I’m guessing, Mary Whalen once looked maroon, but now it’s Moran‘s trademark color.

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Notice the greenish-black hull and the yellow slip-proof platform at the bow around the H-bitt and the staple at the stem,

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maroon steel warmed up by brightwork like a yacht,

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crew energy maintained in a world class galley,

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wire neatly laid on winch for ocean towing,

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one of two huge EMD engines in this immaculate engine room (consider each of the treads on the companionway one foot above the previous),

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Turecamo Boys heads to the next job. Turecamo Boys recent high-profile jobs include helping tow White Sea back into Ambrose Channel (here, go to p. 15) and logging more hours than any other assist vessel in 9/11 evacuation. The Moran towing story goes back at least to Michael Moran, an erstwhile mule driver along the Erie Canal who bought half interest in a harbor tug in 1860. Moran achievements include sending the first vessel into Havana harbor after the Spanish-American War.

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