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Sometimes getting something together for this blog depends on something I read. Like this morning, I saw this article in the NYTimes headlines. I read as much as I can, stuff I disagree with as well as the other. Anyhow, the photo with that article led me to pick up this photo I took from the plane a week or so ago. Recognize it? I has suspicions, but had to check it out. Answer follows.
Here’s a closer up, which clinched it for me.
Try a little more context beyond the airport?
And completely unrelated . . . how is the photo below–Island A–different from
say . . Island B, below?
And while you’re still puzzling though the answer to my second question, the one on differences, how about this as the location for the airplane photos. They all three show different portions of the Conch Republic.
The which Republic?
This Conch Republic; scroll through here and see the flag. The main feature in photos 1 and 2 is the airport on Boca Chica Key. But that secondary feature there . . . submarine pits!! Or canals for navy housing?
Here’s identification for the third airplane photo . . . Saddlebunch Keys all the way to the west end of the Seven Mile Bridge.
Now for the question about differences between the two islands . . . the lower photo is granite/granite-gneiss bedrock protruding above the water of the St. Lawrence River. The upper island is the creation of Richart Sowa. It floats on 250,000 plastic bottles. Yes, it floats! Here and here are sites devoted to Sowa’s creation.
What new islands with surprising features lie in the future? Get a window seat on your new flight and enjoy the view.
All photos here by Will Van Dorp.
I’d love to know more about this launch . . . in terms of engine and performance.
“Launch” is what the pilot service calls this.
And this is the PSV (pilot station vessel) Polaris, which has operated off the Port of rotterdam for three plus years now.
Many thanks to Freek Koning via Fred Trooster for these photos. Freek, a few years ago, asked me to try to discover the disposition of this former Royal Dutch Navy tugboat. My letters to various addresses in the USCG in reference to the lost tug went unanswered.
Quick . . . name the fourth largest port in Florida? The answer is here. And I’ve long wanted to visit it, and my our good fortune is that recently friends–Allan and Sally–who are excellent photographers did, and here are some they share. Click here for a photo of Cangarda they took and here for some of disintegrating ferry Binghamton.
About the same size but Danish-built in 1974, La Flecha. She was originally Patricia S, changed in 1985 to Patricia Star, 1992 to Patricia S, 1993 to Sea Chariot, 1994 to Patricia Star, and 1998 to Sara Express, when it became La Flecha! I wonder what the real stories are.
Ditto the much changed but inadequately painted Borocho, although I had to look
to the bow to decipher that. Borocho is even smaller than two previous, built in Japan by Honda Heavy Industries in 1977. She was originally Yamato Maru No. 12 until 1993, then Pai Chang until 1996, then Quininde until 1998, Floreana until 2000, Genovesa until 2008, Niaski until 2012, and for now . . . Borocho.
A similar vessel is the better-painted, old design Wave Trader, here at the stern of La Flecha. I haven’t been able to locate much more info about Wave Trader.
Lady Philomena, Norway-built in 1956, has born 10 previous names, which you can read for yourself here. As I write this post, she is underway from the Miami River for points southeast.
Directly forward of Lady Philomena when Allan and Sally took these photos was Eva. Built in Norway in 1968, she has been Marina Dania, Erik Boye, Katla, and Miss Eva Ii before her current designation.
A giant and a youngster, Miami Super dates from 1992 and measures just over 275′ loa. As of this writing, she is in the approaches southwest of Santo Domingo.
OK . . . I need help with this one. Maybe it’s deliberate obfuscation?
Family Island . . . sounds like an amusement park, but it’s a LaPaz-registered 1978 Danish-built small freighter, previously known as Ardua, Atlantic, and Queen Sea, in that order.
One more and this photo taken by Rich Taylor off Barbados, it’s the vessel currently known–so far as my info serves–as Rudisa Global. Built in Spain in 1970, she’s since been called Manchester Merit, Manchester Merito, Fortuna, Kathleen, Kudu, Cement Two, Fortune R, and Libera. Rudisa Global has recently been embroiled in some drug issues.
Many thanks to Allan and Sally as well as Rich for these photos. The Miami River intrigues me more than ever now that my appetite has been whetted. I’m happy to see commerce persisting until some of these may end up as memorials on a beach somewhere like this one. Or this. Maybe then covered over like this. Or never to be seen again . . very deep-sixed.
And if these pics create a hunger for stories, some of this might be satisfied by Alvaro Mutis’ Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll.
Two years ago, I wrote about Columbian tugs here, and alluded to reading of some new ones in Colombia here. Here and here –one more here–are some others from the great river in the Northwest. Thanks to the Maraki crew, here is some activity from along the northwest corner of South America. Click here to read Maraki‘s account of conditions in this corner of the Caribbean
The big tug Atlas, built in Japan in 1991, seems to have trolling rods deployed, or am I seeing that wrong.
Tayrona is from 2014 and Peru built. Click here for more of the fleet.
GPC Tesoro is China built in 2013.
Here they escort Baltic Pride out to sea on a run to the . . . Baltic.
Pino, China built 2007.
