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Belfast probably has fewer people than does my block in Queens, but it jam packed with character. In fact, I wanted to move there after spending a single weekend there two years ago. Here and here are some posts I did from there.
Many thanks to Tom Mann for these photos, taken in July 2015. Notable among vessels in port, the exquisite Cangarda. Here’s a post I did on it five years ago. Click here for the truly unique Cangarda, built in 1901 and almost lost several times.
This is their 400-ton crane.
From l. to r., it’s Fournier Tractor and Taurus. In case you didn’t click on all the links above, click here to see a photo I took of the Fournier Tractor a few years back, as well as a warning sign in case anyone thinks about usurping a parking spot in front of the Fournier Towing and Ship Service office.
I’m not sure who the current owner of Fort Point is. She’s the 1970 YTB-809.
Cape Race is a frequent fixture of Atlantic Basin in Brooklyn. Does anyone know what’s current with Wanderbird, which came into Long Island Sound about two weeks ago. Wanderbird is a similar repurposed North Sea trawler . . . as an expedition yacht.
I can’t sign off without another photo of the steam yacht Cangarda, built at Pusey & Jones in 1901, originally for a lumber magnate in Manistee, Michigan, named Charles J. Canfield.
Again, many thanks to Tom Mann for these photos.
Taken over in Newark Bay . . a shrink-wrapped airplane on a barge . . foto compliments of the team over at Henry Marine. I did this post in April 2013, but you should befriend them on Facebook at Tug Life at Henry Marine for a different take on working in the sixth boro. Anyone know where this airplane has gone/is going? Two of several previous posts with airplanes on barges are here and here.
Up near the Thousand Islands and the Canadian border, it’s Bowditch, foto compliments of Bob Stopper. Bowditch dates from 1954 and used to be called Hot Dog. More of Bob’s fotos from upstate NY and other places soon.
And last but not least, taken off New London during its schooner fest, it’s Malabar II, a 91-year-old vessel of John Alden design. Fotos of this timeless vessel come compliments of Rod Clingman.
Mant thanks to Rod, Allan, Bob, Maraki, and –last but not least–the crew at Henry Marine for permission to use these fotos.
Now some info on other people’s events:
and last but certainly not least . . . that’s a tugster foto below. Click here for details.
Here’s a projects post I did two years ago. The project boat below–an early 1930s 35′ ACF– is available. Here’s a post I did five years ago about an ACF and here’s an article with a few fotos about another ACF that was lavished with love. For info on the vessel below–located in Cape Cod–get in touch. Seller is motivated!
Multiple prompts have got me thinking about projects. One is the vessel below called Source, starting point for transformation into a restaurant boat in a movie called Secret of the Grain, set in southern France. Possibly this is a good but sad Father’s Day movie.
Some day I will take on a boat project. Shoofly caught my attention when I visited Astoria OR recently. This 28′ cedar gill-net boat is mentioned in Carl Safina’s Song for the Blue Ocean (207). Obviously, I’d have to stop blogging this way if I undertook a project boat or a boat project.
Seth Tane took this foto in the early 1980s on Hoboken bank of the North River. This has to be the wildest variation on a trimaran I’ve ever seen. Anybody know what became of this project?
And then there’s the exquisite Cangarda, once a sunken hulk . . . as shown here.
What else has gotten me into this mood include some books I’ve recently finish, notably Max Hardberger’s Seized: Battling Scoundrels and Pirates While Recovering Stolen Ships in the World’s Most Troubled Waters. Start reading and you won’t put it down. Other forces have also created this mood, which has also driven me through all the “wrecks & relics” on a fantastic site called shipspotting. Here are some of my favorites: Here and here for PT3, wooden yachts Averilla and Wayward Girl, trawler to schoolship Prinses Juliana, island freighter Gerda Maria, and tugboats Arv Fernando Gomez, Tulagi, US Navy tug Saint Christopher, Torrent, and finally Catriel in Argentina. Some exotic projects could be this cold war era patrol boat VMV 20, and twin antiques of the future Falcon II and III.
And seriously, if you’re interested in the ACF in the top foto, please drop me a comment or email.
Some day when I’ve got a space to work in and trade in this blog, I’ll begin a boat project . . . building something new from scratch. And if I do this, I’ll document the project from plans and sawdust to charts and logs of journeys as Meryll and Tom have done here for the past half dozen years.
Don’t forget to send in your estimate of the cost of ONE of these cutter head teeth. Answer SOON!
J. P. Morgan’s Hoboken-built Corsair II sometimes flashes by from either an image or reference, but I never saw it: it turned into scrap about 10 years before I was born. I never expected to see anything like it. I did know of Vajoliroja, Johnny Depp’s yacht. And did post this foto (see 3rd foto from bottom) of Atlantide, with some lines like steam-yacht headed up the Hudson last fall. So the following vessels quite astounded me in Mystic. First, Cangarda.
boasts seven steam engines!
If you can, get thee to Mystic soon to see this gem, “managed” by Steven Cobb, a former master of Wavertree and other vessels.
Currently, Mystic has TWO steam yachts aka screw schooner. Amazon was dieselized
Here are a few dozen fotos of Cangarda taken between 1901 and 1999. Here’s a link to an article on the owner of Cangarda (scroll about halfway though). Stuff can go awry at a ship launch, and that ALMOST what happened with Cangarda. Cangarda joins a list of prestigious yachts saved through the efforts of folks at IYRS.
Here’s an article on Amazon, launched 1885!
Finally, just a potpourri of steam yacht images, of which one to see must be Gondola.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.