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The blue hulls of this speedy catamaran may appear foamy white as it shuttles between Sandy Hook and Manhattan.

And the crew in this blue hull is kindly referred to as “harbor charlie” by folk I know. This label comes with utmost respect. Thanks to Gabe, I recently located this fabulous website devoted to all the history and lore of NYPD’s harbor unit. For example, in what year did the harbor unit retire its last steam-powered vessel? When was the harbor unit founded and for what mission? Answers below, but  enjoy the “Bent Wheel” website, “wheel” as in prop.

Answers: The last steamer retired in 1926. The unit was created in 1858 to combat harbor pirates!  Much more info and foto essays in the Bent Wheel site.

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Graves of Arthur Kill

Click to order your copy of Graves of Arthur Kill, by Gary Kane and Will Van Dorp. 3Fish Productions.

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Tale of Two Marlins

Blue Marlin spent 600+ hours loading tugs and barges in NYC Sixth Boro. Click on image for presentation made to NY Ship Lore and Model Club, July 25, 2011.

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