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On predicted weather days, you might be looking at charts while passing the waking hours, waiting. And you might see unusual names . . . like Cholera Bank, about 10 miles out from
Jones Inlet. Why would someone name such a location after a plague gets explained here, and some statistics on numbers of deaths here. Given that explanation, you might expect an Ebola Bank in the future . . . somewhere if not here. But seeing
this odd name on the chart recalled other odd names like these: Bald Porcupine Island and Ile d’Amour off Maine, Pot Island off Connecticut, and North Dumpling Island, NY. Then there’s Ono (Oh no!) Island, Alabama, and of course one of my all-time favorites . . . Galivants Ferry, South Carolina, which prompted this detour (scroll through) some years back.
Speaking of gallivants, a friend in Netherlands sent me this photo yesterday as we hunkered down as Storm Juno approached. The photo below shows a convoy of tugs towing inland barges navigating a track through the Schie, a waterway in Rotterdam, a place I visited when I gallivanted there last May.
This is not exactly the same section of the Schie, but I’ve never shared these photos.
Nor this one of feeder container vessel called Temptation passing under the Erasmusbrug. If you want to see a beautiful 14-minute video of a restored century-old Dutch sailing vessel traversing the canal system between Delft and Rotterdam . . . ending up near the Schie . . . click here.
And since we are now many miles off our original course, what unusual or inexplicable charted or mapped names have you seen? Please share some.
All photos, except for the black/white one and the bicycle one, by Will Van Dorp, who wonders who Jones was.
I’ll start with the greatest looking tug of all I saw. It has a name, but I cropped it out and will reveal it as this post goes on. But isn’t this a beaut?!! It also has an evocative previous name. Can you guess her vintage?
I’m in the mood for puzzling today, so what’s this? I know there’s no tug in this photo, but . . .
So here’s a closer up of the tug Bunker King passing the tanker Bow Trajectory, heading for Plaquemine.
See the Algiers “gift boxes” over the stern of Cecilia B. Slatten? See where she fits in her fleet here. Can anyone explain what if any connections there are between Bisso Towing and Bisso Marine, who recently have had a project in NYC’s sixth boro?
Freedom . . . there’s nothing in the sixth boro with these colors and artwork.
M/V Magnolia . . . as night falls.
Night falls on James Dale Robin and Kimberly Hidalgo. Less than an hour earlier, prayers had been offered and champagne spilled over these two vessels and another, Dale Artigue.
And nightfall means I should return to the beaut in the first photo . . . here it is with name restored, formerly called Havana Zephyr. Check out this fabulous line drawing of her by Barry Griffin.
Here’s the whole vessel as I saw it last week. Such lines! I’d really love to see a bowsprite rendering of those curves!
Merlin Banta, which my defective eyes first read as ‘merlin santa,” came out of the St. Louis Boats yard in 1946, not long after the yard delivered a fleet of icebreaking tugs to the US Navy and then to the USSR! If you click on no other links in this post, you have to see these icebreakers . . . last photo in a post I did a year ago here.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Janga Bork is NOT a Dutch fishing vessel, although the unusual (?) hull brings it to the top of this post. The “L” prefix on the hull identifies it as Danish.
By the way, the aggressive newish spell checker always tries to change my preferred spelling of “sixth boro” to “sixth bork.” You may have seen some “typos” I missed. I’m very happy to learn that Bork is in fact the name of lovely Danish seaside town that I must visit one of these years.
For (slightly dated) info on Dutch society and fish, click here. For a thought-provoking op-ed piece by Paul Greenberg on the plight of US fishing industry, click here. The “UK” on the trawler below, Sursum Cordo, identifies it as registered in Urk. Fishing vessels from all over –see Stellendam below–bring their catch to Ijmuiden, just outside Amsterdam.
Here’s sister ship Scombrus.
Smaller trawlers Seagull and Flamingo are sculptural.
The “Z” on Flamingo stands for Zeebruge in Belgium.
In a Den Helder drydock, it’s Grietje Hendrika by the top sign and St. Antonius (Belgian) in raised metal letters below.
No surprise Dr. Maarten Luther is German.
In the town of Haarlem, the fish merchant is one of the more recently built buildings.
In the same square, this take on “blind justice” is a refreshing leap backwards.
Another restored Dutch steam vessel Hydrograaf has a name that reveals the mission for which it was launched over a century ago.
I have more, but for now . . . as the Dutch say . . . Stop.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Whatzit? Answer can be found at the end of this post.
Here a huge–by sixth boro standards–bulk carrier Percival offloads coal at the Tata steel works near the salty end of the Nordzee Canal.
Here Russian drillship Bavenit makes its way to sea through the Nordzee Canal.
This is diveship Nehalennia, which takes sport divers out helmet diving off the Dutch coast.
This has to be the most unlikely repurposing of an old ferry: overflow parking for bicycles just north of the main train station in Amsterdam.
Here’s the main parking on the south side of the same station!!
Here are a few vessels of Acta Marine at their yard in Den Helder. They specialize in workboats for shallow waters. L to R, Coastal Surveyor 2, Jutter, and Coastal Explorer.
This has to be the only vessel of this design . . . with leeboards! I know nothing more about it.
In Zaandam, translation of boat name is “flyer.”
Other than that Zuiderzee is a government vessel with a crane, I can say much else.
Here’s a more bucolic Zaandam sight, two windmills . . . one decapitated.
The intact capped and spinning one, was sawing logs!
And to bring this installment to a close, the first photo here was NEMO, an Amsterdam science center.
All photos by Will Van Dorp . . . who feels like he’s hopping between continents.