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Julia approaches Nanticoke from the stern and

transfers a visitor.  (Doubleclick enlarges.)

Anthony L. shuttles

dock lines

to the bollard.

Note the man in the blue shirt under and awning just above the afterdeck of Resolute; he’s

squeezing–with yards to spare– into the least-likely marina space in the sixth boro.

Not so able to squeeze into places or remain incognito, it ‘s Eos!!!

And Eos shared the Sunday morning harbor with this vessel, Aviva.    Foto by Birk Thomas.  Identification by Vladimir Brezina.

Meanwhile, some odds and ends.  Amazon, depicted here last fall, has mere days left at Mystic Seaport.  See her while you can.

And, thanks to Soni Biehl of greater Eastport, Maine, here’s a great 10-minute video followup on the pregnant cows in CATS post I put up five (!) months ago already here.

Finally, here’s info on the “Save our Seaport“meeting tomorrow night in near South Street.

All fotos except Birk’s by Will Van Dorp.

I must be the last to join in tribute to our mothers, since that day was yesterday.  An important gift of mothers is that they feed us . . . milk and bread and  . . . broccoli.  But it’s true that we do not live by milk and bread  . . .  alone.  Everyone has stories about nurturing experiences mothers and everyone and everything else that provides nurture.  And  yesterday was that kind of day . . . a day to observe mother nature and feel –well–fostered.  Harbor II (1947, ex-Chas R Moore) in Erie Basin  before 7 a.m.

Anthony Miller, assisting Caribbean Princess as a goby would a grouper.

The Princess as well as  (near to far) Sassafras with DoubleSkin 303, Timothy L Reinauer with RTC 84, and Freedom Service with Energy 11105.

Small fishing boat with Sunny Williams with Anette  Theresa.

Small fishing boat with the KV buoy.

Cape Tilapia Talara,  named for a point in northern Peru, and a boom boat, preparing the tanker for departure.  .

Resolute, beginning Cape Talara‘s rotation (U-turn) in the KVK so that it’s reoriented from west to east . .  .

and nearing the end-of-rotation.

Oh the stories, all based on observation of mother water . . .  who with mother earth constitute mother nature.  Birk Thomas (center) telling some of those stories . . .  within the context of the sit-down portion of a Jane Jacobs walk  (ours in almost dead last scrolling thru).

Thanks, mom and moms.  All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Meanwhile click here for SaveourSeaport and here for a tugster-take on the situation before MayDay: Ex-Port 2 and Ex-Port 1.  Please write letters and (if you’re near here and free) try to get to the meeting.  alas . .  I’ll be at work.

Vantage point here is the Buttermilk Channel, looking roughly west toward the Bayonne and Jersey City side of the sixth boro;  that’s the Bayonne Bridge in the distance.    Any guesses about these vessels?

Schooner turns out to be Spirit of Massachusetts  (1984), doing programming in New York.  I usually keep opinions on such matters to myself, but it boggles my mind that an out-of-town replica vessel comes to New York for such programming when less than a seamile away, two authentic schooners stay “chained” to the dock at South Street Seaport, eager local crews grounded and frustrated by a museum administration that says nought , an unseemly and surreal turn of harbor affairs.

Captain Dann (1974) pushes a scow eastbound.

Meanwhile over in Gowanus Bay  (aka the mouth of the canal),  the cement ship with the interesting stack . . .

aka Abu Loujiane (1966) has been moved to a new location beside the (abandoned) Port Authority Grain Terminal (1922).    Both appeared in this post from 14 months ago.

At the north end of the Buttermilk, Sea Bear (1990, Bay Star) enters the East River from the Jersey side.

Happy Mother’s Day weekend . . .   all fotos here taken yesterday by Will Van Dorp.

I first used this title a bit over two years ago in relation to two museum vessels whose status is currently challenged.  Click here for a new blog dedicated to saving the fleet languishing at South Street Seaport;  May Day’s not been transmitted there yet.

High and dry,

per plan . . . and  a future versus

one arrived here by accident and now like a fish out of water.

Urger gets floated this year with a new captain.  Type Urger in the search window to see the dozen or so stories I’ve done on her, of which my favorite is probably this.

Can anyone speak from fact about a future for Le Papillon?

