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Buffalo to Port Weller

BFD’s fireboat Cotter is always a high point of a Buffalo visit, a Crescent Shipyard 1900 (!!) Elizabethport NJ product, aka the world’s oldest active fireboat.  Headed west for Port Colborne, we’re treated to beauty over SteelWinds.  As darkness looms, JW Cooper arrives to drop off a pilot. Imagine my dismay passing MRC after dark, […]

Equinox 5b

Given the glorious sunshine, the transition from summer to fall begs another series.  Let’s start with Maule,  2/3s of her escort, and a fraction of her crew. Following in Maule‘s wake, Helsinki Bridge arrives, here with half its escort. McKinley Sea traverses the Upper Bay and passes UBC Mobile. In the harbor was Cordula Jacob and […]

Equinox 5

Today’s a good day to return to this series I had going for a few years and now return to.  More Chrononauts in the next few days… But first, this vessel bringing in my favorite celebratory drink. The fabulous September weather has allowed this project to rush to completion.  Remember, tomorrow in early afternoon she goes on […]

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 […]

Random Tugs 162

Please read the El Faro Relief event notice at the end of this post.  TODAY is the deadline to sign up. It’s rained most of this week and last . . . and the forecast is the same for next week, but that just means sheltering (and wiping) the lens of the camera, as needed.   […]

From the Line Locker 16

Inquiring minds have demanded more context . . . to Whatzit 16.  It’s called Harvest Dome, SLO Architecture‘s fun art project, which is intended to float in the Gowanus near 3rd and 3rd til late Spring 2014 on the watery side of this place.  Here are some fotos of the trip from Governors Island to […]

Random Tugs 78

The latest equinox is upon us, leading us to ways of celebrating it . . . making a “value-added” NOT tax but event.  For some,   it’s World Storytelling Day!  I like that.  It’s a huge improvement over last week’s “Talk Like a Sea-going Thug” day that lots of folks mark.  What I wonder is why someone  […]

Equinox 4

My intended title here was something like “….so I thought I’d get out early this morning and take some fotos of the harvest moon setting, but the morning arrived all foggy in the sixth boro…”  but that would have been been too long, even though everything I just said is true. Practically the first thing […]

Equinox 3b

Literally it means “equal night.”   NOX has lots of associations.  More Hestia soon, I promise. Half-half symmetricality, or almost so; dark and light . . .  river and land . . .  fog and clarity; summer cedes the stage to fall. Time to think of harvests, baskets, thanksgiving;  Sam Plimsoll marked just how full […]

Pegasus Refloated

Let’s start with a mystery shot.  Whatzit?   Answer below. Drydock #8 at Caddell  looked like this around 2:45 yesterday.  It had looked this way, in broad brush strokes, for over a week. Since lunch, the last part of the prop was wirewheeled and these numbers–a maintenance record–stamped into the wheel were revealed.  Unfortunately, this […]