Bowsprite: A New York Harbor Sketchbook

Warship 21, out to sea

Farewell, USS New York!

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0740h, ch13:  “Warship 21, Warship 21, changing speed to 10 knots, over.”

sailfish,ladyBbackground: USCGC Sailfish (WPB 87356), 87-foot Coastal Patrol Boat (WPB) – Marine Protector Class
foreground: Coast Guard Auxiliary boat Lady B, the former 82-foot U.S. Coast Guard cutter USCGC Point Brown (WPB-82362)

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The USS New York makes calls after the Statue to tugs outside the KV, to the Staten Island Ferry, negotiating through another busy day :
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mysterytug(definitely NOT to be used for navigation! this AIS program is off by many minutes and does not read the signal from some ships. Notice: none of the official vessels are showing. Then, you have captains at anchor who don’t turn to ‘at anchor’ mode but drift in ‘underway’ mode, which is nice, because you can see them draw circles as the tides go in and out:)

before 0800h: “CG Sailfish, this is Warship 21: speed change to two-one, two-one, over.” And they go…out to sea.

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  1. co said, on 2009/11/12 at 17:36

    wow!!!!

    one day I would love to join you on your water adventures – just not in the water…

    • bowsprite said, on 2009/11/12 at 17:43

      don’t worry, dearest Claire! I’m not swimming around warships in the shipping channel!
      it would be so cool though, mmm…what an arresting thought…

  2. tugster said, on 2009/11/13 at 00:10

    arresting . . . that’s the exact word. altho check out jo conrad’s “secret sharer” on a swimmer who gets assisted from unexpected quarters. anyhow, i’d bail you out.

  3. Mage B said, on 2009/11/13 at 22:05

    I’d bail you out too. We love ya, and after this winner of a marvelous entry, go ahead and swim around her. I’m checking my balances now. :)

  4. patsy ragonese III said, on 2009/11/14 at 19:16

    Jim,good for you,I wish I was on board with you.P3

  5. Michael said, on 2009/11/15 at 09:58

    Swimming near a warship? They frown on that stuff (with high caliber automatic antipersonell weaponry). As you came up for a breath of air you’d be looking down the barrels of a gatling gun.

    Best to swim off of something with a sweeter disposition!


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