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Names 10 is OK, but Names 9 has more staying power, taps into classical thoughts.

If I came up behind a vessel with this name, my non-existent Greek would not let me know that

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the name is Zim (that part is easy) New York!  Remember, double click to enlarge an image.

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Here’s an attractive bulk carrier with a great name that

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again . . . from  the stern I’d not recognize.  Time to start studying Greek.  And I thought– besides Greeks–only budding North American theologians would benefit from.

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The name here is straight forward, but some mind-changing or dissembling seems afoot with the port of registry.

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Check out the comment Rick Old Salt did recently relative to PCTC design on Kennebec Captain’s post here.

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I know this fleet borrows names from operas, but I’m not sure I’d be happy to sail the seven seas in vessel whose name stems from a libertine who seduces only to move on and on and on . . . .

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and on.  Looks like the rolicking rakish RORO above took a blow to the portside cheek . . . or is that a poorly-pencilled-in moustachio?

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Then there’s avid fisherfolk given to cliches. . . I’m mean . . . here’s a place to paint   πόρνη  (Greek or some other relatively arcane script) at least to keep folks wondering.

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The bathroom signage here is at least novel . . .  at least I’d never seen it before.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Weeks’ Elizabeth has sharp chines.

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A hint of Dr Jekyl/Mr Hyde in United Banner.

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Susan Miller with spud barge, almost full frontal.  Completely full frontal of anonymous gull.

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Oxygen . . .  Don’t those anchor flukes look a bit like . . .  eyelashes?  What was that odd eyelash conversation I had recently?  Kimberly Turecamo to starboard and Laura K Moran to port.

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Adriatic Sea emphasizes the vertical; bow wave defines the horizontal.

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John B. Caddell with very little freeboard.

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Linda Moran: difficult to anthropomorphize once I see the stacks as horns, unless the stalk plus upper wheelhouse plus mast is perceived as unusual headgear.

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Newtown Creek moves in with goal posts.

aaff7What would Rosemary McAllister look like with a Cornell-esque pudding?

aaffrmKT Venture is the first bulker I’ve seen offload salt directly at the Atlantic Salt dock, site of the late August Salt Festival.  More KT Venture soon.

aaffssKatherine Walker approaches, with a buoy in each cheek.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Yesterday afternoon along the Arthur Kill, I communed with this creature, which I thought erroneously an osprey.  Peregrine?  Some type of hawk?  I was amazed that while tearing apart its rare-rat lunch (I declined a portion), it allowed me within 10 feet!  More fotos of the encounter at the bottom of this post.  I knew I would post some fotos, but in considering a context, it occurred that the sixth boro (and beyond waters) is ideal  bird-look space.

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Here an egret or heron steals across a dawn shot.

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While Cyprine was easing in, a gull streaked across a foto.

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A wonderfully-titled work in Pamela Talese exhibit is “Je n’egret rien.” Check out her show before October 30!  Pamela’s caption reads, “The ITB (Integrated Tug & Barge) Jacksonville came into the Navy Yard pretty beat up. As I was painting, I noticed a white egret splashing around in the waters of Dry Dock 5—wildlife among industry!”  Coexistence!  Check out these birds-in-the-meadowlands tugster fotos here.

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As bulker Oxygen came in yesterday, a gull escorted it.  Oxygen referred to here is about six months new, headed for Port Newark although I don’t know what cargo.

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Here’s a first for tugster:  Bowsprite‘s art migrated electronically from her site to mine, and it shows self-help-oriented Laridae.  Related to birds, recall my suggestion in September that Bowsprite can fly.

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Pioneer travels with its very own familiar.

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“A swarm of starlings so darkened the skies one July day at precisely 1:33 pm that sunbathers left the beach…”  Sounds like a good opener for a sci-fi tale.

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But back to my hawk.  At one point when I closed within 10 feet, it picked up its lunch with its left talon, and hobbled back.  Another bird might use its beak for that.  I took that as a indication of its self-confidence.

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Long beautiful legs.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.  Here’s an older birds-post.  A Moveable Bridge has tracked some geese, and if you check in at Reid’s on 1000daysatsea Day 914, you’ll see he’s begun communing with a heron.

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