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I first thought to call this PBB 5, following on 1, 2, 3, and 4 from last year, taken from a harbor area in “north” Amsterdam called “place beyond belief.”.  But sometimes straightforward is clearest.

Check out Half Moon, gone over the Ocean and now leading a parade  . . . hanging with the likes of Grace Kelly.

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Gotta sing.  Remember the armada that traveled up the north River six years ago?  They traveled with their own song leader, Reinier Sijpkens, who got them going at night.

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Big in the middle ground, it’s Kruzenshtern.

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And in this batch of photos sent along by Fred Trooster and taken by Fons Tuijl, I can see converted trawler  Pedro Doncker Polish training vessel Dar Mlodziezy

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retired Dutch research vessel Castor,

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pilot boat Polaris,

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the nearest one here frigate Shtandart,

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Indian training ship Tarangini,

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Colombian training ship ARC Gloria–who wow’ed in the sixth boro here a few years ago,

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Portuguese training vessel Sagres–recently in Greenport NY– and repurposed minesweeper Naaldwijk PW-809.

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Of course . . . so much more, but I wasn’t there yesterday.

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Again, many thanks to Fred and Fons for these photos.

For more shots, see gCaptain here.

 

Back in March, I posted these photos taken by Xtian Herrou.  Xtian . ..  today I return the favor.  Tomorrow too.

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Pilot arrives at L’Hermione

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Tricoleur is hosted at the stern.

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Gunners prepare the guns for the salute.

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Hands hook the anchor ring for further hoisting.

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Hands on the wheel

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L’Hermione enters the Narrows and passes Fort Wadsworth

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James Turecamo delivers a docking pilot just off the French Statue.

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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!

Today’s photos come from Xtian Herrou.  See the tug over there, the one the sailor in red must be looking at?  By the way, I’ve posted Xtian’s photos here and here before.  The rigging that dominates the photo below propels a vessel that will be making a stop in the sixth boro this coming summer.  Any guesses?  Her name–or rather the translation thereof–is a matter of some difference of opinion.

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There’s the tug, Abeille Bourbon.

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The sailing vessel is L’Hermione.  Here’s the name matter as described by Xtian:  “There is a fault in her name because of the English speakers who removed L’ as it means the but with the French navy for some ships the Le– La or L’ is really part of the name.  The apostrophe does not really exist in English, and on AIS her name is Lhermione to be correctly alphabetically placed at L.  Furthermore, the Association name is wrong as Hermione, and the mistake was discovered too late *:"> Piquage de fard.  A similar difference exists between the  French La Fayette and the English Lafayette, which, given my last name (Van Dorp or Vandorp or van Dorp), I understand clearly . . .

Rick “old salt” did a post here about this some months back.  I especially enjoyed the discussion in “comments” section.

On cold days, “picturing” warmer months helps stave off the cold . .  for a while.  But this post is about vessels with this name, one of which is a 1957 passenger vessel that has recently been chosen for some high-and-dry maintenance work.  Actually it’s called Mayflower II, which I’ve alluded to once in this 2010 post. Rick at Old Salt blog recently did a post about Mayflower II in which he refers to the illustrious captain of the vessel on her maiden voyage from Europe to the sixth boro.  Does anyone know whereabouts of photos of her in our fair harbor?  of the ticker tape parade?  But I digress.

Currently you’d have to go to Mystic–not Plimoth–to see this replica vessel.  See the haul out here.

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The second photo here comes from Louise on tug Jaguar.  Thanks for photos 1 and 3–7 to Benjamin Moll, pictured on Louise’s photo and whose “photos and musings” you may follow here.  Photos 8 and 9 of Mayflower high and dry in Mystic should be credited to Norman Brouwer, whose most recent book is Steamboats on Long Island Sound, which I need to read soon.   The last photo, which I took in the Savannah River,  shows one of 23 other vessels–according to the USCG registry–named Mayflower.

 

 

It’s really this although it looks like this.  They’re actually supposed to look like this, NOT heart-shaped.

Enough frivolity.  Be nice today and loving.

All these photos I took in Brooklyn locations in September  2009.

