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First, if you’re free today and within travel distance of Lower Manhattan, do yourself a favor and attend this event, 4 p. m., a book signing by Dr. James M. Lindgren.  His new book is a much needed complement to Peter Stanford’s A Dream of Tall Ships, reviewed here a few months ago.   Details in Preserving South Street Seaport cover almost a half century and will enthrall anyone who’s ever volunteered at, donated to, been employed by, or attended any events of South Street Seaport Museum.  Lindgren laments SSSM’s absence of institutional memory saying, “Discontinuity instead defined the Seaport’s administration.”  Amen . .  as a volunteer I wanted to know the historical context for what seemed to me to be museum administrations’ repeated squandering of  hope despite herculean efforts on the part of volunteers and staff I knew.

As my contribution to creation of memory, I offer these photos and I’d ask again for some pooling of photos about the myriad efforts of this museum over the years.

Pier 17.  April 17, 2014.  According to Lindgren, this mall opened on Sept 11, 1985 with a fireworks show.  Its demise may by this week’s end be complete.


April 12, 2014.  Photo by Justin Zizes.


Feb 23, 2014.


Jan 21, 2014 . . . Lettie G. Howard returns.


Sept 20, 2013.  This is the last photo I ever took FROM the upper balcony of Pier 17.


Sept 12, 2013.


July 2012.  A fire had broken out on the pier, and Shark was the first on scene responder.   Damage was minimal, despite appearances here.


Now for some photos of vessels that have docked in the South Street area in the past half century.

July 2012 . . . Helen McAllister departs, assisted by W. O. Decker and McAllister Responder.


June 2012.  Departure of Marion M as seen from house of W. O. Decker.  Photo by Jonathan Boulware.  The last I knew, Marion M is being restored on the Chesapeake by a former SSSM volunteer.


Lettie G. Howard hauled out in 2009.


2009. The Floating Hospital . .  . was never part of the SSSM collection.


2009.  Maj. Gen. Hart aka John A. Lynch aka Harlem.


Helen McAllister with Peking and Wavertree.   Portion of bow of Marion M along Helen‘s starboard.


Mathilda posing with W. O. Decker in Kingston.  2009.


Moshulu now in Philadelphia.


2005, I believe.  Spuyten Duyvil (not a SSSM vessel) and Pioneer.


Thanks to Justin and Jonathan for use of their photos.  All others by Will Van Dorp.  For many stories on these vessels, that mall, and so much more, pick up or download these books and read them asap.



Almost two years ago I posted this.  Here’s a new installment.  Truth be told, though, a better title for this set of fotos would be head ornamentation.

Pioneer here shows a novel approach to jibboom installation:  grow one.  If this tree were alive and rooted somewhere in the chain locker, maybe in spring . . . you think?

Moshulu sports complex painted  scrollwork.

Most of Unicorn hid beneath blue tarp when I saw her in Gloucester, but the figurehead gave it all away.  What I did not realize at the time was that Unicorn began her life as a Dutch motor trawler.

Barkentine Gazela Primeiro began her life in Portugal and carried dory fishermen to the Grand Banks.

Lettie G. Howard has a modest eagle’s head and gilded sinuous incisions.

Flying Jib has even more modest and

functional incisions.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp, now in search of new head ornamentation.  Not for myself of course.

By the way, the Christmas morning activity that occupied me the last two years . . . it won’t be happening this year.  Merry Christmas anyhow, or –as my mother would say–prettige kerstfeest.

Which reminds me . . . if this were a warm holiday, I’d love to see a repeat of the muziekbootje, on their youtube here and in my fotos here.

Two figurehead posts from Rick at old salt blog:  an “indecent” figurehead story from Libya and a greeting.

The funnel . . . forward on William Francis Gibbs‘ ship, you know,

SS United States.  Check this youtube for clips of her departing NYC and passing beneath the  unfinished Verrazano Narrows Bridge.   Now if Bart  sees the foto above, he may think the funnels are attached to the blue structure with square windows and hasten to add the shot to uglyships. Here’s a youtube suggesting why it’s in Philly and another showing her dock in NYC in 1955.

The paint is flaking pretty bad.  Anyone know if tours (even of the dock right alongside) are EVER arranged?  One more clip, with great NYC docking scenes.  And when might her fate be announced?  Read here.

