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I will be back tomorrow with close-ups of L’Hermione and more, but Bjoern of New York Media Boat sent me the very intriguing photo below.  Recognize it?  Answer follows.  Clue:  Elizabeth Anna.

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Well, L’Hermione  (pronounced LAIR me un) will find her way into more of these photos.  Here’s the venerable W. O. Decker.  Click and scroll to see her at work a few decades back.

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It’s Pelham, power unit for Wavertree not long ago.

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And it’s James Turecamo, preparing to escort in the French frigate currently at South Street.

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And Frederick E. Bouchard, in the process of switching B. No. 264 from on the hawser to alongside.

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And my first shot of James E. Brown, brand spanking new.  I’ll devote a whole post to James E. soon, I hope.

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Laura K. Moran watches the French lion pass . . .

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as does Frances out in Gravesend Bay.

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And the answer to the question about Elizabeth Anna . . . the top photo . . . I believe it’s the erstwhile Bear, the Disch tug acquired by DonJon at an auction back in December 2014.  I wonder where she’s headed.  Anyone help out?

Except the top photo by Bjoern Kils, all photos in the past few days by Will Van Dorp.

And if I haven’t said this explicitly enough, New York Media Boat is the faster, most versatile, shallowest draft means to see whatever you want in the sixth boro.  Need waterborne support for a project or  . . .want to see or show someone the sixth boro and its borders with the other boros, check them out.

So I’m going to do at least three posts on L’Hermione.

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L’Hermione passes in front of the classic Bayonne Bridge

Escort tug James Turecamo closes in.

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Notice the bow light of NY Media Boat.

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Docking pilot prepares to board

The final leg to South Street Seaport Pier 15.

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What is the technical name for the white sheet on James’ bow?

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Incoming vessels flanked by Fort William and a Staten Island ferry

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Crew takes to the rigging

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I missed photos of the perfect smoke rings in the salute.

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Pier 15’s design allows a large welcome party.

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Can someone explain the uniforms of the two sailors, one playing the cornemuse . . . ok, bagpipes?

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It seems that James‘ 92′ loa doesn’t quite work here.  Can anyone identify the flag below the Stars and Stripes and above the French tricoleur?

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Heaving lines finally all to the pier.

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And the word for tomorrow’s post–or if I have time–later today is Hennessey.

All photos by Will Van Dorp, with many thanks to  NY Media boat.   Here’s the story from the NYTimes.  And here’s what’s happening Saturday, July 4.

 

Back in March, I posted these photos taken by Xtian Herrou.  Xtian . ..  today I return the favor.  Tomorrow too.

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Pilot arrives at L’Hermione

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Tricoleur is hosted at the stern.

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Gunners prepare the guns for the salute.

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Hands hook the anchor ring for further hoisting.

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Hands on the wheel

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L’Hermione enters the Narrows and passes Fort Wadsworth

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James Turecamo delivers a docking pilot just off the French Statue.

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And I’ll pick up the story here tomorrow.  Many thanks to Bjoern Kils and the NYMedia Boat for a fun ride.  After a night of thunderstorms and rain, daybreak brought blue skies and sunshine.  All photos by Will Van Dorp.   Also, merci Lafayette!

While I was out documenting the excitement of the annual merfolk migration, there was an equal amount of excitement on all the waters that comprise the sixth boro.  Of course, your focus is your choice.  All photos here were taken by David Grill and used with permission.

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Pegasus’ last run for now.  See the note on the left sidebar.

The Liberty Challenge brought in racers from all over the watery parts of the globe.

Outrigger Canoe Race

Outrigger Canoe Race

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Vintage and contemporary petroleum vessels populated the KVK.

S/V Wavertree

S/V Wavertree and Evening Star

Another historic vessel off for a re-fit

Lehigh Valley 79 moved by Freddie K Miller.

Hats off to the passengers and crew of Pegasus and all the others out enjoying what makes NYC special .

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It’s Gerry Weinstein, showing evidence of being in the engine room and

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and Pamela Hepburn.

Captain at the helm

Captain at the helm

 

By the way, if you haven’t read–and don’t own– Ben Gibberd’s book of profiles, I highly recommend it. It has great photos by Randy Duchaine.

For the photos in this post, hats off for David Grill.

Let me share photos from three Eagle visits in the past decade.  Here she arrives off the east end of Wall Street.

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2005, I believe.

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Note the teams hauling on the docking line.

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docking at then Pier 17

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Charles D. McAllister tucks her in to the dock.

Here she lies at anchor in 2011 with

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crew in the rigging doing

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work.

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departure 2011

And here are details I focused on earlier this week.

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To reiterate what I wrote yesterday,read Captain Gordon McGowan’s The Skipper and the Eagle.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

For a similar set of closeups of another German-built sail training vessel–Dewaruci–click here.

Put Cornell into the search box and you’ll see how many posts I’ve done on this 1950 Long Island-built vessel.  I even wrote an article for Professional Mariner.  Click here for more info on Cornell.

But this post just raises a question . . .if the sunrises over a calm East River and no one is there to see it,

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is it still pretty?

