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note - The vast bulk of my massive Web presence (over 485 pages) had been hosted by AT&T's WorldNet service since 30 May 1996; they dropped WorldNet effective 31 Mar 2010 and I have been scrambling to transfer everything.  Everything's saved but all the links have to be changed, mostly by hand.  See my sbiii.com Transfer Page for any updates on this tedious process.

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Naval & Maritime Continuation Page 2


Please refer to the HELP section on the main Naval and Marine page.


    On the preceding main Naval and Maritime page:

    Tall Ships.
    Nautical Reminiscences and Miscellany.
    Jakobson's Rail-Marine Tugboats.
    Rail-Marine Service.
    HELP! - requests and offers.

    On the preceding Naval and Maritime Continuation Page 1:

    The USS Franklin.
    Submarines (moved from main page 06 May 02).
    PT Boats.
    Mahogany speedboats (raceabouts, sportabouts, etc.).
    Comet Authenticast ship models.
    Yet More Yarns.

    On this Naval and Maritime Continuation Page 2:

  Tall Ships - continued.   rev (20 Sep 2016)
  Rogue Wave(?).
  Costa Concordia Today   new (26 Mar 2015)
  Ship Models.
  USCGC Eagle Out (for repairs).   new (06 Aug 2015)
  U.S.S. Missouri ("Big Mo", BB-63) at Tokyo Bay Surrender Ceremony (moved tp Nav-Mar page 2 on 09 Feb 2017)   rev (19/20 Sep 2016)

    On the preceding Naval and Maritime Continuation Page 3:

  U.S.S. Missouri ("Big Mo", BB-63) at Tokyo Bay Surrender Ceremony (19/20 Sep 2016, moved 09 Feb 2017)
  U.S.S. Constitution ("Old Ironsides").
  Chambers Multi-Barrel Repeating Swivel Gun (moved to own page on 14 Feb 2017).
  MV Cape Henlopen/MV Virginia Beach/USS Buncombe County (LST-510)

    On the Naval and Maritime Regina Maris Page:

  Regina Maris.   new (29 Aug 2013)


    (continued from Tall Ships) on main Naval and Maritime page.

Glen Cove had acquired Greenport's old "tall" ship, the "Regina Maris" and berths the "Phoenix" (an environmental training ship) [as well as the "Thomas Jefferson" (an hydraulically-operated working side-wheeler)]!  Nearby Oyster Bay houses the oyster sloop "Christeen" {sic}, under restoration.

Regina Maris at Glen Cove   Phoenix at Glen Cove
[Thumbnail images; click on pictures for sharper images.]
(Feb 1999 Photos by and © 1999 - S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

The story of the Regina Maris had grown so complex that I moved it to the Naval and Maritime Continuation Page 2 and then to its own page. (29 Aug 2013)

Driving down (southbound) from Connecticut on the afternoon of 29 Mar 2001, along the lower reaches of the Hutchinson "River" on the parkway of that name, under lowering skies, I was astonished to see a square-rigger tied up across the creek from the gas station just north of the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge; I doubled back and around again and stopped and here's what I saw (looking NW, W, and SW, respectively, in reverse order of how I saw her and how the pictures were taken with my trusty digital that just happened to be in the car):

(Photos by SB,III 29 Mar 01 missing!)

She's small but a full-rigged, two-masted square-rigger and thus a brig, with "LISA" on her transom (that's all I could make out) and pretty as a picture (quite literally).

That's just about the same spot where a large Chinese junk used to be moored ca. 1960 or so; she had been sailed across the Pacific by her owner after the Korean "police action" (as I recall)!

Uh, oh!  She's gone (like the pictures)!  Does anyone know where she went?  However, happily, Pete Turecek of Brooklyn also took a fancy to Lisa and also took a photo of her which he is kind enough to share with us:

Brig Lisa
(Photo by and courtesy of P. Turecek - all rights reserved)

WOW!  What's that for'ard of the Lisa?  It's huge.  Could it be one of my favorite boats, a PC-class Sub Chaser?  Did anyone notice?

Nope and yes!  But it's NOT a PC after all; on 20 Oct 03, I heard from a NYC-area boater who believes that it was the hull of a late 1970's or early 1980's Hatteras double cabin motor yacht called "Blue Eyes".  If he remembers correctly, that boat was on the Mianus River in Cos Cob, Connecticut, for a while; the owner took her away after a couple of years, and he never saw her again until she turned up in the Bronx ... with her topsides burned away.  Maybe not as interesting as being a sub chaser ... but he does believe that's what I saw there.  He did, however, find a very nice example of what was some sort of sub chaser or something like it moored off of City Island a few years back .... she had beautiful lines and he'll try to snap some photos if he sees it again.

