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I took this foto in January 2008.  According to this site, Cosette–321′ loa, launched 1966– was seized in Martinique some time in 2010.

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She used to fill the niche currently occupied in the sixth boro by Grey Shark and Lygra, in the Narragansett Bay by Danalith, and who knows what vessels in any other port.   Anyhow, I was just wondering if anyone knows the current disposition of Cosette . . .

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Ditto  . . .  Sea Dart (II)?, here in a foto I took in October 2008 and never used.  Is she still around?  Is this the 1953 Higgins vessel owned by someone in Elizabeth, NJ?

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Here’s a pair I haven’t seen in a few years . . .  Realist

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and Specialist.  There was also a Specialist II for a while.  I recall stories about one of them going to the Great Lakes and another to Puerto Rico, but have no confirmation.   Just curious . . . not working for a collections group.

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Below is the boat that prompted this post . . . Edith Thornton back a few at the 2008 tugboat race . . . here’s another shot . . .  and

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same hardware now as Guyanese tug Chassidy.  Many thanks to Gerard Thornton for sending the foto below and starting the percolating process.  I have to mention here a novel that served as catalyst for this thought process:  The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll by Alvaro Mutis.  The book is part Joseph Conrad, part Gabriel Garcia Marquez . ..  with some Melville and Jensen thrown in as seasoning . . . and Maqroll el Gaviero–along with his “dispatcher/business partner” Abdul Bashur–are  aventureros sin igual!

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Here’s a different illustration of change . . . Pegasus a few years back and

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last weekend:  it’s springtime and she’s sprouted an upper wheelhouse

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Ambassador in March 2010 is now Pramuditaa very Buddhist name.  When Ambassador was here three years ago, she seemed to be under treatment for propulsion issues.

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Three years from now . . . or 30  . .  who knows what changes we’ll see . . .  All fotos–unless otherwise attributed–by Will Van Dorp.

Springtime light evokes mood better than any other time of year perhaps.  Last April I studied Maryland, chosen quite by random.  One “crush” this spring might be Specialized II.  Below the mood is poetic whereas

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at a later hour it’s prose, all business.  Speaking of business, here are the vitals:  Built by Parker Brothers & Company in 1956 (though I don’t know where they’re located).  Ex-The Chief and Curly B.  84′ loa x 26.  Anyone know the horsepower?

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Dawn will find me back here.

Photos:  WVD.

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.” Romeo & Juliet

 

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This weekend I finally caught the name of this small tug I’d wondered about for two years and it’s a keeper: Iron Mike! How fitting that the tow is scrap metal. Might there also be a Steel Mike, Brass Mike? Gold Mike would need an escort. Oops, that’s a different fleet.

 

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Duty ties Iron Mike for a no-nonsense name. Duty‘s siblings are Escort and Consort.

 

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Meet Realist and below, a sibling named

 

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Specialist! Wonder what future siblings might be called.

Truth be told, I enjoy the variety of fleet naming systems: family trees, seas, social roles, personality types, and … then poetry like Iron Mike… It certainly beats how the bus, train, and aircraft fleets now go . . . all numbers. “The doors in cars 3495 and 7032 will not platform.” EEew! But imagine this . . . Iron Mike and Specialist are bringing Alice in today. Cool!

All photos, Will Van Dorp.

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