First of all, for the 17th annual tug race tomorrow, here’s a schedule.

9:30 AM – Tugs gather near Pier 84
10:00 AM – Parade of tugs from Pier 84 to the start line near 79th Street Boat Basin.
10:30 AM – Race starts – From 79th Street Boat Basin to Pier 84 – one nautical mile.
11 AM – Nose to nose pushing contests and line toss competition.
Noon – Tugs tie up to Pier 84 for lunch and awards ceremony.
1 PM – Awards ceremony. Tugs depart at about 2 PM.

Below, built in Duluth in 1921, canal freighter Day Peckinpaugh.


originally a fish tug, Urger, Michigan 1901 and Lehigh Valley Barge #79, 1914.


wooden botter Janus Kok, 1934.


iron/steel centerboard schooner Pioneer, Pennsylvania 1885, oldest in this post.


tug Cornell, Oyster Bay, 1949.


If my math is right (it’s late on a long day), these vessels total 550 years!

All fotos taken today in the sixth boro by Will Van Dorp.