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Dutch Surprise 2 This blog has featured Dutch-built vessels permanently in North America before, like Livet (scroll thru a bit) and Golden Re’al.  There’s also a set of posts in September  2009 about a traditional  Dutch fleet transported to the these waters for a long month’s touristic sailing;  scroll through the “archives” on the lower leftside here […]

Dutch Surprise

Doubleclick to enlarge, and take this in by details . . . name on the forward portion of the cargo deck and house as well as profiles on the horizon.  Surprise at the end of the post. Consider this different vessel, Alblasserward by name. Short sea shipping has been figured out in Europe using vessels […]

Sailing Barges Up Close

I’m praying for perfect light on Sunday afternoon when a public viewing of the barges is scheduled on Governors Island.  PortSide NewYork offers this downloadable guide to the barges, Red Hook, and its Dutch history here.  If you have a chance to get there, the details of these vessels will reward you.  For this month […]

Sixth Boro Sailing Barges 2

Call this special edition:  too many time-sensitive fotos to ignore.  Many thanks to Dan B. for sharing the next three fotos (taken from high above the Colgate clock in Jersey City)  of Flinterduin entering port on Wednesday.    Notice the bright red paint on portside stern of Mary Whalen alongside the blue warehouses on the […]

Sixth Boro Sailing Barges

If you’re a new reader, I use “sixth boro” as a way to recognize the city space that IMHO deserves recognition as its own unitary name;  without the water, justification for the concentrations in the other five boroughs of New York City would disappear.  Hence, all the city water and  . . . extensions thereof […]

Sailing Barges Arrive

Let’s follow one aak from Flinterduin to the East River.  GroeneVecht, built in 1999, hangs in the slings. Notice the hull lines.  Dimensions are roughly 60′ by 20′.  Groene means green, and Vecht is the name of a river in Netherlands. I am fixated on leeboards, you may have noticed before. Once out of the […]

Dutch Mystery 2

Thanks to Fred . . . (happy canaling soon) here are more shots of the erstwhile mystery ship less than five miles by air from the GW Bridge, true but misleading.   Thanks also to Dar, who located the unlocatable Evershed book, it’s a Groninger tjalk. How it got to the Hackensack, I’ve no clue. […]

Dutch Mystery

Congratulations to Mitbok, whom I’ll paraphrase, who identified Fred‘s mystery vessel as an example of a “tjalk or wedstrijdskutse with its wide beam and flat bottom and very little tapering in bow and stern. Originally it sailed and was fitted with leeboards; today many have engines.” His Relief Crew post will appear soon. Dan was […]

Second Lives 16

Take a European canal/river barge . . . .  This one was built in 1963 in Moerbeke, Belgium, by Marinus Faasse.  He named it Leja, the portmanteau word for his parents’ names, Lena and Jacob. Here’s part of the text of an email I received today from Maja Faasse:  “Leja was the second motor barge my parents have […]

Non-Boro Tugs 4

Yesterday’s mystery location was the Italian port of Gaeta, which happens to be homeport for the Sixth Fleet.  Kudos to Jim for guessing in in comments;  yes . ..  others of you ID’d it via email and thanks.  The tugs shown there belong to the “rimorchiatori napoletani” fleet  (Salvage Tug San Cataldo (1986), 32,41×8,60×4,25, 3.090 […]