So when water sprays and tug horns start to blow, throngs leave the Noble Maritime “Tugboats Night & Day” exhibit at Snug Harbor, and–let me to trifle with the first page of Melville’s Moby Dick a bit –”crowds, pacing straight for the water . . . nothing will content them but the extremest limit of land . . . fixed in ocean reveries . . . some seated on the pierheads . . . does the magnetic virtue of the needles of the compasses of all those ships attract them thither?” Do they await a ferry to get back home?

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No, it’s a parade led by Turecamo Boys, looking back here at Miriam Moran, Thornton Bros, and two Reinauer boats;

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Jean Turecamo and Gramma Lee T Moran circle in from the east while

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Curtis Reinauer flanking South Street Seaport’s W. O. Decker (ex-Russell No. 1) take the south side of the channel and

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Lee T turns inside FireFighter 1 as the water in the KVK starts to swirl and

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Curtis and Franklin Reinauer follow two Moran boats around and

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then Ellen McAllister, hoses able to douse any remnants of winter, comes in along the south side of the channel.

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What was the show at Noble Maritime? Here’s an update showing the Decker as depicted above.  Was this parade really a get-ready-for-spring festival?

All fotos Will Van Dorp; thanks to Capt Andy and crew of Moran’s Turecamo Boys.

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