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Call this “images taken under the overcast skies prefacing Sandy’s arrival.”  The first two here were taken by JED in Norfolk on Friday, Oct 26 while Sandy was off Florida.  Remember Norfolk Rebel from the Schooner race here and in the Flickr show along the left margin??  JED got these under leaden light.

Bay Queen . . . . need to find out more about her.

Saturday, October 27 midday.  I took this from Penn’s Landing in Philly looking toward Camden.   It’s Jupiter.   I took previous fotos of Jupiter and other old East Coast tugs here two years ago… including one of Rose, currently waiting to be scrapped!  Junk-rigged schooner is the 48′ Summer Wind, recently also in the Great! Chesapeake race.    Not to be confused with the 101′ Summerwind.

Also Saturday midday, Sea Pearl at the dock in Camden as seen with Moshulu to my back.  As of this writing, Sea Pearl is still at that same dock.

Saturday 1600 hrs . .  Camden waterfront looking toward Philly.  From l to r, you catch some details of USS New Jersey, Moshulu, and Olympia.   Doubleclick to enlarge.

Sunday 1800 hrs.  With one exception, there are no cargo vessels in the major port areas of the 6boro.  The exception in lower left is CSAV Itajai.

Sunday 2230 hrs.  An outbound exodus, although the three blue arrows . . . Aidaluna, Carnival Miracle, and Explorer . . . all cruise ships . . . might experience some seasickness?

Sunday 2300.  The tanker Noreaster–an appropriate name for a vessel in this storm–is still zigzagging offshore as of this morning.

If you want real-time views, check this webcam. It’s mounted on Staten Island, southwest portion of the Upper Bay, ie, about a mile north of the VZ Bridge.

And a possible victim of the storm:  HMS Bounty, abandoned a hundred miles off Hatteras, as reported here.  … Now believed lost with some crew missing.   Scroll thru here for some of my fotos of Bounty.

Stay safe.   I won’t go down to the water until after it lays down.

I post this as the race is approaching its finish; see live tracking at the bottom here.

Twenty-fours hours ago Baltimore-based Chock WYTL-65602 was leaving Annapolis to go on station as pin boat 1 . . . the west side of the starting gate.  Pin boat here takes on a whole new meaning.  For a Chock-sibling with a different mission, see bowsprite’s latest here.

Norfolk Rebel, currently itself transformed into a schooner and sailing, was the other pin boat.  Here the jaunty captain and crew relax as schooners arrive at the starting line midday yesterday.

Condor was our platform, dashing around trying to catch the arriving schooners as they plotted a “red-carpet” course toward the pin boats.  No offense to the smaller, class B boats . . . the faster ones . . . but we focused on the larger class A boats.  First in was A. J. Meerwald.  Links to many of the vessels can be found here for full info, but Meerwald is 84 years afloat.

Next across the red carpet . . . Sultana . . .

Lady Maryland . . . whom I sawsome years back in the sixth boro,

Some of the class B boats like the one in the distance . . . I never could identify.  Any help?  RORO is Rigel Leader.

Mystic Whaler and unidentified in background.

And the two vessels  (sort of) that started it all . . .  From l to r, 1916-launched, Tottenville NY-built Virgina  and Pride of Baltimore 2.

Kings Pointer . . .  Summerwind, a 1929 Alden schooner, and unidentified smaller vessels.

Anyone identify these?


A part of the field just minutes before the starter-cannon.

When a schooner races starts on a day with little wind, vessels crowd on all manner of sail, and yet . . . the “natives” on SUPs pass them.  I believe the schooner is Prom Queen, now vying for first across the finish line.

Mystic Whaler and Summerwind, with bulker Clipper Emperor in the distance.

Part of the field follows.  Notice the difference between the start of a schooner race and a tug race.

First Coast bypassed the schooners towing a barge and was already in Norfolk by the wee hours today.

The natives sat down on their boards and hung out at pin boat Chock,

as racers rocket south toward Norfolk.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.  Thanks to anyone who can identify some of the vessels I could not.

More from the race’s start tomorrow.

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