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Tis the season . . . to keep your eyes and ears on the weather. In 1938 . . . before hurricanes had names or we had satellites to track them thousands of miles off, a big one came ashore on Long Island, a once-a-century-or-longer storm. Do you know this structure below?
Here’s the ocean side view . . .
and the inland side. To the right and up the Acushnet River are the ports of
New Bedford and Fairhaven. Click here for info and photos on the building of the barrier.
The benchmark storm for the sixth boro is Sandy, and an event this past weekend happened on a location wiped out by the storm, Rockaway Beach at 106th Street. Click here for posts/photos from my friend Barbara that chronicle the before/after in that part of NYC. Welcome to the first annual Poseidon parade.
and a temporary replacement for Whalemina, the glacial erratic rolled away by Sandy.
Thanks to Barbara Barnard for the Poseidon Parade photos; the ones from the Achushnet are by Will Van Dorp, who will have photos from up the Acushnet soon. Technically, this fits into my “other watersheds” series.
Now if you read this 2008 news article, you get a sense of Friendship. ““Friendship is good enough for me,” he said. “I stuck my nose into about everything. Never made much money but I kept a-going.”
As a way-out-towner, I can’t tell you much about these boats.
But to be redundant, I’d love to come back.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Three years ago, Sally W came thru the sixth boro and I had the great pleasure of seeing this beautiful Lord Nelson Victory tug with owners Allan and Sally Seymour. They’ve kept the vessel in Camden ME since then, and it was a joy to see them recently.
Grace Bailey has to be the doyenne of the windjammer fleet. Built in Patchogue NY in 1882, she transported as much food as she did building materials.
Camden is also home to this floating laboratory of electronic . . . gizmos.
Abigail & Warren illustrates thehandiwork of John’s Bay Boat Company.
Enjoy more . . . like Appledore,
But the one that captured me . . . that day was Prophet.
Many thanks to Allan and Sally. All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Back in September 2007, I was paying attention to the green Gladding-Hearn 1966 Dragon, when a schooner with tanbark sails entered my field of view, and what
a schooner she was. I never got any nearer than to take the photo below. Twice, however, I got requests for copies of that photo. Fulfilling the more recent request led to an invitation to see the boat, which had undergone a long restoration process, and sans masts was back in the water.
So here she is, two weeks ago in Friendship Maine. Drool . . . .
I’m eager to see her masts stepped and sails bellied.
Many thanks to Don Zappone for the tour of this sweet schooner.
The sailing vessel below–credit to Stefan Edick– is the venerable schooner Adventure. Built in 1926 in Essex MA, she doryfished for three decades before times forced several re-invention. Recently, she got back into moving food, transporting $70,000 of Maine farm and sea bounty from Commercial Wharf in Portland to Boston’s Long Wharf.
Here she passes Spring Point Ledge Light, with Fort Gorges in the distance. All the photos that follow are used with credit to Mark Hartman via Jessica Suda.
She’s prepared for the cargo and
Here’s Adventure arrived in Boston, where
Metro Pedal Power takes over to move the goods to market.
Click here for the Maine Sail Freight Flickr page.
Photo from Nate Lopez. Name that tug? Here are some previous photos by Nate.
Technically Ellsea is a freight ship. The location for the next set of photos is the Acushnet River between New Bedford (background) and Fairhaven, where I spent the past week mostly incommunicado. That’s the Palmers Island Light. New Bedford, former whaling port and more and now the US top fish port?
I don’t know the name of this vessel . . . might it be R. Marcel Roy?
Here’s a profile shot. Beyond her you see a portion of Tucker Roy’s tug named by subtraction as Co.
And here, as seen from the Route 6 Bridge, it’s those two along with another mystery tug, which might be Pleon?
Here, with interesting stern fendering, it’s Sea Fuels Marine’s Emma Nicole.
Here’s a close up of the unusual fendering, and
a clue to previous ownership.
Now, in keeping with the colors of the unconfirmed Pleon above, let’s move way down east to Belfast, where I’ve also touched base recently. It’s Capt. Mackintire.
And rounding out this set, here’s the identification of Nate’s photo above, it’s Buckley McAllister fueling in New Bedford.
