memorial day

Posted in Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2014/05/24

fleeting Fleet Week moment in Times Square

Posted in Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2014/05/23

Sent my girlfriends this photo I took at midnight on Times Square:


Ivy responded immediately: “Is that you in red?”

With that pocketbook to go with that outfit? Never.

Fleet Week 2014 / National Stationery Show last day

Posted in Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2014/05/21

Fleet Week begins today, with a parade of ships!
The following ships will represent the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard during Fleet Week 2014:

USS McFaul (DDG 74),

USS Cole (DDG 67),

USS Oak Hill (LSD 51),

Coast Guard cutter Katherine Walker (WLM 552)

Coast Guard cutter Campbell (WMEC909).

Cole will lead as the ships enter the Ambrose Channel at approximately 8:15 a.m., with
ships in formation behind, passing Buoys 19 and 20 at approximately 9 a.m. The New York
City Fire Department (FDNY) will join at 9:15 a.m. At 9:30 a.m., Cole will be on the beam of
historic Fort Hamilton, with each ship following at 3.75 min intervals. Oak Hill will render
honors as it passes the One World Trade Center at approximately 10:15 a.m.

The ships can be seen from virtually any view of the river, from the Battery
Conservancy to just south of the George Washington Bridge, and on the other side of the river
in Jersey City, Hoboken and Weehawken, up to Fort Lee, New Jersey.
You will be able to see them here:

Pier 92 Manhattan:
– USS Oak Hill (LSD 51)
– USCG cutter Campbell (WMEC 909)
Sullivans Pier Staten Island:
– USS McFaul (DDG 74)
– USS Cole (DDG 67)
– USCG cutter Katherine Walker (WLM 552).
Public visitation on Navy ships and USCG cutters begins Thursday, May 22 and continues through Monday, May 26. Public visitation is 8:00am to 5:00pm daily. Visitors are reminded that lines may be capped early so that the last people in line have an opportunity to complete their tours. For more information, visit the official Fleet Week New York City Web site.


Bowsprite’s tips for the stars: always carry a knife. Except when visiting at pier 92. Bring a water bottle you will not be heartbroken to leave behind.

“Fleet Week New York, now in its 26th year…Nearly 1,500 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen are participating  this year.”
Me, too, after I pack up the show today! this is booth 1366, with visiting urchins:


may 18 – 22: National Stationery Show

Posted in Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2014/05/17

Today begins the National Stationery Show at the Jacob Javits Center.

Do you want to focus and promote your artwork, and try to make a living at it by committing to this trade show–when you know on Wednesday, the ships are coming in for Fleet Week and will pass right outside the building, a monkeyfist’s throw away!?

So, I’ve committed. Here is my bike with all the ship cards and stationery I am presenting. I called the convention center to say I could not find information on how to unload from a bicycle; it was all written for car and truck drop off. The fellow was amused I was biking everything, and asked: “but who will watch the bike when you are unloading?” which I found very charming. I locked it to a lamppost.




I was lucky and missed the rain, but my shelving unit, coming from the flame proofers’, got extra-super, monsoon-flame-proofed. Thank you Urban Mobility Project, Shelly and Joe! It cost 1/9th the quote I got from vans and trucks, and we did not have the interminable wait times for the long vehicular congo line to the elevator in the back. We walked everything in the front doors, exhibition hall level.


Ok: so I had to spend $300 to flame proof my shelves in this modern structure with sprinkler systems. That’s fine, I did it. However, to then allow the NO FREIGHT AISLE be clogged for two days with heavy, immoveable stuffs…this would NEVER be allowed on even the more lackadaisical passenger vessels I’ve worked on. I could not get my things in. But, I was more worried that in case of fire, no one would be able to get out.




I finally made it to my little booth. Here is it, before:








and not quite done yet. I have ship schwag up the wazoo, and still so much to do…meanwhile, just west, past my lovely neighbor Park Soap, I know lies North River, right past that exit sign…and:

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Event: Fleet Week New York Parade of Ships

Location: New York Harbor

Time: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.


