Personal Connection. Photography & Text by Keith R Wahl
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F/V Ruthie B Off the Bow
I recently spoke of this fishing boat and the person who owned and operated it. I also spoke of the lady who inspired the name and her personality (see Made From RI Gallery | Remembrance of a Lady. Photography & Text by Keith R Wahl).
There is another way that these vessels become personal, at least for me. Sometimes it is because I have sailed on or operated the vessel. Then there are other associations, and they come into view here.
In some, many, cases, I have seen the designs and blueprints of the vessels involved. This is one such case. As the F/V Ruthie B (F/V is the abbreviation for "fishing vessel"),
I see those vessel designs in my mind and memory. In particular, the "Profile View" of the design comes to mind. This is where the "stations" become frames. The "waterlines" come forth. The length between perpendiculars (bow and stern) defined.
Seeing this profile and other naval architectural views, we can predict the handling of a vessel. This is where engineering and ship handling meet and artistry forms. The skipper takes these things into consideration, and the personality of the vessel becomes real.
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