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Happy Independence Day Cargo

The photo below I took on January 19, 2017.  What does it possibly have to do with July 4, 2021? Do you recall the questions at the end of this post from not quite a month ago? I quote from the Moran FB page:  “Lady Liberty’s ‘Little Sister’ departed France on June 23rd, taking the […]

From the Line Locker 30

Have you read or heard references to a “trackless sea” or “trackless deep”?  Last night I was looking a “whole ocean” views of traffic.  Notice the magenta stream?  Recall that the magenta arrowheads show recreational vessels.  The green (cargo ships) and red (tanker) arrowheads seem much more random, but the magenta . . . pink […]

Retro Sixth Boro 51

Happy independence day.  While taking your coffee break, give this document signed by fallible but brave men 246 years ago a read…. I took these photos a decade ago on a memorable night in the sixth boro. Later I posted my first “illuminations” post, reprising language from one of the 56 signers of that document, […]

Liberty Promise

Serendipity is as scintillating as any fireworks. And I hope today’s post is an illustration . . . .  Can you make sense of the photo below? A car carrier came into the sixth boro less than a week ago, and I happened to be in a place that afforded this perspective.  Just luck.  It […]

Illuminations 3

It thrills me that use of fireworks to celebrate our Independence dates to this note by John Adams to his wife Abigail:  ” … the occasion should be commemorated ‘with Pomp and Parade, with [Shows], Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward […]

Flags of Convenience 4

That declaration . . . it’s good to read it now and again, especially these days.  And since I choose to post at noon, this post will be up for half the holiday, even if the holiday is NOT the actual date the document was signed. In civilian life, flags are freely displayed, without compulsion. […]

Illuminations 2

Happy 4th of July!  Here’s the first post by this title with a story of what John Adams wrote Abigail around this time 241 years ago. So why do we celebrate this day?  Uh . . . the British surrendered?  It marks the first battle for independence? We got freedom to say what we want, […]

Duluth Ship Canal 2

Around 1000 the other day, Walter J. McCarthy Jr. headed outbound through the Canal.   Let’s suppose she was loaded to capacity, 78,850 tons of Western coal. Again . . . 1000′ x 105′ heads out into the lake. I’m sure I heard the woman there say to her child, “Let’s wave at daddy.”   […]

L’Hermione & Independence Day

First, for a focused statement on the importance of this vessel and Lafayette on US independence, click here  . . . from a Portland Maine publication.   More on Lafayette, click here, but skip the partisan dribble in paragraphs 3–6.  Also, here. Most of the photos in this post I took on July 1, by […]

Thanks to Steve Munoz 18

This batch of photos is from 1958 from Steve, who has shared photos for at least 17 posts, and maybe more. I’m grateful Steve provides the captioning, because I was in second grade at the time.  Steve explains:  “I was just over 10 years old, and although being brought up on the water on my […]