Whatzit?  Here here here are some previous answers to that question, but the foto below, is it abstract art?  I’d put it in a frame and hang it in my gallery.  And the title of this post, is it

this sixth boro vessel, or

this?

Nope.  Here’s the one, but it turns out the name Pioneer in many fields is like the last name Smith in this country . . .  very common.  It’s a sexy name in art, politics, religion, science . . .   the list goes on.  The vessel below gets its name from

a foundry located on the Delaware River.  See a whole set of 1987 fotos on this vessel in its Marcus Hook birthplace starting here on page 58.  Notice the star outline?  This bow shot shows what

downrig looks like.   Also notice the flat and barge-like  lines of her hull, effective for its first role back 125 years ago as a sand sloop, yes, sloop.  Her draft is variable, 4.5′ centerboard up and 12′ with it fully down.  For a view of her deck, click here.

And here’s how she looks fully rigged, under load, and crewed.  Who IS that sprite on bow watch?  Clues here and here.

So back to this . . . .

And could the artist be the master of Pioneer?

For answers, make your way to South Street Seaport, once the season begins.  Here and here are past fotos of Pioneer under sail.

For now,  enjoy these fotos, all taken by Will Van Dorp in 2010 and 2007.

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