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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.
Well, L’Hermione (pronounced LAIR me un) will find her way into more of these photos. Here’s the venerable W. O. Decker. Click and scroll to see her at work a few decades back.
It’s Pelham, power unit for Wavertree not long ago.
And it’s James Turecamo, preparing to escort in the French frigate currently at South Street.
And Frederick E. Bouchard, in the process of switching B. No. 264 from on the hawser to alongside.
And my first shot of James E. Brown, brand spanking new. I’ll devote a whole post to James E. soon, I hope.
Laura K. Moran watches the French lion pass . . .
as does Frances out in Gravesend Bay.
And the answer to the question about Elizabeth Anna . . . the top photo . . . I believe it’s the erstwhile Bear, the Disch tug acquired by DonJon at an auction back in December 2014. I wonder where she’s headed. Anyone help out?
Except the top photo by Bjoern Kils, all photos in the past few days by Will Van Dorp.
And if I haven’t said this explicitly enough, New York Media Boat is the faster, most versatile, shallowest draft means to see whatever you want in the sixth boro. Need waterborne support for a project or . . .want to see or show someone the sixth boro and its borders with the other boros, check them out.
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.
While I was out documenting the excitement of the annual merfolk migration, there was an equal amount of excitement on all the waters that comprise the sixth boro. Of course, your focus is your choice. All photos here were taken by David Grill and used with permission.
The Liberty Challenge brought in racers from all over the watery parts of the globe.
Vintage and contemporary petroleum vessels populated the KVK.
Hats off to the passengers and crew of Pegasus and all the others out enjoying what makes NYC special .
It’s Gerry Weinstein, showing evidence of being in the engine room and
and Pamela Hepburn.
For the photos in this post, hats off for David Grill.
Let me share photos from three Eagle visits in the past decade. Here she arrives off the east end of Wall Street.
Note the teams hauling on the docking line.
Here she lies at anchor in 2011 with
crew in the rigging doing
And here are details I focused on earlier this week.
To reiterate what I wrote yesterday,read Captain Gordon McGowan’s The Skipper and the Eagle.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
For a similar set of closeups of another German-built sail training vessel–Dewaruci–click here.
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.