Mazapeta YT-181 - History

Mazapeta YT-181 - History


The chief of a Sioux village on Big Stone Lake, Minn., 1836.

(YT-181: dp. 237; 1. 100'; b. 25'; dr. 9'7"; s. 12 k,; el. Woban)

Mazapeta. (YT-181) was laid down by the Gibbs Gas Engine Co,, Jacksonville, Fla., 7 August 1942; launched 8 May 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Howard Fortson; and placed in service 12 August 1943.

Originally assigned to the 3d Naval District, Mazapeta was transferred in 1944 to the 12th Naval District, headquartered at San Francisco. Except for the period May 1947 to September 1950, when she was in reserve out of service at Mare Island, she has performed miscellaneous tugging services for that district into 1969. Twice during this period she was reclassified: as YTB-181, .15) May 1944; as YTM-181, February 1962.

Thanks for your patience this follows up the post from two days ago. The port is Boston, the date is November 1960, and the fleet tied up at the T wharf. Luna, pictured below, is still extant the others . . . I believe are all gone.

Above in the distance and below, that’s Orion.

I have no ID on this gentleman in Orion‘s engine room, or

this gentleman in the wheelhouse of another era.

Allan Seymour went on to a career as a professional photographer, and he sent me these photos.

Here’s how I first saw two of the boats–including Luna–back in 1987. Here’s a report on the historic value of Luna submitted to the Boston Landmarks Commission in March 1985.

Thanks for your guesses, both here and on FB. For the Boston Public Library’s trove of T Wharf photos, click here. And here is the motherlode, at least 150 photos of Boston tugboats from the Digital Commonwealth collection.

J. R. Nelson ex YG-33

This was the tip-off photo: in the right light, the raised-metal lettering is clear. I received this photo from I.Y. last September, but never got more of the hull going abaft the US.

This one doesn’t show the lettering.

So this past weekend, when I was in Greenport, I headed straight down to the water–aboard Glory, which I’ll talk more about tomorrow–and

bow of ex-YG-33 later J. R. Nelson

although the light didn’t bring out more detail, the captain did. It turns out that YGs were garbage lighters, and this one had a memorable engine, although I don’t know if it’s rusty remains are still submerged. This YG was turned into a fish

processing vessel that sank at the dock and became the focus of a lawsuit.

Thanks to Ingrid Young for putting me on this search and sending the top three photos. The last three photos I took from launch Glory.

Government Boats 35

First, two photos from Jason LaDue, up in Lyons on the Erie Canal. Click here to see some of the many photos Jason has sent along over the past years from Lyons and the Great Lakes. The vessel Lyons, below, has been painted NY blue and gold since it last appeared here two plus months ago.

Docked astern of Lyons is Salem, which has also gotten some new paint recently.

From the Canal to the sixth boro, here’s the sight I caught last week from the MediaBoat, as we entered North Cove. The vessel is the New York Naval Militia’s 440 Moose boat. Click here to see some of NYNM’s previous vessels.

I’m not sure where the group was headed. The schooner is Clipper City, which I really need to get out on one of these days soon.

Top two photos . . . thanks to Jason LaDue last three by Will Van Dorp.

2014 [ edit ]

The biggest year of Ephemerisle so far. Titan island was huge and largely the central focus of the year. No real problems, and everyone left excited for 2015.

There were two islands, with speedboat and jet ski service gracefully provided by several kind folks, especially Randolph Hencken of The Seasteading Institute.

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Participant records [ edit ]

Events [ edit ]

Memocracy [ edit ]

Turned into a huge conference with almost everyone attending and microtalks all day.

Titan Chef [ edit ]

Mystery Ingredient -- Pluots.

4 chefs and their sous chefs competed in an epic battle. Jonathan Cain took the top prize.

Cuba Island [ edit ]

Eyeland Island [ edit ]

Add your quiet history here.

Titan Island [ edit ]

Add your party history here.

Opening Day on the Bay is Sunday

2 of 3 Uncle Sam tries to build political bridges aboard Bill and Karen Ferrera's boat Freedom, which took first place for sailboats decorated to the them "building bridges" in this year's Opening Day on the Bay. George Neill, PICYA Show More Show Less

There will be no shortage of red, white and blue on the bay Sunday, no shortage of boats and no shortage of blessings.

Even as the boating community works through the emotions and lessons from the April 14 race deaths of five sailors, the 95th annual Opening Day on the Bay and its American Spirit theme will be cause for celebration.

