Bowsprite: A New York Harbor Sketchbook

work boat – a mariner’s story

Posted in Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2014/01/14

When I was first breaking into tug work, I taught sailing on the side for a company which also had a big motor yacht which people chartered for parties. One night, they asked me to drive it for a bachelor party, as the regular captain was not available.  My deckhand, a local sailor, dressed up in a funny little sailor suit. It was as you’d expect: booze, youngish men and a couple of strippers.  Nobody cared about the cruise, they just wanted to be out on the bay where nobody could see the goings on.

I was at the wheel, and the deckhand was seated on a cabinet nearby.   The stripper, wearing little more than stilettos, came prancing up the ladder to the wheelhouse.  The deckhand was expressionless, and in her bouncy voice, she said, “What’s the matter fellow, why the serious face?”

He remained deadpan and said, “I’m working.”

She stopped wiggling, went equally deadpan and said, “So am I.”

Then she turned around, put her party expression and wiggle back on, and pranced down the ladder back to the party.  It was the only memorable moment in an otherwise forgettable experience.

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Thank you, Capt Daniel Porter!
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  1. Rembert said, on 2014/01/14 at 05:14

    Being a new but eager reader of this blog, I learned already, that there is plenty of opportunity here, to improve your marine English. Now I´m delighted to see, that you can also fill knowledge gaps on harbor habits at this place.

    And in case, that incident on Hudson river happened at this time of the year – hat off to New York´s weather resistant strippers and their iron work morale. If not, the arcadic scene invites at least for dreaming of the warmer days to come. If I don´t misinterpret, the painter drafted this pretty, little tableau on a cold January day, to give us some hope by showing the first scent of spring, flooding in through the bright windows behind that pink blot.

  2. tugster said, on 2014/01/14 at 16:39

    so does miami: http://stripcruise.com/index.html

  3. mageb said, on 2014/01/15 at 11:48

    That’s a great story. Yes, I’m still doodling. :)

  4. Ken said, on 2014/01/16 at 12:36

    Cool story, pretty funny too.

  5. tugster said, on 2014/01/23 at 05:20

    yr stripper here seems to be cold; she’s put on more clothes since last i looked. maybe next time i look, she’ll wear a cold water gumbo (no) gumby suit

    • tugster said, on 2014/01/23 at 05:23

      oh . . . also i meant to advise you that an alien of undetermined sort . . . maybe neptunian . . . appears to be at helm. do you suppose that’s ok?


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