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If ever I knew this poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley, the spouse of Mary Shelley, who authored Frankenstein then I’d forgotten it til a stranger–a compelling stranger– recited though not as an invitation the second half for me :

“See the mountains kiss high heaven.       And the waves clasp one another;        No sister-flower would be forgiven        If it disdained its brother;       And the sunlight clasps the earth.       And the moonbeams kiss the sea:       What is all this sweet work worth           If thou kiss not me?”

Bravo P. B.  Shelley!!

Here’s a hypothetical how-to PB might have appended:  Approach and watch signals.  Some signals are not visible yet real.

Establish first contact.  Time for subtlety has expired.

Move to the other side.  It might offer more frisson than the first.

Send out other tendrils of contact.

Allow  pressure and tempo to build;  then surge

even more, as one.

See bowsprite’s 2009 V-Day wish rendition here.

For loosening Affinity from her mooring and whirling her out to the open sea, compliments to the crew of Miriam Moran!  And to the stranger, merci.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.  Add  V-Day sentiments?

(cont. from yesterday)

Divine decks and the city . . . with Zeus.  Between Zeus and the city, that’s GMD docks at Bayonne, where both Tavrichesky Bridge and Sichem Defiance are having some attention lavished on them.  Notice between Zeus bow and the left side of the foto … just beyond the ivory colored building then to the right of Three World Financial Center … it’s Zurab Tsereteli‘s 9/11 monument.

Miriam Moran spinning the decks of Affinity while survey deck of Wolf River slips past.  Wolf River . . . now that’s a vessel whose name is begging for lyrics and a tune.

Over on the opposite side, we see Jersey City astride the afterdeck of Gramma Lee T Moran.

East Coast decks approaching a scrap tow pushed by a blue boat . . . and just off and beyond the clusterflurry of Manhattan, you can see Citibank Tower in Queens.

Of course, it’s June K, pushing two decks worth of scrap,  with fishing decks way off in the distance in front of the ferry terminal/Whitehall portion of the city and headed toward the East River.

Parting decks and the city:  the decks of NYK Daedalus and the ex-city Brooklyn, now one of the six boros, topped by the ex-Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower.

Any time you’re ready for more decks and the city, call me.  Don’t expect any resemblance to characters with names like Henry or Harry or Carry or Chary or  …  But all these banks, time for some Pete Seeger.  Indulge me.

All fotos, Will Van Dorp.

(Note:  See Bonnie’s iceboat video here.  Woohoo!).

New subject:  I went out looking the fotos the day before the snow storm, and here’s what I got in response to a request from my cousin.  It sounded like she asked for fotos of decks in the city . . .  with storied locations as back story . . . many stories, plenty decks.  Caveat:  She mumbles a bit, my cousin.  Well . . . cuz . . .

… for tugboat decks,  here’s Morgan light.  And in the background, a spread of city from Goldman Sachs (Jersey City) on the left to World Trade on the right, with the Empire State Building and the tip of Chrysler in between.

About-to-pirouette product tanker decks, here’s Affinity.

More light tugboat decks, try on Socrates.

You want throaty power?  Consider the decks of Adriatic Sea and DBL76.

For some variety, you might check for a fit with ice-class tanker decks, the festive color and musical name  that is Stena Concert . . . and just in time for Valentine’s Day. Yes?  Well, more decks then.

For doubleskin barge and tug decks, I give you Pocomoke.    I can tell you’re not satisfied yet, cara.  More to come.

Newish tugboat decks with a feline flair . . .  here’s the ex-Jaguar now Kimberly Poling.

All fotos taken on February 9 ( less than 24 hours before onset of the so-called snowcopalypse) by Will Van Dorp.  More decks and then even more, but for now,  it’s lpm.  I’m all tuckered out.

To be continued . . .

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