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See the decorated Dutch bar? That’s not something you see every day.
but July 4 is not an ordinary day. Just look at all those people at the land’s edge: “water-gazers” Melville called them, as you can read here with the last sentence of the second paragraph and go through the next two paragraphs. All wanting to see the decorated Dutch bar?
Marie J Turecamo brought a barge of pyrotechnics too.
Marion Moran–like Brendan Turecamo–brought a barge full to midtown, I believe.
. . . as did Doris Moran. Again, see the water-gazers fill the esplanade.
Other tugboats brought other gazers . . . sky-gazers soon.
like Kimberly Poling and .
Yemitzis, launched as a PRR tug in 1954. Click here and scroll to see her original look.
My goal at the fireworks on Pier 16 had been to get shots of Ambrose bathed in pyrotechnical light, but alas . . . without the right orientation of camera to boat to flashes . . . this is the best I got.
This photo from July 2012 was what I had imagined I could get. Well . . . it’s all about a lot of things, including location. See the different version of this shot of the left of this page and please let’s continue the discussion on the future of Pegasus.
Speaking of sky-gazers . . . from the back of the crowd on Pier 16, this is what I got.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
And if you didn’t see this article in the NYTimes about digital photography and ethics, check it out, even if you just look at the before and after photos.
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.
Back in March, I posted these photos taken by Xtian Herrou. Xtian . .. today I return the favor. Tomorrow too.
Tricoleur is hosted at the stern.
Gunners prepare the guns for the salute.
Hands hook the anchor ring for further hoisting.
James Turecamo delivers a docking pilot just off the French Statue.
And I’ll pick up the story here tomorrow. Many thanks to Bjoern Kils and the NYMedia Boat for a fun ride. After a night of thunderstorms and rain, daybreak brought blue skies and sunshine. All photos by Will Van Dorp. Also, merci Lafayette!
I’m not going to count, but there must be dozens of posts here with photos from or some mention of Paul Strubeck. Here I’m pleased to dedicate a whole post to him in part because these photos make me see the sixth boro with new eyes. Enjoy. Cornell . . . by foggy night and compare to my photo from about the same day but at dawn here and scroll to the third photo. The location is the soon-to-open Brooklyn Barge Bar, where I’m eager to imbibe a sunset beer. Also in Paul’s “roll” of film are
Pinuccia and Specialist mostly obscured,
Captain D ,
Nanticoke passing the East River Seaplane base,
an unobscured photo of Specialist,
Sea Robin secured to Sugar Express at the sugar plant in Yonkers,
and Foxy 3 pushing a Thornton barge, which
brings us back to a great photo of Cornell, which Paul used his special lens for.
All photos here are used with permission from Paul Strubeck. Thanks much, Paul.
Click here to scan the many posts with KVK in the title. Here’s a new one inspired by arrivals that had many folks, aship and ashore, paying attention.
Wavertree is suddenly and lavishly being regaled with sights of 21st century merchant vessels
and crew from all over the world are paying attention.
And a mile farther east, at the old gypsum dock, tugboats like Laura K Moran and
Stephen B pass.
If you want to read a good book about when and how the US took possession of Eagle, read Captain Gordon McGowan’s The Skipper and the Eagle. The book has an introduction by Peter Stanford, a foreword by Alan Villiers, and the journey starts out from NYC’s own LaGuardia.
I have many more closeups of the barque; maybe
Here Swallow Ace crew check out an Eagle.
The long street on the landside of this portion of the Kills is called Richmond Terrace. For photos and explanation of what is and used to be there, click here and here, from the ever fascinating forgotten-by.com. Click here to see an image of a square rigger bulk carrier docked in front of Windsor Plaster Mills, now an Eastern Salt facility, in its heyday.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
But this post just raises a question . . .if the sunrises over a calm East River and no one is there to see it,
is it still pretty?
I think so. Photos taken at 0630 this morning by Will Van Dorp.
Here’s the index if you want to see the previous installments.
A secret salt along the Saint Lawrence snapped this photo of Algoma Montrealais towed by Diavlos Pride and largely unseen) Ecosse on the stern. To see photos of Algoma Montrealais’ last season, click here.
For purposes of the transit to the scrapyard, she’s been renamed (by subtraction) as Mont.
And from endings to beginnings, here from Jonathan Steinman is the arrival of Kirby Moran into the sixth boro via the East River and
escorted in by the venerable James Turecamo.
Also from Jonathan, Shelby towing Weeks 297 carrying a . . . wind turbine vane.
