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Pilot No. 1

Since noon it’s been raining, but the sunrise brought this sequence:  CSAV Romeral outbound for Baltimore and one of the most beautiful work vessels of the sixth boro inbound.  Also, that’s Vane’s Magothy in the distance.  And for outatowners, way in the distance is Coney Island, home of the mermaid parade on the summer solstice. […]

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 . . . […]

Mermaid Parade 2011a

Coney Island–the reef–has existed within the sixth boro since time immemorial, this gathering has occurred since 1983, and tugster has blogged it since 2007, drawn by the natural beauty of creatures–like this one— with their altruistic sensibilities, their bio-diversity, their breathing behavior in dry–if muggy- air, and … more. But I couldn’t help noticing yesterday […]

Mermaid Parade 2011b

aka  . .  pastries pasties and paint, starting with the self-described  “naked cowgirl.” Why gild the lily? I’ll just put up fotos but further remain mute. See you at south Brooklyn aka Isle of Coney next year. Happy summertime. All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Midsummer 1

The solstice happens in a week.  Is your household ready, mobilized.  Can you safely take it out onto the highways and wetways? Thoughts of anything but summer . . .  with its adventures and gallivants . .. are elusive, for me.  Dana Spiotta writes of that in tomorrow’s NYTimes magazine, recounting a voyage on the […]

June Fishing in the Sixth Boro 2

#1 was here. It’s June.  Might you be suffering from hypoclupea . . .  deficiency of herring?    Read what the celebrated neurologist Oliver Sacks writes about treatment here, as published in the New Yorker two years ago.  Hypoclupea can leave you blase, bleached, apathetic . . . dried out . . . as Miss […]

Government Boats 16

GB15 was here. About the foto below, I love  surprising discoveries like this:  Rikers Island has a launch, Officer Guy Hudson.  I wonder if the launch has ever figured in searches for escaping Rikers’ inmates.  Click here for foto and video tour of Rikers.* Below foto taken last weekend, Kojima has made the sixth boro […]

Two Hours on the KVK 3: Winter Solstice

I chased the moon this morning, and lost.  By the time I got away from my high-horizoned, building-intensive lair, the solstice moon only recently eclipsed, had slipped beneath the New Jersey highlands, but in spite of the cold . . . . I was not disappointed. First I caught the sixth-boro newby Crystal Cutler pushing […]

Super Ads

I have deliberately declined ads on this blog, as you know.  Occasionally, I’m told, the blogging hosts runs them around the margin.  If you  see one of those, I have the same policy as bowsprite . . . posted upper right here:  “mention bowsprite tugster for 15% off your next cutter suction head purchase.”   […]

Solstice ’10

June 19 . . . from the boardwalk after the parade, and (maybe celebrating solstice inland) nary a mermaid or seamaster in sight.  An unidentified sloop plots a course between two outbound c-vessels.  See frogma’s solstice on the boardwalk pix here. June 18 . . . a McAllister boat heads past the World Financial Center […]