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Click on the image below and enjoy the music. Come out and hear this traditional American music by the Paradise Mountain Boys–and stories about the port of New York history this coming Thursday night in Red Hook. Details here.
I hope you listened to the song above. Here’s the kicker: the band is from Norway. Here’s their take on “Man of constant sorrow,” one of my favorites.
For the Red Hook connection, here’s Lars Nilsen, co-chairman of the Norwegian Immigrant Association, “One hundred plus years ago, Red Hook ( including what is now Carroll Gardens ) was the center of a hard-working maritime-related Norwegian speaking community of about 10,000 people.” And here’s a thought from John Weaver, son-in-law of Alf Dryland, deceased Captain of PortSide NewYork’s flagship Mary A. Whalen “Norwegians in America playing Blue Grass music! If Alf Dyrland were still with us, he would be smiling. Every new adventure is the continuation of his dream come true. He would be proud of the heritage celebrated and future welcomed aboard his Mary Whalen. Thank you PortSide NewYork.”
Click here for Rick “old salt” blog’s take on this event.
Here are a few of the many posts I’ve done on PortSide NewYork.
Unrelated, here’s another unlikely interpretation of American bluegrass performed at South by Southwest.
Here were some of the previous Mary Whalen moves. And here was one return. A few days ago, Mary Whalen moved into Atlantic Basin, where the 70th birthday party was held and public access will be much easier than it has been for future programming TBA. This post shows pics taken onboard during the move; I hope to present more soon. The day started early at the pier which has been home for a long time.
Prime mover this time was Quantico Creek, tailed by Christian . . . way in the distance.
NYMediaBoat and Christian were part of the escort, as
as was Shipshooter with his latest equipment to follow and film
the pirouette in the Buttermilk Channel and a
hook into Atlantic Basin, where in September 2009, Portside helped host a huge Dutch barge party.
Once she’s all fast, may the programming begin.
All photos here by Will Van Dorp.
Read the press release here from PortSide NewYork.
For some great Red Hook history and historical images, click here.
. . . although a more accurate title might be a RIB for all latitudes. Guess what this is? It has nothing to do with the Sedna comments I made yesterday. These fotos were taken at 78 degrees north . . . Point Barrow is 71!!! Yes, it is the time of year when our culture turns toward the far north, although a strongly fantastical version rather than this . .. the real polar areas.
Guess the 78th parallel location from this?
Actually this post has its origin in the sixth boro. That’s Mary Whalen in Red Hook over in the distance. And closeup . . . it’s a 50′ RIB made by Rupert Marine. Rupert Marine saw a “few seconds later” foto I posted here (sixth foto) and got in touch, sending along these fotos.
Click here for more fotos from Portlongyear.no and the place is
All fotos come thanks to Thomas Rönnberg, founder of Rupert Marine. Thomas, Många tack!
As I post this, Hurricane Isaac approaches New Orleans, and the work of every mariner on the river is to ride out the storm. Even if it appears that almost nothing is moving on the river, movement is there and intense. Click here (now) for live views on the street and on the river in the Crescent City. To see what Isaac looked like over in Florida from Jed’s perspective, click here.
In the sixth boro, a race is a few days away, but vessels like Susan Miller--pushing the barge with the “rolled on and about to be rolled off” trailer–are at work.
Ditto an unidentified DonJon tug, Pati E. Moran, inbound
CMM CMA CGM Eiffel, and schooner Pride of Baltimore II go about their business.
Having “rolled-off” said trailer truck, Susan distances herself from Mary Whalen (just the bow at the starboard stern of the cruise ship) and Queen Mary 2.
Viking moves a barge through the KVK,
as does Arabian Sea and
Gramma Lee T Moran, and
the list could go on. Here, Doris Moran and Dace Reinauer . . . that’s tug work too. This last foto below comes compliments of Marian & William Hyman. Thanks.
All other fotos taken by will Van Dorp, who will be at the race Sunday. Thanks for reading.
Looks like I got lured outa town once again. Meanwhile . . . Discovery Coast goes on hauling out dredge spoils, and
Pioneer sails toward Red Hook. Note Mary Whalen in the distance.
