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Something Different 70

Try this: a cruise from Buenos Aires to . . . Milwaukee!! These folks are currently doing it. Below is my screen capture as they were leaving the sixth boro.   Here‘s my blog post of them along the west side of Manhattan. Post by the robots as WVD is away.

Something Different 69

I had a different post prepared and queued up for today, but then I watched one of the most recent episodes of Sal Mercogliano’s  “What the Ship…” and saw a 37-minute interview Sal did with Madeleine Wolczko, a US merchant mariner currently stuck in a shipyard in Shanghai.  That remarkable interview led me to an […]

Something Different 68

If you have the Marinetraffic app on your phone, you might recognize this.  Note the info on destination for Driftmaster, a USACE debris collector in the sixth boro.  “No place” is what is usually displayed.  It might just as well say “wherever debris is.” These next screens are already out of date:  by now, H. […]

Something Different 67 C

Parts A and B are here.  Today’s post concludes this story of my Congo River trip, 1973. Wednesday midday the ITB and all the barges finally stopped for the first time in a place called Bolobo. No dock per se existed, but the lead starboard barge was near enough the bank that long planks were […]

Something Different 67 B

Part A was  here.  Here is the start of the actual trip on the Integrated Tug Barge (ITB) that led to this blog. Giant pusher tugs like the ITB Major Vangu were sometimes referred to as K-boats, because they ran between key river cities of Kinshasa and Kisangani. Waterfalls above Kisangani and below Kinshasa blocked […]

Something Different 67 A

How did I get interested in tugboats?   Here is an autobiographical and long response, even though it’s only part 1 of 3, or in this case, A of A B C.   Bear with the scintillating prose, but I possess nary a single photo from this period. To answer the frequently asked question above,  I’ve […]

Something Different 66

Someone asked a question about nomenclature the other day and it may have been on FB.  The name I know is “shipside door,” and it appears to be used in cases that the pilot’s ladder would exceed 9 meters (29.5′).  In that case the pilot would enter/depart the ship via the shipside door. Sometimes a […]

Something Different 65

I traveled RT by air last week, and as usual, tried to spot landmarks, entertainment for the map fan that I am.  Mount Vernon is how the smart phone labels it.  I’d call it a view of Mobile Bay at dusk, looking south. I concur with the phone that this is New Orleans, one of […]

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 […]