ships drawn for the blog, Bowsprite, a NYHarbor sketchbook

  1. while on the hydrographic vessel, we often saw the DEP vessel. There was no head on our boat, so I envisioned port-a-potties on docks,
  2. the eelgrass and the Cornell boat,
  3. tankers of orange juice offload in Jersey.

charts created for various publications, posters or to illustrate posts on Bowsprite: A New York Harbor Sketchbook.

graphics created in response to various events: BP blowout, INIZIATIVA DA LAS ALPS,occupy wall st


Art Dock, Zürich

Art Dock, Zürich, is the idealistic anarchy of Ralph Baenziger.

It is a marvelous vision, an incredible space, a mammoth project powered by the indefatigable personality of Ralph, benefiting immensely by his knowledge, connections, friendships, passion, impeccable taste. It is wonderful.

And, it is stymied by his ideals, anarchy, and personality. Nevertheless, aided by a rotating roster of talented, selfless staff volunteers, Ralph, by dint of superhuman work, effort, luck and rock hard perseverance/stubbornness, makes Art Dock work.  His many detractors will also admit: he’s got a damned good thing going.

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Housed in the last of the undemolished train loading docks, Art Dock is nestled in an industrial parking area.

The penultimate exhibit was a fascinating collection of Zürich artists, past and present.

Entitled WahnWeltWellen (Delusional World Waves,) it brought in 77 artists, presented over 1,800 pieces, and ran from April to December, 2015.

This post is merely to show the space; the artworks exhibited will be featured in a catalog. One hopes.

Spaces within the spaces were expertly created. Ralph, being a good carpenter, made the lofts and panels.

The space, the art, the people—both crew and visitors.
These are the ingredients which make Art Dock so special.

It is the art of Zürich artists, for the people of Zürich: denizens and visitors alike.
It serves as a historical archive, a pedagogical collection, a social hub.

To go through the collection with Ralph is to hear the stories of each of the artists.
Many of them Ralph knew well personally. Quite a few have left us.

During a great flurry of photographing the works (Marcel), packing and returning everything (Lucas, Heinz, Beat) and keeping track (Elizabeth), a new show was installed, almost simultaneously.

Ester Brunner (Zh-Paris)

and Piro Authenheimer (Basel) are both now showing at Art Dock.

In the few weeks I have been around the works, I found many artists I love. There are too many to feature in this post, but here are three of my favorite pieces (credit, to come):

Look forward to the next exhibition: Frauen Power!

Art Dock, Zürich

Iniziativa da las Alps

The arguments against a second Gotthard tunnel are to prevent increased traffic, pollution, and harmful impacts to nature.
These are good points. However, there is more:
Easily obtained fossil fuels are gone. It will very soon be prohibitively expensive to truck goods. You will have built this tunnel for naught.
Save your money, Switzerland. Do not build this redundant tunnel.
LOOK: who stands to benefit from such a project? who will make the money?
examine their records, and see where their interests lie.
Their interests may not reflect yours, dear Swiss voter.
It has happened to us in the USA.
Be warned: the more power you give those who do wrong by the Earth, the harder it is to get your power back.
This happened to us, think if this could happen to you:
There will always be oil, however, the corporations that get the oil are already spending more money and effort. The low fruit has been picked. It will soon be too expensive for a corporation to justify obtaining oil.
• To get more oil, we go to greater risks: drilling deeper than before, going further into pristine, remote tundras, damaging seas, lands and life,
• To get more oil, we engage in hydrofracturing of oil- and gas-bearing shales for ‘tight oil’, threatening our drinking water and water table, leaving vast damaged, poisoned, ravaged, unusable lands and waters,
• To get more oil, we use dirty oil from “tar sands,” bitumen,: a very expensive, fuel-burning process, destroying forests, soil, air and waters,
• We do dirty politics to keep oil coming to us (you know what the USA has done: the wars we wage to protect our oil interests, the deceitful, shady deals we make…and you SEE what we have unleashed upon us.)
The more roads and tunnels you build, simply, the more traffic comes.
Roads crisscross the USA like varicose veins.
We mainline fossil fuels like heroin junkies, completely addicted.
The USA as structured today cannot function without fuel. We have made ourselves so dependent on ‘happy motoring’; all our industries and corporations make it nearly impossible for the addiction to end.
Our governments lack the money to maintain the roads and infrastructure.
Bridges and tunnels are crumbling.  The poorly maintained roads and highways pollute the land and waters, further adding distress to our landscape.
We lack the funds to address all that needs to be fixed.
More roads and tunnels means more maintenance.
And you will become addicted to the ‘happy motoring’, too.
Vote NO! to an unnecessary tunnel.
Do not line the pockets of the greedy few at the cost to yourselves, your country, your future.
Iniziativa da las Alps


The Devil, bored one day, walked around the Teufelsbrücke to look for more trouble.

