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It had just finished pouring in Red Hook, 8 a.m. Here, looking SW are the two French schooners (l to r) Etoile and La Belle Poule, RFA Argus beyond extending overtop of the warehouse, Cuauhtemoc, Pohjanmaa now departed, and the bowspit of Elcano.
Virgin of Guadalupe adorns the jibboom tip of Cuauhtemoc.
The 1932 French schooners fly the French flag with the cross of Lorraine, in honor of their service to the Free French. Their design was once used by hundreds of French schooners that fished cod off Iceland.
This helm and compass appeared here in April 27 in Jed’s post from Fernandina Beach, FL.
Recall that fleet week/OpSail happens in the context of regular traffic in the sixth boro, although I’ve seen NOT a word referring to these events in the NYTimes. Should I really conclude that in spite of how many folks stood in line to see these vessels today, NYC in general and in officialdom care very little for these events. But I digress . . . notice something new on the barge company logo?
Click here for a host of changes on Labrador Sea over the years I’ve followed harbor traffic.
I’m guessing these critters on the superstructure of Pohjanmaa are ermine; if so, does each symbol represent a number of “ermine laid” maybe? Sorry.
Argus was once a RORO container vessel called Contender Bezant. Today her roles include “primary casualty reception [PCR] ship” aka hospital, aviation training, drug interception, and disaster relief.
Click here for another foto of Argus pre-conversion.
Tomorrow I plan to visit Elcano, she of the four masts and
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’m slowing this down; yesterday I posted a record-setting 32 fotos, if I counted right. And I’m making this personal, dedicating this to my wonderful Colombian and Ecuadorian students and to my Indonesian relatives.
The population of Ecuador is 14 million, and the total personnel of the Navy is a bit over 7200. The logo on the “sail” between the foremast and mainmast promotes Ecuadorian tourism. If I had limitless funds and time, I’d go everywhere, but Ecuador includes Amazonian forest, high Andes, the Galapagos, and so much more.
Click here for Dewaruci’s itinerary on their round-the-world voyage.
As an archipelago nation made up of more than 18,000 islands, it’s not surprising it has a navy of 150 ships and 74,000 sailors. In the distance, that’s Buchanan 1 moving rock through the archipelago of the sixth boro.
I’m eager to see the wood carving closeup; as a kid, I was scared to visit my grandmother’s house because of a frightful Balinese mask hanging on her wall.
If you have the chance, visit these and other vessels around the sixth boro this weekend. Click here for further info. I’ll be working a dock of Staten Island Saturday morning and Brooklyn Sunday and Monday morning.
When I see foreign mariners, whether on modern cargo vessels or on tall ships, I recall reading that Ho Chi Minh (scroll through to the paragraph “In the USA”) traveled to the US aboard a ship 100 years ago exactly and lived here for a number of years. Too bad that story doesn’t have a happy ending.
Unrelated: Check this list of nations with tall ship/sail training vessels. It’s interesting to think of which do not . . .
Finally, thanks to all who voted for Peagus and LV-79; unfortunately they were not in the top four. We tried.
Here’s some of my May 2010 coverage of Fleet Week’s arrival. So Fleet Week and OpSail 2012 have converged, commingling state-of-the-art with traditional vessels. Now add into the mix F/A-18s and Hudson river water pumped through the system of 1931 John J. Harvey. Doubleclick enlarges fotos.
Leading the fleet is Eagle.
And leading the tall ships is J. S. de Elcano (1927).
Not as common a name to our ears as Magellan, Elcano was Magellan’s second-in-command and the one who completed “Magellan’s circumnavigation” more than a year after Magellan was killed in 1521.
Vessels included destroyer USS Roosevelt (commissioned 2000),
USS San Jacinto (commissioned 1988),
and Dewaruci (launched 1953, keel laid 1932).
Etoile, I believe, was there as were
Crew rode high in the rigging of Cisne Branco.
Cuauhtemoc (commissioned 1982) passed in review with
Click here for info on the namesake for DDG-66.
The sailing vessel heeled over is Summerwind (1929) and approaching is James Turecamo (1969), prepared to handle white hulls.
Pride of Baltimore II is especially significant, given that the rationale for an OpSail event this year is the bicentennial of the war of 1812. This fact also makes significant the participation by a Canadian and a British vessel in Fleet Week.
And huge flag . . . says it’s Gloria (commissioned 1968), passing
RFA Argus, container ship turned floating hospital.
Guayas (commissioned 1976)
And finally . . a return for USS Wasp. Notice the tug midships port side. Know it?
I was surprised to learned it was neither Charles D. nor Responder but Roderick (1967) ! Generally, Roderick is not a sixth boro tug.
Parade over, Catherine heads back to the dock, as does Pioneer (commissioned 1885!!)
Doubleclick enlarges most fotos. Few words here, but lots of fotos of the cast that has now converged. Count them . . . five here and
Thanks to Working Harbor Committee for organizing and executing this sneak preview boat tour tonight.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Unrelated: See who I missed at South Street Seaport!@#@!!
I had planned to call this convergence, but the sixth boro or any harbor is much too dynamic a place for that title. Stuff in and stuff out . . . . From near to far here is Dewaruci, Arabian Sea, and Swan. Dewaruci, arriving here already last Thursday, was the vanguard of the flotilla that prompted me to think of this as “convergence,”
As she headed out, a flurry of other vessels moved out as well, like Mariposa. I’ll bet she’s the updated version of Butterfly, which used to call here. . . and maybe still does. These are non-interactive screen captures of AIS.
