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Here were 11 and 10.

Can you figure this one out?

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Wooden hull, 62′ loa . . .

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it’s Revolution, and my first time to see it although I’ve known of it for some time through this and this.

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These photos taken today by Will Van Dorp, who hopes to have more questions answered soon . .  like what did she look like as Argo . . . and while working in Boston, Boothbay, and in the sixth boro as a fire boat.  ??

It’s really this although it looks like this.  They’re actually supposed to look like this, NOT heart-shaped.

Enough frivolity.  Be nice today and loving.

All these photos I took in Brooklyn locations in September  2009.

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Brooklyn Navy yard. . . .

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and

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Atlantic Basin.

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Some decades ago, I knew a schooner in Newburyport called Hearts Desire, but otherwise, there is a dearth of vessels with nomenclaturus valentinus.  Why?

Although bowsprite put something different up, here’s my favorite one of her past V-day posts.

Here was a post I did in early spring 2013.  She went to Portland, Maine for the work, and this morning

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she returned to South Street Seaport Museum pier, about 36 hours travel out of Gloucester.

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The timing was perfect for me . . . as I’m currently reading A Dream of Tall Ships, Peter Stanford’s account of the years from 1965–1974, when as the subtitle of the book has it, a story of “how NYers came together to save the city’s sailing-ship waterfront.”  Well . . . round 1, at least.

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Lettie looked glorious in the morning sun, nestling back beside Ambrose, but I couldn’t help looking especially closely at the bow.  I’d just read this account the day before in Stanford’s book, a recollection about the vessel then-called Caviare in September 1968

“there was one thing that needed replacing, which not vital to the schooner’s structure, mattered a great deal to her appearance.  This was the gammon knee, an oak extension of the stem arching forward under the bowsprit, which nicely completes the sweeping curve of the clipper bow.  The old schooner’s gammon knee had been chopped back into a stump to allow a heavy rope fender to be slung under the bow when she’d been adapted for work as a tug.”

Wow!  That’s one old foto I’d love to see, this vessel, with a rope bow fender, pushing a barge.  Anyone have such a foto?

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Lettie‘s back, and so is this fleet.  Maybe Lettie‘d love to come out fishing with them?  Vessel in the distance is Pati R. Moran.   Brown fishboat in the foreground is Eastern Welder.

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All fotos this morning by Will Van Dorp.

If you’re going to the market event in Manhattan today, look for signs like this, painted what must be Ceres

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blue.  This is the west end of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, closest to Vinegar Hill.   Beyond the East River there, protruding into the sky to the right, that’s the empire State Building.   Ceres has arrived, and

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on schedule!

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Inside this warehouse, I picked up my order of Ricker Hill Orchards vinegar and Champlain Valley Apiaries  honey.

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Excuse the poor quality foto.  Could someone explain the dried (?) birds’ wings?

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There was seaweed . . .

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pumpkins,

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wild artichokes,   and much much more.

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Agger Fish–right next to the warehouse–was a sponsor of the Brooklyn event, as were Brooklyn Grange, triple island, and Marlow & Daughters.

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Morgan O’Kane played, parents shopped and talked, and and kids danced.

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If you’re local and  have time, get down to the New Amsterdam Market today . . . on the opposite side of the river here.

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Congratulations to Erik and the team for a very big accomplishment.  Although there’s lots of work left this season, season two starts up soon.   Here’s some preliminary info on the vessel, which was modified in the construction. In case you’re wondering . . . Erik’s estimate is that Ceres sailed only about twenty percent of the trip.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who alone is responsible for any errors in reporting.

Here, here, and here are my previous Ceres posts.   Last but not the least least . . . it’s bowsprite’s rendering.  Here’s the NYTimes version.

Whatzit?!!  in the background with the classy leeboards.  In the foreground, of course, it’s the world-infamous tug44, and in its own lair near the hideaway of Fred, in the north country approximately 200 miles north of the sixth boro.

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It’s the sailing freighter Ceres, a moving cornucopia of all things edible, sixth boro bound

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with auxiliary power for the Canals, where sailing is not an option.

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Here Ceres exits Lock C-7.

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At the tiller, it looks like Steve Schwartz, whose inimitable idea of a figurehead appears in foto 8 here affixed to sloop Woody Guthrie.

Much appreciation to Fred Wehner for all fotos here.   Fair winds to Ceres.

Back in November 2009, I did this post and I’ll repost two of my fotos from then, showing a 1940 Chris Craft and a 1939 ACF, slightly tweaked here

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and here.

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Earlier this week, Darrin Rice got these followup pics.

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I find these poignant, yet there is some buoyancy in that

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it appears this old vessel is being taken apart with care so that

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planks and sections of them can be recycled, evoking what’s happening nearby.   You couldn’t do this with old fiberglass.

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Many thanks to Darrin Rice for these fotos.

Here’s a site dedicated to antique and classic wooden boats in varying states of repair.

Here are some tugster posts on projects and collections.

Here’s a projects post I did two years ago.  The project boat below–an early 1930s 35′ ACF– is available.   Here’s a post I did five years ago about an ACF and here’s an article with a few fotos about another ACF that was lavished with love.   For info on the vessel below–located in Cape Cod–get in touch.  Seller is motivated!

