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I watched from the southwesternmost corner of Manhattan, near Pier A.
and Elizabeth have fewer crew. I wonder how much I’d have to donate to be a sponsor.
Ray Bradbury, age 91, died today. He had a profound impact on me. And on why he started writing, here’s what’s reported:
“Throughout his life, Bradbury liked to recount the story of meeting a carnival magician, Mr. Electrico, in 1932. At the end of his performance Electrico reached out to the twelve-year-old Bradbury, touched the boy with his sword, and commanded, Live forever! Bradbury later said, I decided that was the greatest idea I had ever heard. I started writing every day. I never stopped.”
I’m grateful he got to meet Mr. Electrico.
I did this post just over a year ago; note the prominent change happening in the Manhattan skyline, as seen from the north coast of Rockaway Queens. The last time you saw the tug shown here was December 2011. Any guesses what Patty was towing yesterday? Answer tomorrow.
Unrelated: Following their own landmarks, a new crop of aeons-old silvery slime has reportedly returned to sixth boro waterways. What . . . you ask? Click here.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Whatzit??? Answer follows.
Note what’s on the deck of USCGC Mackinaw WLLB-30, built in Wisconsin and homeported in Cheboygan, MI. Foto thanks to Kyran Clune.
Last shot . . again, no government boat is this, but exactly a year ago today, Papillon came ashore . . . prompting many hours of visitation of government employees . . . if not boats. Here and here are two of my posts; go back to the April 201 archives for many more. Ironically, I have never been able to find out what became of the vessel.
Happy April! Again thanks to Kyran for his Lake Michigan foto. All others by Will Van Dorp.
This just in: an exemplar of French femininity is occupying Bedloe’s Island, and has done so for . . . 125 years!! And today . . . something just had to be done about it. Rubber bullets? No. Tear gas canisters? Nah. Ghostbusters? Daryl Hannah?
And when things begin to smolder, Hornblower Hybrid notwithstanding,
Well . . . actually . . . let me join . . . bonne anniversaire, Mademoiselle Liberte, she who never sits down at her job. I’m glad you’ve faithfully occupied that island, once used otherwise, all those years and spawned replicas all over the world.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Notice who is and is not represented in the parade.
Ooops! I forgot, click here for “torchcam” and see things from the enlightener’s point of view.
The first two fotos here come compliments of Lou Rosenberg, who probably wondered when I was going to use them. Sorry, Lou. Gelberman, named for a former NYACE District Chief of Ops, has appeared here and elsewhere on this blog previously.
Lou took this foto, as well as the one above, in Jamaica Bay. Sea Horse aka WPB-87361 calls Portsmouth, VA home.
Here USACE Hayward churns its way eastbound on the KVK.
A Coast Guard RBM got close and personal last weekend on a breezy Upper Bay.
Sturgeon Bay seems eager for ice-breaking season to begin.
Kittery, ME-based USCG vessel WMEC-909 Campbell cruises out the harbor a month or so back.
Other fotos by Will Van Dorp.
A thrill of looking at naval vessels is their uniformity. To the layperson, which I am, this poorly shot foto shows the stern of a warship of some sort.
Uniformity means anonymity; it does not mean pusillanimity. Warships exude power.
But still, imagine my surprise–if wikipedia is correct about this–when I learned that this vessel–USS Simpson (FFG-56) is one of only TWO total US naval vessels presently commissioned that can claim to have sunk an enemy vessel with its shipboard weaponry . . . aircraft are not “shipboard weaponry.” Can you guess the other? A clue is that it cost less than $4000 to build. And foolish me .. . I didn’t even get a proper foto! In the foreground is an unidentified USACE vessel. Learning the secret of FFG-56 was similar to seeing–and then immediately knowing the back story of–Turner Joy last summer.
Also in port was CG-69 USS Vicksburg, again . . . uniform but powerful would be an understatement. .
I wish I’d taken more fotos, but copious fotos or no . . . I shall remember and appreciate my visit to Mayport.
Oh . . . that other currently commissioned US Navy vessel that has sunk enemy vessel usiing shipboard weaponry . . . is USS Constitution. The vessel it sunk was HMS Guerriere, which although was battling for the British was French-built, taken by the British as a war prize in July 1806.
Quick post . . . when will Janice Ann Reinauer and the other emigrants load onto Blue Marlin?
Peking‘s 100th birthday aka launch date has NOT officially been mentioned by South Street Seaport Museum . . . her guardian . . . but then again, nothing else has been discussed in detail by this secretive disorganization. A good dozen folks spoke on behalf of saving the museum at last night’s Community Board 1 meeting.
Thanks much to Justin Nash for this foto of the horns of Brangus; she worked in NYC waters for Great Lakes Dock and Dredge two years ago, but I’ve never seen a foto of the horns of this mighty vessel . . . til now, and maybe neither have you. Tugboats used to regularly sport eagles atop the house.
Finally, three people asked yesterday whether I had “coined” the now-ubiquitous term “sixth boro” to refer to the waters that unite the other five boros of New York City and its Jersey neighbors. The answer is–for that usage–YES, loud and clear. And I’m thrilled that so many folks have adopted the term.