Bowsprite: A New York Harbor Sketchbook

junk in the harbor

12:53pm, this just in over VHF ch13:desk

Tug: “To the southbound Army Corps Of Engineers vessel.”

ACOE vessel responded (rather sure it was the Gelberman.)

Tug: “About a mile south of you, by Ellis Island, there’s a desk.”

ACOE: “A desk?

Tug: “Yes, a desk…and some telephone poles.”

ACOE: “OK, thank you.”

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  1. tugster said, on 2009/10/22 at 12:59

    a bureaucrat’s floating holiday gone awry?

  2. O Docker said, on 2009/10/22 at 13:22

    Maybe they were just out to launch.

    • MonkeyFist said, on 2009/10/22 at 16:08

      groan…. gives new meaning to “water cooler gossip”

  3. JP said, on 2009/10/22 at 14:28

    How funny (and sad too)

    I’ve seen some odd stuff drift by in the Thames – and think yes there was one table. Also a couple of sofa cushions.

    Must be the mermaid liaison office working on-site again.

  4. JP said, on 2009/10/22 at 14:28

    Oh, and lovely pic btw.

  5. Mage B said, on 2009/10/22 at 18:05

    Obviously no wiring tho.
    Delightful, thank you.

  6. Pat said, on 2009/10/22 at 21:32

    Well, the recession has left some offices barely afloat, but at least folks didn’t see any red ink around that desk..

  7. bonnie said, on 2009/10/27 at 14:02

    Awesome. I want a desk that floats around the harbor too. It would make my number crunching so much nicer!

  8. Michael said, on 2009/10/29 at 16:01

    You can snag your fishing hook real good on a telephone pole. Who the heck is throwing telephone polls in the water? A desk makes sense, but a telephone pole?

  9. tugster said, on 2009/10/29 at 17:44

    a pollster telephoned me last night asking all manner of weird questions. if he’d tried that near the river, i’d have tossed him in. if i’d had a fishing poll (sic) long enough and arms to do it justice, i’d have flung him as bait halfway across the bay. anyhow, that’s how telephone pollsters might get into the water . . . and just my luck . . . they’d be pollsters and polar bears to boot. i guess i got off track . . . i’ve no idea how telehone polls get into the water unless they happen to be in the pocket of the farflung pollster. i wonder if that was what manner of man mae west encountered when she asked the now-famous, “is that a telephone poll in your . .. ” yeah, you know the rest, and i’ve NO IDEA how i got into this meandering. maybe gelberman needs to fish me out. ()()():[

  10. Pat said, on 2009/10/29 at 20:19

    Yes, that would be the poll-ite thing for the Corps to do while you’re stick-ing around. How would they log it?

    I knew floating logs were a significant hazard to navigation in the Inside Passage but never dreamed there would be a similar hazard in New York harbor.

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