He was delighted at how easily he could take candy from babes: the people who tricked him the first time, were not so clever this time. They fell into his trap, and built a superfluous tunnel for vehicular traffic, not wanted by many, but pushed for, strongly by a few.


And with their money, he invested in his many other development projects, like shopping malls, high rises and dry cleaners.

But, in a few years’ time, the people found that the tunnel they built was a terribly costly mistake: a heavy ration on fuel stopped truck and motorcar traffic dead. The tunnel cost too much to maintain, and soon, it cost too much to guard, as other countries needing resources—like water—began to penetrate into their country through the tunnel.

The people decided to dynamite the tunnel shut. And the Devil offered them their rocks from the initial drilling, but at a very high price —


— This time, a goat would not do…he wanted the souls of all the people.

what ship is that?

How to recognize the sailing vessels that will be (hopefully) out on the water soon. These are USCG certified passenger vessels, some have holds that once carried cargo but have now have been converted into berths. Contacts are provided if you would like to try to charter one:

Schooner Pioneer:
Built: 1885, in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania
Docked at: Pier 16
Material: Steel Hull, Iron Frames
Length: 102 ft.
Breadth: 22 ft.
Draft: 4.5 ft. (w/centerboard up) 12 ft. (w/centerboard down)
Mast Height: 76.6 ft.
Sail Area: 2,737 sq. ft.
Passenger Capacity: 35
Master: Richard Dorfman, with the South St Seaport Museum

Once carried sand for the iron working process, has a good large hold and two conveniently located hatches. Berths and galley have been taken out. However, she is a busy passenger vessel and will probably be doing harbor tours for the Seaport Museum this sailing season.

Schooner Lettie G. Howard:
Docked at: Pier 16
Material: Wood hull, masts, spars
Length: 125.4 ft.
Breadth: 21.1 ft.
Draft: 10.6 ft.
Sail Area: 5,072 sq. ft.
Crew: 7-9

Docked at pier 17; currently under repair. Good size fish hold, as she once fished on the Georges Banks, but the space has been converted to berths for passenger overnight trips. If you can get a berth for a trip once she’s up and running, do it.

Schooner Adirondack:
Built: 1994, Scarano Boat, Albany, NY
Docked at: Chelsea Piers
Material: Douglas Fir , cedar, teak, and mahogany.
Length: 80 ft
Draft : 8.6 ft.
Sail Area – 2,000 sq. ft.
Passenger Capacity: 49 passengers

Strictly a passenger vessel for Classic Harbor Line, but one of our fastest schooners.

Schooner Imagine:
Docked at: Chelsea Piers
Built: 1997, Scarano Boat
Length: 78 feet
Passenger Capacity: 49 passenger

update: renamed Adirondack II

Sloop Clearwater:
Docked at: 79th st Boat Basin
Length: 106 ft
Mast Height: 108 ft.
Sail Area: 4,305 sq. ft.

Pride and joy of the Hudson River, this is the tried and true ship for our waters. She’s busy with her environmental mission, but if we were to build cargo sailing vessels for our waterway corridor, it would look like her. More information here.

Schooner Shearwater:
Built: 1929, Rice Brothers Shipyard, East Boothbay, Maine
Docked at: North Cove
Materials: Wood; Teak, Mahogany, Native White Oak Georgia Pine
Length: 82.5 ft
Beam: 16.5 ft
Draft: 10 ft
Mast Height: 85 ft

Schooner Clipper City
Docked at: Pier 17, NY

More information here, the Clipper City illustration is coming!

Illustrations and information to come on the following passenger vessels:

Sloop Ventura:
Docked at: North Cove, NY

Schooner Mary E.:
Docked at: City Island, NY

Schooner Liberty:
Docked at: Liberty Marina, Jersey City, NJ

Schooner Richard Robbins:
Docked at: Lincoln Harbor, Weehawken, NJ

Quinnipiac (CT)

*** the Quinnie has education programs for the season, however the Master of this special vessel is open for possible cargo carrying off season; a fellow advocate of sailing cargo commands this vessel. More information here.

A.J.Meerwald  Rosemary Ruth

what ship is that?