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GWA stands “go[ing] west again,”  the next set of posts all attempting to catch myself and maybe you up, if you’re following along, with random and I hope interesting photos from the past almost three weeks.  I realize that catching up is impossible, and in this case while I had vacated the sixth boro, big stuff happened.

A word that comes to mind is protean– named for Proteus.  Type “define: protean” into google and you’ll appreciate why it’s difficult to catch up.  But here goes.

Within a half hour of departing Warren RI, we pass Naema and

Lionheart.  Do check the links.  Either would be worthy of a post in itself.

And still north of the Rte 138 bridge, we see NOAA R/V Henry B Bigelow.

On the cusp of Block Island Sound, we encounter inbound Atlantic Pioneer, where you’d expect her returning from a run. Here’s a post I did almost exactly two years ago when Atlantic Pioneer components still needed to be combined at the shipyard.

A bit further, it’s Carol Jean and Islander, both Block Island bound, although one will arrive much before the other.

By now, we’re into Long Island Sound and being overtaken by darkness.  That’s Atlantic Navigator II as a speck heading toward us.

This dawn photo found us within NYC and approaching the East river.  It’s Fort Totten, designed for the entire US by Robert E Lee.  Here could be a dilemma:  there’s no debate that I know of of striking his name from the credits for this fort.

We pass HuntsPoint Produce Market,

the floating pool,

Marty C–a Weeks tug I’ve never seen,

the “north end” of Roosevelt Island with the Blackwell Island Light,

Gabby L Miller pushing past Cornell Tech‘s yet-to-be used buildings,

the Brooklyn Navy yard with Asphalt Sailor and –I believe– the old Great Point,

swimmers in the water doing a Manhattan circumnatation,

and–let’s end it here for today–a yacht  named  Vava II.  Here’s info on her owner.

Protean  . . . day 1?  It’s not even over, and I think so.

Lots more to come.


That’s the locker with miscellaneous lengths of line varying in diameter and material. In the case of this blog, I use this with not-great pictures of (I believe) unusual but interesting “stuff” all from early June 2007. Like this strange craft . . .


It’s Oystercatchercharters. Check them out. I’ve seen them in the sixth boro last year and this year as they offer–I suppose–charters along the intracoastal waterway.

I’m not sure who organized this rowing party Sunday, but the Star-Ledger tells this of rowing and paddling off Hoboken. The rowing gig was between Pier A of the Battery and Ellis Island later Sunday.


Currently moored between some disused warehouses below the BQE, it looks like a barge but really it’s “floatingpool,” another repurposed vessel. An alternative to this sixth boro swimming venue is the swim marathon around Manhattan coming up on June 16. Read about it here. Cheer on the superswimmers Saturday morning.


One breezy midweek morning, I snapped this picture of a new pilot boat approaching the Battery Coast Guard station. Better pic and specs here and here.

So that’s a few days on the water, and what did I miss? Actually . . . a lot: reed boat Abora towed out by Sea Lion, transAtlantic rowboat, Alice in and out, several large cruising schooners and sloops . . . and much much more.

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