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The day started early for me; here at 07:01, not knowing I’d see her later in the morning, I passed Weddell Sea in the notch.
By 07:47, I was in the McAllister yard, thanks to Harold Tartell and of course the McAllisters. Maurania III, also in last year’s race, will be the ride.
By 09:50, we were off Pier 84; W. O. Decker and Meagan Ann were already there.
Aound then, Debora, Susan, and Shawn Miller lined up for a family shot.
At 10:01, it’s Pegasus and . . .lo and behold . . . Weddell Sea has come out of the notch in the Upper Bay anchorage to join in the festivities.
I’ve never even seen this Little Toot. . . out of Highlands, NJ, and she’s not so little.
10:06 . . . Quantico Creek, Buchanan 1, Vulcan III, and Debora Miller begin to line up with us for the parade past Pier 84.
And when Weddell Sea and especially Lincoln Sea mingle with other boats, their size is apparent. … 8000 hp, Lincoln Sea, appeared in K-Sea colors in the 2006 race.
10:43 some of the boats have turned around and waiting for the race to begin . . . the tide is flooding, adverse.
10:45 . . . note the two dark green tugs Gage Paul Thornton and Thornton Bros. still needing to turn around, as does
Freddie K Miller.
If my camera clock is correct, the race started at 10:47, and
tomorrow I’ll get you the results.
It was great meeting/catching up with so many folks today, and again . . . thanks to Harold and McAllister towing for getting me on Maurania III.
A sign of changing seasons for me is . . . this weekend . . . staying in, getting in touch, catching up, following up.
Exhibit A: Daniel DiNapoli, built in Stamford, CT at Luders Marine. I took this foto about six years ago, used it in the first full month of this blog but never named it here. The vessel came up in a conversation this week with its former name Spuyten Duyvil and its legendary captain . . . Before that, this vessel of timeless beauty was False Cape and YT-164, built 1941. Has anyone seen her recently? I’m guessing she frequents the north shore of Long Island, a place I know as little as Polynesia.
Exhibit B: Foto thanks to Jeff Anzevino and taken last weekend in the Potomac off Alexandria, VA . . . Bourne has some squatters who feel comfortable enough to build some sizeable nests on her.
Exhibit C: Thanks to Jim Wark, the next three fotos show the “graveyard” on the Arthur Kill, fotos all taken in September 2000. The foto below show the yard “north” from Hila.
Using Hila again as the axis, see the vessels here looking south. For more of Jim’s vast archive, click here.
as she looked to my camera in early September. The “twenty-five-footer” was built in 1952 at Island Dock company. Thanks to Robert Apuzzo for the “before” foto showing Viking in her deshabille disarray.
Unrelated: Enjoy this archive I stumbled upon today.
Working Harbor Committee win an award for perpetuating this event and calling it race AND competition. And at the expense of making this post almost as long as some of those cinema and music award shows, I’d like to add some aditional awards . . .
like for “best improvised bowsprit on a tugboat” . . . Ross Sea, [doubleclick enlarges all fotos]
and now a break from line-throwing awards . . . best photographer-aloft . . . Shipshooter on Ross Sea.
longest throw” Growler. Note for next year . . . the Growler crew might decide to dress as rodeo folk, given that the 30-second lasso-demonstration prompted a comment from some unnamed person behind me . . . “Next year for Growler we should replace that bollard with a fiberglass cow.” Great showmanship!!
Finally and last but not least . . . two technical awards . .. for “best dredger” Maurania III, and