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Here was Augie when I first saw her, June 2012.
A few months later, here’s Augie alongside Cornell.
Ditto . . . Augie that year at Waterford Tugboat Roundup. Start counting the days until the 2014 event.
Here are photos I took of Augie about six weeks ago in Kingston. Notice some evolution?
Augie‘s now grown an upper helm!
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who lost his notes on Augie‘s history: what I recall is Florida-built from the 1940s.
Three vessels at the roundup this year appeared there for the first time . . well sort of. The red one, aka Augie, was in fact there for the first time. The other . . . on the left, Frances, has been there before but with very different appearance.
The surprise newcomer at the roundup this year was Wendy B, but with a bit of search, I’ve found this blog about here journey from Toronto to DC seven years ago, by the previous owners.
Click here for the specs at the time of her last sale. Talking with the owners, I learned she was delayed in the sixth boro–on her recent northward passage–by the 4th of July 2012 fireworks. Does anyone recall seeing her in town? Here are my fotos of the spectacular illuminations that day.
Here’s Augie, nestled up to Cornell, in current colors.
When I saw Frances this weekend, I first assumed I was looking at Margot, currently working on Lake Ontario.
Here’s how Frances looked two years ago.
I’m enthusiastic to see Frances (1957) covered in new paint that just exudes vitality. Soon she’ll be working like Margot, her one-year-younger sister.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Unrelated but thanks to Barbara for sending this link along: South Street Seaport in the news.
soon to be determined . . . less than 48 hours from now. Here’s a schedule from the race organizers.
Will the winner be blue . . . like Atlantic Salvor or
Maybe it’ll be blue and miraculously restored . . . like Crow?
Or will it be red, like this Pegasus or
. . . the not-to-be underestimated Augie?
Or maybe a blue and gold government boat?
Or it might be some shade of white like Susan Miller or Gabby L Miller?
On the other hand, it may be a stealth competitor, like the one these gents have been refurbishing since late spring?
Cosmetic work has been visible on the outside, but
Glen had this grin straight off the cheshire cat when he told me they’d installed huge power down below and
as they’ve worked on the surface, above decks, rendering a beautfully restored New York Central No. 31 house. Who
knows whether Glen was kidding or not about that power plant and about the hull they cleverly built below the dock which be free with a few minor cuts of the Saw-zall.
New York Central No 31 might turn its competitors green with envy once they steam out onto the course. And if she were flying a Canadian flag, she’d be an international entry. And
with all that jabber about competitors red and blue at the beginning of the post, you might have wondered if I was talking about something else. Maybe a spokesperson for red or blue might be interviewing a stealth version of a leading member of the competition?
Check page four of this 1952 issue of Towline for an action foto of one of the winners of the race exactly 60 years ago. And on page 5, you’ll see that the 1952 race was in fact a revival of a pre-WW2 International Lifeboat Race. Click on the image below to watch a two-minute video of the rowing race, some time between 1930 and 1939.
It’s called Croton Point Park, about 30 miles north of Manhattan’s north tip.
Here’s the northside of Croton Point last evening looking toward Haverstraw.
Exactly five years ago I took this foto from a small boat just off Pioneer‘s bowsprit. Here are more fotos from that day.