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Round Island Passage Farewell

Departure time meant we couldn’t watch Paul R. Tregurtha transit the passage on this brilliant day, but that’s life. On our way out, Corsair passed one more time with a load of hay . . .   My references here are inadequate to say whether Mackinac Islander, laid up here, was built in the same […]

Round Island Passage Splash

A combo of current and breeze makes for spectacular splash . . . And in a place of such clear water and natural beauty . . . it’s uplifting. Even with stolid lakers like John J. Boland and American Mariner, this interplay of forces makes a display. Small boats appear nearly submerged. x   This […]

From Round Island Passage 2

When you have a big horizon, unlike the case in my cliff dwelling near the sixth boro, sunrises make getting up and out a must. And when a laker–in this case RadcliffeR. Latimer seen illuminated by the first rays of dawn– shares it with you, start of day comes with a high.     Later […]

From Round Island Passage

Round Island is an uninhabited island between the islands of Mackinac and Bois Blanc.  Big traffic passes through a relatively narrow passage between Lake Superior and Lake Michigan. Edwin H. Gott transited recently.  Gott, as I’ve read, has a self-unloader boom longer than standard. Even at 280′ the boom looks small compared with the 1000′ […]

Issuma’s Journey Around

You may recall the schooner Issuma?  Click here for many of the posts featuring her and her skipper Richard Hudson.  She’s overwintering in the sixth boro after a truly remarkable voyage.  When he left northward from the sixth boro in the fall of 2010, inviting me to sail along as a Halloween ride, he eventually […]

Rounding Bergen Point 2

10:18  Note Shooters Island.  Charles D. McAllister is on port bow, out of sight.  An unidentified Vane unit (yellow front) stands off to allow the containership to round the bend.  Maurania III is on starboard near stern. Bergen Point is more than a 90-degree turn. 10:21  With the Zim ship through the turn, the Vane unit moves through.  The […]

Bright Lights 7

Today’s post goes up at the theoretical sunrise on the shortest day of the year in the sixth boro;  the solstice is here, and I’m grateful the days can’t get any shorter this year.  It’s 58 degrees (!!) but blustery, rainy right now, so there won’t be an observable sunrise.  Now we start moving back […]

Clyde S. VanEnkvort

I’ve seen this tug once . . . all in blue, DonJon blue.   Over the winter, though,, she changed hands and is now registered in Escanaba MI as Clyde S. VanEnkvort.  Clyde pushes Erie Trader, a 740′ barge with a 38,000-ton capacity. She’s a big ore barge. All photos by Will Van Dorp, at […]

TS Empire State VI Returns 2021

Welcome back from Summer Sea Term this year.  An FDNY boat provided a water display welcome on the far side of Governors Island, but my vantage point, as suggested by a SUNY grad, was Brooklyn Heights.  This was the view from the Esplanade and Pierrepont.  To see my perspective on previous occasions, click on 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 […]