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You know that day after T’giving?  Maybe you call it by another name, whose derivation you might not know.  For me it’s sometimes a good day to keep my eyes open, as was the case back in 2012.

Permute that number to 2021, and it was also a good day to be out, despite the gray leaden sky.  First I saw Candice L. in the sixth boro.  She’s appeared in this blog before, but never in the sixth boro. 


Note the red rings on her black stack?  Clearly she’s fleetmate of Cajun, Liz Alma, Camie, and Delta.  Now I’ve seen the whole fleet.

A bit later Katan caught my attention. 

Note the colors and logo seen here previously on Angelina Autumn.  Also, note the “davits” on either side of the wheelhouse holding knotted line for quick exit from wheelhouse to weather deck, not a common feature of sixth boro regulars. 


Although she carries nameboards for Michelle, AIS shows her as Katan, a name whose origin puzzles me.

She dropped off some barges and went right back out to sea. As of this morning, she’s back in Norfolk.

The vessel that got me out looking to begin with was this one, Martin Explorer, which my associative brain processed incorrectly as Martian Explorer, which would have been an interesting sighting indeed. 

She’s clearly a Candies design of a certain vintage, reminding me of Emma M. Roehrig/Greenland Sea, a former regular in the sixth boro but now possibly done for.  See that same boat here before that as Tecumseh and S/R Providence, out of the notch and showing her lines clearly.

Unfortunately, she went to the anchorage and these are the best photos I’ve gotten of her for now.  Martin Explorer is the first Martin Midstream Partnership vessel I’ve seen. As of this writing Sunday morning, she’s still anchored in the Upper Bay.  For more of the Martin Midstream fleet, I may have to travel south.

All photos, WVD, who’s glad he went out on exotic Friday, a once a year event.

By the way, yesterday I made up some 2022 calendars, of which 24 will be for sale.  I used a subjective process this time.  More details later but if you’re interested, email me your interest and your address.  Send no money at this time, please, but prices will likely be up a tad because, of course, politics. 



Apologies for sitting on these photos fo so long, but today’s the day to put them up.  The previous 72 can be found here.

From Mage, long-time reader and commenter . . ..  the sailing vessel below is proclaimed as the “world’s oldest active sailing ship.”  I’d go along with that, since I can’t name one older and although I suspect someone might quibble with some of those adjectives.  Can anyone identify it based on this statement and photo?  Mage posts as frequently as I do, work that you can find here.

I haven’t posted this in a half year because I couldn’t identify the tugs.  Maybe someone can help with that.  Once you get other pieces of info, you will know the location.

From Sean, another long-time reader and commenter . . . these workboats.  From the photo and from names, can you identify the location?  Previous photos by Sean here.

Click here for fuller specs on R/V Palmetto.  Click here for a closer-up photo of USACE Evans.

I’ve seen Candice L as far south as North Carolina, but this photo comes from longtime reader and commenter, Tony.

Tony also sends along a photo of this vessel Irvington, which appears to be a small double-ended ferry.  Anyone know where it works/has worked?  Here are previous photos sent along by Tony.

And finally, here’s a subster photo from Tommy on the Clyde, the Scottish Clyde, not the upstate NY one.  Anyone identify the sub?  Previous photos by Tommy here.  Previous submarines on this blog . . . here.

Starting from the top, the sailing vessel is the 1863 Star of India. According to Tommy, the sub may be this one.   

Many thanks for these photos to Mage Bailey, Sean McQuilken, Tony A, and Tommy Bryceland.



I visited Southport once before, six years ago, when I met a wonderful gentleman who showed off his 1938 restored fishing boat Solomon T, here.

This time a small dredge operation was going on near shore, involving P&L’s Hercules.  Also


there was Sea Oak (whose fleet mates have some great names here)  and




Candice L.  Thanks to SM.


Also, working on the project was crew boat Captain Tom.




I plan to get back to Southport in late spring.

Part of my interest here is explained by this book:  Masters of the Shoals. 



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