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I think so.  Photos taken at 0630 this morning by Will Van Dorp.

Here’s an index of the previous “locker” posts.

Let’s start with a photo from a secret salt seeking an identification.  All I know is that this photo of an “old army tug” was taken in 1982 and that the building in the background is the Brooklyn Army Terminal, a frequent background in sixth boro photos even today.   Anyone supply an identification of the vessel?

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Here’s a photo I took about two weeks ago  . . . sand that looks almost like sawdust.  The nearer scow is marked Lexa Gellatly.  My question is . . .  is that the same hull but transformed as this one, once used to transport oil?  Do oil barges sometimes get transformed into scows?  And where is this sand coming from/going to?

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scows at the mooring off Robbins Reef Light

The next photo comes from Justin Zizes and an event I missed last week because I got triple-booked;  what’s happening is the unveiling ceremony for the USS Monitor Trail Marker to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the US Civil War.  FDNY’s 343 adds solemnity to the event.  The water here, Bushwick Inlet, once received new builds from the slipways of Continental Iron Works.

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Next . . . a number of you have written this week about the fabulous new photo archives assembled by the New York Public Library.  I’ve already spent lots of hours meandering there.  What makes the archive so remarkable is the interface:  you click on dots on a street map of NYC, and each dot reveals archival photos of that site.  Let me share a few here:  as seen from South Beach Staten Island, Hoffman Island in the distance as it existed in 1925.  I’d love to see post-WW2 but pre demolition of the island buildings.

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Hoffman Island closer up with SS Perugia in quarantine.  I won’t guarantee the veracity of the captions on all the photos.  After all, GIGO.

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1923 ferry approaching the Hell Gate Bridge,

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1935 “stick lighter” approaching the Goethals Bridge.

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There are literally thousands of photos in the archive.  Have fun.  I’d love to hear from you with any news.

I’m currently gallivanting and will be back–I hope–by the end of the week.

 

First, two photos from Jason LaDue, up in Lyons on the Erie Canal.  Click here to see some of the many photos Jason has sent along over the past years from Lyons and the Great Lakes.  The vessel Lyons, below, has been painted NY blue and gold since it last appeared here two plus months ago.

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Docked astern of Lyons is Salem, which has also gotten some new paint recently.

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From the Canal to the sixth boro, here’s the sight I caught last week from the MediaBoat, as we entered North Cove.  The vessel is the New York Naval Militia’s 440 Moose boat.   Click here to see some of NYNM’s previous vessels.

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I’m not sure where the group was headed.  The schooner is Clipper City, which I really need to get out on one of these days soon.

Top two photos . . . thanks to Jason LaDue;  last three by Will Van Dorp.

 

Ocean Tower passes the tow of Wavertree, aka “ocean wanderer.”

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Ocean Tower, built 1969

At the east end of Caddell Dry Dock.

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Coral Coast, 1970

Joyce D., no longer the newest Brown boat.

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Joyce D. Brown, 2002

Between Atlantic Salt and Caddell.

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Rae, 1952

In the Morris Canal.

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Little C, 1988

At the southwest end of Shooters aka Mariners Harbor.

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Bering Sea, 1975

On the Shooters Island end of the Bayonne Bridge.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Unrelated:

A video of the welcome of Half Moon now in Hoorn.

A fun 8-minute 7-day trip from the Hudson River to the Thousand Islands via the Erie Canal, with ALL the locks!

A less-professional video of the arrival of Half Moon in Hoorn, but showing music by the Musiek Boot, delightful man of the waters, Reinier Sijpkens, (click here and scroll) who entertained here in the sixth boro six years ago.

 

This post shows the second leg of what felt like an epic journey, but first let’s back up about 10 minutes.  See the small blue vessel just off the bow of Wavertree?

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It’s a King’s Point vessel, and leaning out of the house, it’s Capt. Jonathan Kabak, formerly master of Pioneer, Lettie G. Howard, and other vessels.

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So let’s resume . . .  the tow travels west of Caddell and rounds up against the tide, ever so

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gracefully–to my eyes–making its way to the dock.  Thomas J. Brown and later Rae working the port side.

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it took a full quarter hour to spin Wavertree 180 degrees and inch it across the KVK, but then the heaving line flew, followed by the dock line.

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Thomas J. and Rae worked this side in coordination with Pelham–invisible all this time from my perspective–on the starboard side.

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almost all fast

Lots of money will be spent and sweat expended before the NEXT leg of the journey.

The 2001 (or earlier??) photo below comes from Mike Weiss, SSSM waterfront foreman.  It shows a more complete rig.

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Also from Mike’s FB post, the photo below shows Wavertree in her Argentina barge days.  For the saga of Peter Stanford’s efforts to get this hull from Argentina to the sixth boro, read A Dream of Tall Ships starting from p. 221.  Actually, the whole book makes an excellent read.

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All photos except the last two by Will Van Dorp, who is eager to see Wavertree‘s transformation in the year to come.

From gCaptain, here’s a good explanation of National Maritime Day, yesterday.

 

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