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Mermaid Parade 2011c

With apologies to Johna, here are the pastries, a merman, a merbike, but no meryak!!  Guess that one will challenge us til next year. Horns aplenty  (more than in Pamplona Seattle)  feted the solstice, as did hooks on lures, harlequins of many genres, spiral horned, orchestrated horns, harlequins with parasols, and here . . . […]

Waterbloggers 3

When January has ended and winter still holds us in its icy grip, some folks around the sixth boro get together and engage in group therapy to exorcise the  demons of  cold and isolation.  Here and here are previous sessions. Here’s a group shot of those seeking solace from the debilitation of February fevers and […]

Winds of December

Fundraiser TONIGHT Dec 1, 2010 for the tug Pegasus!!  It’s unfortunate that I have to work elsewhere tonight. A short post today . . .  it’s December and just to call it windy out is an understatement along the lines of saying that in winter the sixth boro is less hot than in June, that sex […]

Gazela in Atlantic Basin

Can you guess the connection between the three fotos that follow?    Gazela –540 hp, the oldest wooden square-rigger sailing in the United States, built in Portugal in 1901 (?) to fish cod, and Philadelphia’s tall ship. Paul T. Moran, 7200 hp and built in 1975 and “pirate Calico Jack, who, unbeknownst to his crew, […]

Mary Whalen BlueBQ

BlueBQ?  Why blue? “Blue moon?” I wondered.   “Blue eyes, blueberries, or blue chips . . . ?” No, it’s blue space, the “watery parts” needing consideration in urban planning . . . like green space . . . only aquaeous. The sixth boro is blue space. BlueBQ:  It’s PortSide NewYork’s fundraiser held on July […]

Atlantic Basin 1

(Back in New York)  You’ve seen this before here.  No, it’s not named for a boat competition, as someone suggested to me yesterday.  The paint is spiffied up, but imagine my surprise and delight when Cape Race glided into Atlantic Basin yesterday under her own power, accompanied by music from her own Cat 3512. Ah […]

Really Random Tugs

Thanks to Amy Bucciferro for the first two fotos here taken in San Francisco in early May.  From left to right here, Japanese training barque Kaiwo Maru II, unidentified AmNav tugs, and SFFD fireboat Guardian.  The AmNav tugs are either  Independence (farther) and Patricia Ann (nearer). Below is 1914 tug Eppleton Hall, seaworthy enough in […]

Tug Race 2010 Countdown

To see last year’s post from August 30, click here.   For info on the race next Sunday, click here.  If you scroll through that previous link, way down in the fine print you’ll read that this year’s race is dedicated to the memory of Don Sutherland.  Below is a short video I made at […]

Atlantic Basin 2

home of the two Marys.  The farther Mary comes and goes, but the nearer one–Mary A. Whalen, hub of the Basin–will serve as locus for (literally) tons of visiting historical vessels (See Atlantic Basin 1)  this summer as well as intangible amounts of fun.  See the full calendar of music, movies, lectures, and visiting vessels […]

Sixth Boro Spectrum

What Bonnie does here for Flatbush, I’ll attempt within the sixth boro, starting here with the venerable Mary Whalen and King Dorian (glad that’s not “durian“) before shifting to shorter wavelength in Jo Selje and Panagia Lady, here lightering onto (I think) JoAnne Reinauer III. Continuing across the spectrum with Stolt Vanguard and sibling Perseverence.  Then […]