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Summer Training 3

Here are the previous posts in this series.  This is the SUNY training ship’s return this past week from a “sea term” that began this way on May 10. This first set of photos comes from Roger Munoz, who took them from high above 74th Street.   That’s Roosevelt Island just to her far side, […]

Summer Training 2

Below is a photo of State of Maine taken off Antwerp, Belgium,  on 12 July 2016 and used with permission. Another recent visit to the sixth boro by an ocean academy training ship happened on July 19. The photo above and below were taken by Lew.  Golden Bear is currently steaming SW 100 nm off SW Puerto […]

Summer Training 1

Type the word training into the search window to the left on this page and you’ll get a variety of posts, as here.  And truth be told, many other options exist for summer training and sea time for ocean academy students;  I met cadets from at least three on my “go west” trip.  Yesterday David […]

Kojima Training

Kojima, PL 21, a 377′ loa Japan Coast Guard vessel is training where? New York?  Actually, she’s cruising around the world for this training.  Click here.  Charles D. McAllister assists with departure. She heads for sea after a week or so in the sixth boro. Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, is home to the Japan Coast Guard […]

Virtual Erie Canal 7W: Seneca River to Syracuse

How we got here from Montezuma can be seen here on a map from the DEC.  Sorry, but I have no pics of Cross Lake, boyhood home area of Hiawatha, but not H. W. Longfellow’s version. Lock E-24, the only lock we transit in this last leg of the trip, is the pride and joy […]

Mercy Departs, Oh Mercy

As the sixth boro prepares to receive USNS Comfort, on the other side of the continent earlier this week, USNS Mercy departed port of San Diego. No specific ETA is reported as yet for either vessel, as  . .  well . . . preps need to be made.   As it turns out, Mercy went […]

Local Exotics

I realize the oxymoronic twist of this title . . . local v. exotic . . . but these are boats that are seldom seen.  When this stack and upper superstructure first cameinto view, i suspected it might be one of those ghost AIS signals like Hunter D or No. 11 Asomaru I’ve been noticing […]

Retro Sixth Boro 23

Coastline Girls and many other names including Gage Paul Thornton and  ST-497, the 1944-build now sleeps deep in Davy Jones locker,  and was not an intentional reefing. It’s been a while since I last saw Mcallister Sisters, shown here passing the Esopus Meadows light.  If I’m not mistaken, she’s currently based in Baltimore. Ten years […]

Review: Tales from a Tugboat Captain

Take all the photos you like, but if you just sit on a dock by the bay watching the ships roll in and out, you’ll only know so much and nothing more.  If you suspected I was hinting at something in yesterday’s post, it was this review. If you want to know more about working […]

Tugster Sells Merch 2

Here was last year’s post by this title. My 2020 calendars are ready and can be mailed out as early as this Monday.  To order, send me your USPS mailing address by email (parrotlect at gmail dot com    , you know what I mean) and pay by paypal to that email address, or check made […]