More than 100 yacht clubs come together for the traditional decorated boat parade and opening-day parties - festivities that are equal measures goofy and patriotic. But this year's Blessing of the Pleasure Craft may hold special meaning for the 400 to 500 boats and more than 1,000 boaters expected.

As morning sunlight creeps down the Golden Gate Bridge to Tiburon, a multidenominational "God squad" organized by the Corinthian Yacht Club will spring into action.

It's headed by retired U.S. Navy chaplain and Methodist minister Capt. Jim Current (Orinda), as he has done for 20 years. Joining Current will be St. Anselm Catholic Church deacon Ed Cunningham (Ross) and Rodef Sholom Congregation cantor David Margules (San Rafael).

They take the blessings seriously. Current has 25 carefully culled index cards. One reads, in part, "The sun be warm and kind to you, the darkest night some star shine through . and when dusk comes, God's hand to you."

"We're all conscious of the loss" of the boat Low Speed Chase, says Current. "It's a recent and vivid reminder of the perils that face sailors when they go out."

At 8 a.m. the three will hold an ecumenical prayer service and blessing at the Corinthian Yacht Club. Then they hop aboard the 42-foot trawler Anakalia, anchored just off Tiburon. At 10:30 a.m., with boats lining up en masse in Raccoon Strait, the bless-orama begins. For two hours they'll rotate through the task of giving a blessing to each boat that passes.

It's free to any boat that shows up.

Sailor Diana Fischer of Novato calls it a moving and wonderful sight. She says an accident can happen to anybody at any time. So "every little bit helps, that's how we look at it."

The blessing tradition started in 1963, when club members Capt. Elmer Towle and Charles White decided pleasure boats deserved the same protections as the fishing fleet (also blessed in springtime).

Opening Day goes back further, to 1917. A coalition of clubs called the Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association had been around for a couple of decades. But with the United States sliding into World War I that dark year, an association member got the idea for yachts properly dressed with signal flags to "cruise in squadron" along the city front from Crissy Field.

Those days, a bridge near Belvedere would open to let barge homes move from their winter anchorage to summer spots in Belvedere Cove and Richardson Bay. The Opening Day name stuck, and the parade tradition grew.

At noon, a San Francisco fireboat will kick off the parade. It will be followed by historic vessels such as the 1943 Navy tug and fireboat Mazapeta, then boats decorated to the American Spirit theme. Kid-decorated boats follow, and dozens of other boats showing their pride. More than 120 boats in all, presided over by grand marshal Capt. Jan Tiura, the first female tugboat skipper on the bay.

Association past Commodore George Neill has called it "absolutely, indisputably the biggest, best opening-day boat parade in the world." Get more info at

Racing safety inquiry: U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Cynthia Stowe notified race organizations this week that she has placed a two-month halt on ocean racing outside San Francisco Bay while an independent safety review is conducted into the loss of Low Speed Chase.

The decision affects the annual Duxship Race, which was to take place Saturday, and probably races in May and June to the Farallones, Monterey Bay and Drakes Bay.

Stowe discussed the review in detail Friday with Gary Jobsen, president of US Sailing.

US Sailing is the sport's national governing body. It organizes independent panels on major safety incidents. Last year, three such reports were issued related to losses on Lake Michigan and the Severn River (Maryland) and a capsize in the Celtic Sea.

On Thursday, Jobsen expressed the organization's sadness over the Farallones race events. "We look forward to working with the U.S. Coast Guard and (race organizers) to understand exactly what happened during the race so that competitors and race organizers can be better prepared in the future."

Boating testimony: California's Little Hoover Commission on government organization heard testimony Wednesday on Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to close the California Department of Boating and Waterways and merge its programs with the Department of Parks and Recreation.

CalBoating is fully funded by taxes and fees paid by boaters. It covers safety and environmental management of all waterways, and provides grants to improve facilities used by both recreational and commercial vessels in the state from kayaks to tugboats.

The governor's plan intends to create efficiencies, but boaters worry that the plan will eliminate programs, steal funding for other uses and fail to result in efficiencies or cost savings.

Mazapeta YT-181 - History

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Mazapeta YT-181 - History

‘Georgio Sideri dicto Calapodha fecit nel anno 1570’.
Portolan Chart of the Mediterranean by Georgio Sideri, also known as Callapodha.

