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Hudson River Tugboat Race 1952 continued

I love it when followup appears, especially when I don’t expect it.  Like this . . . over three years ago, I did this post about the 1952 race.  Much later .  . a little over a month ago, this comment from Robert Sullivan registered on the blog:  “great article. my grandfather –R. Sullivan–was the […]

Hudson River Tugboat Race 1952

The race took place exactly 60 years ago today, and megathanks and superkudos to Harold Tartell for finding fotos of more than half of the boats involved in the race. Top Class A (over 1250 hp) finisher was Reading Lines Shamokin. Second was Barbara Moran. No foto found yet of third place Socony 11, but […]

Retro Sixth Boro NYC Tugboat Races 5

Call this “thanks to Steve Munoz 20:  the 9th Annual North River Tugboat Race September 2, 2001.”   As Steve writes,  “The tug race on 9/2/2001 was  nine days before 9/11/2001. I was on board the tug Janet M McAllister for the race. My son was on board a Seabulk oil tanker docked in Bayonne […]

NYC Tugboat Race 2012 D

It is a race, and that means there’s a winner, but the race committee decided to have both the first place (left, Lincoln Sea . . . 8000 hp) and second place (right, Meagan Ann . . . 2200 hp)) finishers raise the cup this year because of Meagan Ann‘s lightning speed that allowed her […]

2012 Tug Race Winner is . . .

soon to be determined . . . less than 48 hours from now.  Here’s a schedule from the race organizers. Will the winner be blue . . . like Atlantic Salvor or formerly blue like Greenland Sea or Lincoln Sea? Maybe it’ll be blue and miraculously restored . . . like Crow? Or will it […]

Thanks to Steve Munoz 18

This batch of photos is from 1958 from Steve, who has shared photos for at least 17 posts, and maybe more. I’m grateful Steve provides the captioning, because I was in second grade at the time.  Steve explains:  “I was just over 10 years old, and although being brought up on the water on my […]

Helen L. Tracy

A month or so ago, I talked with Don Lake, who wanted to tell me some family history, which I transcribe here:  “My family has been on tugs for many years, beginning with my grandfather, Captain James Lake, who began his career as a young boy on Rondout Creek, NY, in the late 1800s and […]

Sixth Boro Fifth Dimension Search

Sixth boro fifth dimension posts are about vintage NYC harbor shipping culture photos.  This very welcome photo I received from frequent commenter/researcher William Lafferty.  This should be an easy question for many of you:  where was this photo taken? Here’s what William says about the photo above:  “You don’t see classic New York harbor steam […]

Thanks to Jed 3

Over the past few years, John Jedrlinic aka “Jed” has shared a lot of photos he’s taken near Norfolk, which is great since otherwise I’d never have seen some of these.  Take Huntington, below, apparently the in-house tug of the shipyard in Newport News. Or McAllister Boys, I’ve no idea which foreign port she works out […]

1906 Fireboat

If you’re wondering why December has brought a run on dates, i.e., years and numbers as part of titles, it’s classic and/or antique boat month. Sarah Elizabeth Banks, below, began life in the UK as SS Fire King.  In fact, it had a mate, SS Fire Queen, now long scrapped.  Today, it’s a yacht owned by […]