The Lively Morgue's Vintage Photograph of Boats in the New York Harbor from 1971

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October 16, 1971: Sea vessels both huge and minuscule passed each other in New York harbor in the lead-up to the Mayor’s Cup schooner race. The enormous ship at the left and the tiny one in the middle did not compete (schooners have two or more masts) in the competition, which is held in October for its brisk winds and clear air. “Today did not oblige,” reported The Times. “For those in the spectator fleet, the full length of the starting line was barely visible through the fog.“

Photo: Librado Romero / The New York Times