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As I post this, Hurricane Isaac approaches New Orleans, and the work of every mariner on the river is to ride out the storm. Even if it appears that almost nothing is moving on the river, movement is there and intense. Click here (now) for live views on the street and on the river in the Crescent City. To see what Isaac looked like over in Florida from Jed’s perspective, click here.
In the sixth boro, a race is a few days away, but vessels like Susan Miller--pushing the barge with the “rolled on and about to be rolled off” trailer–are at work.
Ditto an unidentified DonJon tug, Pati E. Moran, inbound
CMM CMA CGM Eiffel, and schooner Pride of Baltimore II go about their business.
Having “rolled-off” said trailer truck, Susan distances herself from Mary Whalen (just the bow at the starboard stern of the cruise ship) and Queen Mary 2.
Viking moves a barge through the KVK,
as does Arabian Sea and
Gramma Lee T Moran, and
the list could go on. Here, Doris Moran and Dace Reinauer . . . that’s tug work too. This last foto below comes compliments of Marian & William Hyman. Thanks.
All other fotos taken by will Van Dorp, who will be at the race Sunday. Thanks for reading.
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!!)
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.
A sailing race a thing of beauty is. It’s graceful, regal, with no extraneous noise. It’s slow . . not to a swimmer but to the speeds “dinosaur fuel” propels us. From left to right here, I think it’s America 2.0, Intrepid, Bernice, Black Watch, and Pride of Baltimore II.
The Pride of Baltimore II always leaves me wondering, given that NYC is the place of the 99% AND the 1%, why the sixth boro and the supporting five can’t boast of a Pride of New York floating hither and yon around the globe. What’s wrong here?
Pride … , of course, does have an engine . . . two Cats, in fact, and it can