Now, back to the Lisa; on 21 Apr 04, I heard from Erik C. Abranson out in Washington state that the brig "Lisa" is now known as the "Poincaré" and, starting last summer (2003), mostly operates harbor trips in Boston harbor, in tandem with her erstwhile sistership Formidable (now fitted with a brigantine sail plan):

Poincaré (ex-Lisa)
(Drawing from Formidable site - all rights reserved)

Erik appended a transcript from his sailing vessel database data sheet {I have reproduced it here with little regard for format}:
Extract from Sailing Vessel Database


NAME:             POINCARE
Meaning of name:  Named after French President Raymond Poincaré
Bow decoration:   Beakhead
Previous names:   "Lisa" of Wlimington, DE (?-2002)
Call Sign:
Sail No.:
Rig:              Brig
Model:            Hard chine hull
Livery:           Black with white checkerboard
Flag:             USA
Port of Registry: Gloucester, MA
Homeport:         Boston
Built:            ~1992
 Keel laid:       in 1986 or later
 Launched:        ~1992
 Commissioned:    ~1993-94
Converted:        No
Architect:        Thomas E Colvin (USA)
                  and James D. Rosborough (Canada) [1]
Builder:          John Leibolt (as Boldt Shipbuilding Ltd), City
                  Island, NY
Construction:     Steel
Deck:             Steel
Superstructures:  Raised fo'c'sle and poop
Major refits:     2002-3
Current Owner:    Willow Farm Inc. (Keating Willcox) (since fall
Operator:         Owner
Previous owners*: John Leibolt
                  Mrs Leibolt and Son
Length Extreme:   21.9 m [72 ft]
Length Hull:      16.8 m [55 ft]
Length on Deck:
Length BP:
Length Waterline: 14.80 m [49 ft]
Beam:             5.5 m [18 ft]
Depth in hold:
Draught:          2.13 m [7 ft]
Tonnages:         40 grt
Rig Height:       16.8 m [55 ft]
Masting:          Steel (masts in 3 sections, fidded)
Sails:            14 (3 headsails, 3 square sails on fore mast; 4 main
                  mast staysails; 3 square sails on main mast and gaff
                  brig sail)
Sail cloth:       White Dacron
Sail area:
Best speed u/sail
Speed u/power:
Engine:           140 hp Yanmar?
Complement:       Crew + 6 passengers
Who sails?:       Paying passengers
Special amenities
Pre0000000sent use:      Day trips (head and charter); festivals
Former uses*:     Originally intended for a school-at-sea programme
Usual Waters:     Harbour tours, Boston, MA
IRTSV Class:      A2
TSR Class:
Certification:    USCG uninspected vessel

* From original to most recent
[1] The original plans for wooden construction were designed by James
    D Rosborough and were modified for steel construction with hard
    chines by Thomas E Colvin.
[2] Has a sistership, the "Formidable", now with modified sail plan
    (brigantine) and under the same current ownership
Wow!  She is both quite modern and of steel construction - surprise!

Speaking of the Formidable, her owner, Capt. Russ Tryder of Pirate Ship Charters, Inc., kindly gave me permission to post this picture of her under (almost) full sail (08 Mar 2011):

(Photo from Formidable site courtesy Capt. R. Tryder - all rights reserved)

Those two are such pretty "little" tall ships.

- - - * - -

Then there's always HMS Bounty (a replica):

From Mark (sabre_fan)

- - - * - -

Speaking of Tall Ships, I was looking at Philadelphia in the Google Maps satellite view and strayed too far east and there, smack dab in the middle of the Delaware River, between the east end of Camden's Arch Street and the west end of Philadelphia's Penn Street, sits a big schooner with gray (or shadowed white) sails set:   new (22 Dec 2015) and rev (19 Sep 2016)


> PhilaTallShip20'
500' view above; 20' view below.

She's not the Gazela Primera; Gazela, berthed in Phladelphia, is a 177' barkentine.  So, what have we here? She's schooner rigged and almost 100' long overall.