The clue on the device below, a little closer-cropped than yesterday, can be found at the 8 o’clock position.  “Emerge”

does it mean top speed, to emerge?  It’s one of many displays built into SS-319, Becuna.  Check here for wiki entry.  Honestly, although Henschel Corp still exists not far from Amesbury, my old stomping and rowing ground, I don’t know the name of the device shown.  (Actually, “motor order telegraph repeater.”  See Les’ comment at left. ) If you check no link here but one, check this one for a dory shop still building ’em after plus-200 years.

BB-62, built in Philly and retired to Camden with a full life in between.

Seen from above, the hull reminds me of a kayak.  Severn passes with load.

Provenance, more recently, for these clunkers was the bottom of the harbor.  They were brought up around Thanksgiving by a dredging team.  It makes me wonder . . . how did they get there?  what might be preserved inside?  Thanks for this foto to Allen Baker –who has provided a recent “ship-trip-tease” foto.

From yesterday’s post:  #5 mermaids come from a mural aboard Moshulu (ex-Kurt), a former steel cargo barque.  By the way, “moshulu” means “dreadnought” in Seneca.    Moshulu was once owned by Heinz Schliewen, who also owned some of the P-liners, so ably illustrated by “you-know-who-of-the-cliff.”  Moshulu is one of five surviving Clyde-built barques, four if Falls of Clyde goes.

#6 turns out to be T-AFS Saturn (ex-RFA Stromness), a decommissioned combat stores vessel berthed for now at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.  A future participant in target practice?  By the way, next time I get to Philly, I’m doing a Navy Yard tour.

And some old business below:  my brother’s garbage-can turkey.  Thanks to Les for catching an omission:  do NOT use a galvanized can.  Aluminum is better.  My brother had told me that too.  Thanks, Les.

All fotos but Allen’s by Will Van Dorp, who is back on the bank of the sixth boro.  Quick question:  The Delaware River flows between Camden and Philly.  Where are the headwaters of the Delaware?  Answer tomorrow.

This is the first post in the fourth year of the blog, and I’m not telling much about the fotos.  Tomorrow I’ll identify what I can. The onliest clue I’ll give is this:  all fotos have been taken since November 26 sunrise, and all fotos but one were by tugster.  Tomorrow I’ll identify the other photographer.

1. Which ship?

2.  Which ship?

3.  Which ship lies beyond Vane Brothers Severn?

4.  What provenance?

5. Aboard which ship?

6.  I actually do not know the name of this vessel or the significance of its colors.  Maybe someone does?

All photos, WVD.

Unless you already know from the clues here, you’ll have to guess:  from left to right and at anchor, Vane Brothers Chesapeake, Wye River, and Tuckahoe. Slightly off center to the right is Scotia Sea.  The twin raked funnels I won’t identify til later.

So yes, clearly this is another watershed.  Am I cheating on boro6 by blogging about this?  No way!!  I don’t use the word “cheating” that way.  Did Henry Hudson “cheat” on Europa by exploring new passages and connections?  Did the Apollo 11 folks cheat on the Earth?  By my perspective,  sampling of all sorts spices our inner broth,  chases off monotony,  sustains life, and just follows logically from curiosity and wonder.  If you call it cheating, then you might say I cheat all the time.  But to do otherwise would be to cheat myself.  End of rant.

Any guesses on the location?


Scotia Sea is ex-Mr Shep.  Guess where Scotia Sea is located before clicking here.


Bohemia here passes . . .Campbell Field.  Now that’s a clue.


All I’ll say about Jupiter now is that it was built in 1902 in this city at the yard of Neafie & Levy.


Jupiter‘s horns.  I’d love to hear them.


M as in Myle . . . pronounced “my lee.”


This city also hosts the cruiser USS Olympia, and


the slightly older look-alike of the sixth boro’s very own Peking.  This bark is Moshulu, which in the Seneca language means “one who fears nothing.”  It was aboard this vessel that the author Eric Newby once worked.


Tugboat Jupiter link

Cruiser Olympia link

Barque Moshulu

And this is the city of brotherly (and sisterly and everybodily, one would hope) love.  The two raked stacks off in the distance in first foto top the SS United States, launched the year I was born:  such a young fast creature she is.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

In case you missed the hint above, TWO NEW messages have arrived from Henry Hudson, modulated by hurricane winds and arriving across 400 years almost precisely.  Check them here and  here.  I have to confess, I feared we’d lost his signal, but  . . .  oh the joys of 21st PLUS 17th century technology!!

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