Urger has to be the most beautiful 110 year-old I know!

All fotos were taken last weekend . . .  Fotos of Le Papillon by Capt. Justin Zizes, Jr. and Urger  by Will Van Dorp . .  up in Lyons, NY.

Unrelated:  Another fantastic video of Rotterdam harbor by Fred Vloo.

 . . . or triplets.  How much can you identify about these three eastbound units?  Doubleclick enlarges fotos.Margaret Moran squares off with the bright orange Michele Jean,

semi-concealed Atlantic Salvor and Miss Gill,

Mary Gellatly and Colorado-registered Crow’s Nest, Blue Curaçao Citrus and Miller Girls,

near-twin Vane Brothers boats,

several pairs, very roughly speaking, near the Narrows,

Nicole Leigh and Davis Sea,

a pair of deckhands enjoying springtime on Eddie R,

and a pair of early-Cold War Ford tractors at a plowing party.   

Happy Cinco de Mayo.  All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

No . . . I’m not misspelling the name of that French city that enthralls all those singers like . . .  PaperMoon.  I mean sixth boro  “p-a-i-r-s,” which that French city just re-enacts, right?  Pairs here like Siberian Sea and Stolt Invention, this latter featured in yesterday’s Hoops post;  or

small fishing boat and Stephen Scott Reinauer, or

Charles McAllister and OSG Independence, or

that same Charles McAllister and Serenity, or

the unmistakeable Lincoln Sea and the –is it–Eastern Dawn?

More pairs in springtime would include North Sea and Katherine G (the jack-up vessel way over beyond Liberty Island) as well as all the architectural and monumental pairs here.

Nicole Leigh and Franklin Reinauer, and

McAllister Girls and Buchanan I.

Is it Ellen Bouchard here with Evening Light?

another shot of Katherine G with a pair of crewman sitting forward,

and  . . . upcountry in farmland New York, a pair of megalithic Steiger tractors, compared with Larson and Lucas. . . tillers from today’s NYTimes.

More “pairs in springtime” tomorrow.

You can see your own pairs and triplets, etc. on a tour with Working Harbor Committee, starting next week.

aka Naismith gear.  And where is this industrial


At, in, or  on  Stolt Invention.  And what is Stolt Invention, you might wonder?

She’s a parcel tanker and midday today she left the sixth boro bound for sea, bound for some scrimmage somewhere in mid-ocean somewhere.  Yes, that’s Siberian Sea (1980, ex-Heidi E. Roehrig, Matthew, Star Avjet)  , but she seems to lack the Naismith gear.  

I wonder if all the NYK Stolt tankers have hoops?  Might the entire global fleet be divided into leagues?  Is there a draft?  Are rendezvous points established in mid-ocean for competitions?

Be on the lookout for a basketball court with cargo capacity coming your way soon.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Related:  Read “deepwater writing”‘s description of a ship he visited recently in “ship envy.”  Along with quite interesting links, he includes great details about his tour of a Norwegian vessel that featured spacious quarters, a gyn, and a room for karaoke and music.

Unrelated:  For a 19-minute Fred Vloo video of Rotterdam harbor, showing a wide variety of vessels, click here.

Mystery gets revealed at the end of this post.  The question is:  which vessel carries this engine?  A clue is that this vessel has appeared here numerous times.  Some quasi-related posts are here, here, and here.    A question is  . .  . how rare might this engine be?

View of the two Kohler auxiliary engines along the port side of the vessel.

Forward portion of main engine looking aft .  . .

View aft along the starboard side.

Important cue:  the date stamped on this support for the H-bitt appears to say 1898, which means this H-bitt possibly served on another vessel before the current one.

Top-down view of controls on starboard side of wheelhouse.

Side view of these same controls.   Have you by now guessed the identity of the vessel with this E-6 Kahlenberg engine?  At 73′ x 18′ . ..   and 99 years old, it’s the vessel currently called

Grouper!!  Click here and read all the 62 comments made on one single post.    Add more if you wish.

More on old Kahlenberg engines might be located here.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who is elated that Grouper has been set into better waters thanks to E-Bay!!  Thanks to Alen and Angela for inviting me in to see Grouper even before the clean-up process begins.  May Day was no May Day or CQD for this vessel.

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