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1964 Sixth Boro c

This next batch were all taken from the deck of tug Dalzellaird. Steve writes:  “Captain Bob Munoz helped us aboard the tug Dalzellaird at 0800 hours. His tug was normally the Dalzellera, but it was out of service for many months because of damage to the variable pitch propeller and awaiting replacement parts from Holland. […]

1964 Sixth Boro b

In continuing reportage from Steve Munoz:  “On Sunday, July 12th, 1964, my family sailed out of Paerdegat Basin in Jamaica Bay on the Evelyn Mae (below) and arrived at the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, still under construction and not to be opened until late November [1964]. Throughout that afternoon we drifted and steadily rolled in a southeast […]

1964 Sixth Boro a

Many thanks to Steve Munoz for these photos.  These were all taken on July 14, 1964, the first OpSail held in conjunction with the NY World’s Fair.  The “rendezvous of  11 ships from 9 nations” appeared on the front page of the NYTimes the next day. What I attempt in this post is to match […]

Late 1950s Sixth Boro

1959  Dalzellera (launched in Staten Island in 1915 as CRRJJ Bethlehem) at the Bush terminal. SS United States at its North River Pier.  Thanks to my “group-sourcing” friends on FB, I’ve learned that tank was part of “the gas regulator at West 45th Street, part of a manufactured gas plant at that site, likely operated by […]

People on the Boro 24

Here are previous installments in this series. You might look at this top photo and ask yourself where are the people, and is this really about the sixth boro? They’re there, and to me bridges like this are hybrid creatures, attached to land but in air over water. I’d been here for at least half […]

Sixth Boro Hydrofoil 2

Today near Meadow Lake there’s a convergence of dragons . . . similar to but maybe bigger than the one I documented here five years ago. A half century ago, that lake was the site of the World’s Fair.  And the three images that follow are stills clipped from a short video called Sinclair (as […]

Around the Sixth Boro

Recently I’ve read parts of Marc Levinson’s The Box:  How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Richer.  The book tells as much about shipping and more specifically the port of New York as it does about McLean’s box.   McClean aka “father of containerization,” started toward the box in 1934 […]

Random Tugs 324

At first light, Navigator passes a docked Saint Emilion.  This 1981 build has called the sixth boro her home since 2015.  Saint Emilion (2007) has been here in two previous liveries and names. Barney Turecamo was launched in 1995.  Note her cutaway forefoot. Barney, married to Georgia, gets an assist from Doris Moran, 1982, as […]

Random Tugs 320

A new tug in town . . .  Osprey?  Built in 1961, she’s a sibling of Kodi.  Photo thanks to Tony A. B & B . . .  it’s Brendan Turecamo in the distance and Bruce A McAllister.  It turns out they are not clones:  Brendan is a year newer, and Bruce A. is few […]

Retro 2014 Waterford Tugboat Roundup

2014 was the year I was working on Urger.  Here she’s tied up above lock E-2 while Bejamin Elliot steams by, downbound. Some time later we’d all steamed down to Albany, here (l to r), it’s a Lord Nelson Victory tug yacht, a tender, and C. L. Churchill, a 1964 boat built in Cohasset MA.  […]