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Cast Closeups 3

Here’s the engine order telegraph and a bit of uniform.  Guess the vessel?  Doubleclick enlarges fotos. Here’s more signage.  Identification later in the post. And a closeup of the topsail furling system of Etoile, one of the French schooners. More brass and brightwork on Etoile. And the guard of the passerelle. Not far away, crew […]

Cast Closeups 2

It had just finished pouring in Red Hook, 8 a.m.  Here, looking SW are the two French schooners (l to r) Etoile and La Belle Poule, RFA Argus beyond extending overtop of the warehouse, Cuauhtemoc, Pohjanmaa  now departed, and the bowspit of Elcano. Virgin of Guadalupe adorns the jibboom tip of Cuauhtemoc. This HAS to […]

Cast Closeups 1

I’m slowing this down;  yesterday I posted a record-setting 32 fotos, if I counted right.   And I’m making this personal, dedicating this to my wonderful Colombian and Ecuadorian students and to my Indonesian relatives. Gloria is the official flagship of the Colombia Navy, based in Cartagena.  Yes, we’ve heard too much about some malfeasance […]

Cast

Doubleclick enlarges most fotos.  Few words here, but lots of fotos of the cast that has now converged.  Count them . . . five here and one more here, along with OOCL Kuala Lumpur in the distance, a lube tanker servicing an oil tanker closeup, and a dredger  in the distance to the right. From […]

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 […]

Sixth Boro Fifth Dimension Mon Lei

Recall that “fifth dimension” is my code for the time travel series;  call it history if you wish. In 1968–50 fast years ago!!–  Mon Lei, which transited the harbor last weekend, was more of a presence.  All photos here come from Steve Munoz, who writes:  “I saw your post and remembered seeing a Chinese junk at the […]

Hudson Downbound ’18b

Pre-foliage spring is optimal time for seeing the landmarks along the Hudson.  This one is near Wilderstein (scroll), but I’d never seen it before. Esopus Meadows cannot be missed either down bound or up.  Get on the wrong side, and you’ll regret ever being here. Click here for tugster posts showing the light in all […]

Hudson Downbound ’18a

Here’s a Hudson down bound set of three posts I did five years ago, in a different season. This trip starts at Scarano’s just south of Albany, where a crew picked up excursion boat Kingston for delivery to Manhattan.   Last fall after delivery up bound, I posted these landmarks. Spirit of Albany (1966), operated […]

Fight ALS

Overcast warm winter days . . . they’re not give relief but also present interesting light. Two tugs and the large barge approached, and truth be told, when I first saw the scene above I thought I might be looking at Millville pushing 1964.  Alas no. I love this portal created in this light . […]

Merry Christmas 2017

Well, the season is wrong and the implement over the right shoulder belies merriment, but the hat and beard are almost right . . . The colors here are festive, but  . . . it’s not right. Floating here in a TowBoatU.S. water sled “pushed” by 150 horses past Boldt Castle . . . or […]