- - - * - -

Perhaps this is as good a place as any to note the existence (n.o.f.) of Charles H. Revson, Jr.'s ferrocrete sail yacht, Fire and Ice{?}, which I saw, and toured, courtesy of Revson, the Revlon heir, in Havre de Grace, Maryland ca. 1952-56.  It had a "paper-thin" (actually more like ⅜" thick) hull and I took pictures of her there but now can't find them - stay tuned.   added (20 Sep 2016)

Rogue Wave(?) - my folks honeymooned in Europe (Mom was Hungarian) and went over on the Bremen in mid-December 1932 and returned on the Conte di Savoia in late January 1933.  While they were coming home, the ship hit a huge wave (whether it was a rogue wave or not is almost immaterial) and I grew up thinking Dad took these shots, one of which is dated 30 Jan 1933, from the bridge:

ContediSavoiaWave1 ContediSavoiaWave2
(From the collection of and © 2007 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[Thumbnailed images, click on pictures for larger images]

Well, looking at the prints now, it is obvious they were taken from just starboard of the middle of the bridge and then from the far starboard end and that they were almost certainly the work of the ship's photographer(s).  The sea appears quite calm, lending to the possibility of it being a rogue wave.  It was one big wave, regardless; the Conte di Savoia, sister ship of the Rex (on which the folks also sailed, later), was pretty large, 48,000 gross tons and 814' long, with a rated speed of some 27 knots (during sea trials in early November 1932, she clocked 29.5 knots)!  Note also the earlier photo (left) having the marks of album mounts (odd) right in the image; both pictures are post cards, although measuring only 3½" high and 4½" and 5½" wide and marked on the reverse:

    "Cartolina postale" and "TONELLE".

Now, who can tell me what "T/N" means?  The "N" almost certainly means "Navire" or "Navale" and the "T" might have to do with "Transatlantico" or "Turbina".

Aha!  In a documentary about the sinking of the Andrea Doria in 1956, the launching sequence had this sign up:   new (01 Feb 2017)


"TURBONAVE", eh?  Now, we know - "TURBINE SHIP"!

The Jumbo ship Stellamare capsized in the port of Albany, NY, on 09 Dec 2003, while loading a 308-ton GE generator; some coverage of this is on my Big Crane page 1.

Speaking of capsizing, I have never covered the capsizing of the MV Costa Concordia only 100 feet from the rocky shore outside Giglio Porto on Isola del Giglio in the northern reaches of the Tyrrhenian Sea with the completely-unneccesary loss of at least 32 lives; so much coverage has already been given that fiasco.  However, I am quite fascinated by how the starboard structure of the ship was crushed by her own weight against two rock pinnacles:   new (26 Mar 2015)


and by the "current" (26 Mar 2015) satellite views of her port side, nearly righted from the rocks (16-17 September 2013), in Giglio Porto:


and "simultaneously" laid up at the Porto di Prà (Voltri Porto) in Pegli near Genoa (after 27 Jul 2014):

(Images cropped and processed 26 Mar 2015 by S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

Obviously, there is a VERY significant time gap between views (10 months - or a time warp).  You can clearly see where the starboard side was crushed and that the sponsons are still attached (or were when the satellite overflew Pegli).

O. K; we're finally getting somewhere.  The hulk was stabilized sufficiently to move her away from Pra-Voltri to the Cagni mole on the main waterfront of Genoa:   rev (20 Sep 2016)

(Images cropped and processed 20 Sep 2016 by S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

The next step was to restore sufficient buoyancy to remove the sponsons and place her in drydock for final dismantling.

On 11 May 2015, following initial dismantling but still kept afloat by the salvage sponsons, the hull was towed 10 miles (16 km) to the Superbacino dock in Genoa for removal of the upper decks:   added (20 Feb 2017)

Superbacino - click on thumbnail to see the incredible length up close!

The last of the sponsons were removed in Aug 2016 and the hull was taken in to a drydock on 01 Sep 2016 for final dismantling (20 Feb 2017).

Here's a close-up of the crushed forward{?} starboard side:


and here's what was left of her lower bow and lower hull just before she disappeared forever:


Wow; look at this!  Celebrity Cruises' new cruise ship, Edge, comes with pre-crushed sides:   added (26 Sep 2019)


Clearly, the forward-thinking management at Celebrity wants to avoid the hideous image of the Costa Concordia after she was raised!  Also, take a look at that bridge; it will give the the skipper a really clear view of the dock and small craft he'll be crushing!

Small Die-cast Ship Models - in addition to the large collection of Comet AUTHENTICAST 1:1200 U.S. WWII ship models and 1:108 U.S. WWII tanks listed elsewhere, the same collection included many ship models by other makers, namely Wiking 1:1250, Tri-ang 1:1200, Hansa 1:1250, Mignot 1:1200, Mercury, Anguplas 1:1200, and Europa Linea; the whole ship collection has been sold.

