Bowsprite has a collection of water colors, and specs on the principal passenger-carrying traditional sailing craft now working New York Harbor. Here is the oldest - South Street Seaport's iron Pioneer. For the rest of the squadron check outBowsprite.
Tugsterlikes to get up close and watch the tugs push freighters around. Here's a shot of a warship getting pushed around - in Qingdao, China. There's some sort of friendly gathering of warships there for a multinational naval parade.
Highlights include a lifeboat (吊船) race, and a stubby Chinese nuclear submarine.
The 100 year old schooner Mary E, which long called Greenport home, but now sails from Port Jefferson, is on the hard at Consolidated, at the opposite end of Pilot Street from City Island Y.C. where I keep North River 2.
Looks like painting, new prop and rudder from what I saw yesterday.
All the way from Quncy, Mass the Allie B and its tow - the Brooklyn Bridge, laden with the Goliath Crane, arrived April 16 in Mangalia, Romania. The whole voyage can be seenhereon George Graham's site.
All 7 boats have crossed the Equator. Telefonica Blue, which did the last 4000 miles of the epic Qingdao to Rio leg without a headstay, showed its speed by being first at the Fernando de Noronha scoring mark - the equatorial island off the Brazil coast. The next 5 boats were separated by only 14 miles DTF across a stretch of the South Atlantic as they passed over to the north. 3500 miles to Boston.
The usual silly celebrations occurred at the crossings.
Whales and lobster don't have much to do with each other, what with one scurrying along the bottomgrabbing anything they canand the other scooping up mouthfuls of krill shrimp and zooplankton salad. The Right Whale about whose survival marine zoologists worry is the species about which Melville waxed inMoby Dick, Chapter 75 : "the Right Whale I take to have been a Stoic; the Sperm Whale, a Platonian, who might have taken up Spinoza in his latter years".
But the lobsters ply the same waters as the giant mammals and so, to avoid entanglement, the lobstermen have been forced to buy sinking line, some of which which we see coiled up here at the base of the traps stacked up on the dock at Simmons Wharf in Friendship during the off-season.
The Gulf of Maine Lobster Fishermen'srope exchange program helped many lobstermen with the replacement of old - perfectly usable - line with new - whale-friendly "sinking line".
One might get the impression driving the coast that lobstermen have an idyllic life, picking up lobster traps here and there about the rivers and bays, on sunny summer afternoons. That would be wrong. October, November, December are big months and the crustaceans lie in deep water 25 miles out to sea where lobstermen (and they are nearly all men) bait, set, tend, and haul the traps, band, and finally sell the product of 500 - 800 traps per license holder.
Prodigal (Maple Juice Cove, Cushing), Red October (Port Clyde); Monhegan; Outlaw, Addiction, Bad Company (Friendship); My Girl (Hathorn Point, Cushing); Suspicion (Friendship); Dreadnought (Monhegan/Tenants Harbor)
The Henry Hild is, I believe, the only active wooden workboat in New York harbor. A WWII vintage Navy boat, it was bequeathed to John Barron by the late sailmaker, Henry Hild. It is seen here on a mooring at Barron's boatyard on the east side of City Island.
Barron's is one of the handful of yards to which you can entrust a wooden boat - like my North River 2 - an L. Francis Herreshoff-designed Buzzards Bay 14 built in 1985 at The Boat School in Eastport, Maine.
Here's an audio slideshow from the Times, narrated by a Coast Guard petty officer, describing the lighthouses of New York. Particular mention is made of Stepping Stones off City Island and Execution Rocks off Sands Point.
So it's sunrise for Richard and crew as they head north from the La Plata River/Buenos Aires and Montevideo. The current course hugs the east coast of Brazil - see the graphic. Issuma's blog link is in the blogroll at the top of the page.
Good time of year to be heading north. It would be great to see Issuma in New York in May. And Labrador in June?? Just guessing, but knowing Richard's yearning for high latitudes, it could be in the works.