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This is partly inspired by the first 18 posts of this series and partly by the Apple ad campaign called “shot on iPhone 6.” I have an older iPhone, but if you ever get a message from me, you’ll see a note “sent by talking drum” instead of the default advertisement. OK, I’m contrarian. But all the shots in this post have been taken by my talking drum, and therefore of a different quality.
I need to carry a mini tripod for the talking drum (TD) camera . . . in lower light, although
this one is crisp.
I certainly need a tripod for a “pano” shot.
Sometimes you get a pano via composition.
A TD cam IS handy when you find yourself facing a once-in-a-lifetime perspective.
This bus has fascinated me for the past two weeks, so today, having carved out time to stop, I chatted with the owner . . . my age, who had the bus painted by graffiti artists in honor of his late son. When the weather chills, he will cast off his lines and head south.
All these reps by Will Van Dorp.
Wow! When I typed “wall” into the search window, I came up with this somewhat silly post from 2007! But one of the photos shows Barents Sea when I first saw her in the sixth boro.
What I was thinking with the word “wall” today is that the hull of a vessel walls out any info about the crew, the cargo, the human climate on board! By looking at this image of a section of the hull, you can tell what it carries, where it came from, its age . . I could go on. Actually, all those patches notwithstanding, the vessel is four years old. Anyhow, my point is
two thirds of the planet is inhabited by “worlds” walled off like this and more often moving throughout the latitudes and longitudes and climate zones and political regions and hot spots . . . .
and if you missed Ian Urbina’s articles recently in the NYTimes called “The Outlaw Ocean,” check them out and the comments here. I’m still stuffed with the food for thought presented there.
Photo by Will Van Dorp.
Here was the first in the series. That one ended on a “back-to-work” note.
This one . . . probably will not have a happy ending, unless of course you’re a fish looking for structure or a diver wanting to explore. Here’s a view of the vessel pre-sixth boro days. And here’s the last time I saw her run. Call Barents Sea high . . . and potentially wetter and wetter.
Have a look while you can.
When she gets reefed, I’d love photos.
Thanks to Birk, here’s her history.
Click here for a guide to fishing and diving on New Jersey reefs.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
There’ve been plenty of people I’ve wanted to chance re-encounter, but it doesn’t always happen. I’ve been to Southwest Harbor long ago, but I’ve never seen a Good Idea before.
I saw this WLB come into the harbor the other day and just assumed it was Katherine Walker, WLM-552. But I was wrong. Voila Elm, WLB-204, 50 feet longer than Walker, and out of Atlantic Beach, NC, where I saw it a few years back.
Alice Oldendorff . . . I heard her crew talking with the Sandy Hook pilots the other day . . . . I wish I knew how many voyages she has made into the sixth boro in the past decade!!
The Blue Peter . . . I saw it a month ago in Narragansett Bay, but got close enough for a good photo only after they’d dropped sail.
Liberty II . . . our paths haven’t crossed in quite a while.
Sea Lion . . . is a busy boat.
New York Media Boat . . . another busy boat in duplicate.
No Wake . . . our paths have never crossed that I recollect, but I wonder whose she has. She seems to have some age.
All photos taken in the past week or so . . .
See the decorated Dutch bar? That’s not something you see every day.
but July 4 is not an ordinary day. Just look at all those people at the land’s edge: “water-gazers” Melville called them, as you can read here with the last sentence of the second paragraph and go through the next two paragraphs. All wanting to see the decorated Dutch bar?
Marie J Turecamo brought a barge of pyrotechnics too.
Marion Moran–like Brendan Turecamo–brought a barge full to midtown, I believe.
. . . as did Doris Moran. Again, see the water-gazers fill the esplanade.
Other tugboats brought other gazers . . . sky-gazers soon.
like Kimberly Poling and .
Yemitzis, launched as a PRR tug in 1954. Click here and scroll to see her original look.
My goal at the fireworks on Pier 16 had been to get shots of Ambrose bathed in pyrotechnical light, but alas . . . without the right orientation of camera to boat to flashes . . . this is the best I got.
This photo from July 2012 was what I had imagined I could get. Well . . . it’s all about a lot of things, including location. See the different version of this shot of the left of this page and please let’s continue the discussion on the future of Pegasus.
Speaking of sky-gazers . . . from the back of the crowd on Pier 16, this is what I got.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
And if you didn’t see this article in the NYTimes about digital photography and ethics, check it out, even if you just look at the before and after photos.
First, for a focused statement on the importance of this vessel and Lafayette on US independence, click here . . . from a Portland Maine publication. More on Lafayette, click here, but skip the partisan dribble in paragraphs 3–6. Also, here.
Most of the photos in this post I took on July 1, by which time the French shore contingent had done a great job setting up a pier display, and here’s my favorite poster. Doubleclick on the photo to enlarge it and read the numbers.
Soon after all lines were made fast, the ceremony started: music, uniforms, flags, and the CASK! It’s to be auctioned off. I’d love to know the price.
Thanks to Linda Roorda, Peter Boucher, and Xtian Herrou for answers about the flags and uniforms. The uniforms here and in Wednesday’s post of the Breton bagpipers and the two matelots are French Naval summer uniforms. The flag flown below the US flag on L’Hermione is the Serapis flag–or a variation thereof– flown by John Paul Jones.
Yesterday I stopped by and was fortunate to here speeches under the FDR. Here, with microphone, South Street Seaport Museum Executive Director Jonathan Boulware talks about the ships, the museum, and all six boros of NYC.
Then a parade set out from the pier and headed via Wall Street to Bowling Green, stopping
briefly at Federal Hall.
Happy Independence Day.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
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.
It’s Pelham, power unit for Wavertree not long ago.
And it’s James Turecamo, preparing to escort in the French frigate currently at South Street.
And Frederick E. Bouchard, in the process of switching B. No. 264 from on the hawser to alongside.
And my first shot of James E. Brown, brand spanking new. I’ll devote a whole post to James E. soon, I hope.
Laura K. Moran watches the French lion pass . . .
as does Frances out in Gravesend Bay.
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.
Escort tug James Turecamo closes in.
The final leg to South Street Seaport Pier 15.
I missed photos of the perfect smoke rings in the salute.
Pier 15’s design allows a large welcome party.
Can someone explain the uniforms of the two sailors, one playing the cornemuse . . . ok, bagpipes?
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?
Heaving lines finally all to the pier.
And the word for tomorrow’s post–or if I have time–later today is Hennessey.
Back in March, I posted these photos taken by Xtian Herrou. Xtian . .. today I return the favor. Tomorrow too.
Tricoleur is hosted at the stern.
Gunners prepare the guns for the salute.
Hands hook the anchor ring for further hoisting.
James Turecamo delivers a docking pilot just off the French Statue.
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!