Five (can it really have been that long ago!!?)  years ago I did a series of posts counting down the days til the tugboat race:  three  . . . two  . . . one.  In these I speculated which boats might show. My goal had not been accuracy of prediction, and as it turned out, I was mostly wrong.

This post strives to accurately predict which vessels–some of which have appeared in previous races–will not appear.

Crow will be a no-show.

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Juliet . . . disengaged.

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Scott C and Dorothy Elizabeth . . . nope.

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Ross Sea . . . you won’t see it.

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Barney Turecamo . . .  are you kidding?

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Black Hawk . . . in the shop on the other coast.  This foto and the one above come thanks to Seth Tane.

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Bloxom . . .  ?  All she needs is some good slippery bottom paint and a tuneup . . . bet you could buy her cheap and still enter her in the race?  Otherwise, she’s sidelined for now.

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Handy Three came through the sixth boro just over a year ago . . . but she has other engagements this weekend.

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Dean Reinauer . . . don’t expect this one, foto taken in a snowstorm the likes of which she’ll never see again .  . in Nigeria.

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Rosemary McAllister?  She won’t race,  I’d bet on it.

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Labrador Sea?  Reconfigured and reassigned.

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Baltic . . . somewhere near the Equator.

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Crow again . . . no.  Sorry.  Vernon C . . . no longer in the registry.

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Urger?  As a workboat, on Labor Day weekend, she’s laboring.

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Rosemary . . . I reiterate . .  she ain’t coming.

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Shenandoah?  No.  Tug44 . . .  is that really a tugboat?  Would they actually allow her in the race?

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To find out who will be there and to learn how you could even watch the race from a non-racing vessel, click here.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp, except the two provided by Seth Tane.

Related:  I know from my analytics that this blog has readers in Nigeria.  I’d LOVE to hear from you, specifically related to the tugboats formerly of New York USA and currently working in the  Nigerian marine industries.