El Greco’s presence in Venice is firmly documented by an order issued by the Duke of Candia in August 1568. Within three days, “Manoli dacypri” known as “Mazapeta” must deliver “the drawings” given to him in Venice by El Greco (“maistro Menegin Thetocopulo”) to “ser Zorzi Sidero detto Calapoda”.
Georgio Sideri (known as Callapodha) was a prolific producer of charts. His earliest known work dates from 1537 and there are 15 known surviving charts held in collections across Europe. This chart extends his known activity by five years.
Sideri belonged to a well-known Cretan family and he was a frequent visitor to Venice between 1538 and 1554, as the master of a merchant ship. Archival evidence shows that he was resident in Crete from 1564 up to his death in 1581.

At the chart’s neck are the Venetian arms of the Bragadin family. It has long been claimed that the arms refer to Marcantonio Bragadin (1523 – 1571), governor of Cyprus when the chart was drawn. His brutal death at the hand of the Ottoman Turks at Famagusta in August 1571 is legendary (he was flayed alive) so it is tempting to link the map to this gruesome story. However, a much more probable link is to Filippo Bragadin, elected Captain of Candia in 1569.
The flags, tents, the Atlas Mountains and the representations of Genoa and Venice are distinctive features of Sideri’s work. However, the nameless towns at the bottom of the map are more delicate drawings and may be the work of another artist. The influence of other cartographers including Diogo Homem, Grazioso Benincasa and Battista Agnese, can clearly be seen in the work.

The map appears in the catalogue of the library of the Earl of Ashburnham in 1861. In 1897 it was sold to the famous collector Henry Yates Thompson and in 1899 it was sold at auction to the leading book dealer James Tregaskis, owner of the Caxton Head at 232 High Holborn. The map was then purchased by the Central School of Arts and Crafts for its teaching collection.

Dr Jo Wheeler is Director of International Development at Central Saint Martins. His research field is the social history of Renaissance Venice. For over a decade, he has been working on recipes and formulas and books of secrets in Renaissance Italy. He is the author of Renaissance Secrets (V & A Publishing, 2009) and his current research project focuses on an unpublished manuscript of glass formulas belonging to a leading glassmaking family from Murano at the end of the sixteenth century. His specialist knowledge enabled him to identify that the portolan chart dated 1570 in the College's Museum and Study Collection was completely unknown to the international community of experts and to bring this remarkable object literally back onto the map.

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I added some more details. Besides permanently attaching the ships wheel, telegraph and the windlass and capstan control boxes, I also added the stern light platform to the back of the deck house and the port and starboard light platforms on the roof of the wheel house. I also built and added the two hose reels located rear of the cabin deck house roof.

Most everything is made out of styrene. I used beading cord from a craft shop for the hose on the reels.

I soldered up all the ladders and have them in place now. I used 1 mm brass for the rungs and 1/16 x 1/64 brass bar for the legs. My first attempt failed miserably. I tried to build a jig for my drill press to drill holes for the rungs but it ended up make a pretty ugly ladder. I finally took the time to build up a jig so I could solder it all up and that worked great. Live and learn . The two ladders on the deck are permanently attached to the deck house and come off with it. I installed them so they set on the deck and they look attached. I did my best to build up the attachment point at the expense of looks since these will be so vulnerable to getting knocked off.

I also finally got the railing installed on the deck house. I am not sure how others do it but here is what I did.

I started by marking a line the proper height above the deck on the deck house wall using a compass. I used blue painter tape to make this easier to do. Once the line was drawn I determined the spacing for the railing supports. Once I had those marked I used a micro drill bit to drill holes for the 1/32 piano wire supports to go into. When I designed the deck house I had an extra strip of wood at this height on the inside to give these more support when installed. I used a 3/32 piece of ply to adjust each of the supports so they stuck out the proper distance (3 scale inches). Once positioned I CA'd them into place.

Finally, with all the supports in place, I bent 1.5 mm brass tube (just under 2 scale inches in diameter) to match the curvature of the deck house. Once this was done I marked and notched the tube at each support location with a triangle file. The notch was big enough to make a hole just large enough for the piano wire support to fit into. This is the same process I used to make the ships wheel. Once they were all done and the railing was in place I soldered each section into place. The end result turned out okay and they are very solid.

Finally I started to build up the grate at the stern. I made this out of brass sheet and drilled all the 1/16 diameter holes (2 scale inch diameter) with my drill press. I built a structure under the grate to support it to match the hole pattern (which I copied from my reference picture). It will be removable so I can get at the steering linkage if/when necessary. It is still a work in progress.

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