Anyhow, as Swan and Mariposa headed out, notice APL Indonesia and A. r. c. Gloria arriving. As thrilling as it was to see Gloria, I felt the same to see APL Indonesia, which I foto’d here three months ago headed outbound for China; THIS is the return, twice via the Panama Canal.
Sunday night I also noticed Gazela exiting Delaware Bay. Almost two years ago, I stood watch on Gazela inbound from just east of Cape May and upward toward Wilmington, midnight to six, a thrilling experience. If you’re local or can get here by this weekend, come see pirate burlesque on Gazela. Get tickets here.
As Mariposa and McAllister Girls tango eastbound on the KVK, crew retrieve Girls’ line. Just a few days ago, Girls participated in the foggy loading process of Swan.
In the wee hours this morning, I noticed B. E. Guayas (all 257′ loa of her) approach from the south and Eagle from the East.
Also in the wee hours this morning. APL Indonesia heads back for China already, passing between Pride of Baltimore 2 and Cuauhtemoc, converging upon the sixth boro. Here’s a quite poor foto I got of her at Pier 17 five whole years ago . . . before this blog sprouted chin feathers!! For a guide to pronunciation, click here.
Also by Tuesday morning, more Opsail vessels have converged within the sixth boro. See Gazela at Pier 25 Manhattan, and over at the cement pier in Brooklyn is . . . . Alice!!! Alice Oldendorff!! My point is . . . Opsail happens within a context.
And when I woke up this morning, Eagle was doing a turn in the Narrows while Scotty Sky (52 years young . . . bless her vital Blount-built tanks!) was supplying Gloria with liquid sustenance.
Latest . . . J.S. El Cano (1927 built and 371 ‘ loa) has popped up on AIS; I had seen her in the wee hours. Cisne Branco, La Belle Poule, Etoile, and all the FleetWeek vessels are still out of range or in stealth mode.
Outbound at 0800 this morning, Swan took a turn past the Statue before leaving. Foto by John Watson, who is himself outbound for a while.
I once knew as Fernando Po, a rare place in Africa where Spanish is the official language. I hope the Atlantic Salvor folks got some good fotos of Swan headed out.
Yacht Justice (1930) is an outstanding survivor.
Also, out-of-the-ordinary for the sixth boro is Dewaruci, in port early for OpSail, arriving here on Wednesday. Dewa Ruci appears to be a character in a wayang puppet story. I’m looking forward to their marching band. Over near the Red Hook side, that’s Pioneer.
And this is the start of leg 2 of the Atlantic Cup race, outbound for Newport this morning.
Over a dozen teams have entered boats.
Possible leader, pending resolution of a protest) at the end of leg 1 (of 3) is this boat.
First foto by outbound John Watson. all others by Will Van Dorp.
In May 1962 John Kennedy had a party upon turning 45, and most people remember one person who attended. But there were other entertainers who sang too like this native New Yorker (yes, he is.) and another singer, now largely unknown, whose name appears on that blue banner center below. If you don’t remember the name, here’s (IMHO) her best song. She also performed with this neighbor of mine from Queens, NY. But this vessel?
She might be called Agulhas II, arriving yesterday in her homeport, having come from winter half a world away to the north just in time for winter way down south. Here’s her predecessor, once involved in an Oldendorff vessel (no, not this one) in the far far south.
Here she arrives after a month-long journey. For the complete press release announcing her mission, click here.
Whether Miriam Makeba becomes her unofficial or official name, Agulhas (needles) refers to the true southernmost cape aka point of Africa.
Here’s a closeup of pilot boat Gannet (1977).
And the answer (correctly supplied in the comment by anonymous [Ann O'Nimes??]) to the figurehead question . . . Europa it is! And in a graphic demonstration of the interconnection of the sixth boro to almost everywhere watery, click here and here for fotos of Europa on a recent visit to the US “north coast.” Has Europa ever been to New York?
Europa, 1911 launched!! and beautifully preserved. A reminder to, please, vote for Tug Pegasus and Waterfront Barge, today and every day until May 21.
All fotos here come compliments of Colin Syndercombe, who’s generously serving up the shipping news from the Cape Town waterfront. Thanks much, Colin.
This isn’t the first tugster post with a single foto . . . and I’m not going to research among the 1762 previous posts how many more there’ve been.
And here’s a question . . . can you identify the vessel that follows wherever this sea bull leads?
Don’t forget to make your daily “partners in preservation” vote. Click on the image of the “rapid-aging-software-altered foto of tugster below, register, scroll thru to find “Tug Pegasus and Waterfront Museum Barge,” and vote once a day through May 21. Ask your friends to vote too.
Rake refers to mast slant from perpendicular relative to forward and aft. Generally, a mast is raked aft of plumb, although in many seas masts are raked forward. Raking the masts of a sailing vessel, one step of tuning a rig, ideally serves to balance the center of effort. The rake here on Liberty Clipper is accentuated by the “perpendicularity” of the buildings over in Jersey City. Foto taken in October. Serious sailors and naval architects can talk at length about rake.
Pride of Baltimore II also has seriously
On power ships, stacks are often raked, although this seems to be about style. To rake or not is a “first chicken or first egg” questions of ship design. Cangarda has a single raked funnel. Earlier steam vessels appeared to have perpendicular stacks.
Buoys, on the other hand, should not be “raked” this much and on only one side of the channel. Something amiss here is.
Unrelated: Some three years back bowsprite took these fotos and gave momentum to my whatzit series. Here‘s how that “short ship” looks today, just before a radical transformation into something “tall.”
I’m still in Georgia, craving salt water, completing unfinished blog posts when the spirit moves me.