And Tortugas, RORO heads for the Canal, where I saw her about three years ago. I have lots more photos of her there I’ve never used. I wonder how long before Atlas‘ lines go tight with something huge.
Colombian Coast Guard interceptor boat?
All photos compliments of my sister.
A few more Colombian tugs can be seen here.
Technically, I’ve never finished my posts on watersheds 12 and 13 . . . the troves of photos from those places have simply been preserved by photos that followed and those stories remain to be finished . . . like most things in life.
The photos here, all from Maraki . . . , offer a focus other than how much ice chills the sixth boro, an interesting enough topic but one that I need to get away from periodically. Come inside, sip some chocolate, and contemplate the equatorial zones. Like Rio Magdalena.
I’d seen the Magdalena on maps . . .
but never imagined what floated there. . . until then photo below led to Impala, an entity I’d never heard of before.
And that summoned info on where the tugs there come from, a question easily answered . . . thanks to this internet thing. Behold Impala Zambrano and Impala Puerto Wilches.
Traffic like this coexists with the global economy.
East of the mouth of the Magdalena a dozen and some miles lies Santa Marta, where Atlantico awaits . . .
as does Chinook and
and RM Boreas.
Atlantico and Chinook are built in China. I’m not sure about RM Boreas.
Two more from these waters from now . . .. Intergod VII. Any guesses on place of construction?
I’m not sure where the Bauprespilotos get their boats like Voyager, but Intergod VII
was built in Collingwood, Ontario in 1967.
Many thanks to Maraki for creating the desire to explore yet another watershed. For the latest dispatches from Maraki–above and below the water and during Curaçao’s carnival . . . click here.
I believe I took this in summer 2005, my first view of Lincoln Sea from W. O. Decker. Lincoln Sea is now making its way northward probably along Baja California, if not already along alta California.
A few days ago and from the crew of Maraki–aka my sister and brother-in-law–it’s Salvatore in Santa Marta, Colombia.
And in the same port . . . Atlantico assisting Mosel Ace into the dock.
And the next few from Fred Trooster and Jan Oosterboer and taken in Amazonehaven section of the port of Rotterdam less than a week ago . . . the giant Thalassa Elpida assisted into the dock by FairPlay 21. The two smaller boats are the line handlers.
Click here for a post I did four years ago showing FairPlay 21 nearly capsizing.
Tailing the giant is Smit Ebro.
Rounding today out . . . it’s W. O. Decker, Viking, and Cheyenne . . . before the tugboat race in September 2010.
Thanks to Fred, Seth, and Maraki for these photos.
No, it’s not . . . here’s the namesake, which has its own namesake.
And another . .. evidently named for a ghost town.
Here’s another. Was Florida settled and named by witty folk with an unusual sense of humor?
And here is the wikipedia take on odd names.
Many thanks to JLF for sending this along.
I’m loving this. Please send more fun with charts and even maps and signs.
On predicted weather days, you might be looking at charts while passing the waking hours, waiting. And you might see unusual names . . . like Cholera Bank, about 10 miles out from
Jones Inlet. Why would someone name such a location after a plague gets explained here, and some statistics on numbers of deaths here. Given that explanation, you might expect an Ebola Bank in the future . . . somewhere if not here. But seeing
this odd name on the chart recalled other odd names like these: Bald Porcupine Island and Ile d’Amour off Maine, Pot Island off Connecticut, and North Dumpling Island, NY. Then there’s Ono (Oh no!) Island, Alabama, and of course one of my all-time favorites . . . Galivants Ferry, South Carolina, which prompted this detour (scroll through) some years back.
Speaking of gallivants, a friend in Netherlands sent me this photo yesterday as we hunkered down as Storm Juno approached. The photo below shows a convoy of tugs towing inland barges navigating a track through the Schie, a waterway in Rotterdam, a place I visited when I gallivanted there last May.
This is not exactly the same section of the Schie, but I’ve never shared these photos.
Nor this one of feeder container vessel called Temptation passing under the Erasmusbrug. If you want to see a beautiful 14-minute video of a restored century-old Dutch sailing vessel traversing the canal system between Delft and Rotterdam . . . ending up near the Schie . . . click here.
And since we are now many miles off our original course, what unusual or inexplicable charted or mapped names have you seen? Please share some.
All photos, except for the black/white one and the bicycle one, by Will Van Dorp, who wonders who Jones was.
Many thanks to Ashley Hutto for this photo . . . gotta move a scow across skinny water? Only five feet at high water? Here you go. Ashley took the photo in Tampa Bay.
Also, a tip of the hat to Aaron Reed of Crewboat Chronicles for this photo; it’s Sea Durbin, 43′ vessel from 1950 and built by Alcide Cheramie, and with
very similar lines, here’s Wyoming, a 57’6″ beauty built 1940 by Camley Cheramie, a photo I took here almost three years ago.
I’d love to see her interior.
And here’s another repeat from a few years back . . . I’m still looking for info on her previous life.
Photos not attributed by Will Van Dorp. For the others, thanks much to Ashley, Aaron, and my sister.
Unrelated, check out this NYTimes story about a Queen Mary –and its namesake from half century ago– moving through NYC yesterday on its way to California.