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Patty Nolan’s Travels

The first time I saw Patty was on the foto here (fifth one) although when Jed sent that foto, neither he nor I could identify it.    Ultimately I met Patty and her guardians (She accepts no other terms.)  About two years ago I had the good fortune of crewing for a similar tow.  Sunday […]

Refurbishing Patty Nolan

For info on the Patty Nolan bikini contest, click the small foto below. V-Day, Chinese New Year, and Mardi Gras @!@#@!! . . . within hours of each other …  makes this a special set of days.  Here’s my 2010 Mardi Gras post, quite different from 2009’s.   The vessel below is Patty Nolan, high […]

Checking Back 2015 c

Remember the logic in this series is . . . the first pic of the month and the last pic of the month . . . Early September found me still along the Acushnet . . .  Malena–as of this writing–is in Sierra Leone, having bounced around the Caribbean since departing New Bedford. By September’s […]

World’s End

World’s End is not some lamentation about the single digit temperatures we’ve seen in these parts;  it’s one of the great place names in the Hudson Highlands from 40 to 55 miles north of the the Statue.  Enjoy these summer/winter pics of this curve in the vicinity of World’s End.  West Point is just to […]

Landmarks 4

Here’s a previous post with this title. For anyone venturing upriver, no landmark is more intriguing than Pollepel Island, 50 miles north of the Battery.  But it’s changing.   Note this difference between these fotos I’ve taken over the past decade. 2003, as seen from the Channel, looking roughly east. Notice the lower wall and […]

How to Swim FROM a Tugboat

You may have seen this foto sequence yesterday of Orlando Duque diving from a helicopter near the Statue of Liberty?  Well . .  more on the foto below later in this post, but the diver here is in fact she who inspired my post today by her instructions on how to swim from a schooner […]

Solstice Post 1

First . . . around the boro, the light is beauteous enough to suspend a sense of time and obligation and stress and disappointment.  This side of the boro, though on duty, works the milder solstice. Lynx (1967, ex-Catherine Foss, Kainani) probably working with a dredging project, I’ve never seen here before. Discovery Coast glows. […]

Up the Hudson 2

The event is called Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival, so indeed, it’s a water festival, a river fest  started by a folksinger, now 93,  who cares deeply about the river that flowed past his birthplace.  A river festival means boats. Of course, Clearwater in the distance is the flagship of this festival, and the big sloop […]

Really Random Tugs 9

Maria J. Turecamo (1968)  and Hercules  (1961), side by side, and my psychic tells me Hercules may be about to set out on a long cold journey, over water.   Given the name, I’m inclined to wonder what Hercules 12 labors were/are and where on that list this journey fits. Scott Turecamo (1998) and Reinauer Twins (2011) wait with […]

Something Different 5

Well, maybe not that different, since I’m not reinventing myself.  But enjoy these fotos, and while looking at them, fugure out where you’ve seen this tug before on this blog.  Look carefully.  It took me about 30 seconds to recognize the red tug below as a more pristine version of a tug that appears here periodically.  Fotos […]