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Teach Them To Yearn 3

Here are the previous posts in this series.  Here’s the complete A. de Saint-Exupery quote:  “If you want to build a ship [crew a ship], don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work , and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” I was thrilled to […]

Teach Them to Yearn 2

The title comes from St. Exupery. Where is this 32′ x 5′ Cornish pilot gig emerging out of okoume?  (Doubleclick enlarges most fotos.) In the sixth boro of course, in fact on Pier 40.  If you were to bore through the floor and lower your toes, they’d feel the chill of Hudson River water in […]

“Teach them to yearn”

I stumbled across this quote yesterday from Antoine de Saint Exupery, the author of “The Little Prince,” and I just had to write about it somehow. Here’s the quote: “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn […]

1973 Sea Horse

If you saw the 2015 tugboat race, you may have glimpsed this vessel . . . She’s the current vessel of Ship 243 of Sea Scouts.  Here’s what her current mate says about her:  “Sea Horse was built in 1973 by Swiftships in Morgan City La. Designed as  for Vietnam, she was never was deployed. […]

Government Boats 30

First some background . . .from  Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, Chapter 24 . ..  last two paragraphs: “If I shall ever deserve any real repute in that small but high hushed world which I might not be unreasonably ambitious of; if hereafter I shall do anything upon the whole, a man might rather have done than […]

Wet Fotos

(Unrelated:  If you are in or near NYC tomorrow, come to the “Save Our Seaport” rally at South Street to make a loud noise.)  I will be there. It has NOT rained non-stop the past week, but enough rain and cloud have visited us that  . . . if today continues as glorious as it […]

Rowfari to Gowanus Canal

(Doubleclick enlarges most fotos.) When I visited Village Community Boathouse (VCB) late last winter, we discussed a “photographic rowfari” to the Gowanus, come spring.  Spring has arrived, and so . .. yesterday, John Magnus and JML constructed by volunteers at VCB were lowered into the north River at Pier 40 and after some adjustments, the hearty […]

Meditations P

Leapfrogging from “L” to “P,” ok ok, later I’ll pick up the ones I skipped.  P . . . parks and paddling.  Like National Parks.  Try to guess where these waters flow. It’s Sunday glorious morning, and and the water is flat;  the kayakers stay safely out of shipping channels and “go-fast” trajectories. A ranger […]

A Local Shift

John B. Caddell headed past Governor’s Island this drizzly morning for another load of oil and . . . almost crossed paths with Mary Whalen, floating ambassador of Portside New York, getting shifted up to Pier 2 to host graduation ceremonies for New York Harbor School, a very special Brooklyn high school. Notice one of […]