Seeing this vessel below in a “coming-out” parade for the restored W. O. Decker last year made me first aware of an academy in King’s Point that differs from SUNY Maritime. Notice Rosemary Ruth and Manhattan on either side astern Growler.
Check this link for a thorough set of the anatomy of this vessel. Here’s a shot of Growler with a “bone in her teeth” during the Labor Day 2006 Hudson River tug race.


Or this one even closer up.


If you think the name Growler comes from the throaty sound of its Caterpillar, think about this vocabulary lesson from NOAA.

It is an apt name for what was originally a Coast Guard icebreaker.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.