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Second Lives 28

Launched in 1973 as Amy Moran, she has spent 47 years by that name . . . . her 3400hp responding to that name, right up until now. New paint jobs and new locations . . . meet John Joseph. I suspect she’ll be heading out of town soon, and receiving more paint. AIS already […]

Second Lives 27

This post is front-loaded with photos, text heavy at the end . . .  .   Have you seen this boat before?     The name is new, as is the livery. And in a previous lifetime it was  . . Patapsco!  Below that’s a photo of Patapsco I took on September 2, 2007!!  After […]

Second Lives 26: Louis C

On April 11, 2008, I took this photo of lube tanker Manhasset.  I don’t believe I’ve posted this photo before.  I did post two others here. The set below shows the same vessel a bit over 11 years later, with a crane added near the bow and an extended supply shelter forward of the superstructure. […]

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 […]