Can you identify this surface?

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I feel cooler just looking at the pancake ice coating the Hudson a mere four months ago. See it festoon the port fendering of Maryland below. Bet the gull was looking to join the crew in the engine room or heated pilothouse.
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Recycled excavator tires live on here as fendering while giving a slight illusion of terrestrial appendages.

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The aftmost third of this 45-year-old tug, formerly Esso Maryland, is dedicated to towing. Esso Maryland came off the ways at Oyster Bay’s now disappeared Jakobson Shipyard.

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Note the variety of towing gear: laid line to port and braided to starboard, more line covered by a tarp to port one deck up, a winch for wire….

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No doubt the pilothouse is air conditioned and fairly soundproofed to muffle the roar of twin Wärtsiläs turning seven-foot plus props.

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Foto session ended, Maryland speeds back to work, oil to move and bills to pay. Am I alone to imagine a faint design kinship with this 1962 Mack?

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.