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Would you believe the object in the first foto here rubs faces with the formidable 8th Sea?  And does  so sans fear.

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This gives “flat bottom” a whole different meaning.  No comparisons with an athlete’s belly fit here, as was true for Livet.

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It’s the mighty albeit miniature Sea Horse, possibly Hippocampus ingens plywoodus connecticutus, here communing with Mystic Seaport’s resident tug, Kingston II, I believe.

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Here is owner/builder/captain Stuart Pate at the Waterford Tug Roundup . . . was that already almost a month ago?  Yes, that’s Mame Faye off right.

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The engine room.  Tohatsu 9.8.  Note the ” onboard auxilliary  re-powering system” or O.A.R.S. for short, athwartship between the chairs.   Seahorsepower?  Immeasurable.  Bollard pull?  Inestimable.  I’ve heard Paul Bunyanesque rumors about the results of the nose-to-nose push-off contest.  And deep draft on the tug . . . unfathomable.

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Thanks to Stuart for all the fotos except the last two.  For plans, see here.

Unrelated:  Below is a foto by Jeff Anzevino, showing Flinterborg headed upriver Saturday.  When she leaves Albany some time tomorrow, she’ll be carrying a deckload of  Dutch barges.  Check this site for fotos of the barges rolicking their way upriver.

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Happy river watching.

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