The Corwith Cramer is docked at pier 25, she looks so beautiful.

Elcano just left town:southbound

And, in case of fire, I am running west, and advise my colleagues to do the same.




whale and fish

Posted in Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2014/04/13


to city hall, all!

Posted in Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2014/03/28

New York City Council, Committee on Waterfronts • Oversight hearing open to the public

Friday, March 28, 10 am, City Hall, Committee Room






resources to contact:

marine surveyor, Charlie Deroko
hydrographic surveyor, Bill Benson

sailing barge, Vermont Sail Project / historic ships coalition, Mary Hasbritt, founding director; with Maggie Flanagan / working harbor committee, John Doswell, executive director /community: Waterways Reskilling, Wellbeing Farm



the only rule is work

Posted in Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2014/03/26

 to be disciplined is to follow in a good way
to be self disciplined is to follow in a better way


consider everything an experiment


nothing is a mistake


there is no win
and there is no fail





there is only MAKE



don’t try to create and analyze at the same time
they are different processes

subbe happy when you can manage it




enjoy yourself



it is lighter than you think

junkdoodlethere will be new rules next week

sailboatdoodlefrom the Immaculate Heart College Art Department Rules,
Sister Mary Corita

evidently, Rigmor is in town!

art show at greenport harbor brewing company, this saturday

Posted in Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2014/03/18

Hello, dear Friends!

You are cordially invited to my first solo show which will open this saturday at the very cool Greenport Harbor Brewing Company!

It is in a lovely harbor village on the North Fork of Long Island.


“Working Girls of New York Harbor: A Sketchbook of Tugs, Dredges and Ships”
Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
opening reception – saturday, 22 march, 7:30 – 9:30pm
exhibit runs through 31 May

 Greenport Harbor Brewing Company was founded in 2008 by Rich Vandenburgh and John Liegey. The beer is wonderful. The brewery is on the ground floor, upstairs is the gallery and tasting room.

This 1896 carriage house was  the Star Hose Fire House for many years. Sometimes barrels of leftover grains sit outside the building, covered with myriad happy sparrows.
I met Ann Vandenburgh, who runs the gallery at the Brewery, with Rich and John at the Greenport Maritime Festival when we had booths next to each other; I was selling art, they were selling beer. The long lines were for the beer, but I was happy for the company. And Ann offered me this show back in September.

Our neighbor on the other side of our booths was WPKN, a non-commercial, non-profit, all volunteer community independent radio. Starting to broadcast in 1963, PKN (Purple Knights Network) was named for the sports team back when the University of Bridgeport had a sports team. And when the University existed. Neither do today; all that remains is this fiercely eclectic radio station. Thank you, Kevin and Dave for the shout-out for the show from your station.

Thanks, Ann, GHBC, and All! maybe see some of you out here east, sometime. It’s a lively, lovey village, and a deep water port!


happy st paddy’s day!

Posted in Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2014/03/17

irishroverlobeing green & recycling! cheers, ALL!


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FGS Bonn

Posted in Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2014/03/13

Berlin-class replenishment ship FGS Bonn steamed as quietly out of the harbor yesterday as she entered, almost two weeks ago.


Name: FGS (Federal German Ship) Bonn 
Built: (four dockyards!) Fr. Lürssen Werft, Flensburger Schiffbau Gesellschaft (deckhaus), ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, Peene-Werft (hull), Emder Werft und Dockbetriebe.
christened: June 2012
commissioned: September 2013

Length: 570.9 ft (174 m)
Width: 78.7 ft (24 m)
Draft:   24.3 (7.4 m)
Load displacement: about 18,000 t
Speed: 20 knots
Capacity: 10,560 kW (14,357 hp)
Endurance period: 45 days
Two 24T cranes
Crew: capable of carrying 237
Homeport: Wilhelmshaven, Germany’s only deep water port, and its largest naval base.

