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Graveyard 2

Thank you all for reading and commenting.  Let me pass along some of what I’ve learned.  Also, check out frogma’s latest. Below, from Jeff S:  “The passenger vessel with the lifeboat on deck is the famous New Bedford built at Bethlehem-Quincy in 1928. See hull # 1417.  She was loaned to Britain in WW 2 […]

Graveyard 1

I read about this place almost 20 years ago in this NYTimes piece and clipped it, saved it, still have it somewhere.   The Witte family, Norman Brouwer, and Arthur Kill–all mentioned in the article–were just names then. Yesterday, thanks to fellow-waterblogger frogma (See her “graveyard posts here and here) and the generosity of  Sebago […]

Mystery Wreck

I recently received this image and note.  Maybe someone can identify this moment [many years ago] in an evolutionary process. “I was born on Staten Island and have had this untitled, undated, and uncredited photo for years. I believe it’s taken from the water on the Arthur Kill of an unconverted Moran steam tug. wondering […]

Preservation on Two Continents

Since I woke up this May morning from a dream about attending a meditation session, the logical choice is to start my day writing a post that reflects upon–well–preservation.  Two weeks ago I wrote about the Alwyn Vincent project.  To quote the site, “she’s finally out,” and on the steel wheels ‘n rails of a […]

Random Tugs 82

Na Hoku (“stars”  in Hawaiian) 1981, ex-Chris Candies.  Sunset Park in the background. Aegean Sea 1962 (ex-Francis  E. Roehrig, Jersey Coast, John Barker) Greenpoint in the background.  Click here for more Huxley Envelope/East River shots. Peter F. Gellatly.  Delivery exactly two years ago, 17 November, 2009.  Leaving Newark Bay and headed into the KVK, eastbound. James […]

Flags of Convenience 3

Is it just so simple that boats show off flags better than other modes of transportation do?  Maltese Falcon proudly displays the Maltese flag, whereas Stena Stealth has probably never docked in the Marshall Islands, a popular flag of convenience, and flags of silliness mark the escutcheons of others, like this one on Stampede. Some […]

Circum Staten Island 2

In the numismatic world, “pristine” means “never cleaned.”   This captures something about the beauty of the “inner coast” aka “the Kills.”  As industry moved there, particularly, petroleum, which–like it or not–is the life blood of our world culture, the Kills have served as a laboratory in which human environmental modification and nature’s reaction have […]