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or stuffed canard a vapeur in winter.  I never imagined shovels on a self-unloading bulk carrier, one that loaded 18,000 tons in the three hours at the flood side of a smaller bay off Fundy. But here’s the crew, shifting “overload” gypsum into the corners so that the hatches can shut. When a commodity gets loaded at 6,000 tons an hour, shovels hardly come to mind. So how do we use gypsum besides in drywall?


Then across the wintry bay, through the tidal bore, into the ocean, some water freezing over the deck,


Ice that needs to be chipped away before the hatches can open on this cold duck.


So besides shovels, on board there must be ice picks, sledge hammers, and rock salt. Snow blowers? Scroll through these fotos from the Canadian Coast Guard.


Thanks again to coyote des neiges (snow coyote) and her site, le canard a vapeur (steam duck).  Here are more vintage shots of the Gypsum Baron.

Chip off the ice:  we need the gypsum for tofu and beer making, chalk, cement, and fertilizer.

About the bore, bore surfing has caught on in some places, of course not with bulk carriers.

309 posts ago the debut post introduced you to Alice, a bulker. One of the shots showed her from head on, highlighting the bulbous bow. Here’s another bulker Gypsum Baron, bow thruster just aft the bulbous bow getting service. Without the grate and prop, that launch could navigate right through.


Here in dry dock, yard workers maintain Gypsum Baron or its sibling Gypsum King. Notice the worker along port and two on scaffold near prop shaft.



Maybe I should call this requiem for a bulker, as this vessel has delivered its last gypsum up the Hudson to Stony Point and been crewed off to points east, maybe a beach in India, for . . . well, I won’t say it. Foto below shows Gypsum Baron loading on a windy day.



How many homes and businesses have wallboard dividing spaces made from gypsum delivered by this vessel and siblings? One of these siblings, A. V. Kastner, below and currently a regular through New York harbor, appeared in my blog, and



prompted a much appreciated email from coyote des neiges (snow coyote), to whom I owe these spectacular fotos. Merci!

Check out coyote’s site here. Canard a vapeur . . . literally, steam duck. Enjoy the fotos and learn some French. More of coyote’s tales and fotos soon.

This just in: see this link for the Dec, 3 2007 New Yorker magazine’s coverage of Tuesday’s atmospheric and most unusual book launch. See my post “launch site” under recents posts and H2O’s info about this. And come on down to the Navy Yard. Posts from there soon.


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