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Why Wood 4

Wel . . . for starters, it’s beautiful. Paquet V (1982) would not look quite the same if the same form were in fiberglass.  Make sure you look through the gallery here. She was southbound here. Shirean looks like she was built almost a century ago, because she was, 1930 by Morton Johnson of Bayhead […]

St. Clair River Wooden Traffic

Why wood?   It’s been awhile since I asked that . . .  I suppose I should ask why so many wooden runabouts and cruisers suddenly swarmed in the St. Clair, but it was enjoyable.  But here is the event, and if you want to get into a wooden boat, as maybe I do, here’s […]

Sixth Boro Details 10

I’ve been meaning to ask about this lumber on the piers at Red Hook container terminal.  Not quite a year ago an unusual looking vessel called Mozu Arrow deposited these bundles of lumber.  Here‘s another shot showing all the bundles.  All through the stories of lumber being outrageously expensive,  this lumber stayed here.  In some […]

Labor Days Past

Yesterday, Labor Day, I took no photos, except one of a wood sign carving project in progress. It turns out . . .  Labor Day 2020 I took no photos either;  these were sent to me though by Josh Watts, and embarrassingly, I’ve not posted them until now.  Sometimes I get into a groove and […]

What the Colonel Taught Me

We all have our colonels or folks like him, Col. James M. Schoonmaker.  The photo below, in the center, shows the man.  While he’s important, I’m really talking about the vessel shown in yesterday’s post. After the war, the colonel made a fortune in coke, not the carbonated, heavily-sugared beverage.  The colonel and the iron […]

Canal Banks

If you’re reading this, I’m back on the canal, wondering when my next dose of wi-fi will appear.  A little self-disclosure . . . I grew up in Wayne County between Syracuse and Rochester about four miles from the canal in a town of about 2000 that was then mostly Dutch Protestant immigrants.  My most […]

Coffee Barges Extraordinaire

See it there, the modest red covered barge between Wavertree and Peking?  The steel covered barge is called Progress today.   Once it transported coffee from ship to shore.   I’m making a note to myself:  learn more about these. And right across the East River to the right of the firehouse at Fulton Landing, […]

Gallimaufry

means all kinds of stuff, starting out with this.  Bowsprite took this foto Thursday.  Yes, that’s the VZ Bridge in the distance.  Not sure what be-flagged and hatted thing does in the foreground go!. Not sure about this either, but it was fast. Yes, I have heard of Theodore, but did you know the entire […]

Retrospective 2

Unpacking a suitcase or knapsack I like to be fast;  unpacking my head after a trip I like to be slow.   The foto (doubleclick enlarges) below I took Christmas morning 7:57 am . . . Hiwassee River under I-75 . . . it was so moody, so unwelcoming of Christmas scenes that I stopped […]

Why Wood 3

If Xena captured first place in my heart this weekend, then second place went to Snekke 2.  Hear it purr through a lake (in New Hampshire?) here. Named after a traditional Norwegian design for the smallest Viking longships, this beaut comes from the boatshop of Andrew Wallace, featured on this great vintage boat site. Talking […]