Civil Air Patrol

You might see the Civil Air Patrol at your local small airport. Their planes are distinctively marked as you see in this example below:

Civil Air Patrol Cessna parked on the ramp.

Civil Air Patrol Cessna parked on the ramp.

They perform search missions as well as many other important functions, including teaching young people about aviation. It’s good to have people out there doing this job. You never know when you might need them.

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French Cannoli w/Almonds

Been a long time since I posted about Rocco’s Pastry Shop on Bleeker Street in New York City. Regular readers of The Bent Page might remember this place has been a favorite of mine since 1986. Wow, closing in on 30 years of pastry and coffee. At any rate, stopped in recently and enjoyed a wonderful French cannoli with almonds as seen below:

French cannoli with almonds at Rocco's Pastry Shop, NYC.

French cannoli with almonds at Rocco’s Pastry Shop, NYC.

That, my friends, is a delicious pastry. Of course, Rocco’s makes many more delectable desserts and coffees. It’s hard to resist and worth busting the diet. Enjoy every meal!

On the blocks!

The previous post showed the barkentine Gazela in position in the graving dock. Today we take a look at herĀ on the blocks. These photos are large on purpose. They’re excellent eye-candy for people who appreciate all things nautical. Let’s start with the long view:

Sailing vessel Gazela on the blocks at the former Philadelphia Navy Yard.

Sailing vessel Gazela on the blocks at the former Philadelphia Navy Yard.

Moving closer, here’s a dramatic view of the bow.

Bow of the Gazela in the graving dock at former Philadelphia Navy Yard.

Bow of the Gazela in the graving dock at former Philadelphia Navy Yard.

And here’s a view of the stern:

Looking up at the stern of Gazela on the blocks at former Philadelphia Navy Yard.

Looking up at the stern of Gazela on the blocks at former Philadelphia Navy Yard.

And finally here’s a view from above of both Gazela and the lightering barge.

Gazela and barge in graving dock at former Philadelphia Navy Yard.

Gazela and barge in graving dock at former Philadelphia Navy Yard.

Now the work begins, repairs and refits. Keeping any vessel afloat is lots of work. The reward is in the sail afterward. Stay posted for more updates. (For those interested, these photos were taken with a Nikon D810 and 17-35mm lens.)

In position…

The previous post showed the bottom of the graving dock in the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Today we take a look at the square rigger, Gazela in position over the blocks.

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Gazela in the graving dock at Philadelphia Navy Yard.

Notice the aircraft carrier in the background. Here’s another look at the team positioning the stern over a buoy so they know the keel will land squarely on the blocks.

Crew checks the position of Gazel's stern while as the graving dock is emptied.

Crew checks the position of Gazel’s stern while as the graving dock is emptied.

I hope to get back soon, taking photos of the ship high and dry. It will be interesting to see the hull shape as well as observe the repairs and refit that will be underway.

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