I’m happy to be home . . . in time for the tugboat race tomorrow. Don’t be late because the race runs at 10 . . . with a parade before that. Be there by 9. I’ll be there.
Belfast probably has fewer people than does my block in Queens, but it jam packed with character. In fact, I wanted to move there after spending a single weekend there two years ago. Here and here are some posts I did from there.
Many thanks to Tom Mann for these photos, taken in July 2015. Notable among vessels in port, the exquisite Cangarda. Here’s a post I did on it five years ago. Click here for the truly unique Cangarda, built in 1901 and almost lost several times.
This is their 400-ton crane.
From l. to r., it’s Fournier Tractor and Taurus. In case you didn’t click on all the links above, click here to see a photo I took of the Fournier Tractor a few years back, as well as a warning sign in case anyone thinks about usurping a parking spot in front of the Fournier Towing and Ship Service office.
I’m not sure who the current owner of Fort Point is. She’s the 1970 YTB-809.
Cape Race is a frequent fixture of Atlantic Basin in Brooklyn. Does anyone know what’s current with Wanderbird, which came into Long Island Sound about two weeks ago. Wanderbird is a similar repurposed North Sea trawler . . . as an expedition yacht.
I can’t sign off without another photo of the steam yacht Cangarda, built at Pusey & Jones in 1901, originally for a lumber magnate in Manistee, Michigan, named Charles J. Canfield.
Again, many thanks to Tom Mann for these photos.
Summertime . . . and today I’m lazy after finishing two projects that’ve been transfixing me all month.
So how about some sail . . . in the evening, like Aquidneck,
a moth . . .
a Fathead (?),
a classic catboat,
Aurora (1949) with tanbark sails,
The Blue Peter . . . unfortunately AFTER she had dropped her parachute spinnaker.
and finally Black Watch . . . built in the Bronx and a veteran of World War Two.
I’ve been to the Narragansett Bay before, but I need to spend more time there in summer.
But first, I hear there’s some big sail coming to the sixth boro. Last but not least, all photos by Will Van Dorp
On cold days, “picturing” warmer months helps stave off the cold . . for a while. But this post is about vessels with this name, one of which is a 1957 passenger vessel that has recently been chosen for some high-and-dry maintenance work. Actually it’s called Mayflower II, which I’ve alluded to once in this 2010 post. Rick at Old Salt blog recently did a post about Mayflower II in which he refers to the illustrious captain of the vessel on her maiden voyage from Europe to the sixth boro. Does anyone know whereabouts of photos of her in our fair harbor? of the ticker tape parade? But I digress.
The second photo here comes from Louise on tug Jaguar. Thanks for photos 1 and 3–7 to Benjamin Moll, pictured on Louise’s photo and whose “photos and musings” you may follow here. Photos 8 and 9 of Mayflower high and dry in Mystic should be credited to Norman Brouwer, whose most recent book is Steamboats on Long Island Sound, which I need to read soon. The last photo, which I took in the Savannah River, shows one of 23 other vessels–according to the USCG registry–named Mayflower.
The season comes to the east coast in late summer. New York’s 2013 sixth boro race is 12 days away, but you can get tickets to watch it from a boat already by clicking here. Be patient . . . it may load slowly.
This is NOT a foto from NYC. Can you guess where you’d see this original OSV design? OSV here means “offshore (lobster) supplying vessel,” which I confess are my first love in workboat design, dating from back when I lived in New Hampshire. All fotos in this post come thanks to Birk Thomas, a force behind this site and its Facebook version, which generates a lot of pics of workboats from all over.
If you guessed Portland, Maine . . . this is the pre-race lineup for the MS Harborfest.
I’m pretty sure this foto was taken from Andrew McAllister.
And it’s push-off time.
So in New York on September 1, whether you ride the boat or watch from the pier . . . I hope to see you there.
Although the September 1 race in NYC is the 21st annual in the current series, the races date back to before I was born. See fotos of the vessels from the 1952 race here. Back then, an international lifeboat race–rowers came from whatever cargo ships were in port at that time–was part of the festivities.
Again, many thanks to Birk Thomas for these fotos. And if you do Facebook, check out tugboatinformation there.