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12 Lights b

The answer to the question in part a of this series is  . . .   Faro San Giorgio Maggiore, “faro” meaning “light.”  And today, the winter solstice, with only 9 hours and 15 minutes of daylight in the sixth boro,  has to be the best time to do another post about lighthouses. Before we get […]

12 Lights a

Ever wonder how a lighthouse gets fresh paint?  Carl Behrend paints them from a bosun’s chair.  This particular light–Seul Choix— is located on the south side of Michigan’s UP.   It turns out, he’s also a singer-songwriter who has written a song about this light.  The only way you can get to this light is […]

Lights Near Bear Mountain Bridge

Crossing Bear Mountain Bridge the other afternoon–it’s December–I saw this light for the first time. A bit later on the east side of the River, I pulled off at the “scenic overlook” because I knew this tug and barge were approaching, southbound.  See the same star near the ridge line, directly above the flat snow-covered […]

12 Riverbank Landmarks

Framed by the new towers at Hudson Yards, this is NYC of an era, but still visible today, and the best vantage point is, of course, the water.  The Empire State Building and the New Yorker Hotel were completed within a year of each other.  One of these days I need to make time to […]

Go West 12

We had a long transit from Detroit to Mackinac, so here are a lot of photos, starting with Federal Kumano and Ambassador Bridge in the distance; passing steel operations,     and the mailboat Westcott. Near central Detroit a pilot boards Federal Kumano from Huron Maid. Entering Lake St. Clair, we pass Philip R. Clarke,  […]

1963 Lightship

What better vessel to post about on the winter solstice than a lightship.  Here, here, and here are some previous ones. This particular lightship I saw east of Rotterdam in May 2014. It’s not particularly old, so I hope it’ll be a reminder in dark times into the distant future. Here’s part of the story. […]

1907 Lightship

Here and here are previous posts that feature this vessel, LV-87 Ambrose.  The first two photos below come from Birk Thomas in late winter 2012, as Ambrose was finishing up some yard work and then in March headed back to South Street Seaport Museum.  I took the remaining photos, the one below as the lightship […]

Sixth Boro Lights December 2013

The foto below is Nellie Crockett, a 1925-6 Tangier Island “buy boat” that may never have cleaved sixth boro waters, but–used with permission here from the FB page Chesapeake Bay Buy Boat–certainly conveys the notion of a workboat decorated for the end-o-year holidays. The rest of these fotos come courtesy of Justin Zizes, taken earlier […]

East River Delights 4

Here were 1,  2, and 3.  Looking back, my favorite of those three is number 1.  So what are the delights of the East River, other than my longstanding fixation on this aggregate carrier . . . ? Well, clearly I’m not the only one who recognizes how delightful Alice’s presence in the sixth boro […]

Bright Lights 5

Here were 4, 3, 2, and last but not least enlightening 1. And where’s this? Let’s spiral outward a few. A noteworthy woman once lived here, you know  . . .  the . . . Germany-born Kate. See more here on the Noble Maritime Collection site.  Noble is the steward of the light and is seeking […]