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Multiple prompts have got me thinking about projects.  One is the vessel below called Source, starting point for transformation into a restaurant boat in a movie called Secret of the Grain, set in southern France.   Possibly this is a good but sad Father’s Day movie.

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Some day I will take on a boat project.  Shoofly caught my attention when I visited Astoria OR recently.  This 28′ cedar gill-net boat is mentioned in Carl Safina’s Song for the Blue Ocean (207).  Obviously, I’d have to stop blogging this way if I undertook a project boat or a boat project.

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Seth Tane took this foto in the early 1980s on Hoboken bank of the North River.   This has to be the wildest variation on a trimaran I’ve ever seen. Anybody know what became of this project?

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I wish I’d made more effort to see Comanche when I was in the Tacoma-Seattle area a few years back.  She’s had many lives already.

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I saw this 1915 beauty in her restored state closeup a few years back in North Cove.  This foto I took in Noank CT in 2011.  For her history, click here and here.

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And then there’s the exquisite Cangarda, once a sunken hulk . . . as shown here.

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What else has gotten me into this mood include some books I’ve recently finish, notably Max Hardberger’s Seized:  Battling Scoundrels and Pirates While Recovering Stolen Ships in the World’s Most Troubled Waters.  Start reading and you won’t put it down.    Other forces have also created this mood, which has also driven me through all the “wrecks & relics” on a fantastic site called shipspotting.  Here are some of my favorites:   Here and here for PT3,  wooden yachts  Averilla and Wayward Girl, trawler to schoolship Prinses Juliana, island freighter Gerda Maria, and tugboats Arv Fernando Gomez,   Tulagi US Navy tug Saint Christopher,   Torrent,   and finally Catriel in Argentina.  Some exotic projects could be this  cold war era patrol boat VMV 20, and twin antiques of the future Falcon II and III.  

And seriously, if you’re interested in the ACF in the top foto, please drop me a comment or email.

Some day when I’ve got a space to work in and trade in this blog, I’ll begin a boat project . . . building something new from scratch.  And if I do this, I’ll document the project from plans and sawdust to charts and logs of journeys as Meryll and Tom have done here for the past half dozen years.

Here was the first post.  Today spring has sprung and may Lettie,

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with such graceful toughness

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delicate efficiency,

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like a crocus,  burst forth.  Support the fundraiser.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

For updates on Marion M. and if you do FB, click here.   It updates this article:  Marion M. has been purchased and is undergoing restoration in the Chesapeake.

Here and here are some older Lettie posts.

All the fotos I have of Lettie G. Howard were taken five or more years ago.    So why am I posting these now . . .  reposting some, in fact?  Here’s why:   April 8, 2013 Rosanne Cash will perform a gala concert to raise funds to restore Lettie, as she is affectionately known, which needs about $250,000 worth of repairs to repair rot and maintain her sailing integrity.   Rosanne Cash traces her family to an ancestor who arrived in Salem, MA in 1643 aboard Good Intent.   Click here for info on buying tickets.

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Right now, Lettie is docked at Pier 17 cloaked in unflattering shrinkwrap.    Here’s some history of the unique vessel:

Built in 1893 at Essex, MA, in the yard of Arthur D. StoryLettie G. Howard is named for the daughter of her first captain, Frederick Howard, Lettie fished out of Gloucester, MA, for her first eight years. In 1901, she was purchased by owners in Pensacola, FL, for use in the red snapper fishery off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. After surviving two major hurricanes, she was thoroughly rebuilt in 1923 by a new owner—Thomas Welles of Mystic, CT—who installed her first auxiliary engine and renamed her Mystic C. She continued to fish under sail for the Welles Company for 43 years, until it disbanded in 1966.   That year, she was sold to the Historic Ships Association in Gloucester, and in 1968 she was purchased by the year-old South Street Seaport Museum. She traveled from Gloucester to the Museum’s pier at South Street largely under sail. By then, she had been renamed twice, and her long working life had obscured her origins; research into her background led to a docking book that confirmed her identity as Lettie G. Howard.

Since 1968, Lettie has been a proud and beloved resident of South Street, where scores of fishing schooners like her used to dock to bring their catches to the Fulton Fish Market. She was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989, and between 1991 and 1993 she was completely restored to her 1893 appearance.   Lettie has operated as a certified sail training vessel since 1994, taking student crews on trips in New York Harbor and waters further afield—teaching history and ecology along with the skills and crafts of sailing, and celebrating the legacy of the North Atlantic fisheries and the Gloucester fleets.

Unrelated but this just in:  Former SSSM vessel Marion M has a vibrant new life ahead of her on the Chesapeake.  If you do facebook, check out these fotos!

I took this foto in August 2010, here with my back to Anthony’s Nose.  Any guesses about the vintage of this chubby people mover?

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Here’s a foto I took yesterday in Greenport of

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this Morehead, NC veteran of WW1!!!

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At the same locstion, I took this foto.  Anyone know what manufacturer this beauty is, frontal and

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stern view.

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And from inside the post-Sandy rebuilt Scrimshaw restaurant, I’d love to know what vessel

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this figurehead once graced.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

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