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Since my very first post, I’ve revealed my interest in a) Alice and b) her bulbous bow. Alas, my hankering for more contact with Alice goes unrequited, an ennobling exercise in longsuffering. My interest in bow diversity, however, grows.


Jane A. Bouchard’s bow, rubber cushioned, is dictated by its function.


High Peace’s bulbous bow typifies what has been incorporated into larger ship design for nearly a century. Read this and this about bulbous rostrums,


…not to suggest for an instant that rubber and bulbous bows were intended for full frontal contact. And never to confuse a bulbous with a ramming bow.


Places to go…. Peace and respect.

Tuesday April 17 this week I caught APL Turquoise entering the Narrows.


Provenance? I’m guessing the United Kingdom. Reason? Check out this link; on April 12, it was at the dock in Felixtowe. Here’s another shot in Netherlands last summer.

APL fleet info is here. I wish they did freighter cruises out of our port. Or do they? I’d pay to cross on one of these. Anyone tell of freighter cruising?  Might Alice be willing to take passengers?

Military commanders code-name projects with frightful names like Final Cut and Urgent Fury. But not so the captain of voyages of a certain schooner Anne.


The pink drawing superimposed on the southern Atlantic between South America, Africa, and Antarctica on the chart below suggests the code-name for this next voyage. And no doubt that name will be carved into utilitarian objects soon.


Here’s the schedule for Saturday if you’re looking to see them off. Weather forecast is so stupendous that news of the impending launch had the statues around Columbus Circle consulting their globes.


This news may be what brought the brave young minke in on a reconnaissance mission for the greater rorquals and toothy ones of the Tropic of Capricorn below Ascension. Oh requiem for a minke!


Lovely sailing: Reid, Soanya, and Anne.

I had thought to call this “Gowanus Delights,” since a whale story surfaced there this mid-week, puns totally intended there. Unfortunately, as of this writing, I’ve not been in the area. The sleek one below may have seen the whale in passing, or heard it, as it fished out by the Narrows. Maybe even advised the lesser rorqual to turn back. Identify the feathered one?


My book calls it a red-throated loon aka “scape grace” wintering here along with the buffleheads, who kept turning their buffle heads every shot I took.


So what would a whale have seen in the Gowanus besides some Dredgers? By the way, for visitors from out-of-town, that’s a “subway bridge” above, (check this link for fotos therefrom) oxymoron as that may sound, its span high enough so that schooners once could travel up the canal.


The trucks are my favorite sights along the Gowanus. I wonder what the whale thought of them.

Here’s the mystery vessel proposed by Mitbok, winner of the Relief Crew 2 post. What local yawl is this? First correct identification gets to post the next “relief crew” post.


My addition is a question about the photo below, another from Elizabeth’s September 2005 Mayor’s Cup archives. My question: Is the vessel in the foreground the same yawl as above? I’m not sure.


The background vessel is Lettie G. Howard, in the spotlight for the second day in a row.

While we’re on the subject of yawls and mysteries, why are some “lifeboats” or gigs carried on schooners called yawlboats? Google it and find lots of references to yawlboats.

Thanks to Elizabeth, here’s a photo of what could be perceived as a strangely-articulated four-masted schooner with two fairly short mizzens and a pinked stern.

Here’s another of her photos, both taken in September 2005, of a folkboat* and the Lettie. Anyone know where the folkboat lives or what it’s called?
A good thing about all this spring rain is that it brings us closer to the time all these sails will be adorning again the harbor.

*I stand corrected on this point thanks to Xenon:  the nearer sailboat is a knarr, not a folkboat.

One thrill of blogging is discovery; I photograph and then plumb my photos to see what I have. When I used to fish, I’d feel a rush when I brought a new specimen up. I get a similar rush now when a photo and some research connect me with something new. After a frisson from blue and yellow, this vessel offers some treats. Any idea where the name–Los Roques–derives from? See Old Orchard light in background.
You’re right if you guess Venezuela, and an archipelago there that beckons.


Click on these links here here and here for some stunning views on board.

Congratulations to Mitbok, whom I’ll paraphrase, who identified Fred‘s mystery vessel as an example of a “tjalk or wedstrijdskutse with its wide beam and flat bottom and very little tapering in bow and stern. Originally it sailed and was fitted with leeboards; today many have engines.” His Relief Crew post will appear soon. Dan was a close second, chronologically, so maybe he’ll post as Relief Crew post as well.


Above is my own photo of a similar Dutch vessel, although this one was snapped in Belgium as the barge churned its way down the Meuse, which is known as the Maas after it crosses the border of the Netherlands. Notice that Tasmania is carrying a cargo of tires, very little freeboard, and as creature comfort has a satellite dish near the stern? As a boy, my father lived not so far from the delta (in Zuid Holland) and dreamed of living on such a vessel as a binnenvaart captain like his grandma’s brother. Alas, the war came . . . after the war, he wanted only to emigrate.


Here are some sailing barges rafted up in Enkhuisen (Noord Holland). The one in the foreground shows the delightful leeboard port side midships. I love leeboards so much I have two sets as my livingroom decor. Interesting history and photo of leeboards here. Check out the leeboards and other details on this vessel.
Because I’m Dutch, I get away with saying the Netherlands is a deceptively complex nation, as exemplified by the categorization of canal boats. For starters, check out this link. Based on info in that link, my best guess is that Fred’s green boat is a Groninger tjalk, not a botjalk, hollandse tjalk, skutsje, hevelaak, stenaak, praam, steilsteven, or . . .

By the way, the definitive handbooks for taxonomy of these vessels are by David Evershed (click and scroll down), which I’ve tried for some time unsuccessfully to locate via Amazon. Anyone have a copy? More on Dutch barges later. First, I’m eager to get a closer look from “steven” to “roer” at Fred’s mystery vessel on the Hackensack. Many questions remain.

It surprises me that some readers have not recognized the Bayonne Bridge, as appears on my “logo” above. Perspective can change perception; playing with that is a joy of photography. The Bayonne won a beauty contest in 1931. Can you identify the bridge below?


Believe it or not, it’s the Verrazano, as seen from Raritan Bay. And the one below . . .


It’s looking north at the Pulaski Skyway taken mid-river in the Hackensack with my back to the Lincoln Highway bridge aka 1-9 truck route. The Lincoln Highway link is a must-read.


Did you guess that was the George Washington, locally called the “geedoubleyou.” By the way, the vessel whose neck we’re breathing down is Urger, making its way back to its freshwater canal habitat.

Thanks to frogma‘s April 10 post for news of this “water” event this Saturday, April 14. I’m hurrying to get over there.


Say . . . hope that’s the platform on the Brooklyn side of Robbins . . . and not a building top post-water rise.
See you in the Sea of People. Wear blue. No better place to meet people than at a demonstration or in a sea.

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