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Salt 16

Two bulk carriers are currently in the sixth boro having come directly from a very salty area in the north of Chile, more than a 1000 miles north of the coastal city of Valparaíso. One of them is Albatross Island, an ultramax bulker from the huge Pacific Basin fleet. She was launched in 2010 as […]

Where in the World is IQ UQR?

I had planned something else for today, but then I noticed Sheila, and I caught such an intriguing detail that I decided to postpone the other post.  An update shows her as departing Ambrose Anchorage and heading to Coeymans.  As of posting, she’s passing the Palisades.   Sheila is a fairly new (2016) bulk carrier. […]

Ports of Western Mexico 3

Quick . ..  name the oldest (or first) verifiable European settlement in current US territory?  Answer follows. Giovanni da Verrazzano visited the bay that became the sixth boro in 1524 but he didn’t settle. This is the port of Guaymas, visited and claimed for Spain in 1539 by Francisco de Ulloa.  I can’t tell you […]

Something Different 49*

*I could have called this “ports of ___” because I’m not telling you yet where this unexpected location is.  Not yet.  Tomorrow. These photos were sent to me yesterday.  And I’m asking for your help if you chose, later in this post. Here are the wares delivered by the “french bakery” boat. In tomorrow’s post, […]

Name that Port 1 Response

Thanks for your patience; this follows up the post from two days ago.  The port is Boston, the date is November 1960, and the fleet tied up at the T wharf.  Luna, pictured below, is still extant; the others . . . I believe are all gone. Above in the distance and below, that’s Orion. […]

Name that Port 1

For some of you this will be very easy.  Where was this photo taken and approximately what date? Photo was taken by Allan Seymour.  He sent more, which I’ll post on another day. Previously I’ve done a series called ports of [the world], which I’m always looking to add to if you wish to collaborate. Also, coming […]

Ports of Western Mexico 2

Here was the first installment of this, and who knows where this will go. Congratulations to Mage and Linda and anon who recognized the location almost as soon as I put up yesterday’s post.  Les, I don’t have a calendar yet, but I’ve already re-read the Steinbeck and Ricketts log. I don’t know how the […]

Whatzit 43 Redux

This overcast day contributed to photos that appear to gray-out all but the range of bronze, red, and orange.  But what is this cargo and why is the title here a “redux”? Here’s a closeup and an even closer up.  I counted a total of 14 of these Kalmar straddle carriers aka straddlers on deck. […]

Ports of Western Mexico

Quick question:  What is Mexico’s leading port?  How about, several western Mexico ports?  Given all the TV coverage of Mexico, you’d think we would all know these things.  I don’t have a TV and read, but I did not know the name of this port. Here’s a photo of Mexico’s largest port as seen from […]

Random Tugs 286

All photos here were taken less than an hour after sunrise.  It’s commonly known that the golden hour is the best time for photos.   Mary Turecamo also headed out for morning work, not that this is anything but a 24/7 essential schedule. HMS St Andrews arrives with sunrise on its back. Has the HMS […]