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Brooklyn Navy yard. . . .

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and

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Atlantic Basin.

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Some decades ago, I knew a schooner in Newburyport called Hearts Desire, but otherwise, there is a dearth of vessels with nomenclaturus valentinus.  Why?

Although bowsprite put something different up, here’s my favorite one of her past V-day posts.

Left to right at the Narrows ahead of this front are Maersk Detroit, SSV Corwith Cramer, Oleander, and CMA CGM Utrillo.

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SSV Corwith Cramer is a brigantine.

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Also, racing in ahead of the storm was this unidentified sloop,

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Wooley Bully,

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Hindu, 

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and Joan Turecamo with Nomadic Hjellestad.

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And look at that rain.

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All fotos this morning by Will Van Dorp.

Here’s the treat I’ll leave you with for a few days.  The twin towers in the background should clearly state we aren’t in Kansas or 2013 anymore.  Please comment on your speculations.   Foto #1

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This is from the converging waters just south of the Battery.  Notice the towers to the right.    Foto#2

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Note the stripe on Coursen‘s bow.   Foto #3

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Note the I-beam structure to the right.  Foto #4

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Note the relative positions of the towers and the Manhattan-side Holland Tunnel vent.  Foto #5

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Again, thanks in advance for your comments and reminiscences.

Source will be credited soon.

Springtime . . . and motion gives a renewed sense of life to the watery boro.  Emerald Sea‘s been around all winter, but she’s not moved loads like this.  Diner?  Prefab beach buildings for post-Sandy reconstruction?  Many thanks to Ashley Hutto for this shot taken along Roxbury, Queens.

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Eclipse, the huge yacht in the distance has taller masts than Clipper City, the tallest sailing vessel operating in the the harbor.  Eclipse left the harbor Tuesday, headed for Gibraltar.

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Schooner Virginia left Wednesday, headed for Virginia . . . by way of Portland, Maine.

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Anyone know the manufacturer of the speedboat in the foreground?  In the background is Zephyr, launched 10 years ago from the Austal Shipyard in Mobile, AL . . . and Wavertree, launched 128 years ago in Southampton, UK.

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I could almost imagine this boat has a bowsprit.

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Smaller workboats seem more commonplace this time of year like Henry Hudson,

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this Oyster Bay government boat,

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an OCC vessel,

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and of course the ubiquitous all-weather sludge tanker North River, frequently mentioned on this blog.

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Thanks to Ashley for the first foto, and I’d love to know what that structure on the Weeks barge is.  All other fotos by Will Van Dorp, who feels the urge to go somewhere too.

It was a rainy day and I was giving some friends a tour of the city,  intending to leave the camera in the waterproof bag . . . but how could I pass up a foto like this . . . “spring-showers” washed-out colors notwithstanding.

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Schooner Virginia was in town.  As of this writing, it’s anchored south of the George Washington Bridge.   Two very different places I’ve seen Virginia in the past year are here in tropical waters and here in her home waters.   I’d loved to have been on the tug HMS Liberty at this moment.

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Here’s where I first caught sight of her . . . approaching tug Liberty Service lightering Amalthea.

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Another delight in port was T/S State of Maine, by now headed south for the 2013 training cruise . . . with San Juan as its southernmost destination.

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Also in port . .  Prisco Elizaveta and Atlantic Jupiter.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who in the course of the day, was so thoroughly and delightfully showered upon that the clothes are still wet

The Atlantic is a huge place, and this vessel is currently northbound in that expanse.  And where would that put them?

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Off Namibia.

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here leaving Cape Town last weekend.  Click here for the map, and here for the kapteines-logg, complete with pics.   See the huge blue wall along the portside of Sørlandet?

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It turns out that this 85-year-old ship stopped in the sixth boro in 1981 and 1986.  Click here for a video of the vessel headed for Chicago in 1933!

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The “blue wall” is Colossos . . . although I’ve no idea what it’s doing down in Cape Town.

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All fotos thanks to Colin Syndercombe.

Does anyone have fotos of Sørlandet in the sixth boro in the 1980s?

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