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This is one of my last KVK photos of Ireland.  Eventually, a few years ago, she went upstate to Lake Ontario for repowering and much more.  She’s currently in the NYS canals, heading back towards the sixth boro, down the Hudson but then past and all the way to the Mississippi River watershed.  So if you’re north of the boro in the next few days, be on the lookout for  . . .  Hoppiness!!  See the end of this post.

In May 2013, I spotted this yacht coming in through the Narrows;  Nomada, it turns out, began life in 1943 as a Canadian navy tug, seen here. I’m not sure of Nomada‘s whereabouts today.

Specialist was getting spa treatment here, a few years before her tragic demise. 

Doro aka Dorothy J was at the same spa that day. 

Doris Moran towed in a new floating dry dock for Caddells, with James Turecamo steering the stern. 

State of Maine was in the boro.  As of this posting, she’s NE bound off Long Island about a hundred miles from the sixth boro, if I’m not in a time warp.  By the way, TS Empire State VII is still being completed on the Delaware, and will be making her maiden arrival in the boro in the summer, at a date so far not published. 

Speaking of Maine, I had a memorable sojourn in Belfast just a decade ago, and took in all the collections at Maine Maritime Museum.  It’s likely high time I get back there. 

During the 15 years I spent in the northern two-thirds of New England, boats like these were often on my mind and in my view.

In May 2013, Zumwalt DDG-1000 was in its final stages of completion. 

 

As of this morning, as was the case a decade ago, Fournier Tractor was ready for action in Belfast harbor. 

And here from the NYS Canals, photos of Hoppiness eastbound taken by a westbound yacht delivery captain . . .

Check out their progress on FB.  They’re likely transiting the middle portion of the the state canals today.

All photos except the last two, any errors, WVD.

 

Trying to do a drive-through of maritime Maine in a few days is as futile as trying to tease town genealogy from its graffiti, but I’m a fool and I rush in.

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It was 20-something years ago that I last saw this exhibit of generations of lobstering boats at Maine Maritime Museum.

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Since then, MMM has installed this most effective display of a vessel built on the grounds, schooner Wyoming, the largest ever wooden ship, the last of 10 six-masters.   For scale, note the workmen and the black pickup truck and yellow lift at the bow.

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And from this site, if I rotate a quarter turn to the right, it’s BIW and the emerging DDG-1000 Zumwalt.  Its namesake is this remarkable man.

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Here’s the vessel and a fleet of Winslow tugs as seen from the Route 1 Bridge.

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Prock Marine’s Marie hangs in the balance.

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Rubbing shoulders with the brawn at the pier is the beauty Wagon Box.

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Gimmick like the brass spheroids hanging from some pickups I’ve seen?

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Hardly . . . it’s one of the few Amphicars.

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Gladding & Hearn‘s 1980 academic tug Pentagoet heads back to the Castine.

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Now if I can follow signs like these to reorient myself, I might get to Portland  . . .

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who may go a few days before posting again.

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