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Transitioning from the “farm tugs” post, enjoy Governor Roosevelt, sister of Governor Cleveland,  both came to the canal to  break ice and do other tasks in 1927 as steam tugs.   If you add the ages of Governor Roosevelt, Governor Cleveland, and Urger . . . you have almost three hundred years of boat work.   I found Roosevelt hauled out last weekend along the Erie Canal in Lyons.

Edna (1997) was hauled out for some work recently along

the KVK.

Here’s a first sighting:  Coney Island, built by

Blount in 1958.  Here’s George (a 2009 vessel with a simple name)  taken recently in Lake Charles, LA.

And (once again . . . might she be languishing?) Grouper, a year away from a century old.  This is how she looked last weekend, and I’d love to hear an update on efforts to bring her back to life, lest she become HMS (heavy melt steel).

George foto comes thanks to eastriver;  all others by Will Van Dorp.

Uh . . . outboard up?  Just an illusion.  And official uniform?  uh . . . just a hot-day display.   This one’s small enough to be trucked, yet it

can move a sizeable barge.  No name was visible anywhere as it passed through the KVK Thursday.  In the background is (I think) St. Andrews, leaning on the landing at Snug Harbor.  That’s the salt dock to the left.

This incognito truckable tug herded up a smattering of scows over at Bergen Point, on the western Bayonne side of the Bayonne Bridge.  Remember, most fotos enlarge when you doubleclick on them; I notice raised letters “reliant” on the back of the house just above the two hanging lengths of line.  Reliant?

Any guesses on the size of the red tug headed to the southwest across the Upper Bay?  I’ll give dimensions a little farther.  For now, that’s the Red Hook Container Terminal in the background with Mary Whalen (red house) docked along the pier with the blue warehouse.

It’s Louise, first time for me to spot.  Louise came off the Oyster Bay Jakobson ways in 1959:  34′ loa x 11.’

Compared with Rae (green) built 1952 and 46′ x 15′ x 5,’  the farther half of this tandem, Robert IV is newer and larger:  built in 1975 and 54′ x 22′ x 9.’

With their low bows and push knees, these are  river and harbor tugs.

It’s Glen Cove with a “side tug” or “outrigger tug.”  Don’t quote me on those terms;  I just made them up.  I took this foto the day the fleet arrived; all the folk outside the house had something of a water platform to see and salute the fleet.

On Glen Cove‘s starboard hip, it’s Harbor II, which first appeared here.  For one of Glen Cove‘s previous appearances, click here;  use the search window on upper left to find the others.  Dimensions:  Glen Cove is the largest (actually not small at all) in this post:  71′ x 28′ x 11′ launched in 1975 and having previously starred as Mary Gellatly, Philadelphia and Capt Danny.

Last one for now, it’s Maria J (ex-Jesus Saves built 1971 and 63′ x 22′ x 9′) . . .  I know I’ve told you that before, but I just love that name as I do its former New England registry.

All these smaller tugs has traversed the sixth boro in the past month;  all fotos .  . . Will Van Dorp.

Motivation for small tugs?  Some call them “rule-beaters.”

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