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Blue Marlin Update 2 Plus

Today’s update on the loading of Blue Marlin–rumored to happen today–is that there’s no update, other than more prep work.  Maybe tomorrow?  Clearwater passed to check progress.  Technical question:  does Blue Marlin have dynamic positioning system to keep it stable while loading happens? So, let me catch you up on Saturday’s water portion of the […]

Blue Marlin Update

Whatzit?!! Here’s a bit more context.  The sun shone for only a few minutes this morning, and after that drizzle was steady, and distance was far, so your imagination may be called upon.    Blue Marlin is orange and –uh–colossal, elephantine.  If any vessel should be called a whale, this is it.  And maybe the […]

A Tale of Two Marlins

On July 25, I gave a presentation to New York Ship Lore and Model Club along with Rick Spilman, Carolina Salguero, Jonathan Atkin, and Ed Fanuzzi. Here is my slide show. Enjoy! Click the “full screen” button to view a larger format and manually control slide-advance speed. I previously posted on Blue Marlin in “Like […]

Groundhog 3.5: Falcon and Marlin

Looking northward from Staten Island, here was my first view of Maltese Falcon under sail yesterday;  it looked as if someone had photoshopped Cutty Sark heeled over into a routine sixth boro scene, complete with a Staten Island ferry. And the helicopter . . . makes it look like filming of a scene from Pirates of […]

Retro Sixth Boro 38 A

It’s June, and I’m starting my 176th month doing tugster.  Wow!  how many hours might I have put into this now?  June 2011 saw some interesting sailboats and boats.  This post mentions only a few and covers the first half of the month. The Dyna-rigged Maltese Falcon was in town, sailing at 20 kts across […]

Retro Sixth Boro 37 B

I’m away from the sixth boro, so here’s another from the vault, archived May 2011.  Twin Tube back then still had her lighter stick.  Lichtenstein now sails as Mr Tigris.  Sand Master, the sand miner, had not yet gone to South America. A company called K-Sea still existed, and Norwegian Sea still sailed. The 1976 […]

Retro Sixth Boro 37 A

May Day!  It’s a busy day without access to my archives.  May 2011 . . .  Urger in Lyons NY, waiting for the dry dock to flood. Back in the sixth boro, it’s Elk River and Siberian Sea…eastbound at Con Hook, and   near the same location, it’s Lincoln Sea and Eastern Dawn, both westbound. […]

Retro Sixth Boro 6

. . . and beyond.  Let’s start with August 7, 2008 . . . up by the Iroquois lock of the Seaway.  And Canadian Provider . . .  well . . . in 2013 she was towed to Aliaga as OVI, and scrapped. Note that she’s a straight-decker . . . no self-unloading gear. August […]

Midsummer 2

It’s been a while since the first in this series . . . and to convince you to look at that link, here’s another photo I took the same day below. See the Seatow with a dead houseboat? Midsummer is a state of mind that resists mustering up and focusing energy.  Janis Joplin’s “Summertime” comes […]

BOLO Combi Dock 1

This may be the one to look for, the one to satisfy the restless Peking,  transport her back to Germany. It’s not fake news, but I am speculating.   Combi Dock 1 . . . might be the one, even though it’s currently approaching Singapore.  For more vessels of their fleet, click here. For some previous heavy lift […]