USCGC Eagle Out (for repairs) - Phil Gilson sent me this link, http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg4/yard/8Min-EAGLE_In_Yard-HIGH.wmv, to a fantastic time-lapse video of the USCG Barque EAGLE (WIX-327) going into drydock at the USCG Yard in Baltimore in 2010 for emergency repairs to her rudder.  What with two blizzards, an impending bridge closure, and ice in the Patapsco, it was quite an operation, so interestng that I took a bunch of screen shots to post here. (06 Aug 2015)

For those who don't know, the USCGS Eagle (WIX-327) (formerly SSS Horst Wessel) is a 295-foot (90 m) barque, used for sail training, the only sailship still on active government service in the U. S, and one of the only two sailships still in commission in the U. S. armed forces (the other being the USS Constitution).  The yard, between Curtis Creek and Arundel Cove off Curtis Bay in northern Anne Arundel County, Maryland, just south of the Baltimore city limits, is the only such Coast Guard facility and dates back to Apr 1899.

Here then, is the Eagle, "America's Tall Ship", as she approached the drydock on 15 Feb 2010 through when she left it on 24 Feb 2010:

Eagle-in EagleTug
(screenshots from USCG video)
Swinging around || Marine tugs at work

Eagle_in Eagle-High
(screenshots from USCG video)
Up, up, and awaaaay! || High and dry

Eagle_High EagleTow
(screenshots from USCG video)
Ready to roll (onto the marine railway) || Wheeled tug at work

EagleDone EagleDrop
(screenshots from USCG video)
Workin' on the railway || All done

EagleDown EagleOut
(screenshots from USCG video)
Down we go! || And awaaaay we go!

The Eagle had been extensively refitted at the yard before:

(undated USCG photo)

The villain of the piece:

(screenshot from USCG video)
[That prop is a mess!]

Even more amazing, I checked out the yard on Google Maps and there she sits, facing south alongside the marine railway (with all those turquoise-covered gizzies) off Hamlet Avenue:

Eagle_up Eagle-up
(screenshots from Google Maps 2015)

Embarassing, perhaps, but still wildly funny (to me) was my belated realization that what I had originally spotted facing south in the floating drydock was NOT the Eagle at all but a much smaller sailship, with the Eagle high and dry alongside the marine railway:

Eagle_xx Eagle-xx
(screenshots from Google Maps 2015)

So, then, what WAS that smaller ship?

The figurehead (a replica) up close and the fantail:

EagleEagle-up EagleStern
(screenshots from USCG video)

and a side view of the eagle figurehead:

(Wikipedia image)

So much for the Eagle and her little cousin.

Hey, TUESDAY the 4th of Aug 2015 was the 225th Anniversary of the Coast Guard - aye, Coast Guard, we are for you!  Happy Birthday!  And it all started right here on the shores of Massachusetts with the first lifesaving stations established by President George Washington (followed by Alexander Hamilton authorizing the building of ten revenue cutters).

Say, could the "little cousin" have been the USS Constellation, in from nearby Baltimore for replanking in 2014/15?   added (20 Sep 2016)

Well, the Eagle measures out at 295'.  The 1797 frigate Constellation was struck and broken up for scrap at the Gosport Navy Yard in Portsmouth Virginia in 1853 - at the same time, the keel was laid for what became known as the sloop of war USS Constellation (1854), 25 guns but totally different rating system by then.  The USS Constellation was a 38-gun frigate, one of the "Six Original Frigates" authorized for construction by the Naval Act of 1794.  She was distinguished as the first U.S. Navy vessel to put to sea and the first U.S. Navy vessel to engage and defeat an enemy vessel.  Constructed in 1797, she was modified several times in succeeding decades, and supposedly rebuilt beginning in 1853 as the sloop of war USS Constellation (1854).  NOT SO!  Some of her timbers and fitments were used for that 1854 sloop Constellation, which is 199' o'all.   added (01 Feb 2017)

So, the smaller ship in drydock might very well be Baltimore's Constellation.

The Iowa-class battleship U.S.S. Missouri ("Big Mo", BB-63) is well known (at least to those who remember WWII) as the site of the formal surrender of the Empire of Japan to the Allies.  After a long and illustrious active career, she was donated to serve as a museum ship in Pearl Harbor, positioned to "guard" the sunken U.S.S. Arizona.   rev (26 Sep 2018)

Coverage of the Big Mo' has been moved to
U.S.S. Missouri ("Big Mo", BB-63) at Tokyo Bay Surrender Ceremony
effective 09 Feb 2017.   added (26 Sep 2018)

See also the main and second (continuation) pages.


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