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Here was 4.  Of course, many more than seven Seas exist and work east, south, and west of the United States.

Let’s start with Irish Sea, which was called something before that . . . .

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taken September 2009, with Iona McAllister in Brooklyn Navy Yard

 

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taken February 2016

Siberian Sea, before it was called that.

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taken in 2007

 

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taken in 2009

 

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taken in 2013

 

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taken in 2015

Barents Sea . . . .  anyone have news on her?  She too had names before it became Barents, although I suspect Barents Sea will be her last name ever.

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taken in 2015

Mediterranean Sea, which  originally painted green.

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taken in 2015

McKinley Sea, and I hope you get the point that all these boats had previous names.

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taken in February 2016

Ross Sea, which actually shows its Thoma-Sea heritage. If you don’t know what I mean, look at the string of vessels built by Thoma-Sea just after Ross Sea was launched in February 2003. Thoma-Sea here actually makes eight seas.

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taken in 2015

 

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Seasons transition like spring into summer, moons wane and wax, and fleets change hands and trigger renaming . . . sort of like Nieuw Amsterdam overwritten with New York or Spitzer signs hastily replaced by Paterson ones at state projects. The paint’s probably dried on most of these boats. The ex-Heidi rumored to become Siberian Sea had served the Queen M2.

Annabelle was here in April, and the great Emma . . . don’t know what’ll become of her.

To better grasp her size, see the four crewmen. Maybe make her Atlantic Sea.

Brandon possibly turns into Solomon Sea.

Brandon again . . .

Vivian transitions to Caribbean Sea, with Meredith C (not spelled Sea) Reinauer in the background.

and Francis becomes Aegean Sea.

I’ve read on a discussion board that only a few sea names remain, but NOAA would disagree even without straying into fiction. All fotos . . . Will Van Dorp unless otherwise attributed.

Unrelated . . . altho this  is an unfortunate transitioning story, check out Mage’s UrbanArchology blogpost here.

One if by land, QM2 as seen from the “subway” thanks to rsguskind. And two if by sea. Well, “by sea” defined as midstream between the Statue and Governor’s Island. In the foreground is Cheyenne pushing some gravel barges, then the empty housing blocks of Governor’s Island, and the skyline across the invisible Buttermilk Channel is QM2.

 

Below is a much closer waterline shot showing tug Heidi Roehrig and barge attending to the Queen‘s fluids. Recall that less than 24 hours before, Heidi was escorting a derelict out of Brooklyn.

 

Below again, here’s a closer shot of the banner suspended from the Queen.

 

By the way, in 2008 three Queens will visit New York simultaneously, as QV makes her maiden visit. Click here for fotos of QM‘s first squeeze under the Verrazano.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

The non-river called East River conveys and engulfs much. Early in this blog’s life I posted of delights; traffic I’ve seen and not foto’d include a house on a barge and several terrapins. I caught a novelty last week: stern first and escorted by Heidi Roehrig and Bering Sea, this Navy hulk moved westbound on the East River apparently from the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Anyone know more of the story? Who’s talking to the crewman on stern/bow watch?

 

 

Battleship gray blends too well into warehouse gray on the Brooklyn side.

 

Judge relative size using the fact that Bering Sea is 100′ LOA.

If you tell the story of this gray derelict, you get offered a relief blogging crew position.

And, watch tomorrow’s post to learn Heidi’s next day assignment.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

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