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I just wrote “5.” but then I saw what was in the harbor today:


Pride of Baltimore II , as seen from Pioneer


as seen with the Bayonne in the background…


and Gorch Fock II , docked in Brooklyn.

USCG barque Eagle, considered a Gorch Fock class barque and originally called Horst Wessel, docked right across the river in Manhattan. Gorch Fock, Eagle, and Peking . . . all built by Blohm and Voss.  Check a shoreview from another blog here.

Glad I went down to the water today.

Can October already have arrived? Summer 07 chucked into the memory?



Surely autumn winds must be hurling this cute sloop. Anyone know the name of this vessel in Greenport last weekend?  And the four sails’ names?  jib, staysail, gaff-rigged main, and topsail?


Not a day younger than a century plus a year, the Mary E sails towards the east and soon headed west. Catch her as she heads through the west end of Long Island Sound.  By the way, what name goes with the forwardmost sail currently set here?



Other than that this schooner with tanbark sails goes by Gallant and has sailed out of Greenport for decades, I offer nothing.  I gather the color came originally from a bath used to preserve sail cloth?


I caught a glimpse of Kalmar Nyckel, Delaware‘s tall ship, the other week as I crossed westward on the Verrazano. Thanks to Daniel for sharing this foto and to Fielding for helping me identify what I saw. It looked tiny as it motored toward Sandy Hook past an anchored tanker.  As to sail names here, guess I’ll just have to go to Delaware and take a tour.

Other photos, Will Van Dorp.

was yesterday. I took these fotos before 7 am on that holiday.



Well, I was on my way to work, and not that anyone had the day off around here. Yet, I’m glad to read such a day exists, given how much of the stuff in our lives arrives from across the seas. The last few miles look like this.



Amy (stern) and Brothers McAllister move in. By the way, talking of the holiday of who to recognize, which nation provides 20% of the world’s merchant seafarers? Hint… it has less than 3% of the world’s population.




Amy‘s on the bitt.



Brothers push dockward.

Answer to the 20%–less than 3% question…. here.

Happy M-day.

Tis holiday season: September 30 is Estuary Access Day. Support your local estuary. Also, it’s Chile Pepper fiesta. Hug and savor your favorite chile pepper.

Photos, Will Van Dorp.

Workboats past and present can be as stripped down and unique as some farm trucks I once drove.



Thanks to Brian for this foto of a gundalow from New Hampshire, one of my old ports in New England. Notice the lateen sail and the long oars in locks. Gundalows strike me as sailing scows, but I’ve never had a sense why the name resembles the Venetian canal craft.  Were gundalows used elsewhere along the marshes and bays behind barrier beaches of the East Coast?



A rudimentary yard tug, BTU was the official boat of the Greenport workboat component of the maritime festival. The forward house perforated by the stack . . . covers nothing but a Ford Lehman diesel. And no lifelines or bulwarks.

BTU photo, Will Van Dorp.  Gundalow, thanks, Brian L.



The classy grate on the afterdeck gives access to the stuffing box and bilge. Is that a police uniform worn by the man on the dock?



The self-propelled barge is named Preston. Any guess what the foredeck of Preston transported later that day?



Would you believe three companies of pipers piping and traveling in style?  A workparty on a workboat, no doubt.

..or low and wet, high and dry. Here’s an almost anatomical look at the same boat same general angle in and out of its medium.


What can these props and 3400 horses of Caterpillar churn up?


Plenty frothy. A bronze and wine red beauty either way, Stephen Scott.


All photos, Will Van Dorp.

After the parade, a race happens.  If this blog did audio and “sensearound,” you’d hear the roar and feel the splash and pitch. You’d need towels for your desk and a cloth to clean your glasses. For now, read the fotos and imagine the sound. Cover your keyboard lest the spray damage it though. Picture the photographer, back braced against the deckhouse, one foot against the inside of each toerail, as the sweet official boat BTU rocks. I’ll try to put up a foto of BTU and pushing matches tomorrow.

A stealthy tugboat Dragon churns forward,

Cornell builds momentum,

Illusion dashes towards the breakwater,

and Patrician Ann cuts us close, but lags far behind Redfish almost invisible off slightly to port.

All photos, Will Van Dorp.

One of the longest SW–NE diagonals of Long Island would run from Norton Point on Coney Island along the North Fork to not far beyond Greenport, about a hundred miles by air. The village of Greenport, which enjoys solid connections to the sixth boro, held its annual maritime festival this past weekend with a several events befitting a maritime festival.


In the foreground is wine red Cornell, flagship of EEMI and pictured recently here and here. Next is Thames tug Patricia Ann (see p. 21), formerly Navy tug YTB 758 aka Paducah, now based in the Thames River, New London.


Lining up waiting for the parade to begin, Costello Marine’s crane barge Preston waits at the visible end.


Here Preston is lost between in the arms of fishing vessel Merit, tug Dragon (mostly hidden behind fishing vessel Illusion) and tug Hobo (gold).


All following the lead of USCG Shinnecock and minitug Drummer Hoff. Or was it the signal of the C-130 aircraft banking to port in the distance…

More Greenport pushing and racing soon.

All photos by Will Van Dorp and Elizabeth Wood.

or are they dinghys? Ventura pulls one on a painter. I guess that word might have the same origin as pendant.


Half Moon slings a similar inflatable on its port side, sort of like a hypalon child.


Tanker Great Gull has one made off to the rail under a davit.


Brandywine has one on a cradle.


and W. O. Decker seems to be in negotiation. Will Decker or won’t she?


All photos, Will Van Dorp.

I give credit to my parents for teaching the value and enjoyment of honest work; I’m especially blessed when I enjoy the work I do.



Durham‘s off to work in the Kills,



Vulcan III on left (built 1958 as Bethtug III) and “truckable” Jane O do dock work in the East River,



Liberty II hauls supplies to and garbage from the Statue of Liberty,



Stephanie Nicole returns from fishing off the South Shore of Long Island.

If you choose a job that you like, you will never have to work a day in your life.


All fotos, Will Van Dorp

…or wheat or peanut butter or … just what color shade of brown is it?



For what it’s worth, I’ll just call the Reinauer color close enough to “Hudson spring melt” brown with wine red. Kristy Ann Reinauer muscled a fuel barge upriver last April. I took the foto from Storm King Mountain.



Christian Reinauer in Brooklyn Navy Yard last January,



Kristy Ann Reinauer pushing between Governor’s Island and the Battery (unseen to starboard),



and Stephen Reinauer at anchor facing Bayonne. Notice anchor ball hanging from forward mast of barge.



Stephen Scott approaches Erie Basin. I love the Reinauer site album of their equipment taken mostly by Reinauer crew, especially the winter shot near the bottom, tug and barge moving through ice above their reflection.

For more water vessel images, check out this tug video by Tom at

All photos, Will Van Dorp.

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