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During this part of August 36 years ago, Freeport boat builder Al Grover was headed for Europe, one of my favorite local stories.  Hear him tell parts of it here, and yes, he fell overboard during the trip.  Yes, he went to Europe in one of his own 26′ boats.

 

He had three Evinrude outboards strapped onto this transom for the crossing;  while the boat was on the other side of the Atlantic, of course he had to follow that huge coastline to overnight in the cove in front of Evinrude‘s ancestral home. There are lots of photos and a map in the link in the previous sentence. The inventor of the first practical and reliable outboard engine came to the US from Sweden when he was about five.

All photos in Freeport NY, WVD.  Pay respects to his feat along the nautical mile there.

Have a favorite local sea story?  We know there are more than commonly known.  Leave it in the comments?

 

Coming in past the obsolete and almost-development-obscured Coney Island parachute jump, it’s a science ship.

R & R . . . that stands for “research and recreation.”  Ocean Researcher has worked in the area for over a year, but she’s still an unusual vessel for the sixth boro.  And the small craft below . . . that IS my dream boat, a Grover 26.  Believe it or not, a version of that crossed the Atlantic back in the 1980s, with crew and builder from Freeport NY.

Ocean Researcher has been mapping the sea bed over in the area where the Atlantic City wind farm will be planted.

The Grover towing a tender.  Last year around this time I was contemplating getting a Grover 26.  My reservation . .   you can’t have too many toys.

I’m not sure why OR gets escorted in each time, given that it likely has some fine maneuvering tools and skills.

Ah . . . the Grover, it calls to me.  Maybe I can lease one for a summer and make a long trip.  I’m baring my soul here.

Gardline operates this vessel.  I saw one person on deck;  I wonder how many work aboard.

sigh . . .

With all the exotic bathymetric vessels calling in the sixth boro, I wonder how long it’ll be before pre-assembled modules will begin appearing.

All photos . . . WVD, who invites you to e-join me on Tuesday, for a synchronous or asynchronous Erie Canal tour.

See November gusts here.  Today on the Upper Bay gusts were in excess of 25 mph.

Spray crashes over the bulwarks although to my untrained eye, Quantico Creek rides smooth, as

does Elk River, a short time later.

Pilot boats like Yankee are designed to ride in all weather.

Ellen Bouchard pushes B. No. 284 through quite effortlessly.

Kate Maersk holds tight.

But this outboard motorboat needed more care in negotiating wakes and swells.

Yet, here’s a similar size boat–a 26′ Grover–that crossed the Atlantic.  See video here and a background article here.

Some basic statistics:  route was from St. Pierre to Portugal, 26 days at sea, 615 gallons of fuel resulting in only 10″ freeboard upon departure, and an encounter with Hurricane Claudette.    You can see her in Freeport, NY.  See 10 minutes of fotos of a Grover restoration project here.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

See doryman for more small boats.  I ran some small boat posts here and here back in January.

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