The Newtown Pentacle

Altissima quaeque flumina minimo sono labi

sunlight lies

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

Captain Huntley Gill and the crew of the John J Harvey Fireboat navigated their vessel some three miles back from the East River into English Kills, a tributary of Newtown Creek, and executed a turnaround nearby the Metropolitan Avenue Bridge. We started heading westwards then, and back towards the East River.

To say that a humble narrator’s emotional state was complicated would be a bit of an understatement. It’s not always apparent when the cover closes on a chapter of your life.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

It’s really all over, now. Especially right now.

As you’re reading this post, which published at 11 am on November 30th, Our Lady of the Pentacle and I are currently driving to Pittsburgh. Literally – right now – and as of 11 am, I’ve been on the road for about 5 hours. We’ve got a car full of the sort of things that you don’t entrust to a mover – cameras, computers, valuables – with us. Tomorrow morning, we’re taking possession of our new digs and starting the “moving in” process.

This wasn’t – as it turned out – the last time I’d be on the Fireboat, but it was the last time that I’d be taking a group out on Newtown Creek. More on my last trip on the Harvey in a future post.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

To everything there is a season, huh?

More tomorrow.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

November 30, 2022 at 11:00 am

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  1. Best wishes with new adventures!

    Michael Pribich


    michael pribich

    November 30, 2022 at 12:00 pm

  2. Best wishes, Mitch!


    November 30, 2022 at 1:27 pm

  3. Best wishes in your new home. I am looking forward to seeing Pittsburgh through your pictures.

    Jaye Haviland

    December 3, 2022 at 7:38 am

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