I don’t mean to be disrespectful, but the opposite of “work” is “play,”  and I will trumpet out as quickly as anyone that I love to play . . . some games, certain toys sometimes.  Of course, playing with an almost 70-year-old toy involves someone working a fair amount.  But Argosy, as old as John B. Caddell, seems to have had quite the benefactor.  As a wannabe Jane Goodall of sixth-boro traffic, I appreciate the fact that the owner of this boat put the date and make of Argosy on that life ring just outboard of the helm.  Sobering is the thought that this Chris-Craft was built three years before Bloxom, one of the wrecks in the Arthur Kill here.


Here’s more info on the 40′ boat sporting a way-forward windshield.


I don’t know the make of this sloop, but Ariel is long, sleek, and the sailor and young companion seemed entranced as they sailed northward toward the Tappan Zee a few weeks back.


For what it’s worth, here’s another shot of Tack-Sea.


Is the blue sail a spinaker?  In the summer haze, it injected a refreshing dose of spirit into me.


Ruhen, Ontario-built and Nelson Zimmer-designed,  anchors up by Hyde Park.


Again I know nothing about this sloop, sailing off Weehawken, but I love the red sails.


Sometimes it’s fun to play with others, in this case, five others, each with an oar.  Off in the distance between the crane and the Statue is Argosy.  Just to the right of the Statue is the Communipaw Terminal.  To the upper left of the outrigger, looking somewhat like a surfaced submarine,  is a Buchanan boat pushing a clutch of rock scows.


And here’s a different foto of Lady Christine, a vessel featured in this blog some weeks back.  This fits under the category of what happens when a vessel leaves the sixth boro.  I got an email yesterday (or so) from Tom Mann, whose fotos were featured here back in March.  Anyhow, Tom read in his local paper about an incident involving Lady Christine‘s afterdeck cargo . . .starboard side . . . that thing with a rotor.  It turns out the helicopter went for a dip about halfway between Camden and Bar Harbor near Little Deer Isle.  All aboard, including the pilot Irving Laidlaw, were fine.  Stories here and here.  And thanks, Tom.


All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Unrelated . . except tangentially . . . remember the Turtle replica submarine in Red Hook two years ago that  caused a security storm because it approached the QM2?  See a slide show of that here.  This past week Riley created a Roman-style sea battle in Queens.  Story here.  I wish I’d known about it in advance.  Whatever might he create two years from now??