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First, for a focused statement on the importance of this vessel and Lafayette on US independence, click here . . . from a Portland Maine publication. More on Lafayette, click here, but skip the partisan dribble in paragraphs 3–6. Also, here.
Most of the photos in this post I took on July 1, by which time the French shore contingent had done a great job setting up a pier display, and here’s my favorite poster. Doubleclick on the photo to enlarge it and read the numbers.
Soon after all lines were made fast, the ceremony started: music, uniforms, flags, and the CASK! It’s to be auctioned off. I’d love to know the price.
Thanks to Linda Roorda, Peter Boucher, and Xtian Herrou for answers about the flags and uniforms. The uniforms here and in Wednesday’s post of the Breton bagpipers and the two matelots are French Naval summer uniforms. The flag flown below the US flag on L’Hermione is the Serapis flag–or a variation thereof– flown by John Paul Jones.
Yesterday I stopped by and was fortunate to here speeches under the FDR. Here, with microphone, South Street Seaport Museum Executive Director Jonathan Boulware talks about the ships, the museum, and all six boros of NYC.
Then a parade set out from the pier and headed via Wall Street to Bowling Green, stopping
briefly at Federal Hall.
Happy Independence Day.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
So I’m going to do at least three posts on L’Hermione.
Escort tug James Turecamo closes in.
The final leg to South Street Seaport Pier 15.
I missed photos of the perfect smoke rings in the salute.
Pier 15’s design allows a large welcome party.
Can someone explain the uniforms of the two sailors, one playing the cornemuse . . . ok, bagpipes?
It seems that James‘ 92’ loa doesn’t quite work here. Can anyone identify the flag below the Stars and Stripes and above the French tricoleur?
Heaving lines finally all to the pier.
And the word for tomorrow’s post–or if I have time–later today is Hennessey.
All these fotos come compliments of Xtian Herrou, who previously passed along fotos for this post and others. He took this foto in Brest, although the tug is by now through Port Said for parts south and east… .
These waters require that Sea Foxtrot and her tow take on specialized gear.
Once they get in the zone, Sea Foxtrot and
Norma 1 will fully deploy gear and look like this,
UAE tug Simyar, currently working in the Indian Ocean.
Merci beaucoup, Xtian . . .
Here’s a post I did six and a half years ago (scroll on through) alluding to pirates that once annoyed ships in the sixth boro . . ..
Here’s a mouthful: behold the quite newly commissioned “French FREMM multi-mission frigate, Aquitaine.”
The blue shed along her starboard side gives away the location . . . that’s Red Hook . . . south end of Brooklyn Bridge park.
Here’s the sum of the parts, at sunrise this morning. For a CGI walk through, click here.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
This foto, and some others here, comes thanks to Xtian, who had a question about a model he’s building a few weeks ago. I hope someone can help. This drydock foto shows Abeille Liberté , which assisted in the salvage of MSC Napoli five years back. I’m guessing this is irrelevant, but “abeille” is the French word for “bee,” as in … the critter that makes honey and stings. This hull is nothing if not sweet yet efficient. As of this writing, Abeille Liberté is at the dock in Cherbourg.
fits that description. Here’s what Birk and Harold had to say about her. I got this foto Sunday, and the turbine WAS spinning.
Abeille Flandre is based east of Marseille in Toulon.
Here’s another of the same size and mission: Abeille Languedoc. As of this writing Abeille Languedoc is docked in Boulogne-sur-Mer, just west of the Calais/Dover crossing point in the Channel.
Finally, from Xtian, Baltic Warrior–built in
Poland West Germany* in 1964– towing a disabled Eleousa Trikoukiotisa to Malta, where she remains. As of this writing, Baltic Warrior is docked in Ramsgate. * means see Xtian’s comment. Baltic Warrior was originally Bugsier 26; here’s Bugsier (Hamburg)’s current fleet.
does Buchanan 12. Given that Buchanan 12 often pushes a half dozen or more stone scows, I’d could easily squint and tell myself she’s pushing Swinburne Island closer to New Jersey.
All fotos by either Herrou Xtian or Will Van Dorp.
