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In these days of international suspicion and hostility, this story from a half century ago almost makes me nostalgic.  The photo below I took at the Brockway museum near Cortland NY.  Brockway, a heavy truck manufacturer eventually absorbed into Mack, custom built vehicles, starting with carriages, which you also find in the museum.  The firetruck below was built in Cortland in 1925 for a fire department in Argentina, where it was used until the mid-1950s.  Four members of that department, very satisfied with the performance of the truck, decided to drive it back to Cortland NY and order another.  Imagine driving that route today.

What the fire fighters, limited in their travel budget for a journey they thought would take a few months, needed lots of help along the way.  And the trip took several years and lots of diplomacy and help from fellow fighters and their communities.

Folks along the way signed the truck.

 

The brotherhood and sisterhood among people of the same profession transcends national boundaries and ideology.

 

Rather than retell the story, I’ll let you click here to read one account.

Here’s another account.

Maybe we’ve lost this sense of universal brother- and sisterhood these days.

Find previous truckster posts here and a previous Brockway photo here.

This post shows the second leg of what felt like an epic journey, but first let’s back up about 10 minutes.  See the small blue vessel just off the bow of Wavertree?

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It’s a King’s Point vessel, and leaning out of the house, it’s Capt. Jonathan Kabak, formerly master of Pioneer, Lettie G. Howard, and other vessels.

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So let’s resume . . .  the tow travels west of Caddell and rounds up against the tide, ever so

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gracefully–to my eyes–making its way to the dock.  Thomas J. Brown and later Rae working the port side.

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it took a full quarter hour to spin Wavertree 180 degrees and inch it across the KVK, but then the heaving line flew, followed by the dock line.

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Thomas J. and Rae worked this side in coordination with Pelham–invisible all this time from my perspective–on the starboard side.

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almost all fast

Lots of money will be spent and sweat expended before the NEXT leg of the journey.

The 2001 (or earlier??) photo below comes from Mike Weiss, SSSM waterfront foreman.  It shows a more complete rig.

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Also from Mike’s FB post, the photo below shows Wavertree in her Argentina barge days.  For the saga of Peter Stanford’s efforts to get this hull from Argentina to the sixth boro, read A Dream of Tall Ships starting from p. 221.  Actually, the whole book makes an excellent read.

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All photos except the last two by Will Van Dorp, who is eager to see Wavertree‘s transformation in the year to come.

From gCaptain, here’s a good explanation of National Maritime Day, yesterday.

 

or cousin or just compatriot . . . .   which would place this in what waterway?

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Waver Three is not my spelling, but  . . . someone else’s, for which I’ll add the link soon.

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But here’s the story.  The vessel in the photos above were sent to me recently by Niek  , a native of the Netherlands who followed the trail of love south to Argentina, where this vessel was recently refloated.  To see what Granadero (ex-Meta Ipland) looked like before being raised AND before sinking, click on this link and plod through the Spanish and German.  As a Dutchman living in Argentina, it’s easy to understand how Niek is interested in this century-old vessel built in his homeland.

Click on this link and then do a “find” for the term  ” salvemos al granadero”   and you’ll read an interview in which a Ruben Roderiguez is not happy that Waver three (sic) made it out of Rio de la Plata.

Some folks in Argentina are very proud of their maritime heritage, as evidence by this database of tall ships (A to L)  and  (M  to Z  ) that once operated there, including Granadero and Wavertree.

Good to know for us, the custodians of Wavertree.

Niek . ..  thanks for the photos and story.

 

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