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All the fotos I have of Lettie G. Howard were taken five or more years ago.    So why am I posting these now . . .  reposting some, in fact?  Here’s why:   April 8, 2013 Rosanne Cash will perform a gala concert to raise funds to restore Lettie, as she is affectionately known, which needs about $250,000 worth of repairs to repair rot and maintain her sailing integrity.   Rosanne Cash traces her family to an ancestor who arrived in Salem, MA in 1643 aboard Good Intent.   Click here for info on buying tickets.

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Right now, Lettie is docked at Pier 17 cloaked in unflattering shrinkwrap.    Here’s some history of the unique vessel:

Built in 1893 at Essex, MA, in the yard of Arthur D. StoryLettie G. Howard is named for the daughter of her first captain, Frederick Howard, Lettie fished out of Gloucester, MA, for her first eight years. In 1901, she was purchased by owners in Pensacola, FL, for use in the red snapper fishery off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. After surviving two major hurricanes, she was thoroughly rebuilt in 1923 by a new owner—Thomas Welles of Mystic, CT—who installed her first auxiliary engine and renamed her Mystic C. She continued to fish under sail for the Welles Company for 43 years, until it disbanded in 1966.   That year, she was sold to the Historic Ships Association in Gloucester, and in 1968 she was purchased by the year-old South Street Seaport Museum. She traveled from Gloucester to the Museum’s pier at South Street largely under sail. By then, she had been renamed twice, and her long working life had obscured her origins; research into her background led to a docking book that confirmed her identity as Lettie G. Howard.

Since 1968, Lettie has been a proud and beloved resident of South Street, where scores of fishing schooners like her used to dock to bring their catches to the Fulton Fish Market. She was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989, and between 1991 and 1993 she was completely restored to her 1893 appearance.   Lettie has operated as a certified sail training vessel since 1994, taking student crews on trips in New York Harbor and waters further afield—teaching history and ecology along with the skills and crafts of sailing, and celebrating the legacy of the North Atlantic fisheries and the Gloucester fleets.

Unrelated but this just in:  Former SSSM vessel Marion M has a vibrant new life ahead of her on the Chesapeake.  If you do facebook, check out these fotos!

First, thanks to Birk Thomas . .  . Ice River currently in Philadelphia.  Here’s the reefer fleet list.

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And thanks to Mike Abegg, Alice Oldendorff, currently in the sixth boro, the vessel that started this blog over 2000 posts ago.

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Also, still in port, Asopus.

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And just out of the repair dock, it’s Stena Primorsk, having spent weeks in or around the harbor.

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And finally . . . NYK Joanna leaves town yesterday.  Watch between tug and ship, starboard side,

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here, for what has to be one

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of the more dangerous jobs on the water.

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It’s the docking pilot leaving the vessel as it heads for sea.

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Perusal of the NYK fleet shows names like Mark Twain and William Shakespeare.  I’d love to see them come to town.

Unless otherwise attributed, all  fotos by will Van Dorp.  Thanks here to Birk Thomas and Mike Abegg.

I debated calling this Eagle 4 or Eagles 2 . . . but thought both would be misleading.   It’s like this . . . at 1030 this morning, Eagle Boston was turning on the hook just inside the Narrows.   See the 17-year-old tanker’s new baby sister here.

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Around the same time, Ellen McAllister was eastbound on the KVK, although I knew not where bound.   See third foto here for one of my older fotos of Ellen.

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When Ellen arrived, flood tide was used to rotate the tanker and

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get her headed inbound and past the tanker named for the river-god.  I’m guessing Asopus is a variation of the same name as the upstate creek called Esopus.

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The point here serves as an imaginary fulcrum for the turn into the KVK.

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Amy C McAllister has the starboard side.

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That’s a quite deep floating pool of oil.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.  Here’s the fleet list.

What’s this . .  on tugster, a bit of sidewalk with some not yet busted stains better know as gum spots?  But look at the date and info on the black granite plaque below, one of 200 or so that commemorate past ticker tape parade along Broadway in Lower Manhattan.

It turns out that Capt. George Fried is honored on two of these medallions for two of these rescues.  Never heard of Capt George Fried?

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Neither had I.  So here’s info on Capt Fried and more.  More on Fried, and still more with a quite flattering portrait.  Here’s a story on SS President Roosevelt and a short narrative of the rescue of  crew of the Antinoe.  From googlebooks, here’s a longer account of the rescue with art.   Here’s an account of the second rescue conducted by Fried and crew (See section “The Habitual Hero”), this time Fried as captain of SS America and the Italian vessel SS Florida.

Happy February 16.

Given a recent cruise ship  rescue . . . suppose there’ll be any ticker tape parades and plaques involved?

From a moving vantage point in the center of the Upper Bay, I look south and see Shawn Miller pushing a deck barge to facilitate some trucking on the sixth boro.

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To the north, it’s Gabby L Miller crossing with 1WTC in the background.  At Blue Friday plus

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80 days (i.e., 80 days since that day after Thanksgiving Atlantic Salvor brought antenna segments into the harbor), this is what the top of 1WTC looks like.

