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This is my 99th post in 110 days; I enjoy researching the posts, blogging about them, and especially being read: over 5800 readings, 54 comments, a dozen plus new friends from the blog and reaffirmation of friendship from people I long have known in the flesh! If you read this and like it, email the link to three of your friends today: I want to break 6000.
It’s exhilarating to feel a sense of a sixth borough community. Top of my list is frogma, the sixth borough’s very own nereid. And she passes along this musical event for Sunday: a group called Waterways, second notice down on that link.

Getting back to some loose odds ‘n ends seems the best for this post. A photo just surfaced in my filing; I looked everywhere for it while writing Boatyard Triage. It’s Jarr D-E pre dismantling and afloat winter late 2005. I’d still like to find some history of the vessel that is no more.



Pirate flags are popular on many recreational boats. I hardly expected one on Chancellor on its way to a Roundup pushing contest. By the way, does anyone know of tugs making their way into folk or country or maritime music? I know of none. Any songwriters looking for collaboration?



The dock crane below is all I could see left of the Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock at Kearny Point on the Hackensack just north of where that river and the Passaic converge. On that link, check the other local (mostly disappeared) shipyards. We’ve all heard the reasons that make Korea, Japan, and China the top three shipbuilders in the world today. Another $80 million ship every 4 days!@!# Fifty years from now where might the busiest yards be?


Below, a shot of Stad Amsterdam, one of many tall sailing ships that visit the East River even in the 21st century. You saw her figurehead here.


Last one for now, the helm of the Coast Guard’s Eagle; lots of helmsfolk there. I need that to keep my blog on its original course.


All photos by Will Van Dorp.

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