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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.
I could have called this “other peoples fotos,” but these are also quite unusual. Foto below comes many thanks to John Watson. According to John, it anchored off Bay Ridge for less than 12 hours yesterday to bunker. The last time this blog touched on livestock of the bovine sort was the post Cows in CATS. What I know about the vessel follows at the end of this post.
Finally, I put in this foto that I took on Sunday: this is a classy little cabin cruiser out of New Jersey. I posted a foto of it last year as well . .. I have no idea about the name or manufacturer, but my guess is that it was built within a 30ish mile radius of the sixth boro.
Answers: John’s foto shows Shorthorn Express; as of this writing, it’s headed up Delaware Bay, probably to Wilmington. And it’ll load cows for Turkey. Anyone get fotos along the way to Wilmington? Shipspotting offers a dozen fotos, including several showing the vessel–scrapped 20 years ago–that previously bore this name. What’s clear on those fotos is the elaborate ventilation system needed to keep the “shorthorns” happy during the passage.
Stig’s foto shows Harry, a tug built in 1887 as steam tug Stora Korsnäs 1. According to Stig, Stora Korsnäs 1 was typical of tugs used to tow lumber along the coasts of northern Sweden. She currently runs as a museum with a volunteer crew. If you can’t read this, you can at least look at fotos. It’s based halfway between Oslo and Goteborg and right across the water from the northern tip of Denmark. Click here for a youtube of Harry underway.
Sad news: Lady Jane MAY be not long for this world.
Lady Jane is 1963-Belgium built North Sea trawler looking a lot like Wanderbird and Cape Race. Tim Zim (whom I met when he visited the sixth boro a half year ago … see seventh foto here) has been restoring her for seven years, but recently hauled her and learned the hull was more corroded than he had thought. He wants to give up . . . he says in the post. But, I’m wondering if you could get a second opinion. A friend who read Tim’s July 25, 2011 post recalled that LV-118 aka Lightship Overfalls was in worse condition and was brought back. Details in that link about the “restoration miracle.” Please drop Tim an email with encouragement and (even better) technical advice.
Whatzit in this study? Where is this library? (Note: Doubleclick enlarges most fotos.)
in through Hell Gate, and made her way between
Roosevelt Island and Upper Bay-bound on the
Until she “repositions” in the Caribbean, taking aforementioned blue macaw along, Wanderbird rests here, rafted up with Cape Race, a vessel of similar lines. Coincidentally, all three North Sea trawlers–Wanderbird, Cape Race, and Lady Jane–launched in 1963 …. though in Netherlands, Canada, and Belgium, respectively. Hmmm . . . I know some very good folks launched in 1963 also, an auspicious year for launchings.
Also nearby, for the time being, are this Cunard vessel,
More on Wanderbird soon. Do check this link for beauty shots AND historical fotos of Wanderbird. I love the red sails.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Unrelated but important: Click here for the agenda for MWA‘s Waterfront Conference. Lower Manhattan Tuesday, Nov 30 from 8 am until 7 pm. More than 100 speakers in the following formats: 2 plenary sessions, 15 breakout sessions, and 2 boat tours. Click here for background on the MWA. See you there.
imagine my surprise and delight when
her own power, accompanied by music from her own Cat 3512.
Tangentially related and from the other side of the continent, check out these blog posts (thanks to Tom Larkin) on
Log broncs (a variation on truckable tugs)
A collage of wooden boats and other delights.