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The new Curtis Reinauer lay at anchorage.  Here are a few shots of the old Curtis . . . now working in West African waters.

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Joan Turecamo, one of the last upstate NY Matton-built vessels, heads to Gowanus Bay.

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Finally . . . it’s Rae, moving a recycling scow probably back to Newtown Creek.   Rae’s my age!.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Unrelated:  Here’s a foto and article from today’s NYTimes about dead ship Triumph.  The caption mentions that USCG tugs are towing the vessel into Mobile.  Predictably, the alleged tugs are not identified.  For info on the tugs, click here.

Sometimes the shapes, hints and colors are enough.  You’ll see two more fotos of the ship farther down in this post.  Tug–I believe–is Mary Alice.

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Same vessel disappears off left as Atlantic Elm heads for the Narrows bound for sea as well.

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Leaving town she drew only

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about 14 feet.

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Here’s Baltic Mercur, the vessel disappearing over the horizon above.

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Other vessels in the sixth boro yesterday included Stena Poseidon turning and outbound,

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Torm Helsingor and Southport, 

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Grande Congo and Rio Madeira,

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and Overseas Texas City and an unidentified Vane unit.

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Notice the pairs . . . . it’s Valentine Day, and I see imminent kisses in places.

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And then there’s this . . .  if anyone gets a foto of Temptation with a capital T . . . I’d love it.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.  AIS capture credits to marinetraffic.com

For V’Day . . . check out this post from bowsprite and this one she inspired.

So after work today, I went looking for evidence that New Yorkers celebrate mardi gras.    I saw this instead . . .  seal?

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Not!   Unless seals these days carry flashlights and trail markers and have a support

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vessels like Linda Ann, herself supported by W. O. Decker and Peking.

Here is one of a series of six posts I did five years ago about Peking, which moved across the bay that day.    And half a year back, here‘s a post I did about W. O. Decker and Helen McAllister‘s last waltz.   And Wavertree . . .  I regret that in my dozen years wandering the sixth boro, Wavertree has not ONCE left the dock.  I know some of you must have fotos . . . and good memories of her moves, but   I have none.

BUT . . . click here for a mystery vessel with three masts square-rigged in a foto I was given some years back.  Anyone want to take a stab at identifying it?  The conclusion a few years back is that the foto is “‘shopped,”  although it was done some years ago.

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My guess is that someone was inspecting Wavertree‘s wet side.

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Later I thought I saw a mermaid . . . but I struck out again.

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And for the record, after 1700 hr on the E train I finally saw some mardi gras beads . . . worn by a couple going to a party.  I had to ask.

All fotos today by Will Van Dorp.

Some days more than others I’m only a bit more acutely aware of change.  Certainly this is true in the sixth boro if you watch it over time.    Name boards migrate from

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one vessel to another.  Actually, I’m told the foto above is Mary Gellatly the third, with the second below.  It appears the first was a Navy built tanker.  I’d love it if someone know the whereabouts of a foto.

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Companies buy and sell floating stock . . . renaming and repainting . . .

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Freddie K Miller is the fourth name for this 1966 vessel that was first dubbed New Haven.   I can vouch that her interior looks brand spanking new as she nears the mid-century mark.

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I don’t know that much about Sam M, 1972, other than that she was fire-engine red around Christmas, and

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bleached-out white last summer.

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Kimberly Poling, 1994, looks much better with the

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modified roofline and more complex paint scheme.

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June K in orange was one of my favorites some years back, but pushing old metal or

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holding new metal as Sarah Ann . . . the 2003 vessel remains one of my favorites.

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Herbert P. Brake 1992 . . .  red or

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blue . . . I don’t see her that often.

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To paraphrase Heraclitus again . . . only change is unchanging . . . and it surely doesn’t happen at a constant clip.

All foto by Will Van Dorp.

Besides tools of commerce, ships are things of beauty, and maybe that’s why they appeal to lots of us layfolk.

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The paint texture here almost mimics spotted creatures in the natural world, although here starboard of this vessel does not

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match port.  No matter . . . who sees both sides at once anyhow?

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It’s physics personified . . . or

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or at least illustrated, with

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curved surfaces just about

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everywhere.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Click here to see fotos Barbara took from her apartment on three or so successive  days about three months ago—before, during, and after Sandy.

The next two fotos she took this morning–here of snow on top of post Sandy transformation– after our first significant 2013 winter storm in the sixth boro.  For outatowners,  Barbara’s apartment–on the beach–is within the limits of NYC.   In the sky, that’s a midmorning sun.

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Double click enlarges:  on the rightside horizon, that’s the anchorage off Long Beach (NY) and vessels might include Nord Inspiration, Seoul Express, Kurohio Express, Crown Mina . . . and others.

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Click on the foto below to see where I got it . . . but to me, Nemo is the guy who drove that vessel out of the imagination of Jules Verne and into mine a half century ago.

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Barbara . . . thanks for the top two fotos, and as for the one of Nemo’s ride, you can make it your wallpaper as I made it mine.

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