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I choose to interrupt the “go west” series here. It will continue soon. And why? Late yesterday, emerging from the fires over in Sarnia it came . . .
to enter the Black River.
Draken‘s a beauty with carved European oakwood
like above on the bow cap rail and below on one of many oarlock covers.
Below it’s the captain to the right and the district 3 Lakes Pilot to the left as
international crew prepares to slips the dock lines and
head northward into a stormy Huron night.
Being in the low countries, I thought I’d ask around if meow man–certainly a sixth boro staple– had ever made an appearance. And I thought I’d ask in places where I stood a chance to get a response. Like Lelystad, a city of over 75,000 people at 10 feet below sea level. My “Hey there. Do you know meow man?” got this fang-baring big eyed response . . .
“Miauw man? Ik heb nog nooit van hem gehoord.” I’ll translate word by word: “I have ever never from him heard.”
At first I feared my red friend–figurehead of De Zeven Provinciën would catapult out of his enclosure, but he only pulled himself to an above-sea level-perch to ask his big friend . . .
this guy, figurehead on Batavia.
And the big red guy’s answer was: “Miauw man? Wie of wat is hij, dit miauw man?” Word by word, it translates as, “MM, who or what is he, this MM?” So the Batavia figurehead roared out across the sea looming over the farmland and asked this guy . . .
this really big guy . . . 60 tons known by various names . . . suggested by the pose.
And he said not a word, which made me suspect he actually knew something, had associations with MM, and was keeping the secret.
All photos and interpretations of conversations that really really did happen by Will Van Dorp.
With mallet and gouge, Dave is truly a master sawdust maker.
Unrelated: I’m not dedicating a post to names at this time, but I just noticed that Herman Hesse was entering port as Irene’s Remedy was departing.
If you live near NYC , a great way to mark Memorial Day aka Decoration Day, visit any of the open piers. Check out the “early history” in this wikipedia link. I seized the morning out here, on DDG 57 USS Mitscher.
and starboard aft toward DDG-66 USS Gonzalez. On the tour I saw a wide range of specialists.
walruses!! And it turns out they do! Although, seriously, masks of different sorts are worn in traditional dances–reorgs–and the walrus represents strength.
Although Dewaruci was built at Stulken Sohn in Hamburg, begun in 1932 (pre-WW2 and therefore commssioned by the Dutch??) , it was completed in 1953, year four of Indonesian independence from the Dutch. The design, then, dates from a time that commercial sail still existed. But the detail on this vessel, currently on its last voyage, is phenomenal. I haven’t seen so much wood carving on a vessel since I visited the schooner Anne.
with Garuda and
Irian Jayan, actually the western end of the island of New Guinea.
and the engine order telegraph.
An intriguing poster on deck also shows all the commanding officers from 1953 to present, from Majoor A. F. H. Rosenow to Haris Bima B. Letkol Laut.
All fotos and story by Will Van Dorp.
This isn’t the first tugster post with a single foto . . . and I’m not going to research among the 1762 previous posts how many more there’ve been.
And here’s a question . . . can you identify the vessel that follows wherever this sea bull leads?
Don’t forget to make your daily “partners in preservation” vote. Click on the image of the “rapid-aging-software-altered foto of tugster below, register, scroll thru to find “Tug Pegasus and Waterfront Museum Barge,” and vote once a day through May 21. Ask your friends to vote too.
Guess what this is? And check out this link to a related site from Baltimore, from the same marina Le Papillon departed on its fateful trajectory. Maggie of sailingmevoy blog and vessels Me Voy and Tara sent the next two fotos along, courtesy of Art and Linda Benson, who were there
from the beginning. Foto below shows THE launch. The top foto shows an instant in the construction of Le Papillon. I’d love to learn more about the day, the event. Note the absence of a prop. This foto especially makes clear the relationship between Le Papillon and Rosemary Ruth, still for sale; follow the links here for lots of Rosemary Ruth fotos.
Following a northward trajectory similar to Le Papillon was this vessel. The figurehead appeared on this blog over four years ago.
fog Monday. The construction of Stadt Amsterdam served as on-the-job training for young and unemployed Amsterdammers between December of 1997 and 1998, and
I wonder what jobs these Damen Oranjewerf workers moved into after Stadt was launched. And I wonder who carved the catheads. At some point tomorrow, Stadt Amesterdam sails for Boston and an endless number of points beyond. Keep an eye open and a camera charged?
Thanks to Maggie, the Bensons, and Dan for these fotos.
Unrelated thoughts about this foto from gCaptain . . . (click on the “capture” to read the story.) My thoughts . . . I have no sympathy whatsoever for the pirates; however, that dhow
If you’re not familiar with gCaptain, it’s a fantastic site for all things maritime.
In less than half day from this writing, March will arrive. Since I hope for t-shirt mildness by end of March, I’m counting on the month to arrive . . . like a large feline: lion plus whatever synergy comes from compounding with year of the Tiger. (For the record, the tiger portion of that synergy frightens me most.) As peace offering then, I dedicate this post to the large felines. The foto of Sea Lion below comes from 2006; I haven’t seen this 1980 tug in a while. Anyone explain?
Feline connection with Half Moon? Some of the hawses, like these two, are
framed by red felines . .. line lions, I suppose?
