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Fishnets get dragged by different forces around the world, but what’s remarkable is the similarity of modern commercial fishing boats. Scroll through this “December holiday” series taken by the master of yacht Nolwandle to see net boats from South Africa.

I’ll be really surprised to see a net boat called after the Norse sea goddess Rán, an original “fisher of me” and this Sunday’s siren. Above are some Jersey shore boats.

By the name, you’d guess this photo to have been taken in Asia, but . . . Jersey shore, again, although the boat’s registered in Pennsylvania. Check out this great post showing Galician boats from El Mar.

Here are two shots, above and below, of boats from Long Island and New Jersey.

What makes people who fish commercially part of a global brother- and sisterhood is the constant danger; it’s one of the most dangerous professions, whether nets or traps are used.

Anyone out there can send fotos or shout out blogs of fish boats in Asia, Europe, the Pacific, Australia? South America?

Finally, unrelated except through the danger factor, read cruelkev‘s April 5 report on–and foto of –a French sailing yacht taken by pirates off Somalia.

Photos, WVD.

After the parade, a race happens.  If this blog did audio and “sensearound,” you’d hear the roar and feel the splash and pitch. You’d need towels for your desk and a cloth to clean your glasses. For now, read the fotos and imagine the sound. Cover your keyboard lest the spray damage it though. Picture the photographer, back braced against the deckhouse, one foot against the inside of each toerail, as the sweet official boat BTU rocks. I’ll try to put up a foto of BTU and pushing matches tomorrow.

A stealthy tugboat Dragon churns forward,

Cornell builds momentum,

Illusion dashes towards the breakwater,

and Patrician Ann cuts us close, but lags far behind Redfish almost invisible off slightly to port.

All photos, Will Van Dorp.

One of the longest SW–NE diagonals of Long Island would run from Norton Point on Coney Island along the North Fork to not far beyond Greenport, about a hundred miles by air. The village of Greenport, which enjoys solid connections to the sixth boro, held its annual maritime festival this past weekend with a several events befitting a maritime festival.

 

In the foreground is wine red Cornell, flagship of EEMI and pictured recently here and here. Next is Thames tug Patricia Ann (see p. 21), formerly Navy tug YTB 758 aka Paducah, now based in the Thames River, New London.

 

Lining up waiting for the parade to begin, Costello Marine’s crane barge Preston waits at the visible end.

 

Here Preston is lost between in the arms of fishing vessel Merit, tug Dragon (mostly hidden behind fishing vessel Illusion) and tug Hobo (gold).

 

All following the lead of USCG Shinnecock and minitug Drummer Hoff. Or was it the signal of the C-130 aircraft banking to port in the distance…

More Greenport pushing and racing soon.

All photos by Will Van Dorp and Elizabeth Wood.

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