And if you’re around on Thursday, make your way to Red Hook to buy stuff–art, tools, etc–to help raise funds for Mary Whalen. Details here on Rick Old Salt’s blog.
Both fotos by Will Van Dorp, who will try to post fotos from along the course . . . .
Thursday morning after I’d caught the fotos of Patrice McAllister arriving, I headed for work, stopping at the Arthur Kill for a few moments to ingest the morning beauty. Meanwhile,
in another part of the sixth boro, bowsprite and her assistants caught the re-enacter vessel Balmoral arriving in the North River. Here’s Huffington Post text/fotos from the Balmoral point of view, with a few details on ticket prices. That’s the Holland Tunnel vent on the Jersey side extreme right. Here’s a tribute to the designers and builders, and here’s a great archival shot of the ventilator construction during the decade and a little following the 1912 Titanic trauma.
From Staten Island, John Watson caught this shot of Balmoral‘s departure. As of this writing, she’s already passing between Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod. John pointed out Balmoral was previously Norwegian Crown, launched 1988. It received a significant implant in 2008. The vessel’s namesake is in Scotland.
I’ve mentioned or featured Mary Whalen in tons of posts. Click here for the archive. Over five years ago the blog called “A Brooklynite on Ice” did my all-time favorite post of the vessel and PortSide NewYork here. “Brooklynite on Ice” title captures her dilemma . . . “613 Tons of Homelessness.”
She’s twisted and turned in the currents too long, her viability as a fantastic asset to sixth boro education and culture trifled with by her lack of easily accessible-to-the-public dock space. Befriend her on Facebook to see all the good things she’s been doing with that medium, and then
Please help MARY A. WHALEN & PortSide NewYork
The promised “real estate deal” aka “dock space” fell through and she needs a new home and some fundraising fast. Here are three possible ways to help.
1) Come to a meeting tomorrow Mon 2/27/12 6:30 p.m. Info here.
2) Submit a supportive comment here.
3) Donate via PayPal here.
Staging this burlesque is barquentine Gazela, whose first life fishing for cod continued until the year Armstrong stepped onto the moon. Yessir, this fine vessel served as a dory boat until 1969!
Daytime tours of Gazela as well as nighttime entertainment can be had only through this weekend! This is also the last chance (for a while) to see Mary Whalen at Pier 11. For directions to Pier 11, click here.
So I went to the show “The Seven Deadly Seas” the other night. Before the show, the devil’s advocate (of the Flaming Cherries) emerges from the nether portions of the ship, and
the city darkens as the band begins to play. See the twinkling Manhattan lights off in the distance.
Feisty bawds dueling over everything
can be charmed only by
and more dancing and
still more dancing that sometimes lead to … lost clothing.
Come learn the story of Calico Jack, who imagined he had all the skills needed to thrive on Wall Street.
Bring a dozen friends and make it the most memorable night of the summer, the summer of Atlantic Basin as prime offshore Broadway.
Will Calico Jack swing here, or is it Camp Butner FCC for him?
Fotos by Eric Lorgus (some taken in Philadephia) and Will Van Dorp.
imagine my surprise and delight when
her own power, accompanied by music from her own Cat 3512.
Tangentially related and from the other side of the continent, check out these blog posts (thanks to Tom Larkin) on
Log broncs (a variation on truckable tugs)
A collage of wooden boats and other delights.
BlueBQ? Why blue?
“Blue moon?” I wondered. “Blue eyes, blueberries, or blue chips . . . ?”
No, it’s blue space, the “watery parts” needing consideration in urban planning . . . like green space . . . only aquaeous. The sixth boro is blue space.
BlueBQ: It’s PortSide NewYork’s fundraiser held on July 3, 2010 on Pier 11 Atlantic Basin. See all details here.
All fotos (taken in 2007 and 2008) by Will Van Dorp. If you do Facebook, check out Mary Whalen‘s page here . . . with lots of fotos, including ones from their event last weekend: Concierto Tipico.
Unrelated: Check out the current state on this tugboat, launched as ST 246 from the Levington Shipyard in Orange, TX, in 1943 . . . after surviving WW2 and morphing through French, Italian, and Turkish hands. ST means “small tug.”Be sure to click on the “gallery,” and enjoy beautiful music even if the images are a bit repetitive.