Monday, July 19, 2010

Another interesting Saturday sighting -











Link to the people who built Dragonfly's Banquet, showing the raft rigged for sailing (yes, really).

Dragon figurehead seen in the link seemed to be undergoing repair -



Rockaway Artists Alliance, current caretakers.

More about this rather spontaneous long trip in the next couple of days, if I have a chance. It was part of Sebago's All-Club Invitational, which I think was generally a big success. Big thank-you to the crew I did this trip with - I know it got to be a bit on the long, hot & beastly side at times, but I still had a very good time helping out with this trip.

P.S. - My friend Tugster has left a comment that I thought worth bringing up into the post: Were you aware that the movie featuring scenes from Son of Town Hall's construction, testing, inspection by the Coast Guard, and then crossing will be shown as part of PortSide NY's Atlantic Basin programming this coming thursday night, July 22? well-worth it

I was NOT aware of that! The Son of Town Hall is another Neutrino raft (see Wikipedia's Poppa Neutrino article for a brief explanation, and the "Dragonfly's Banquet" above leads to the Neutrino website, where Son of Town Hall can also be found. When Will says "crossing", he means Atlantic.

New Yorkers may also remember the Town Hall raft, which was moored in the embayment between the north end of Battery Park City and Pier 25 (which was the one that featured a sculpture garden with works by local artists, beach volleyball courts, and a hamburger stand) until the Hudson River Park Trust, in an extremely controversial move, confiscated the raft, which was unintentionally but completely destroyed in the confiscation process.

3 comments:

will said...

sounds like an interesting trip. were you aware the movie featuring scenes from Son of Town Hall's construction, testing, inspection by the Coast Guard, and then crossing will be shown as part of PortSide NY's Atlantic Basin programming this coming thursday night, July 22? well-worth it.

Brian said...

I didn't know this craft was still afloat. I spotted it in Jamaica Bay a couple of years ago and thought, "Finally. A boat that gets more stares than Puffin."

Gretchen said...

Hi! What a trip! That was my long-abandoned raft! Funny to see it now. Love the photos! Gretchen