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Of course I need to start with this vessel, named for a mathematician, Gaspard Monge.  Never heard of him?  Or it? Me neither.

According to this Military Today article, neither the US nor Russia has an equivalent missile tracking vessel.  It’s fitting that on a vessel named for the founder of descriptive and differential geometry, which I’ve never studied, there would be radar systems I’ve never heard of.

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As for things I’ve never heard of, Maersk Semarang is named for an Indonesian city that would rank fifth in the US by population if it were in this country.  Here Kirby Moran escorts her in.

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Margrit Rickmers used to be Maersk Dhaka.  The Rickmers name always makes me recall a post I did over seven years ago about a tall ship with the odd name Rickmers Rickmers.  

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An indication that the Bayonne Bridge has not yet been raised is the folded down mast just to the left of the radome.

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In the past six weeks, this ship has departed Shanghai and stopped at Oman and Algeria before calling in the sixth boro.

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I’ve been gallivanting a lot these days–with more to come.  This cargo ship was in the port of New Bedford two weeks ago.  Now it’s headed for Haiti.

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My money says she hauls fish.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

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