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Sometimes I find I just misunderstood–and forget– stuff.  Like the story of Benjamin Elliot and Margot.  Margot is at the half century mark and Benjamin Elliot will be there in two years.  And they work as a major portion of New York State Marine Highway.

Margot came off the ways at Jakobson’s in Oyster Bay, NY, and Benjamin Elliot, Gladding Hearn.  Contrast Margot’s wheelhouse in the foto below with the one at the NYS link here.

I took the two fotos below in 2006.  Last weekend I spoke with a crewman of Margot, who corrected my erroneous assumption that these were semi-retired boats.  No way . . . on the most recent voyage, Margot traveled from Norfolk, VA to Duluth, MN, over 1500 miles away!    And after the Roundup, she would run a similar load to coastal Ohio.   Oh, what I forgot was my foto here of Margot following the highway through the sixth boro last winter.

I’d be happy to post either of these NYS Marine Highway vessels in any distant ports.  If you have one, pass it along.

Benjamin Elliot is ex-El Jean.  Margot is ex-Hustler II, ex-Jolene Rose, and ex-Margot Moran.

Photos, WVD.

Imagine sport without scoring . . . the Olympics without medals . . . a tennis championship with statistics on “seeding”

boxing without weight divisions,

a softball game with neither umpires nor arguments,

a playground where the only rule is that everyone goes push and smile,

and then you’d have the beginnings of an idea of the Roundup, but there’s a lot more . . . like

the stories, reminiscences, ideas, joking,  planning, late summer sun and tropical storm torrents . . .  Roundup #11 is only 363 days away and 158 miles north of the sixth boro.  See you there.

Photos, WVD.

Darkness has fallen on the confluence in Waterford, and a bargeload of fireworks will mark the end of Tug Roundup #10.  Wisps of white pudding on the vessel to the left evidence what had happened under the afternoon sun.

But Gowanus Bay and Cornell were to clash again.

As did 8th Sea and W. O. Decker,   and

steamer African Queen v. the sheriff??  This was just posing, right?

More noses and more on the RoundUp soon.

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