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First, see these three photos from 2009 with updates.  I passed by this spot in Seaford DE this past week . . . on a mission, and the former Flagship Nanticoke Queen restaurant is no more.  Only a graded lot remains where the USS McKeever Brothers (SP-683) WW1 patrol and minesweeper vessel and fishing boat both before that and after the war once was. Route 13 has a bit less character.   The wooden hull was likely buried in a landfill.

From 2009, this is the 1958 Jakobson-built Dalzelleagle and then McAllister Brothers.  And yesterday, she was was towed away to be scrapped. At temperatures between 2500 and 2750°F, that steel will puddle and take new shapes.  Tomorrow I’ll post more photos of this 1958 beauty.

Another photo from 2009 of the 1907 Pegasus . . .  now also history and headed for the same high temperatures and red hot puddles.

A photo from 2012 . . . Siberian Sea, still afloat, and currently called Mike Azzolino.

Also still extant, in fact, David Silver took this photo less than a week ago, the May 1921 launched Day Peckinpaugh.  Yes, that is the Erie Canal between Locks E2 and E3.  The canal water level  is drawn down in the winter/spring for maintenance.

May 21, 1921 precisely was the day Interwaterways 101 came off the ways at the McDougall-Duluth Company shipyard.   Shouldn’t we hold a socially distanced party for the freight ship?

Here was the neat and active Eriemax freighter in 1961.

Thanks to David and Craig for use of their Day Peckinpaugh photos;  the others from 2009 and 2012, WVD.

As to the tragedy of 231′ x 71′ Seacor Power, Seacor Supporter, 131′ x 66′ , came to do some work in the sixth boro here a few years ago. Brazos is 145′ x 100′.


Quick post:  the first ship I saw upon crossing the VZ from Staten Island into Brooklyn today was panamax tanker Stena Chronos.  I know it’s an uninteresting shot, but it marks that old cronos time has surged forward.  Remember, double clicking an image enlarges it.

An interesting sight along the way today is this defunct restaurant on the Nanticoke River near Seaford, Delaware.  Vessel is the ex-USS McKeever Brothers (SP-683) built in Noank, CT in 1911.  Click here to see the 136′ steam-powered minesweeper and patrol vessel in the Delaware circa WW1.  Click here to see the restaurant in more prosperous days.

Ospreys nest in the mast.  Van shows scale.

Lubber windows demonstrate that naval lines and terrestrial ones should never mix.   Click here to see other “ship” restaurants.

Can you identify what lies behind the wreath in this foto?  Clue . . . it displaces 45,000 tons and had a new bow grafted in place in 1956 to replace one damaged in a collision.  By the way, towards the stern starboard . . .  it’s the raked masts of Amistad!!

Answer is BB-64, USS Wisconsin.

Finally, I have to laugh at myself here, posting that this tug was Orida . . . even though the primer clearly suggests otherwise.  Many thanks again to DP for pointing this out.  This is a classic “looking but just not seeing” moment.

Hope you and I do NOT have many of those moments in 2010.  I do have a powerful tendency to see (and hear) what I want to see and hear;  I’m working on correcting it.

Back home, now what?  If I had a couple million dollars, here’s an idea and music and even better music it inspired.  Thanks, Rick . . . lend me some $$?

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

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