Lightship Winter Quarter LV107, Jersey City

Posted in Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2009/07/30


The lightship Winter Quarter, that graced the Winter Quarter shoals in Virginia, is now berthed in Liberty Landing Marina, Jersey City. Statue of Liberty ferries Miss Liberty (rear) and Miss Gateway (fore). More Winter Quarter Shoal Lightships –sail powered!–that served in the USCG here.

Sketched while waiting for the Liberty State Park ferry. The ferry captain said, “It had a great bar. Was a vicious cycle: work, get paid, go the bar, work, get paid, then go to the bar…”

Winter Quarter (LV-107)
built: 1923, Bath Iron Works, ME
length: 132.3 ft / 40.3 m
beam: 30 ft / 9.1 m
draft: 14.6 ft / 4.5 m
displacement: 775 tons
location: Tidewater Basin, NJ

* Tidewater Basin is to the east, Morris Canal is to the west; the developers are selling it as Clermont Cove.


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  1. tugster said, on 2009/07/30 at 09:32

    merci mille fois . . . pour les jolies coleurs. the art is more delightful than the marina, which is a treat itself. i like being surprised by whatever will emerge next from your imagination, head, and brush. here i love the undefined dark mass somewhat obscured below the dock, the bottom of the inlet, beneath winterquarter . . . in the murk lies the mystery, the unseen, maybe ever unseeable . . . that’s where the strongest draw (yes, draw) is . . .

  2. Britt-Arnhild said, on 2009/07/30 at 16:09

    What an interesting blog.
    Thanks for visiting mine and leading me here……

  3. George Conk said, on 2009/07/30 at 22:08

    You really get the scale right, capturing the mass and height of the lightship against the strong bows of the ferries.

    – GWC

  4. Celeste Maia said, on 2009/07/31 at 07:14

    Your drawing makes me dream, smell the sea, feel it crashing against the sides of the ship, the lifeboat’s siren emitting its wail from the far end of the pier, hearing the voices of the fishermen on the pontoon, deducing from their voices that a trawler was trying to dock without success, the captain flailing his arms toward land, one or two crew members throwing cargo overboard, and the lifeboat rocking on the crest of a wave…”and I could go on. You draw, I write, chaqu’un son gout…
    Did I say that I really liked your drawing? You see its effect on me.

  5. Vagabonde said, on 2009/07/31 at 11:33

    Thank you very much for visiting my blog and your nice comments. I have been looking at your blog and it has enchanting watercolors, which are yours I presume? You drawings are so full of light, precise but also fluids and simple. This is truly an art. I wrote a post on the 4th of July and the Statue of Liberty, here it is: I have used all my postcards in this post, could I, maybe next year for a post on the 4th July use the drawing of the Statue of Liberty you have in your post on The Sturgeon of Liberty State Park of 6/25 ? I would mention that this is your drawing, naturellement.

  6. Mage Bailey said, on 2009/08/02 at 11:11

    Lovely,……….I like these free hand watercolors best. I wish you would draw us your traveling watercolor kit……..selfish thought, of course. Then I would know what you do these with.

  7. Bharat Khatri said, on 2009/08/04 at 12:34

    This is really a great sketch !! Loved this thanks for sharing..Unseen Rajasthan

  8. Celeste Maia said, on 2009/08/08 at 13:09

    I have been up in the mountains in the north of Portugal where there was no connection and it was pure bliss. To be there during Thursday’s full moon was pure magic.
    Living life in the crisis lane normally, it was so good to listen to the silence, to sit, and read and at night to become the sky watcher.

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  10. viana said, on 2010/04/01 at 06:15

    This is really a great sketch !! Loved this thanks for sharing

  11. […] Nantucket’s in town, in the Morris Canal, across from the full-time WinterQuarter. Also, see Brian LaFloca’s children’s book, “Lightship,” which has […]

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