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Here’s the engine order telegraph and a bit of uniform. Guess the vessel? Doubleclick enlarges fotos.
And a closeup of the topsail furling system of Etoile, one of the French schooners.
And the guard of the passerelle.
From the bridge deck of Argus, looking over the stern and toward the west . . . Governors Island and New Jersey beyond. Along the horizon near the south tip of Governors Island . . . those are the cranes of Bayonne and even fainter beyond that Port Elizabeth.
Here’s the view from the forward positioned bridge. Back in 2007 I caught these fotos of Oslo Express, the only bridge-forward container vessel I can recall seeing in the sixth boro.
Here’s a bit more info on Argus. My tour guide and globalsecurity.org describe Argus as the only vessel in the world to have a CT scanner. As it turns out, she also has a cat. This is Simon, and yes . . . Simon went off duty decades ago, but his healing presence in the hospital lives on. More sobering, Argus has patient monitors that allow patients to have a chance to survive IED-caused triple amputations.
Nearing dusk, yesterday afternoon . . . the Brooklyn vessels as seen from the water: stern of Seneca, Shirane, the French Belle Poule and Etoile, and Cuauhtemoc.
Which brings me back to the Mexican ship. Some of the cadets I spoke with finally explained this flag . . . it’s the captain’s personal flag . . . personal pirate flag, actually is what the cadet said.
Unrelated first: trimaran Zamna . .. was identified by Soundbounder‘s Matt Housekeeper, foto’d by Bowsprite’s magic lens in September, and posted on asleep-at-switch tugster twice… most recently two days ago here (scroll to the end). Here’s Zamna’s own site. Is anyone who took fotos of it close-up at Chelsea Piers willing to share them here? . . . apparently it’s currently sailing to Greece. I’m especially curious about the figurehead. Now back to stacks.
It appears a “stacks” series could go on a long time, but within a given fleet, stacks differ in shape, number, and relative size. These fotos go back two or three years, so I don’t know whether all these boats still carry the red-and-white rings. One is a trick: it does NOT carry the McAllister name although it may belong to a subsidiary fleet. Clues exist in the fotos, so I won’t give the names until the end. See how many you can guess. Remember, double clicking enlarges.
Single stack, squat but rounded and trapezoidal. A single large tube protrudes.
Single and tall, like a stoogie.
Two of them, squat but rectangular and again trapezoidal. One wider and two thinner protruding tubes in each.
Single oval cylinder rising just slightly above the top of house, with two protruding pipes.
Quite similar to the previous.
Really high single with no tapering at all. Has guy-wires.
Ditto the first foto: Single stack, squat, rounded and trapezoidal. But two large tubes protrude.
Like the previous but flanked by ladders.
Paired but really squat relative to the house.
Paired and flanking a companionway. One large pipe protrudes quite far from each.
Paired with a dividing companionway, flanked by ladders, and more acute angle in the protruding tubes.
From the top, the boats are: Colleen 1967, Amy C 1975, Charles D 1967, Ellen 1966, Elizabeth 1967, Fournier Girls 1968, Helen 1900 [!!], Justine 1982, Marjorie B 1974, McAllister Girls 1968, Rosemary 2008, and Rowan 1981.
Charles D and Justine are both ex-Exxon boats: Exxon Bayou State and Exxon Carquinez, respectively. Elizabeth is ex-Fournier Boys and ex-J. A. Witte. I’ve not seen Elizabeth in the sixth boro for quite a while.
And from yesterday’s post, why DOES Iona have only one “l” in its McAlister.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.