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Yes, I am a fan of the X-Files, and yes . . . submarines have appeared on this blog before, like this one in Coney Island Creek.  Or this one headed north in the Upper Bay.  Parts  of submarines have emerged on the blog like here and here.  There have been fleets awaiting disassembly like here.  But recently at a yard on the North Fork, I saw the object in the image below, which intrigued me.  Here are some pics and then after you’ve observed the evidence and drawn some conclusions, I’ll tell you what I’ve read.

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Views from port side and

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port bow.  Osprey nest is not part of the vessel.

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Views from port stern,

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even a bit farther astern,

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and starboard bow.  Note the tripod and bracket mounted forward.

So what do you think?  What is your version of this story?

Here’s Corey Kilgannon’s NYTimes story from eight years ago.   Halfway through Kathleen Edgecomb’s The Day article you get a different version of the real history of the vessel.   But by the time T. E. McMorrow writes this East Hampton Star article in August 2014, a whole new version of sub and owner have emerged.

Actually I don’t know the real story, and certainly have no clue of its future, since according to this BBC article, the court has blocked sale of the sub.  Here’s the location of the real USS Deep Quest.   Here’s a followup Emma Fitzsimmons’ article from the December 1, 2014 NYTimes. And according to this McMorrow follow-up of a few weeks ago, the sub owner is now in a federal facility, and the sub, even if it had never been so previously, is now federal property.

And the feds, they may put it up for sale.  Want a toy with a “deep sea” history?   Did anyone catch photos of it traversing the sixth boro back in 2007?

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

 

 

Click here for tugster posts related for the town on the North Fork, which get lots of attention in about a month.  My most recent posts were here and here. My advice is to gallivant at least twice, and once before the flotilla arrives.

Take this harbor tour to get oriented.

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Elco launch Glory

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Captain Dave is a great tour guide as

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he takes you quietly around the old shipyard at Greenport Basin.    I heard rumors that Commander may be heading back west this summer.  Anyone know?

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Greenport feels almost like a downeast New England town.  I’m told this vessel is part of  modern oyster farming project.  Eat something raw.

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See truly beautiful boats, some newly restored.

Catch some fish.

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Read about a veteran,

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this one.

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built on City Island in the Bronx  in 1937.

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Walk to a beach and take a selfie with Resolute.  It was invisible but present, 10 or so miles to the northwest.

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Discover research projects to ponder.  More on that black spheroid soon.

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Whatzit??!

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

 

 

Care for a shot of Melville?  ““Take almost any path you please, and ten to one it carries you down in a dale, and leaves you there by a pool in the stream. There is magic in it. Let the most absent-minded of men be plunged in his deepest reveries–stand that man on his legs, set his feet a-going, and he will infallibly lead you to water, if water there be in all that region. Should you ever be athirst in the great American desert, try this experiment, if your caravan happen to be supplied with a metaphysical professor. Yes, as every one knows, meditation and water are wedded for ever.”

Paraphrase that a bit, take liberties,  and you might come up with:  “When you gallivant, chances are you’ll end up in the water.”  If Melville were around the sixth boro these days, he might add something about the likelihood of seeing folks with digital cameras and–if among those gallivants there’s a bowsprite–inks/charcoal pencils too.

The whale lives

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here, 100 miles plus east of the sixth boro’s easternmost reaches and if you go

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up these stairs marked by a rendering of the orange ferry John F. Kennedy, you’ll

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see this . . . 38 pieces of bowsprit’s art on display.

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The exhibit called “Working Girls of New York Harbor” is up now til the end of May.

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And if you feel a thirst that water fails to quench, the exhibit is located one floor above stainless steel vats filled with thousands of gallons of fermenting, living brews.

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Here’s the front of the exhibit postcard, with evidence that bowsprite has turned her gaze and inked what she saw in increasingly distant waters.

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Oh . .  and the opening’s tonight in Greenport.  Gotta run.   More Greenport soon.

All photos here by Will Van Dorp.

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