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Old Year 2018

I’ve mentioned before about my people the Dutch celebrating “old years day” on December 31.   As the child of immigrants, I’m blessed by this one of many ways they see the world differently, a perspective I’m happy to share.  So here is a retrospective of the year, the result of a process of scanning […]

Lake Loop 9: More Milwaukee

What can you do with a 1953-built T-boat? Just about anything.  Since 1970, Neeskay has been UW-Milwaukee’s primary research vessel.  I hope to post more about her later. Joseph started brewing his fizzy water 169 years ago in Milwaukee. The Milwaukee River has numerous drawbridges. Frederick was brewing his five years earlier even than Joseph. Krista […]

Jetster Returns

Few things about flying rival “window seat,” as they complement my lifelong fascination with maps and, later, charts.  Of course, few things are as frustrating as realizing I’m sitting on the wrong side of the airplane and can’t just run to the other side.  Anyhow, let’s play a game of window seat IDs of photos […]

More Fishing Tugs 6

Happy fall equinox.  This seems as good a time as any to honor Poseidon with a photo parade of more fish tugs, to really challenge a segue. . . as is grouping Lady Kate with fishing tugs.  It appears she was built as passenger vessel G. A. Buckling II back in 1952, and is wearing […]

1914–1941 Floating Theater

I’m thrilled to discover entirely new stories, like this one, which I found after following up some info I’d seen on a historical marker sign in Bath, NC, a month ago.  Click here and scroll to see the historical marker.  I saw it briefly in the headlights but took no photos. When I googled “floating theater bath […]

1928 Fishing Trawler, etc.

A month and a half ago I posted photos here of Picton Castle as a freighter and a barque and only alluded to its previous incarnations as Swansea motorized fishing trawler and minesweeper.  Below is what she looked like as a minesweeper.  A crewman wrote:  “The minesweeper service lost more ships than any other branch […]

Other People’s Photos 51

Here’s a link to the series. Click anywhere on the photo below to see its provenance.  My question is .  . where and when was this photo taken? Here’s a closer up of the top portion of the photo.  And if you haven’t clicked on the photo above, I’ll tell you the source is a fine […]

Other Watersheds 14

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 […]

Random Ships 28

Here was 27. Ken Bailey of Michigan Exposures sent along this foot of a cold Detroit River with icebreaking being done by a bulk carrier Ojibway, same vintage as the SS United States AND Badger. Last week’s weather fotos from Brian DeForest . . . Atlantic Conveyer cuts through a hint of fog, assisted by […]

Random Tugs 111

Robert E. McAllister has quickly become my favorite tugboat in the sixth boro.  I know how fickle that sounds . . .  But here, muscling Victorious Ace around under cover of darkness, Robert E. is incomparable. Of course, Margaret Moran nudging in Carnival Glory is no slouch either. As many in the sleeping city have […]