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Surprises can be ranked in degrees.  Here was a surprise . . . people walking way up on the Bayonne Bridge back in 2011.  Ditto here I was looking into a hot tub on the stern of a scrap-carrying bunker (photo#7).

The surprises in this post emerge slowly.


This PCTC has been on this blog before, as has Kirby Moran.


That it’s called Don Juan was surprising the first time I saw it, but this line names some of its vessels after characters from opera, so Don Juan fits.


But the detail below–just forward of the radomes– blew me away.  In fact, when I took the photo, I had no idea what it was, maybe some netting, I imagined.  But a painted-on bower?  Or is it painted on . . . maybe it’s real bougainvillea?  Is there a Don Juan aboard who uses this as his love nest?  Here’s stanza XVIII from Lord Byon’s epic Don Juan Canto 1:

Perfect she was, but as perfection is
Insipid in this naughty world of ours,
Where our first parents never learned to kiss
Till they were exiled from their earlier bowers,
Where all was peace, and innocence, and bliss,[b]
(I wonder how they got through the twelve hours),
Don José, like a lineal son of Eve,
Went plucking various fruit without her leave.


Next . . . even stranger, I think.  See TS Kennedy over next to the GMD Graving Dock and Anthem of the Seas out beyond that?  Surprise?

Version 2

A giraffe?!  !@#!


Maybe it’s an amusement.  Maybe it’s a stand-in for emergency drills?  I went looking and found out about Gigi.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.


Names 10 is OK, but Names 9 has more staying power, taps into classical thoughts.

If I came up behind a vessel with this name, my non-existent Greek would not let me know that


the name is Zim (that part is easy) New York!  Remember, double click to enlarge an image.


Here’s an attractive bulk carrier with a great name that


again . . . from  the stern I’d not recognize.  Time to start studying Greek.  And I thought– besides Greeks–only budding North American theologians would benefit from.


The name here is straight forward, but some mind-changing or dissembling seems afoot with the port of registry.


Check out the comment Rick Old Salt did recently relative to PCTC design on Kennebec Captain’s post here.


I know this fleet borrows names from operas, but I’m not sure I’d be happy to sail the seven seas in vessel whose name stems from a libertine who seduces only to move on and on and on . . . .


and on.  Looks like the rolicking rakish RORO above took a blow to the portside cheek . . . or is that a poorly-pencilled-in moustachio?


Then there’s avid fisherfolk given to cliches. . . I’m mean . . . here’s a place to paint   πόρνη  (Greek or some other relatively arcane script) at least to keep folks wondering.


The bathroom signage here is at least novel . . .  at least I’d never seen it before.


All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Deltoid pumpkin seed?   Got a better guess?   Answer at end.


Portside of the flank of a smiling shark?  Notice the heaving line en route just above the horizon.  Might there be someone dockside drawing lines . . . when they thought she said “catching” lines?  Language barriers exist sometime.


Android in stirrups and slings for a posterior examination?  Notice the prep-work done by the man with powerwasher, starboard.  By the way, a focus on posteriors soon.


Bird dance done sans feathers?


Inspiration for a new muppets character with massive black beard, protruding ears, and pointy crown?


Then might this be a draft of an alternate for Miss Piggy . . .  Missie Hip Potami . . . known by trademark overwrought green eye shadow?


An over-worked  and sobbing scullery maid from a district of Hamburg?


Classic nose ridge and bulging eyes  with exaggerated eyelashes . . .  or (see the comment by Les) rectangular eye, a whistling mouth, and “dolly partons.”  Ya know . . . I never saw it that way . . . til now.  Tassels . ..  pasties?


And the first foto was New York Central No. 13, the 1887 riveted iron tugboat that recently got pierced, and pierced again.

The others:  an unidentified New York Waterways ferry, fishing vessel Amber Waves, chemical tanker Anemos I, pure car truck carrier Don Juan, and product tanker St. Pauli, and chemical tanker  Chemical Pioneer.

Amber Waves . . . built 1977 in Texas?   Anemos I . . . built in 2007 and chartered by Morgan Stanley?   PCTC Don  Juan .  . . built in 1995 with capacity of 5900 cars . . . how many Smarts would that be?  St Pauli . . . built in 2003 and flagged in Singapore,  and Chemical Pioneer . . . built 1968, flagged in the USA,  and steam turbine!

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Inspiration for this post comes from a delightful book (given me by a very dear friend . . . you know who you are, merci) called Face to Face by brothers Francois and Jean Robert, who say, “yesterday we saw a padlock gazing at us with whimsical intensity.  It occurred to us that seeing is selection, a process of framing.  When it comes to photography you might call it mental cropping.  (My note: both can also be said about reporting.) As we begin consciously selecting and framing and cropping, the world became a delightfully communicative universe of human and animal faces–eyes, noses, and mouths–that tell a never-ending stream of silent stories.  These adventures in vision are only the tip of the iceberg, the first step in exploring the potential of projected realities.  Now choose your mood, take a look around you, wherever you are, and watch for faces that will haunt and hearten you.”  Remember as a kid, lying back on the grass and find cloud faces?

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