Onrust has as figurehead a growling lion today, but this foto from a year ago shows the about-to-hatch beast pre-blond, actually natural wood tones. More Onrust soon.
Growler . .. that could be a lion reference.
Eagle Boston, escorted by McAllister Responder, shows registry as Singapore, from the Malay Singapura meaning “Lion City,” although the namesake was probably a tiger, not a lion at all. So we should call that nation Tigrapura?
From the platbodem armada headed north on the Hudson last summer, farther is Danish Naval Frigate Thetis, but nearer sailing vessel is Pieternel, registered in the Dutch town of Beneden-Leeuwen (Lower Lion).
And thanks to my poor eyesight, it’s easy to see the lettering on the Evergreen vessel forward here of Tasman Sea as Ever Feline. Can’t you make it out? Squint a bit and it’s skewed as daylight . .. Ever Feline, also registered in Tigrapura.
All fotos by will Van Dorp, who’s hoping for t-shirt weather and a dip off Coney Island in exactly 31 days. Anyone care to join in . . . a Patty Nolan bikini?
Join me on a walk . .. maybe a row or swim would be more accurate although the row and swim have already been done. What is this? Answer follows . . . remember that double-clicking on an image enlarges it.
The wood body . . . vessel or sounding board?
Okay . . . vessel. By a view from stem and
stern you might wonder more about it.
In this same “boathouse” are large drawings and on the far wall a video is projected. Turn the video screen 90 degrees counterclockwise (cock your head that way) and you’ll see water, horizon, and sky.
Here’s a whirlpool detail from one of the drawings and
near the center of the foto below you see it transferred onto the hull. Boat hull as sketchbook, I like it.
By the way, Marie’s website has been on my blogroll for over two years under the category “recreation.”
By the way, some personal disclosure . . . seeing boats indoors is not unusual for me: I have two kayaks hanging from my living room ceiling. One can be seen on the “about tugster” page. The other is a 1935 Folbot, all wood and brass, skinless at the moment.
Don’t you have one? Shouldn’t everyone? And yes, those are Christmas lights.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Unrelated: if I don’t post tomorrow, indulge me. I’m working on a special project for a special event.
Almost two years ago I posted this. Here’s a new installment. Truth be told, though, a better title for this set of fotos would be head ornamentation.
Pioneer here shows a novel approach to jibboom installation: grow one. If this tree were alive and rooted somewhere in the chain locker, maybe in spring . . . you think?
Moshulu sports complex painted scrollwork.
Most of Unicorn hid beneath blue tarp when I saw her in Gloucester, but the figurehead gave it all away. What I did not realize at the time was that Unicorn began her life as a Dutch motor trawler.
Barkentine Gazela Primeiro began her life in Portugal and carried dory fishermen to the Grand Banks.
Lettie G. Howard has a modest eagle’s head and gilded sinuous incisions.
Flying Jib has even more modest and
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, now in search of new head ornamentation. Not for myself of course.
By the way, the Christmas morning activity that occupied me the last two years . . . it won’t be happening this year. Merry Christmas anyhow, or –as my mother would say–prettige kerstfeest.
After bidding farewell to the fine folks and selkie of Gloucester, Bowsprite and Tugster left the site of the famed Sean Dive and headed around the corner to Essex to visit the historic Burnham yard, place of a recently started blog Boatbuilding with Burnham and
birthplace of 4000 schooners, including the current resident of the sixth boro known as Lettie G. Howard .
Our mission was to investigate the prolific sawdust output in Essex, daunting research requiring breaks between work.
After seeking high and
and low, we found it. I felt silly not knowing how a riverbank winding through the Essex marsh can produce thousands of finely-crafted wooden ships without generating heaps of sawdust! After all, long ago I’d read and reread Gordon Thomas’ Fast and Able.
With this task completed, another identical twin of Bowsprite appeared, astride the tiller and protected by the pinked stern, offering to whisk us away to the next aspect of our mission.
Many thanks to the Burnham family. Bowsprite’ and Tugster’s saga continues; after all, some things Tugster can just NOT find by or for himself, ya know.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Bowsprite satified my hungry eyes with her epic vistas of the diverse craft in the Upper Bay Sunday. Let me complement by directing the eyes to equally satisfying detail. Like flags defying uniformity of color and shape flying from
mastheads of divers tips. Actually, the tell-tale is called a wimpel. On the top foto, notice the Flinter house flag.
Fugelfrij, built in 2000, already striking with its flat-black hull, enhances that with . . . black fenders.
Vrouwe Cornelia, 1888, has lovely carved signs. Whoever Lady Cornelia was, she
left her shoes on deck. Was she the beloved, or
despite the wooden shoes . . . the mermaid muse of the first skipper? Either way, this reminder rides Cornelia‘s tiller through every turn.
These three boats (far to near . . . Pieternel, Sterre, and Vrouwe Cornelia ) alone have the combined age of 362 years!
And each tiller carries a different beast, land spirit or
water. This fish rides Sterre‘s rudderhead.
Like grapes are these parrel beads, and like a fine basket the fenders on Windroos.
And after night fell, there was the utterly delightful music man of the waters, Reinier Sijpkens, turning as many circles as
designs on his vessel or notes in his music. See him here on Youtube.
More soon. All fotos here by Will Van Dorp.
And a request: if you happen to cross paths with this flotilla the next few weeks, I’d love to see and maybe post your fotos. Email me.