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Something Different 64

If I knew then (pick a date in the past) what I know now, I’d do things differently.  This is a universal story involving 20/20 hindsight.  In this specific case, I’d have used the tag “Great Loop” whenever it would have applied.  In less than a short nine minutes, you can meet an unforgettable guy, […]

Something Different 63

Philadelphia Express came into the sixth boro yesterday with stated destination . . . . Karachi!@#!  Made a wrong turn?  More on Karachi later in this post. But here’s my question . . .  see that flag to the left of the name?  That’s the country of registry.  Recognize it? Here’s more of a clue […]

Something Different 62

Here are the previous 61.  A novel idea is floating in the East River, or was. My spin on it is this.  Name three of your favorite “maritime” books, or works, to put into a maritime collection of books . . .  Don’t overthink it . . . they can be obvious or obscure or […]

Something Different 61

Here’s the source for this photo and info below.  My question is . . . where might it be now.  I have no answer. This is only a portion of the history you’ll find if you click(ed) on the link in the paragraph above. A friend just sent this.  Guess the location?  Full Steam‘s the […]

Something Different 60

Let’s try this:  which boat and where.  Some of you will quickly identify the tugboat and a bit later say the location.  Some of you might guess the company by the color of the tug.  Others of you will have no association at all. I took these photos Tuesday of this week.   The boat […]

Something Different 59

See the draft numbers? Here‘s a good definition of and discussion of their usages.  I pay attention to these just because I’m a curious layperson. These appear in multiple locations around the hull because draft varies longitudinally. The markings here I’ve read near the stern, as below, or the bow. This bulk carrier had discharged […]

Something Different 58

This photo was taken from the parking lot on the Belt Parkway, a half mile east of the VZ Bridge looking toward the Coney Island Light.  See the ship?   It’s the speck on the horizon almost dead center of the photo.  How far away would you guess it to be? A few seconds later, […]

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Here’s a mystery, a 1919 UK-built tug named G. W. Rogers that sank in Rensselaer in December 1987.  Click on the photo itself to get more info. The mystery is this:  which floating crane raised it and what became of it later? Next mystery:  what became of the wooden floating drydock that used to be […]

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Thanks to Isaac Pennock, who took this photo on the hard in Muskegon MI.  The name Joel B and the port of registry New York is recognizable in the metal. Does anyone remember Joel B in NY?   She’s not large, 30- to 40′ and a beam of less than 15′, wide load sign notwithstanding. […]

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 […]