Bowsprite: A New York Harbor Sketchbook

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Posted in Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2012/03/18

New Orleans! I love the sultry breezes, the smells, the birds. I love tugspot hopping down 308, pulling over every few miles to look at the shrimpers, sponge harvesters, and to wave at the friendly tug men on Bayou Lafourche. It is amazing to see what places look like, places that were only names before this trip: Lockport, where Thoma-Sea’s shipyard is, Des Allemands where Candies is, Larose where Edison Chouest is. Got to peek at the tops of three CG cutters at Bollinger’s at Lockport and the grey trapezoids of three big vessels at Avondale. This is where the ships are built!

I love the swirly, mocha chocolata river — man! is it cold! love the names of the boxy, wedding-cake tugboats, love the nonstop parade of cargo ships, freighters, and LONG tows of coal, grain, and what looked like scows and scows of oyster shells.

Oh, and I love beignets! first time for all of this wonder! see here for some of the adventures on the Mississippi!

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  1. EeeeZeee « tugster: a waterblog said, on 2012/03/18 at 20:52

    [...] bringing fresh air seekers like this waterblogger on the Algiers ferry named Louis [...]

  2. Vladimir Brezina said, on 2012/03/18 at 21:57

    I remember having lunch in NO in the Riverwalk mall where that runaway freighter rammed it that time a few years back…. beignets are great! (and hurricanes!)

  3. starbuck5250 said, on 2012/03/19 at 10:52

    Someday I too will have a beignet.
    I love how this beignet shares the page with the vessels that make them possible, and with a lovely vessel to enjoy them on!

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  6. mageb said, on 2012/03/20 at 17:03

    Did you ever see the lovely pphotos I posted of your very much appreciated callendar?

    I sat out on the island today with a camera thinking of both of you, but only one crane went by against the tide very slowly.

  7. mikoyan29 said, on 2012/03/21 at 11:43

    Another place I will need to go.

  8. Dan said, on 2012/03/21 at 17:07

    The “scows and scows of oyster shells” were possibly flat-deck barges loaded with clamshells, for use in aggregates… and for “Cajun paving” on back roads and parking lots. Towboatmen refer to them affectionately as “clam peelin’s”. Among the least stable vessels on the inland waterways. Bump the barge a little bit and the load shifts, and the barge capsizes as the clamshells spill overboard.

  9. Vagabonde said, on 2012/03/22 at 14:03

    We have to go to New Orleans next month to babysit our grandsons while our daughter attend a professional meeting. We won’t have a car but a baby stroller and will for sure stroll along the river and if possible go on board one of the boats there. There will be beignets at Le Café du Monde for a snack for sure.

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  11. Daniel Gallegos said, on 2012/03/24 at 17:44

    Speaking of boats did you see this article?

    http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Japanese+ghost+ship+lost+tsunami+found+coast/6351683/story.html

    Yikes! Also, do you have art shows? If so would you let me/us know?

  12. Tele said, on 2012/04/03 at 18:48

    Sounds like you and I share a love for all things boat – their names, shapes (“boxy, wedding cake tugboats = fantastic description). I’m so pleased to have met you via Carol Haywood’s site!


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