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Three years ago it was my father; now it was my mother: she passed on last week at age 83, and I will miss her. This foto was taken two days ago at Pultneyville, looking north toward Kingston, where her parents are buried.
Near these waters was her home–and mine–for 55 years. And they shaped us.
Ma, you will be missed, and you’d tell us to push on.
Now . . . that bridge in the background has not been moved to the North Country, has it? And have the folks at Brooklyn Bridge Park –the section south of the Bridge–finally been persuaded to have freighters incorporated into the design? And is this foreground schooner really named John A. Noble? Will the captain and crew please identify themselves?
Answers to the above questions are (in order) no, no, YES, and maybe. The foto below is the same vessel, now named Sara B, and now a denizen of Lake Ontario. Sara B‘s very complete and illustrated log (2004–current . . . hours of pleasure await at this link) can be found here, a story that bears some resemblance to one told by Farley Mowatt. In the background are Lake Ontario’s Chimney Bluffs.
Sara B was built in the 1950s (can be more specific now) near Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. She then traveled up the St Lawrence and through Champlain Lake and Canal, ultimately to the sixth boro, which explains the lead foto. The log begins with her purchase here and voyage up to Ontario.
Below is the pinky schooner La Revenante (Ghost) (ex-Amanda, Buccaneer)built in Massachusetts in 1969. I spotted her twice: once near Ogdensberg and then here near Alexandria Bay. “La Revenant” belong to charles Baudelaire.
Mentioned in the Sara B log is this vessel (foto from 2008) called Royaliste, technically a gaff-rigged topsail ketch.
I saw Sara B in a barn last week south of Oswego, where she’s undergoing a refit. Check out refit log here.
Anyone tell New York stories about Sara B or John A. Noble . . . I’d love to hear them.
Last two fotos here are mine; the others are attributed in her log.
Sara B‘s log is kept by Susan Peterson Gateley, whose other writing can be found here.