  • Named after German cities where German parliaments are, the ships carry supplies, fuel, provisions, ammunition and provide medical services.
    Powered by two diesel engines, the Berlin-class frigates feature in-flight refuelling-capabilities (HIFR) and replenishment-at-sea (RAS) systems in accordance with NATO regulations.

She had just come back from a week in Halifax, her design will be used for two Royal Canadian Navy supply ships to be built by Vancouver Shipyards Co. Ltd. (After the Coast Guard’s polar ice breaker. Or before. If at all.)

What is wrong with us? Our NATO partner and alliance’s vessel comes to town for a good stay but there is no official city memo nor press release, no hoopla. The ship is all dressed up but no where was there a welcoming oompah band, a red carpet soiree, a nyc kaffeklatsch/kvetch, a luau farewell…Nichts! The locals kept watch. Well, we hope you had a good time, Sailors!

Bonn voyage!

A1413aaFGS Bonn at Brooklyn’s pier 7

 thx, Walt and JED!
hallo, Rembert!

Cape Henlopen

Posted in Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2014/03/09


“I was a  deckhand on her from 1999 to 2003, and a relief mate from 2004 to 2011.

 She’s a tough old boat.  327 ft long.  You could stand at one end on a rough day and watch it twist in the swells.   As you know she landed at Normandy on D Day as the LST 510.    One of a small group of LSTs that actually returned from From the invasion.  LSTs were built as throw away vessels that were never intended to come back, so it’s amazing that she did, and even more amazing that she is still working.

Last year we took the WW II Vets out for a wreath laying. The mate and I found a vet standing on the car deck.  We asked him if he was alright.  And he told us that this was the spot he was standing on when he heard a torpedo skid along the bottom of the hull.  It did not explode and just bounced off of the bottom of the boat.”


Name: USS Buncombe County (LST-510)
Builder: Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Company, Jeffersonville, Indiana
Laid down: 27 September 1943
Launched: 30 November 1943
Commissioned: 31 January 1944
Decommissioned: 1 July 1946

Displacement: 1,625 long tons (1,651 t) light
3,640 long tons (3,698 t) full
Length: 328 ft (100 m)
Beam: 50 ft (15 m)
Draft:   Unloaded : 2 ft 4 in (0.71 m) forward 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m) aft
Loaded : 8 ft 2 in (2.49 m) forward 14 ft 1 in (4.29 m) aft

Depth: 8 ft (2.4 m) forward 14 ft 4 in (4.37 m) aft (full load)
Propulsion: 2 × General Motors 12-567 diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Boats & landing craft carried: 2 LCVPs
Troops: Approximately 130 officers and enlisted men
Complement: 8-10 officers, 89-100 enlisted men
• 1 × single 3″/50 caliber gun mount
• 8 × 40 mm guns
• 12 × 20 mm guns

Now owned by Cross Sound Ferry Services.
Thank you, Birk, once crew of the lovely Cape Henlopen.
And thank you, Peconic Puffin, EastRiver, Tugster, Walt, Rembert & ODock for poetic contributions at the What Ship Is It game! Stay tuned next time for when someone has to post a ship and does not get back to finishing the ship nor naming it for over a week; you’re a great audience, thank you and good night!

laissez les bons temps rouler!

Posted in Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2014/03/04

Tugster: “What’s wrong with us?”

indeed. Why are we here? why are we not back in New Orleans?! damn fools.


Two years ago, we went. We watched tugs and ships. We stalked shipyards. We ate beignets. I pulled a few strokes in the Mississippi, by Algiers (but did not put my head in the water. There IS a limit to a gal’s love.)

Sigh, it beckons still. Wishing we were there. Hello, there Friends!

