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Perspective makes all the difference. Robert Frost concluded that was the result when he took the less traveled road? When I’m on the sixth boro, I know a little about those sharing deckspace, but a lot less about folks on other vessels no matter how loud their radio communication. Particularly on work boats, I barely see people, as they’re at work or off duty and asleep in a bunk. But when I catch a glimmer, my wonderment excites my imagination. Of course, I imagine all fiction…

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Glen Cove has just dropped off a sand barge, and on this really hot day, the crewman in the forward engine room door might be catching some breeze, but next to the power plant!? He might be contemplating some feverish plans or wondering how to say something difficult to she who must be informed…

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After retrieving some nasty debris with Hayward‘s crane, this crewman might be chatting on a blackberry or reading Pynchon …

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Furtive plotting under the lifeboat frame or telling tales of homeport loves long ago and faraway…

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Checking on the refueling operation or pondering the feasability of diving for the diamond ring that just slipped out of the fingers of this nervous newlywed as he and bride set out for honeymoon on QM2

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Client representatives signing off on a docking idea or watching a rehearsal for Absinthe at the Spiegeltent

Photos, Will Van Dorp.

Come to think of it, the sixth boro offers the same random experience as the other boros. No patterns appear or need apply. Just have a closer look at two ships (of hundreds) traveling through New York harbor in the past three weeks.

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Emirates Liberty exchanged containers in Red Hook, some in some out. Notice the water-shedding bow deck, aka whaleback.

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I’d never imagined the number of catwalks existing behind and under that deck. Check this foto by Carlos in Barcelona and read the info below his pic: this vessel came off the ways less than 2 years ago and already has its fifth name! Anyone have a theory?

By the way, intriguing statistics today in the NYTimes: Emirates foreign-born population, 85% !!! Compared with Kuwait, 60%, Saudi Arabia 25%, and US, 12% according to estimated 2005 census statistics.

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Flintermaas is a much smaller vessel, general cargo bulk carrier.

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Outbound. Netherlands Antilles registered. Bow like the tailfin and bumper point on a 1958 Cadillac.

Random ships . . . just don’t make up for the silent treatment from Alice, now headed somewhere in the south.

Photos by Will Van Dorp.

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