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These photos I took back in September 2011.

This boat became Bouchard Boys and is now in Red Hook waiting to be repainted as Stasinos Boys.  She’s 100′ x 31′ and 3900 hp.

North Sea has had many owners;  currently she’s Sause Brothers North Sea out of Portland OR.   She’s 120′ x 34′ vessel with 4200 hp moving her.

Growler used to be one of my favorites during the years I went to the Hudson River tugboat races.  She’s changed hands several times recently and last I saw her she was in the Arthur Kill.  She’s a 1962 Jacksonville-built WYTL, as the others, 64′ x 19′ powered by a 300 single Cat D-375 V8, or once was.

How about another shot of another attempt . . .  with Maurania III and Ross Sea looking on.

Since coming off the ways in 1979, Miriam Moran has worked in the sixth boro of New York under that name.  From my outsider’s perspective, she has paid off handsomely.  At 99′ x 32′ and with 3000 hp, she has just assisted Seabourn Sojourn into the passenger terminal.

Sassafras then was three years old;  she’s since been sold out of the Vane fleet and now wears colors of Norfolk Tug as George Holland, at 90′ x 32′ and 3000 hp.

Thornton Bros. here was just a few years away from the scrapper;  she began life as John E. Matton at the shipyard in Cohoes in 1958.  Her long run is profiled in a tugster post  here. The “shipyard” link is a couple hours’ good history reading, including a surprise about a well-known naval architect who once worked for Matton.

As part of the 10-year commemoration of 9/11, USS New York came back to the sixth boro after having made her inaugural visit here two years before.  The yellow/brown water reveals the aftermath of Hurricane Irene that gorged all the streams upriver.   USS New York has a FB page here.  Escorting her here is Ellen McAllister.

Yacht Black Knight made an appearance passing the tip of Manhattan while passing from the Sound to the North River in mid-month after theb hurricane. She’s a 1968 product of Goudy & Stevens, an East Boothbay ME yard that has done a wide variety of vessels.

I’ve got a few dozen pics from this month in the archives, but let’s call this the end of this post;  all photos, WVD.

 

 

I looked for a name, but saw only this . . . ballyhoo, which reminded me of the conch republic already a quarter year ago.  Can you identify the yacht?

Black Knight, head-turner that she is, sports

no ballyhoo.

Nor does this large trawler in town last weekend.  Know her?  I love the stacks that suggest Sea Raven . . .

Here following replica vessel Clipper City past Ellis Island . . . it’s Black Douglas, with its tender Wild Oats.

Milk and Honey . . .  not my cup of tea, although I like the other yachts in this post.

Here’s the last clue to the ballyhoo-sporting three-masted schooner, high tech version of sail.

Spirit of Bermuda it is, recent winner of large boat class at the Gloucester Schooner fest.  Click here for a video by Capt. Joey.

All fotos taken in September 2011 by Will Van Dorp.

Many thanks to Norm from Maine who identified a vessel I’ve wondered about since I caught it–below–just before a thunderstorm last summer. See this link for a much better shot/enlarged too of Black Knight, built 1958 by Goudy & Stevens in Boothbay, Maine, loa 75’x19’x8′.

 

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So, fantastic . . . here’s an unidentified black-hulled vessel roughly same size on the same East River last summer mid-July. Anyone identify this one?

 

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Photos, WVD.

You’ve seen some of the delights this non-river has to offer, here’s a mystery vessel I’ve seen twice, once at dusk and the other time just before a major thunderstorm. It has a black hull, natural wood superstructure, and twin masts complete with one set of shrouds. I’ve increased the contrast so that details are more visible.
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Anyone identify? Is it mass produced or a one-off? An antique? If I indulge my fantasizing, I can imagine it could be a contemporary version of the Flying Dutchman.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

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