Anyone know where bound?
Many thanks to the secret salt and freshwater salt of the Saint Lawrence and to Jonathan Steinman for these photos.
Below is one of my all time favorite photos of Pegasus, taken July 4, 2012. In fact, a print of this hangs over my dining room table. The boat that night was in her 105th year. Click here if you don’t remember life in 1907, when her keel was laid. If you are unfamiliar with her long and storied life, click here on the Pegasus Preservation Project site.
The Erie Lackawanna terminal in Hoboken also dates from 1907.
She received a visit from an even older Urger in July 2012.
An important announcement follows at the end of this post, so for now, enjoy these looks back.
She had a major dry-docking five years ago.
Meanwhile over the years, lots of people have fulfilled their dreams of “riding on a tugboat” aboard Pegasus.
Some will remember this trip for the rest of their lives.
“Tug Pegasus Moving On
The tug Pegasus is looking for new leadership, new ideas and ultimately a new home. After many years of hard work and hundreds of thousands of funding raised for capital improvements, the 1907 Tugboat Pegasus has been lovingly restored to a ship shape condition and is no longer in debt. Since 2001, under the care of the Tug Pegasus Preservation Project, the popular vessel has educated tens of thousands about the importance of the NY Harbor as a vital water highway. Tug trips and work programs taught youth about maritime jobs. Tug & Barge ports-of-call included tour visits to Hoboken, NJ and Brooklyn Bridge Park, Hudson River Park, Poughkeepsie, Kingston, Cold Spring and Hudson in New York.
However, after being awarded a berth at Hudson River Park’s Pier 25 in 2011, the organization continually experienced difficulty obtaining the necessary funds required to operate a historic boat as well as keep up with the high costs of insurance associated with getting the public onto the water. Regrettably, we are no longer able to sustain our operations.
Tug Pegasus Preservation Project is looking for exciting and creative ideas that will help transition the boat to a new leader or another organization that will continue the mission of getting the public out onto the water and informing them about vitality of New York Harbor’s maritime activity and it rich culture.
One thought we have is what the City of Baltimore has in a historic ships maritime alliance. Instead of each vessel having the arduous tasks of writing grants, raising administrative funds, insurance, etc., an umbrella organization spreads the costs and time requirements between a host of historic vessels.
As a positive solution is sought, the Board of Trustees of the Tugboat Pegasus Preservation Project welcomes serious individuals to present their ideas and proposals by contacting them at email@example.com. And while our hope had been to continue operations this summer, without funding, we will not be able to do so. We thank those who have supported our project over the years.”
While you contemplate that announcement, enjoy one more Pegasus photo. I’d be happy if this blog could serve as a discussion board of Pegasus‘ future.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Click here for previous “whitherward” posts.
Here’s an index of the previous “locker” posts.
Let’s start with a photo from a secret salt seeking an identification. All I know is that this photo of an “old army tug” was taken in 1982 and that the building in the background is the Brooklyn Army Terminal, a frequent background in sixth boro photos even today. Anyone supply an identification of the vessel?
Here’s a photo I took about two weeks ago . . . sand that looks almost like sawdust. The nearer scow is marked Lexa Gellatly. My question is . . . is that the same hull but transformed as this one, once used to transport oil? Do oil barges sometimes get transformed into scows? And where is this sand coming from/going to?
The next photo comes from Justin Zizes and an event I missed last week because I got triple-booked; what’s happening is the unveiling ceremony for the USS Monitor Trail Marker to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the US Civil War. FDNY’s 343 adds solemnity to the event. The water here, Bushwick Inlet, once received new builds from the slipways of Continental Iron Works.
Next . . . a number of you have written this week about the fabulous new photo archives assembled by the New York Public Library. I’ve already spent lots of hours meandering there. What makes the archive so remarkable is the interface: you click on dots on a street map of NYC, and each dot reveals archival photos of that site. Let me share a few here: as seen from South Beach Staten Island, Hoffman Island in the distance as it existed in 1925. I’d love to see post-WW2 but pre demolition of the island buildings.
Hoffman Island closer up with SS Perugia in quarantine. I won’t guarantee the veracity of the captions on all the photos. After all, GIGO.
1923 ferry approaching the Hell Gate Bridge,
1935 “stick lighter” approaching the Goethals Bridge.
There are literally thousands of photos in the archive. Have fun. I’d love to hear from you with any news.
I’m currently gallivanting and will be back–I hope–by the end of the week.