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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 […]

From the Line Locker 36

Sometimes I’m conflicted about what to post, like today with too many competing stories, and we’ll start with news, and Cisne Branco, which translates as “white swan.”  The photo below shows Cisne Branco, a Brazilian Navy training vessel,  in the sixth boro in May 2012 for a sixth boro OpSail event.  Earlier this week, the […]

Labrador Sea No More

I have a bunch more “cypher 12” calendar-ready ideas to come, but time flows, changes and evolution press, and I don’t want to get left behind.  Again, I’m NOT selling calendars, but they are easy to make.   Back eight years ago I did a post called Labrador Sea.  There she is below, photos I […]

Hudson Downbound ’13b

To start part 2, I’ll go back upriver a bit to Esopus Island.  Craig Eric Reinauer with RTC 103 is anchored to the south.  Much of the Hudson has  associated with some unusual characters, both in fiction and in real life.  Esopus Island is no exception:  about a century ago it was the magical hideaway […]

Pilots 6

Know what’s different about the foto below?  Want to estimate the vintage of the vessel marked PILOT? Lots of things maybe, but before I answer that question from my POV here, let me recap.  This is my 2191 post in this blog, and usually I don’t count.  I just add fotos and text–usually with coffee […]

Government Ships 6

Here’s a mouthful:  behold the quite newly commissioned “French FREMM multi-mission frigate, Aquitaine.” The blue shed along her starboard side gives away the location . . .  that’s Red Hook .  .  . south end of  Brooklyn Bridge park. Here’s the sum of the parts, at sunrise this morning.  For a CGI walk through, click […]