Bowsprite

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:

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

With that pocketbook to go with that outfit? Never.

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.

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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.

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

 

 

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

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