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Carnavalons 3

This is the grande finale, although you’ll notice I didn’t know when the finalization would  . . . finalize.  Spotters on the bow of the safety boat watch the canoeists through the snow squalls. And at 31 minutes after the start, the first boat  (Archibald micro brasserie) returning from the Lévis side comes into view, […]

Carnavalons 2

The premier event of Carnaval de Québec has become ice canoeing, a unique sport stemming from early French settlement along the St. Lawrence:  in summer boats connected the opposite sides of the river, and in winter sleds traversed, but during the times between, canoes alone could provide this contact.  The need for treacherous crossings ended after the introduction […]

Carnavalons 1

To start out, here’s the Groupe Océan dock in the old port of Quebec.   The large tug to the left is Ocean Taiga; its twin Ocean Tundra is to its right.  Here’s my article on the 8200 hp twins (118′ loa x 42′) in February 2018 issue of ProfessionalMariner. Question:  As the temperature range at […]

Old Year 2018

I’ve mentioned before about my people the Dutch celebrating “old years day” on December 31.   As the child of immigrants, I’m blessed by this one of many ways they see the world differently, a perspective I’m happy to share.  So here is a retrospective of the year, the result of a process of scanning […]

Lake Loop 9: More Milwaukee

What can you do with a 1953-built T-boat? Just about anything.  Since 1970, Neeskay has been UW-Milwaukee’s primary research vessel.  I hope to post more about her later. Joseph started brewing his fizzy water 169 years ago in Milwaukee. The Milwaukee River has numerous drawbridges. Frederick was brewing his five years earlier even than Joseph. Krista […]

Jetster Returns

Few things about flying rival “window seat,” as they complement my lifelong fascination with maps and, later, charts.  Of course, few things are as frustrating as realizing I’m sitting on the wrong side of the airplane and can’t just run to the other side.  Anyhow, let’s play a game of window seat IDs of photos […]

More Fishing Tugs 6

Happy fall equinox.  This seems as good a time as any to honor Poseidon with a photo parade of more fish tugs, to really challenge a segue. . . as is grouping Lady Kate with fishing tugs.  It appears she was built as passenger vessel G. A. Buckling II back in 1952, and is wearing […]

1914–1941 Floating Theater

I’m thrilled to discover entirely new stories, like this one, which I found after following up some info I’d seen on a historical marker sign in Bath, NC, a month ago.  Click here and scroll to see the historical marker.  I saw it briefly in the headlights but took no photos. When I googled “floating theater bath […]

1928 Fishing Trawler, etc.

A month and a half ago I posted photos here of Picton Castle as a freighter and a barque and only alluded to its previous incarnations as Swansea motorized fishing trawler and minesweeper.  Below is what she looked like as a minesweeper.  A crewman wrote:  “The minesweeper service lost more ships than any other branch […]

Other People’s Photos 51

Here’s a link to the series. Click anywhere on the photo below to see its provenance.  My question is .  . where and when was this photo taken? Here’s a closer up of the top portion of the photo.  And if you haven’t clicked on the photo above, I’ll tell you the source is a fine […]