And! should you not be one of the lucky ones with a tug to run to, there is an app to help you find a head: airpnp, where the savvy businessfolks even tell you that there is all day happy hour at Capedeville.

happy Binche, KarnevalFastnachtFaschingMartedí Grasso. Carne Vale, vaguely for “so long & goodbye to meat.” Goodbye Joe, me gotta go, me oh my-oh!…me gotta go pole the pirogue down the bayou…!


little bear

Posted in Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2014/03/03

dischbear dischcrane


Warren Disch: fair winds. His favorite tug was Little Bear, and he named the little skiff Pooh Bear. It was always special to pull up to his rigs because they had beautifully colors, crisp letters that spelled out lovely images, like a dredge called “Stepping Stone.” He was my boss’ mentor, and I had heard so much about him.





what ship is this?

Posted in Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2014/02/28




hint: was there at D-Day…and is still running

sailors & teapots

Posted in Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2014/02/14

happy VDay!


pieces o’eight

Posted in Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2014/02/07

cutiewow. Search ‘pieces of eight’ and you will have more interesting facts than you can shake a leg at.

Tip o’ the grog to Justine and Anja for the inspiration…

tug Sea Lion

Posted in Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2014/02/01
type: 1400 HP
built: 1980
length: 64.5 ft / 19.7 m
beam: 22 ft / 6.7 m
Many thanks to Bjoern of the NY Media Boat for being there to rescue.  Tugster photos of the tug here.

Fair winds, Pete

Posted in Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2014/01/29
Fair winds, and clean harbors. Article here, more here.

Pete Seeger in 1975, protesting the dumping of PCBs in the Hudson River, sang to a group of children as the sloop Clearwater rode at anchor. Photo: Associated Press

tug Pushy

Posted in Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2014/01/16


type: ?400 HP twin screw push boat
built: 1992? by Frank J. Weckesser, Southern MA
length: 26 ft / 7.9 m
beam: ? ft / –m
draft: ?ft / — m

drawn to scale where .25″ = 1′:


26′ tug = 6.5″
125′ barge = 31.25″
10′ wave = 2.5″

The story is herevery happy crew is safe.

thanks to Tugster: need an image or stats of a vessel? call Tugster.

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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.

Thank you, Capt Daniel Porter!

foggy day on VHF

Posted in Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2014/01/12
Yesterday morning, ice slowed down all the ferries approaching World Financial Ferry Terminal.
This morning: it was all ice and fog.


Little Lady crossing before Jay Michael pushing a crane barge.

On VHF radio: “(Name of tug), 14, can I get a visibility report? thank you.”

Voices, they were all speaking:

“I can see buoy 3 and 5, but not much beyond that.’
“Can you see them?”
“Yeah, you might want to look out, the Evergreen is right behind me.”
Little Lady and Captain Log communicate as they pass each other in complete greyness.
“There’s ice in Morris Canal.”
The buoys have been pushed around by ice and are off-station.

Voices from ferries whose names I rarely hear uttered on 13, calling out today where the fog has collected extremely heavily: around Liberty and Ellis Islands.

Miss New York, leaving Liberty Channel to Ellis Island.”

“Miss New Jersey, I see you. See you on the one.”

“Miss Freedom…” “did you leave the dock yet?” “yes, I’m in front of the Statue:” “Roger that.”

“Miss New Jersey, departing the battery wall for the Statue.”

“Miss Freedom, I’m south of the clock, where are you?”

“Leaving Morris Canal…south of you.”


“I’m at the WR buoy (red buoy marking a wreck at the mouth of the Morris Canal) and I can’t see the Clock!”

 circlelineBkynCircleline Brooklyn
I hope these passengers got sightseeing boat tickets for half-price.

Voices from the Kills:

“you waiting? what time did they say?”
“yeah, we’re waiting.”
“…leaving the Kills, docking at Hess Bayonne”

Voices from the anchorage:

“you heading over to Stapleton?”
“no, Governor’s, the jersey side.”
“Oh, ok,”
“…got a visual on you, one whistle…one whistle…”
“Yeah, Cap, I don’t have you on radar yet, but see you on the one.”

