As I worked along the Red Hook shore yesterday, my eyes did espy a bright red ship with tall masts and large white letters . . . a large trawler, a research vessel? I thought.

As it rounded the Battery, its identity became clear . . . a lightship!! And moving under its own power! It could only mean . . .

Nantucket, the restored vessel out of Boston.

Although I was too far south to get a close-up and lacked a chase boat, I did feel my day brightened after this. Here’s more on the lightships.

Photos, WVD.