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Saturday, January 13, 2007

(OT) USS New York (OT)

Sorry about the off topic post today, folks but there really wasn't anything too interesting happening around the waterfront. I received the above picture in an e-mail from my buddy, Ron. Ron is a part time delivery captain. I used to own a 38' Marine Trader trawler. Ron delivered it from Florida to Nantucket. Here's a picture of her. I named her First Light-

Anyway, Here's the text that was included in the e-mail:

USS New York

It was built with 24 tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Center .

It is the fifth in a new class of warship - designed for missions that include special operations against terrorists. It will carry a crew of 360 sailors and 700 combat-ready Marines to be delivered ashore by helicopters and assault craft

Steel from the World Trade Center was melted down in a foundry in Amite , LA to cast the ship's bow section. When it was poured into the molds on Sept. 9, 2003, "those big rough steelworkers treated it with total reverence," recalled Navy Capt. Kevin Wensing, who was there. "It was a spiritual moment for everybody there."

Junior Chavers, foundry operations manager, said that when the trade center steel first arrived, he touched it with his hand and the "hair on my neck stood up" "It had a big meaning to it for all of us," he said "They knocked us down. They can't keep us down. We're going to be back."

The ship's motto? "Never Forget"

A reader posted a question to me in the comments section of the blog last night. He wants to know the difference between a western rigged fishing boat and a eastern rigged fishing boat. An eastern rigged boat has the wheelhouse located in the stern. And a western rigged boat has it's wheelhouse a little forward of midships. You see a lot more western rigged boats here than eastern rigged boats. I like the lines of an old eastern rigged boat especially if she's made of wood.

Very quiet on the waterfront today. No boats (other than the Ruthie B) were in.

Today's High & Low Temps.

High 50.4
Low 42.6

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