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I knew TS Kennedy was in the Upper Bay, but I thought I’d just catch her at anchor.  Then I saw a puff of smoke and

she came around and

met us on a parallel course.

I know this is a digression, but don’t these lifeboats look a bit like well-rounded automobile bodies?

I got these pics I could as we passed

backlit thought they were on a hazy day . . . .

The 1967-launched ex-Velma Lykes, ex-Cape Bon, ex-TS Enterprise was first converted to a training ship about 20 years ago.

My first surprise was the flag banner, although I remembered then that there had been this arrangementGeneral Rudder had been through the sixth boro about a month ago.


I got these photos mid-morning yesterday, and

later in the day, not quite sunset, I checked their location on AIS and had my next surprise . . .

they had raced eastward on the Sound and were nearly past Orient Point making 16 kts!

Happy training.  This ship will be replaced in 2023….

All photos, WVD.

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