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Something Different 44

I think I read this story right . . .  NYPD got called in for an unruly large group of champagne brunch passengers.  Excessive alcohol was involved . . .  BEFORE the champagne brunch.  What!@#!? On youtube, there’s a whole series of these CRAZY Boating Fails . . . . Then there are Darwin Award […]

Random Tugs 263

This post, beginning with Miriam Moran juxtaposed with downtown Newark NJ, is intended to demonstrate just how diverse the sixth boro is, in terms of vessels and shorelines. Has Miriam been in the sixth boro all of its 40-year career? Ernest Campbell is 10 years older than Miriam, and did the better part of a […]

Government Boats 51

Local government boats  . . .  NYPD actually are out all year ’round training, patrolling, for whatever purpose.  If I were differently ambitious, I’d develop a crime fighter television series based on the lives and work of the marine unit of the NYPD.  But one impediment to fulfilling that goal is that I know very […]

Small Craft 20

It’s the first full day of spring, which means that soon many more small craft will operate on the sixth boro, yet all winter long, many small boats never leave. If this is a Class A 25′ SAFE Defender boat, it may have entered service in 2002.   I’ll be back with this. Here are […]

Small Craft 19

Here are previous iterations of this title. Well, in fresh water like the Upper Saint Lawrence, they look like this, from a photo by Jake Van Reenen. In salt water, even small outboard work year round.  There are boom boats, patrol boats, more boom boats, clam-digging boats, small island supply boats, fishing boats, police boats, […]

Government Boats 48

I’ve posted photos of USS Little Rock on this blog last winter, when it was frozen rock hard into the Montreal winter.  Its lines helped me identify these vessels some weeks back as I was driving along the eastern shore of Wisconsin, where I had stopped to see what was in the Marinette Marine yard; […]

Best of Mermaids 2

The parade–rain or shine–starts with music, specifically the bass drum played by founder Dick Zigun, accompanied by whatever ensemble pulled together. But there’s so much more music.  Batala New York is among my favorites;  hear them here but turn volume way up to replicate how they sound on the street.   Gypsy Funk Squad is another […]

Government Boats 45

Who even knew such a vessel as Integrity existed?  I can imagine all manner of things they dive for.  Here’s more info on requirements and job description. Unrelated, the East River gets shut down sometimes if high profile traffic travels through the heliport.  One such event happened about a week ago.   Here besides two (of […]

SUNY Sea Term 2017 Ends

Click here for previous SUNY sea term posts.  I’m grateful to SUNY for an invitation to ride along from the Upper Bay to the SUNY Maritime campus yesterday.  What a homecoming this must be for the cadets, and their friends and families. Families and friends were already there off Staten Island. For cadets–aka college students–the […]

Fleetest Responders

The little-used adjective fleet is appropriate here.   And when something goes amiss in the diverse workplaces of the sixth boro, it’s great to have the fleetest responders there are. The amusement park on the beach in the background identifies the location as Coney Island.  In fact, the responders towed the vessel out to deeper water […]