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marion m.

Posted in lighters by bowsprite on 2011/03/25

Marion M. (1932)

Material: Wood hull
Length: 60.6 ft.
Breadth: 22.5 ft.
Gross Tonnage: 41
Depth of Hold: 5.4 ft.

Lovely Greenport, L.I. wooden freighter which carried oysters, potatoes, lumber, cordwood, and stones for jetty construction. She plied the Sound, making trips from as far as Massachusetts to Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New Jersey. Known also as “chandlery lighters,” these versatile little boats carried supplies and drums of fuel to ships lying at anchor in the harbor. She had simple hoisting gear, an A frame cargo mast. You can see her, floating at pier 16, on the east river.

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  1. Baydog said, on 2011/03/25 at 00:54

    Any boat that carries oysters and potatoes is worth her weight in chowder, as far as I’m concerned. Long time, no post Christina

  2. odocker said, on 2011/03/25 at 00:54

    What can I do, my dear, to catch your ear
    I love you madly, madly Madam Riparian…Marion

  3. Buck said, on 2011/03/25 at 10:01

    What a sturdy stem she has!

    Is this Marion a riparian librarian?

  4. michael bogoger said, on 2011/03/25 at 15:16

    Is she still in service?

    • bowsprite said, on 2011/03/26 at 21:55

      Alas, she is not: Marion M was last inspected about 8 or 10 yrs ago. Engine has not run in 3 years.
      She needs a new deck. Bad worm damage on the starboard side above the chine. Planks need to be replaced above the water. Needs collision bulkhead. No idea of the steering condition.
      She has been neglected.

  5. eastriver said, on 2011/03/25 at 19:53

    Oh, C, m’dear… she’s the third of the Rando lighters (Vernie S., Ollie, and now Marion) to end up at South Street, and fated as the others, I fear.

    Remember driving Vernie S. around, and seeing Marion out there working… and thinking she was the cat’s pajamas.

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  7. naveganteglenan said, on 2011/03/26 at 11:52

    Hi bowsprite!

    Happy to know my forth lovely Marion :-)

  8. tugster said, on 2011/03/26 at 19:26

    Maybe YOU should adopt marion M . . .
    You forsee big harvests but nuttin to carry ‘em in.

    And your artists-a-sea, you need a vessel to ferry’em in.

    And for springtime’s young lovers, you’ll captain a vessel to marry’em in.

    Marion M Maron M . . . all the fun you’ll have on Marion M

  9. Vagabonde said, on 2011/03/28 at 15:16

    This is a neat little boat and too bad that she is neglected. Don’t they have boat aficionados like they have for antique cars? A boat amateur who will put her back in top shape?

  10. fuel said, on 2011/04/18 at 02:01

    Love this boat. ^ ^

    It’s amazing!

  11. TIM Robison said, on 2011/04/28 at 09:56

    Just a great drawing! It is sad to see what is, or better said is not happening with these old vessels. It is the economy, but more about bad management. Same in my old home in Seattle where they demolished the old three masted schooner Wawona.

    I do love the art though! –TIM

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  13. Tom Penders said, on 2012/12/22 at 13:01

    This was my maternal grandfather’s boat.


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