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Something Different 55

There’s something unusual about the vessel coming in with the assistance of Miriam Moran. See what it is? Maybe I should say this vessel is a veritable unicorn.  Thai script is unusual. I read the Thai writing system is based on Old Khmer. She draws a little over 20′ if I read this right. The […]

Something Different 54 b

Since we’re at models, recall this post from two years ago with photos of a diorama in France depicting the sixth boro with a model of a Moran tugboat, the Statue, and a liner. These photos come from Steve Munoz, who tells this story: “model schooner Evelyn, about 3 feet long, built in early 1900s […]

Something Different 54 a

Sailing ships in bottles . .  . here are a few by Alex Bellinger. I’ve heard them called “patience bottles” and “impossible bottles.” But how many of these have you seen, tugs in bottles? Alex, whom I’ve know for 30 years, writes:  “the tugs are for my  older brother, who worked on tugs out of […]

Something Different 53 b

This happens to be the 1953 Hobo, but any boat single, twin, triple, or quadruple looks like this when first hauled out. And here . . . after a shave and haircut,and some good pomade.  She’s 38′ 12′. The unicorn here is W. O. Decker, 1930, wooden-hulled. She’d been power washed but was waiting for […]

Something Different 53

Recently I got a request for something on single screw tugs.  Ask . .  and receive, from the archives. May 1, 2011  . .  the 1901 Urger was on the dry dock wall in Lyons looking all spiffy.  A month later, she’d be miles away and alive. On March 19, 2010, the 1907 Pegasus had […]

Something Different 52

I hope this post elucidates what goes on in this photographer’s mind while taking photos, and later at home–in my own type of darkroom–while examining the “catch,” so to speak. I’d seen these mergansers swim by while I was waiting for a ship. Two minutes after that . . . in my zoom, I could […]

Something Different 51

I copied this photo from what has been a very influential book  for me, Portrait of a Port: Boston 1852–1914, compiled and annotated by W. H. Bunting.  More on that later.    I hope Mr. Bunting sees this post as a hat tip to his works, especially this book and Steamers, Schooners, Cutters, Sloops:  The Marine […]

Something Different 50

This follows such “something different” posts as Whatzit 41 and 39, Something Different 48 and Irene Aftermath 1 and 2.  If you’re not familiar with the color coding, blue is for passenger vessels, pink is personal vessels, and aqua is tugboats.  A circle means anchored or moored and an arrow means underway.   These two […]

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, […]

Something Different 48

Before the internet and interactive maps of all sorts, I covered my walls with maps and studied atlases.  I’ve moved along with some technological modifications.  Recently when a friend reported a planned trip to Guinea Conakry, I was looking at various ships in the offing there, and saw this notation below for STI Onyx.   […]