Voices from everywhere, mingling:

“…I’m coming off the range” “sorry, I thought you were taking the greens…”
“I don’t know what’s going on here.’
“…We’re going to make a hard right…”
Traffic calling individual tugs, requesting that they switch to 14.
At one point, the skies cleared and the radio fell silent. But it did not last long.
At night, the silhouette of CGC Sturgeon Bay passes southbound back to her berth in Bayonne, NJ; she’s has cleared the way for self-loading cargo ship Flintersky (flag: Netherland) to go up to Albany.
Fog, thick thick.
Warm, moist, balmy air,
Icy waters. Recipe for thick grey pea soup. Sneert!

waxing moon

Posted in Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2014/01/05


The moon rose set tonight brilliantly silver, big, and thin.

I once learned a good trick which I still use to remember the difference between a waxing and waning moon.

However, it is in German.

The curve of the waxing moon fits into the cursive ‘z’ of zunehmen. Nehmen means to ‘take,’ zu means to oneself, so the moon is taking to oneself; it is augmenting, increasing. It will soon be Full.


The curve of the waning moon fits into the rounded part of the ‘a’ of abnehmen, which means to diminish, decline. (It’s not pretty, but think of ‘abscess’ and how good it is for that to diminish.) The moon will soon fade to New.


Waxing Cresent…Waxing Gibbous…Waning Gibbous…Waning Crescent
(this work has been released into the public domain by its author, Tomruen.)

Danke to my bud, Ray of Zurigo, for this tip, on that clear night in the Ticino so many moons ago.

cgc bainbridge island, southbound

Posted in Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2014/01/03


USCGC Bainbridge Island (WPB-1343)

Built: Bollinger Machine Shop and Shipyard, Lockport, LA
Commissioned: September 20th, 1991
Class and type: Island Class
Displacement: 154 tons
Length: 110 ft (33.5 m)
Beam: 21 ft (6.4 m)
crew: 2 Officers, 1 CPO, 13 crew
homeport: Sandy Hook, NJ

more stats here. But, what are they serving for lunch?

Ship Shop at 14 Fulton Street

Posted in Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2013/12/20

Happy Holidaze to you all, Friends! good health, good cheer. Big Albany-bound ships and CGC Juniper that I want to draw all steamed north as I bike to work at:

14 Fulton Street of the South Street Seaport Museum

, the Ship Shop   Open everyday 11 – 7pm until Christmas Eve.

Sign by Sal Polisi, Wood Carver, located at 207 Water Street


Who can spot the glaring error in the decor? I made and printed the flags, punched holes, strung them up, and they are for sale. Made in NYC in a New York minute.


Fun with string and wood: ratlines made in NYC, all driftwood found on the KVK.

In the shop are the beautiful necklaces of Gather No Wood; Michelle named her shop after a sign on a hiking trail in Utah. Sea Tiger jewelry is made by two sisters who combed New York city beaches for shells.
Scarves by Elments4InspirdLivng, knits and felt-covered soaps by Nuna Knits, tableware by IVY, prints of Naima Rauam and Blowspittle are featured. Put in your order for Gary Kane and Tugster’s Graves of the Arthur Kill, Rick Spillman’s Hell Around the Horn, and Peter and Norma Stanford’s A Dream of Tall Ships.

Also in stock, the 2014 Ships of New York Harbor tea towels, printed in New York on Irish linen, aye. “Womenly, yes, but men like them, too.” Good for the engine room by 2015.


Mike Weiss showed me a photo of crew shoveling snow off Pioneer, and I was jealous. Well, look for me in the Ship Shop, the one in the clean, underused Carhatts. Hope to see you there (I am there everyday except Saturday, 11H to 15H). All sales help support the South Street Seaport Museum: her six ships, one barge, historic buildings and maritime collections. Thank you very much!

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. 


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.


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.

