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The sweet lines and rich color of Zipper so eclipse the design and material of the fiberglass vessel off its starboard bow that . . .

I’m speechless by her 41′ shine

and stay that way.

Zipper lives at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, NY. Here’s more info on this 1930s design built in 1970s.

Kennebeccaptain, on transit transporting 5000 cars from Japan to Europe, recently wrote that his fuel bill at end of voyage will be approx $700,000. Pardon Me, the 48-foot runabout Hutchinson Brothers built in 1948  (above) has a 1500-hp supercharged engine that consumes 100 gallons per hour!  Again, I’m speechless.  Assuming fuel availability to make it feasible and assuming speed of 30 mph and gasoline at $4/gallon, fuel bill for Pardon Me would be . . . $160,000  for a 12,000 mile Japan-Europe jaunt . . . for –say–six people!!

 Stern view of Pardon Me (thanks to Elizabeth) shows two cockpits separated by the Packard marine engine.  When these screamers go out to play, it’s in the main channel of the Seaway among the 1000 Islands.  For a history of recreation there, check this link.

On my blogroll, I’ve added two new links”  boatnerd and lifeatsea.  Check’em out.

All fotos, unless otherwise attributed, by Will Van Dorp.

When I wrote about the St Lawrence in June, I missed this.  Here’s the link.  The branding effort dates from about four years ago although it’s new to me.  I’m wondering why I saw signs “advertising” this organization on the Canadian side but not on the US side.  The concept is clear: one ship equals negative 870 trucks, much less noise,  and a tenth their fuel and emissions.  Here’s a commentary site.

Upbound Maritime Trader,

(Check out boatnerd’s exhaustive info here on specs and cargoes.) and

downbound Canadian Provider, (and again check out boatnerd’s page on this vessel)

upbound Canadian Navigator showing

pivot point of the self-unloader and (boatnerd’s page)

plumb bow with the ongoing sprinkler on the cargo hatches.

Can anyone explain the reason to keep some cargo hatches wet?

Photos, WVD.


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