I took these fotos with a zoom and avoided interfering with a marine mammal.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp on Easter, 2011. Click here to see how saltaire38 ties this seal to a Fire Island tradition.
It’s 1430 hours, April 17. Day 17 of Papillon‘s misery. Click here on Saltaire38′s blog for fotos a few hours earlier . . . at high tide, showing Le Papillon awash. Here was Day 10. After yesterday’s blow with gusts over 25 mph, I was curious. So was that mallard, not to inject a canard into this story already rife with them. The most striking change is that
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
I’m reminded of this wreck from Tierra del Fuego and southbound650.
Unrelated: since this is the actual tax day, enjoy (or suffer) biankablog’s “accountancy shanty.”
Guess what this is? And check out this link to a related site from Baltimore, from the same marina Le Papillon departed on its fateful trajectory. Maggie of sailingmevoy blog and vessels Me Voy and Tara sent the next two fotos along, courtesy of Art and Linda Benson, who were there
from the beginning. Foto below shows THE launch. The top foto shows an instant in the construction of Le Papillon. I’d love to learn more about the day, the event. Note the absence of a prop. This foto especially makes clear the relationship between Le Papillon and Rosemary Ruth, still for sale; follow the links here for lots of Rosemary Ruth fotos.
Following a northward trajectory similar to Le Papillon was this vessel. The figurehead appeared on this blog over four years ago.
fog Monday. The construction of Stadt Amsterdam served as on-the-job training for young and unemployed Amsterdammers between December of 1997 and 1998, and
I wonder what jobs these Damen Oranjewerf workers moved into after Stadt was launched. And I wonder who carved the catheads. At some point tomorrow, Stadt Amesterdam sails for Boston and an endless number of points beyond. Keep an eye open and a camera charged?
Thanks to Maggie, the Bensons, and Dan for these fotos.
Unrelated thoughts about this foto from gCaptain . . . (click on the “capture” to read the story.) My thoughts . . . I have no sympathy whatsoever for the pirates; however, that dhow
If you’re not familiar with gCaptain, it’s a fantastic site for all things maritime.
I’d hoped to see movement today, but no news. Just
It’s a tough ship, but it reminds me of Gallopin’ Gertie.
Fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Fotos from a few days ago, here.