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Ashore 6

From the site . .. these screen shots . . . call this dragged off . . .  Check the main site here. I’m wondering now if she’ll live to sail again.  Read more at  And still more detail can be found at saltaire38.

Ashore 5

Day 24, midmorning  . . . fog reduced visibility to half mile or less along the beach and tower, and given my dose of Christian upbringing, I hoped I would tell a resurrection story, but alas, as I got close, Le Papillon still rode the swells of sand, piloted by wishful thinkers. Moving on beach […]

Ashore 4

It’s 1430 hours, April 17.  Day 17 of Papillon‘s misery.   Click here on Saltaire38’s blog for fotos a few hours earlier . . . at high tide, showing Le Papillon awash.   Here was Day 10.  After yesterday’s blow with gusts over 25 mph, I was curious.   So was that mallard, not to inject a […]

Ashore 3

Fishing vessel Sharon Ann is not coming ashore, nor is she–as I’d hoped while approaching Le Papillon–here as offshore muscle to drag her off. Hatches are sealed, but here, on Day 10, she remains, sanded in. I wish I had better news.  Fotos by Will Van Dorp on April 10 midmorning.  

Ashore 2

I’d hoped to see movement today, but no news.  Just weather.  Fotos taken at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Day 5 Hightide’s fury pounded it so hard that it did move, but like a horse with a broken leg trying to stand. I kept my distance, but I wondered about the size of openings where water geysers […]


on Hell Beach.  I don’t feel comfortable telling the location or identity.  All are safe, but heart-broken. It’s not just about the loss of a large steel Colvin pinky schooner.  Rather it’s about lost dreams, abandoned hopes, and disappointment.  One moment is glorious, and the next days and weeks will be wrenching pain. All fotos […]

Virtual Erie Canal 6W: Watkins Glen back to the Junction

Yesterday we ended at a junction in the canal near red number 4 on the map below,  Montezuma NY.  Today we start about 50 miles mostly south at the southern end of Seneca Lake, at the town of Watkins Glen, at the balloon and red number 1.  This map clearly shows the Finger Lakes area.  […]

Virtual Erie Canal 5W: Lyons to Montezuma

I grew up less than 10 miles from this very location, in Wayne County, and having seen the whole system, I’ll suggest that, from the water, Wayne seems the most rural county transited by the canal, and that’s just description, not criticism.  Interesting to me is the fact that familiarity makes it hard for me […]

Freshwater Ice 2

I started this series yesterday to complement the Clyde S VanEnkvort article.  Without the crewman below, you might have difficulty identifying what this shows. It’s the bow of Erie Trader after a night on Lake Superior. The photo below shows the location from which I shot the photo above.  Note how calm the cold waters […]

Random Ships Along the St. Lawrence 7

As mid-autumn displays her beauty at the approach to the Beauharnois Canal in the Seaway, my excitement spiked upon seeing MV Sinaa. Sister ship to Nunalik, Sinaa was certain to be carrying specialized cargo delivery gear.  Here’s the rest of the NEAS fleet.  NEAS expands to Nunavut Eastern Arctic Shipping. For the difference between Nunavut […]