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In my personal life, the beginning of a calendar year seems the best time for maintenance, new starts, re-evaluations.  Today I cleared out and organized a tool closet, tossing out with gusto and energy what I hadn’t been able to . . . in “cleaning” attempts for the past few years.

As I looked through fotos some of you have sent, I “read” maintenance in them, too.  Like this foto of Ambrose from John Watson.  I’m wondering how many years it’s been since LV-87 had her previous

haircut and a shave.

Lou Rosenberg sent this foto;  even QM2 needs touch-ups.  Here are some fotos I took of QM2 arriving in the sixth boro for the first time in April 2004.

Finally, Captain Thalassic sent some fotos from up on the Erie Canal, Lock 28A, where Erie Canal boats Emita II (1953) and Colonial Belle dry out their hulls over the winter, as does

 . . . is that Seneca, and blindfolded and trussed in back of the dry dock?  Does Seneca need help? Here’s another shot of Seneca by Jason LaDue.

Two more shots by John Watson, although these have no connection with maintenance . . . except my own.  Catherine Turecamo here escorts bulk carrier being escorted  Steel Anna.

Now there’s a name!!  I imagine introducing myself . . .   “Hi, I’m ‘steel will.’    If I needed some life maintenance , that would be an energetic start.

Thanks all for sending these fotos along.

Although I have many more “oldcarcity” fotos to share soon, John Watson got the following fotos from his sixth boro cliff yesterday, and they must go up.  Kudos , John!

John’s fotos are physical manifestations of the renaissance of South Street Seaport Museum.  Lightship Ambrose (LV-87), built 1908 . . . a year after  Pegasus, is headed to Caddell’s for some love aka life support.

She made her way across this stretch of the sixth boro escorted

by the gracious Charles D. McAllister.

as well as Elizabeth McAllister.  I can’t identify the smaller boat out front.

Again, thanks much, John.    Here’s a question from a tipster . . . not me! in ny.Curbed.  This is very promising news for the renascent museum; however, like all newborns AND reborns, it needs ongoing support . . . benjamins and members and volunteers.

My last fotos of a lightship in the sixth boro came here exactly two months ago.

Meanwhile, tugster continues a gallivant in the south . . . today off to a high point between Nickajack Lake and Chickamauga Lake.

Unrelated to this post but to one previously, here’s (thanks to Michele) is an interview/TV report from on-board Giulio Verne.

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