Fireboat John J. Harvey

Posted in Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2013/11/03


Fireboat John J. Harvey
built: 1931, Todd Shipbuilding, NYC
length: 130 ft / 40 m
beam: 28 ft / 8.5 m
draft: 9 ft / 2.7 m
capable of pumping up to 18,000 gallons of water a minute
location: pier 66, NYC

The gala to help this vessel with funds for the Federal Save America’s Treasures Grant will be held tomorrow, monday night. More information and tickets here. It is a good opportunity to meet the volunteers who work hard to keep this fireboat running and pumping smoothly, after 82 years.

It will be held at India House, 6:30pm, 1 Hanover Square, NYC, NY 10004:


welcome, Ceres, to New York Harbor!

Posted in Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2013/10/24

She did it!


The homemade wooden sailing barge set out late September and sailed 300 miles, from Ferrisburgh, Vermont to here, rounding the Battery sometime this morning.
And if AIS is to be believed, she is stemming the tide there for six hours, now. What fortitude!

The journey has been incredible, and I hope at some point, the log will available for reading. For now, we followed this account, which has managed to be updated, in between planting, harvesting, loading, building, planking, ballasting, poling, sailing, and now, stemming…

The seed:

“…a group of farmers builds a basic boat and sails their produce to market…(it) has worked here in the past, and can work again…22 miles of canal passage…There are nine locks, raising us in elevation a little and dropping us back down again…”

went to this entry:

“…Ceres is a flagged vessel of the United States merchant fleet.  Imagine that!  A few short months ago she was just a stack of sheets of plywood!”
Hooray for the USCG! semper paratus! We ♥ the USCG.

“Over the past five days a mind-blowing variety of agricultural products, a true cornucopia of the north country, was rallied both to my farm in Ferrisburgh and to the colonial-era shipping warehouses of Chipman Point Marina.

“None of us ever having loaded a cargo vessel with tonnage before, we had to guess at it.

“Ceres weighs about 7000 lbs empty.  We added 5000 lbs of ballast to make her 12000 lbs.  Now she is loaded to a total displacement of about 36000 lbs, meaning that we have loaded in about 24000 lbs of saleable (sail-able) cargo.”

She is here! You can visit this lucky, plucky FIRST cargo vessel since many moons from upriver at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Saturday, or, the manhattan side on Sunday.
Love this sighting from Tug44 from his front yard.

You can still put in your order here:

Ceres is the goddess of grain crops and agriculture. She is also on the New Jersey State seal.


pier 17, simply seafood

Posted in Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2013/10/04

Saturday, October 5th, 2pm. Meet at the corner of Fulton and Water Streets, by the Titanic Memorial Lighthouse

On the wrecking ball’s to-do list: Pier 17’s red mall.


Ok, it was never the darling architectural gem of downtown, and the only reason we went in was to use the head or to take sightings with the grey plastic sextant (GPS) in Ches’ celestial nav class from the top floor Food Court wrap-around balconies.
But for one holdout, the building would be gone: Simply Seafood. Go, bring friends, enjoy the whole building and incredible views to yourself.

Update: on wednesday, November 13, a judge ruled in favor of Howard Hughes Corporation, giving them everything they wanted. Simply Seafood owners came to work on Friday, were not permitted in. Their equipment had been dumped in a dumpster and left in a loading dock.

Every politician will say how important small businesses are to the economy, but it is damned difficult to run one in today’s hostile environment, especially if your business butts heads with big-monied corporations. Good luck, Simply Seafood: you’ve been through enough, with Rause, General Growth Properties, and Howard Hughes. Basta!

When you’re bailing on a sinking ship, and the ship’s owner is bailing by your side, give it all you’ve got. If the owner is no where in sight (or pushing you under), get on the lifeboat. Good luck and safer, cleaner, healthier harbors.

no smoking

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Posted in Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2013/09/11

lightbuttermilk2From the Red Hook Container Terminal, site of the tanker Mary Whalen and Portside.


The Brooklyn Bridge, covered and being worked upon. Hot, humid and crowded night.


EMT on watch at the park.

Tribute in Light at night. Today at 10h30, the waterway ferries all paid tribute in sound:



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