Abeille International is a division of Boubon International. Here’s their fleet.
First . . . a foto from Cape Town thanks to Colin. Any idea what purpose the wire coils around the bulwarks of Teliri serve? Answer at end of post.
Next, from French mariner Herrou Xtian, a LeHavre-based rotor tug RT Claire, now working in Bremerhaven. For a sense of what she looks like below the waterline, click here.
Also from Xtian, it’s a huge salvage tug Abeille Bourbon. Xtian’s has a model-building question later in this post. And I hope to have fotos of a huge tug myself in the next few days.
And from Dave Chappell, Mobro’s Rio Bravo (ex-Gus Candies, 1973) towing a scow through Jacksonville, FL.
And here’s Xtian’s question, stemming from his work on Crowley’s former vessel Centurion. On his model, the lighter strips represent the keel coolers. How far do the ones marked A and B extend, and what exactly do they look like.
Here are fotos I took of Centurion high and dry on Mighty Servant 1, about to leave NYC’s sixth boro for Nigeria. However, the portion Xtian wants to see is obscured in all my fotos. Anyone help?
Thanks much Colin, Xtian, and Dave.
Here’s the engine order telegraph and a bit of uniform. Guess the vessel? Doubleclick enlarges fotos.
And a closeup of the topsail furling system of Etoile, one of the French schooners.
And the guard of the passerelle.
From the bridge deck of Argus, looking over the stern and toward the west . . . Governors Island and New Jersey beyond. Along the horizon near the south tip of Governors Island . . . those are the cranes of Bayonne and even fainter beyond that Port Elizabeth.
Here’s the view from the forward positioned bridge. Back in 2007 I caught these fotos of Oslo Express, the only bridge-forward container vessel I can recall seeing in the sixth boro.
Here’s a bit more info on Argus. My tour guide and globalsecurity.org describe Argus as the only vessel in the world to have a CT scanner. As it turns out, she also has a cat. This is Simon, and yes . . . Simon went off duty decades ago, but his healing presence in the hospital lives on. More sobering, Argus has patient monitors that allow patients to have a chance to survive IED-caused triple amputations.
Nearing dusk, yesterday afternoon . . . the Brooklyn vessels as seen from the water: stern of Seneca, Shirane, the French Belle Poule and Etoile, and Cuauhtemoc.
Which brings me back to the Mexican ship. Some of the cadets I spoke with finally explained this flag . . . it’s the captain’s personal flag . . . personal pirate flag, actually is what the cadet said.
No matter how the two names get mangled by anglophone mouths on VHF, how they’re written is Jeanne d’Arc (like the girl general). She’s a R97, French cruiser nearing retirement at 50. To put that into perspective, when she was launched, Charles DeGaulle was President of France. Although scheduled to retire this year, Jeanne d’Arc is no slouch; almost exactly two years ago, she was involved in the recapture of the three-masted, nearly 300′ loa yacht Le Ponant from Somali pirates.
To reflect pronunciation, call her John Dark . . . . Jane Dark even, if you want to be technical. Along with her is Courbet, stealth frigate F712. I thought she was named for the painter, but –instead–her namesake is a French admiral of sea/river battles referred to as the Sino-French War, fighting along the coast in places like Gulf of Tonkin and the eastern China coast off places like Ningbo and the Pescadores Islands.
Like “John Dark,” “Coor Bay” has also tangled with Somali pirates. In September 2008, F712 recaptured French yacht Carré d’As IV from pirates as they headed with it and two hostages into Eyl, which was featured on tugster around that time. The deck gun here is a 100mm GIAT; compare with the 76mm Otobreda depicted in the blog with the best maritime drawings in the world, IMHO.
John Dark and Coor Bay are here in peace; let’s celebrate them.. If you see a French sailor around town today, wearing a uniform like
like these, smile . . . or say something like “sa leeeeooo” or “bein’ ve new” as they gallivant bit around our fair city on R n R.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp. They were taken in somehow appropriate twilight.
Unrelated but also involving a sidekick: Jodie Nelson and escort.
Also unrelated though similar, see the blog of USCGC Escanaba here.