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Like Groundhog Day 6

It’s day 24 for Blue Marlin in the the ever-fascinating sixth boro, and I had NO intention to pick up this thread again, since I’d gone down to the Narrows today expecting a story about a certain three-masted schooner, which I hope to get to soon . . .   as that story emerges from […]

Like Groundhog Day 5

The tide turns, literally.  More fotos will follow. By 6:13 this morning, the first set of barges (BFT 38 ? and RTC 41) had just been loaded. At 6:37, the second set ( BFT 50 and Putnam ) was drifting into position. At 6:51, this second set was slipping in ahead of the supports. For over an […]

Like Groundhog Day 4

Note:  See Blue Marlin herself in drydock in Korea here. Day 19 . . . for Blue Marlin in the sixth boro.  I arrive at my new vantage point at 7:11 a.m.  John Reinauer is already tied in, forward starboard side. Dean floats in nose to John.  Samantha holds Janice Ann in the foreground left. Am […]

Like Groundhog Day 3

Given the title, what do you think happened?  By 6 a.m., all six tugboats were assembled, looking almost like the start of a tugboat race. By 6:30, Maverick was in position. Good progress was happening with loading, but we struggled to find the best position for ourselves . . .  relative to the sunlight.  Staten […]

Like Groundhog Day 2.5

Note to Kees Kuyper . . . “your foto on page 18 here of New York from the bridge of Blue Marlin is fabulous!  Please take more during your stay in New York.” Note to all blog readers . . . scroll through to the top of p. 18 to see Kees’ foto. What follows is […]

Like Groundhog Day 2

Note:  Doubleclick enlarges most pics.  Don’t know if I should keep saying this. 5:25 this morning . . . Buono Beach in Rosebank was the appropriate place to be on a Memorial Day weekend as well as the opportune spot to watch the big event on Blue Marlin; the  motley crew of photographers sat and […]

Like Groundhog Day

. . . the movie.  I’d thought to call this “getting closer to Rita” or DDSS.  Why?  Scuttlebutt had it that today was loading day, so I left home before 6, and the big orange back of Blue Marlin was still riderless.  Otherwise, things were not the same but very similar to yesterday.  Same people […]

Groundhog 3.5: Falcon and Marlin

Looking northward from Staten Island, here was my first view of Maltese Falcon under sail yesterday;  it looked as if someone had photoshopped Cutty Sark heeled over into a routine sixth boro scene, complete with a Staten Island ferry. And the helicopter . . . makes it look like filming of a scene from Pirates of […]

12 Tugboats a

Kudos to Ginger, who guessed what the anniversary alluded to yesterday was.  Today begins year 12 of this blog.  So in the midst of all the references to CYBER- this and that, I’ll be my default contrarian self and call the next series a CYPHER series, lots of posts beginning with the number 12.  In […]

Random Ships 40

Right around this time four years ago, I saw my first dockwise vessel in the sixth boro and the loading process was lengthy.  There’s a link at the end of this post, by which time you’ll understand why I bring that up. For now,  imagine what’s to the right of Smit Panther and Smit Schelde, […]