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Rust . . . it transforms the

bow.  It

eats through the

starboard plating.  And

it seeps through the metal

at the stern.  You know the logic now, so next is

what happens portside on a bulk carrier hauling salt.  It

bruises and degrades the metal.

So what are these discolorations on the transom of this wooden boat?

Rust of course.

As major color changes happen this time of year from snow covering outdoor shapes (happening right now outside my window, for the first time this season) coating them with a new uniform whiteness, so rust more subtly transforms surface color but with much more dramatic and destructive  metamorphosis from within. UFO therefore expands to unseen forces outward.  Or maybe undoing from oxidation.  May we not be undone!

Hope you enjoyed this tribute to Andy.  All fotos and their modification by Will Van Dorp.  Bowsprite would fling buckets of ink and aquarelle, and Pamela would painstakingly apply pigments suspended in some oil.  Some inspiration stems from TM and MF.  Thanks all.

By the way, does anyone know previous names applied to the current Buchanan 1?

The Piscataqua is mighty . .  in its current despite its 12-mile length.  I know from kayaking experience how swift the currents flow as they shuttle between the Gulf of Maine and Great Bay, once a place of gundalows bearing loads of salt hay.  If you open no links but one in this post, make it this one on salt marsh hay just north of Cape Ann.  Today the Piscataqua still carries cargo, from and to all watery areas of the planet.  And to ensure that shipping happens without incident, a small fleet

of Moran tugs stands by:  Carly A. Turecamo, Mary M. Coppedge, and Eugenie Moran.

Anyone notice what Carly has in common with, among others, the sixth boro’s Ellen McAllister?

Training wheels . . .  aka bucket fenders; I call them armor.

Currently offloading at the Granite State Minerals‘ salt pier:  Bosphorus Queen (Click on video to see her approach the pier) .

Salt, I had not imagined it could look

so much

like sand.

We wanted to go taste it, but DHS kept us out.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Attempt at humor:  what might be an appropriate name for a lightship?  Phosphorus Queen.

Research question:  Many municipalities, neighborhoods, and homes mark holidays in the dark season December with lights in prominent places.   What–if any–sense of these non-navigation lights decorate the sixth boro?  Other harbors?  What might be a positive addition?  I’m not talking religion.  I’m just fishing for ideas here.   Check out what Gloucester and Rockland (ME) do here.

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