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I can’t remember how many times I heard this referred to a Dutch invasion.  Traditional and modern Dutch vessels paraded past  Intrepid, where various types of nobility watched.  I thought it remarkable how successfully sail obscures naval vessels, identified later.  If I’m not mistaken, from right to left, we see Sterre, Vrouwe Cornelia with just the bowsprit of Sydsulver visible, and the Fugelfrij.  For profiles on each of the traditional vessels, click here.


The first two here are Onrust and Groene Vecht, discussed in previous posts.


They come in all sizes but share curves and lines of wooden shoes, especially true of


De Goede Hoop, a Staverse jol.


Suggestion of kayak lines exist in the Giethoornse punter called Henry Hudson, with the VOC logo on its sail.  I visited Giethoorne a few years back; it’s  a small village in central Netherlands known as “Venice of the North,” in that it has no roads, only waterways.  I love the large decorated rudder.


Pieternel is a Zeeuwse poon, built in 1890.  Look closer.


Fashion for the docks and quays of Vollendam  a la 1890s.


and a several dozen . . . Flying Dutchman aka vliegende hollander boats.


McAllister Sisters found a place in the parade tailing a Lemsteraak called Groenling.


A wonderful parade . . . that should have happened a day before when thousands of New Yorkers had found themselves taking the air along the river.   See the flatbottoms close up next Sunday afternoon on Governors Island.  See the schedule here.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Call this special edition:  too many time-sensitive fotos to ignore.  Many thanks to Dan B. for sharing the next three fotos (taken from high above the Colgate clock in Jersey City)  of Flinterduin entering port on Wednesday.    Notice the bright red paint on portside stern of Mary Whalen alongside the blue warehouses on the Brooklyn side. So Flinterduin came up Buttermilk, then made a


loop around Governors Island.  Call it confusion or


exuberance for life.  We all need more of the latter.  Sometimes I fear my exuberance could be my undoing, but  . . . .  Lower left is Pier A and Castle Clinton.


Back to the barges.  Meet Windroos, a hoogaars from 1925.


Notice how different the profile is from the other barges I’ve recently posted fotos of.  Notice the Moran tuug James Turecamo entering the Navy Yard.  James joins the storyline here in a bit.


Here’s a good article on hoogaars, botters, and boiers.  No boiers have arrived in this contingent.


In contrast to hoogaars design, here’s another shot of the botter Janus Kok, depicted in the previous post.


Just as I needed to leave the Yard for my “day job,” Flinterduin rotated 180 degrees to facilitate offloading the rest of the cargo.  James, invisible on the far side except for the froth, assisted.


More to offload, and I missed it!


A little self-disclosure, repeated:   as a child of Dutch immigrants who entered the US via a passenger terminal then in Hoboken, I speak fairly incorrect South Holland dialect of Dutch and have a fourth-grade–at best–reading level in the language.   Yet hearing the language and speaking it just makes me happy;  it resonates some basic identity that has remained consistent throughout my life. It also conjures up identities I might have embodied had my parents never left their homeland.   It was pure joy to watch this process yesterday, take fotos, and share them.   Maybe one more installment of “special edition” tugster to come.

I hope you all enjoy the weekend as I hope to.  See you at the tug races on Sunday!

All fotos (except Dan’s)  by Will Van Dorp.

Foto credit here goes to Wilto Eekhof of the city of Sneek in the Netherlands province of Friesland.  And I’m crediting him via Koopvaardij as transmitted by  SeaBart of  Flinterduin, below, looks to set of record for masts:  a 15-(at least)-masted-power vessel.  Here at the Flinter site are pics of the loading of this particular vessel.   She currently at sea, bound for the sixth boro.  Here are other interesting Flinter vessels.


On or about August 31, this vessel will enter the boro and forever (at least for a while) change the sailscape of the harbor.  From it will emerge 20 traditional flat-bottomed sailing barges.  Check out all those leeboards; get your cameras ready!  Here’s an update foto from sea from Koopvaardij (a publication whose title translates as “merchant marine”).  Article includes this sentence:  “Wij wensen kapitein/eigenaar Henk Eijkenaar en zijn bemanning een goede reis en behouden vaart,” which translates as “We wish Captain/owner Henk Eijkenaar and his crew a good trip and a safe voyage.”   Amen.

Here’s a link showing Flinterduin’s hold and a view down onto the deck from a bridge over Harlingen harbor.  As to the type of traditional vessels contributing to all those masts, SeaBart tells me they are multiple tjalken (plural of “tjalk”), a staverse jol (the English word “yawl” stems from the Dutch “jol” or the German “jolle”), a lemster aak and 2 skutsjes.  Here’s another skutsje link.

I’d love to hear from readers who know these specific boats or boat types.


Tugster returns with his own fotos,  taken on a most recent gallivant,  tomorrow.  For more interesting cargoes coming into Duluth from the sea on Flinterduin, Marlene Green, and Margot (both of whom have previously appeared here), click here, then click on “ships” window.

Tangentially related:  August 29 . . . Atlantic Salt Maritime Festival.

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