Bowsprite: A New York Harbor Sketchbook

waterways reskilling

Posted in Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2013/11/23

Waterways reskilling! Tomorrow, Saturday, at SUNY New Paltz.

You can read about the origins of Transition here. Tomorrow’s agenda:

A Transition Reskilling turns back the clock to reclaim technologies that have immediate relevance  and are key to the carbon neutral future of the Mid-Atlantic region: 1) Sail-freight, which is resurging as people build and rebuild wooden ships for the transport of goods along coastal and inland waters of the Hudson Valley, 2) Small and micro-scale, direct hydropower generation3) Port & dock restoration, design and management,  4) Future fisheries,  5) Boat-building and waterwheel restoration. 

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Piers 88, 90, 92 and 94: Passenger Ship Terminal, deliveries of all food stuffs, wines and beers from upriver can be unloaded directly onto cruise ships; please do not attempt to unload during bunkering.
Pier 84: due to National Security Concerns, there will be no docking near the aircraft carrier permitted; no exceptions, TWIC cards or no. Do not leave your compost here.

Pier 66: beer and wine go here! Recharge your phones at the waterwheel.

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Pier 59, 60, 61: Chelsea Piers, please deliver all cargo for the harbor passenger vessels by the carousel on pier 62. For the private yachts, please arrange transfers near the golf club at pier 59. Brewery pick also at 59.

Pier 57: Marine Aviation Terminal. Please mind the fish and bivalve remediation sites (where the old pilings are) and boat launch.

Pier 40: sports field, grain mill and trapeze school. Bring your grains to be ground by the community mill. More wooden boat launches. Compost here.

Pier 25, 26: kayaks, historic ships, giant yokohama collection, dog park, restaurant.

radio LILAC

Posted in Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2013/06/13

Radio LILAC, this Sunday, July 21st!

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Dress up in your 1960-70’s best and come go-go on the welldeck! shop on a ship with the only beer at the pier!

Information for Vendors and photographs, please click here. Come join us and sell your wares!

radioveronica…in honor of the free spirit of  Radio Veronica.

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LILAC is open Thursdays 3:00 to 6:00 PM, Saturdays and Sundays 1:00 to 7:00 PM.


1 train to Franklin St. or

2, 3  / A, C  to Chambers St.

Bus: M20

Ferry: to World Fi.

come to LILAC’s 80 birthday celebration this sunday!

Posted in Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2013/05/21

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This Sunday, USCGC LILAC (WAGL-227) is turning 80. Come for local crafts, local brews, music and mirth.

LILAC ran on steam, and you can go into her engine room, imagine it running and sounding like the engine room of San Pablo of Sand Pebbles, and peer into the big cylinder where a piston was removed. Keep one hand in your pocket if you venture near the main electric board with the Frankenstein switches. Better yet: don’t go near there.

Lilac has a diesel stove.
When Girlfriend with a Tanker tried to make paella for her SupperClub on her diesel stove, the passing ferries threw wakes that kept sloshing the broth out over the low freeboard of the paella pan. And if that is not difficult enough: there’s no way to control the heat.

One tugboat crew cut rings of varying thicknesses from a discarded steel drum picked up along the KVK, stacking and swapping  metal rings while cooking until done.
“You want those eggs how? hahahaha.”

Class: Lighthouse Tender, Buoy Tender
Launched: 1933
At: Pusey & Jones Shipyard in Wilmington, Delaware

Length: 173 feet, 4 inches
Beam: 32 feet
Draft: 11 feet, 3 inches
Displacement: 1,012 tons
Propulsion:Two 500 HP triple expansion engines supplied by two oil-fired Babcock & Wilcox watertube boilers.
Armament: During WW II, 3 inch 50 cal., two 20mm 80 cal., and two racks of depth charges.

information from Naval Historic Ships Association

 http://lilacpreservationproject.org/home.html

art show on the lighthouse tender Lilac!

Posted in Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2012/08/11

“Ships of New York Harbor”

oil paintings of Frank Hanavan and illustrations of Christina Sun

open today! and on view until 31 August

Mondays and Thursday,  4 to 7 PM,

Saturdays and Sundays,  1 to 6 PM.

Reception: Thursday, August 30, 6 to 10 PM.
Music by the Jug Addicts!

Lilac  is berthed at Pier 25, Hudson River Park
at West Street and N. Moore Street

1 train to Franklin Street stop
A/C/E trains to Canal Street stop (exit at Walker Street)

LILAC is a 1933 lighthouse tender that carried supplies and maintained buoys for the U.S. Lighthouse Service and the U.S. Coast Guard.
More information about her here. We hope to see you there! Frank is there sundays, Christina will be there mondays.

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