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Second Lives 25 Update

What’s that vessel in light battleship gray primer? She’s been cleaned right down to the bilge . . . Recognize this riveted hull? There’s a William Francis Gibbs design surrounded by that 900-ton travel lift. Here’s the new look bow, profile, and stern. In new paint and old colors, it’s Fire Fighter. Here’s a note […]

Second Lives 25

I took the photo below in spring 2012 on the event of 343‘s arrival in the sixth boro.  It shows (from far to near) FDNY’s John D. McKean, Kevin C. Kane, and Firefighter.  None of these vessels is currently owned by FDNY.  McKean has gone upriver to be converted into a museum, Kane has gone […]

Second Lives 24

Stuff changes.  You’ve heard that before.  And it always will.  Jeffrey Lin captures that in his way. Aleksandr Mariy shows this in another way, which I’ve been trying to do with “second lives” posts. Here’s his set of drawings of what is today the tall ship Avatar, built in 1941, currently gearing up for the […]

Second Lives 23

I’ve taken this photo from Facebook, on a thread started by Aleksandr Mariy.  He wondered what it was. Look at the stern, the shape of the house, and the bow apart from the upper bulwarks shaped up to and around the bowsprit. Speculation in that thread was  and I change the words slightly and add […]

Second Lives 22

Take a fishing trawler built in 1928 and converted to a minesweeper some 10 years later.  After the war, convert it into a North Sea freighter, which then crosses the Atlantic to Kingston NY, where the photo below was taken.  To digress, I recognize Matilda (click and scroll)  on the hard behind the freighter but have […]

Second Lives 21

Here are previous posts under the category second lives, a designation I use for vessels that are significantly modified from one owner or role to another. The approaching vessel in the next two shots–which I took on the Erie Canal west of Three Rivers in September 2014–show Grand Erie, the newest (built 1951!!) and largest tug […]

Second Lives 20

Here’s the index on previous second lives posts.  I use “second lives” for what land folk call “adaptive reuse.”  It strikes me that there may be more instances of repurposing re-design and -engineering on water than on land, but that’s may just be my opinion. But first, I thought to call this “pre-boomed” to follow […]

Second Lives 19

Here were the previous ones . . . and I recently corrected a duplicate number. Salvage Chief, by the first half of its name, is involved in giving second lives to vessels that have seen seen distress.  For photos of many projects she has been involved in, including the Exxon Valdez, click here. For more […]

Second Lives 18

This hull was called Melvin E. Lemmerhirt for almost 40 years.  I took the photo below in 2007, as she passed in front of a then very different piece of Brooklyn land’s edge. Here’s how the vessel looks now, known as Evelyn Cutler, maybe good for another 40 years? Evelyn‘s fleet mate looked like this […]

Second Lives 17

Click here for an index of previous second lives posts.  Reinventions are everywhere, but I have a hunch that the Caribbean offers an especially rewarding search area for second acts, third acts, and the number goes on.  Take a vessel named Azores.   I’d never heard of it before, but . . . suppose I […]