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Thomas J. Brown 2

Thomas J. Brown came off the ways in 1962 as Thomas J. Brown.  Here‘s part 1 of this post, from almost a decade ago, and here are many photos since . . . 1962 is the same vintage as this truck, then newly arrived as a grounds truck for a Queens cemetery.  John Glenn went […]

Browns 2

Thomas J. Brown and Sons Inc. has been a marine towing enterprise in the sixth boro since 1927.  Their boats are busy and always very attractive. More than a decade ago I first used this title. Thomas J. Brown, the oldest current boat, is a classic. Joyce D. Brown, the most powerful current boat, is […]

James E. Brown

Happy winter! The photo below is from July 2015, and it’s how and where I expect to see James E. Brown. So you can imagine how surprised I was to see James E. yesterday where I did, so join me in the experience.  I had to squint to understand this, squint and wait.  At first I […]

Thomas J. Brown

Wondering what didn’t fit in this shot? Towing on short hawser made to starboard bitt of scow, a small tug with classy lines makes its way eastbound on the KVK with a sizeable tow. It’s Thomas J. Brown, something unusual in the sixth boro: a family-business that since its creation in the unpromising year of […]

Browns

A day in the life of a John P. Brown crew is nicely chronicled in this essay by John Soltes published last year in the Brooklyn Rail.   Next to the John P. is the smaller Thomas J. Brown. Check out Fred’s Tug44 foto of Thomas J. here.   Photos, WVD.

Bronze 8

Way back in 2007 I started this series, and I now think I should never have called it “bronze” since it’s more like a golden brown, but no matter, this post is all the same fleet.  Name the fleet and the tug? Talking fleet renewal . . ., Reinauer has a young fleet.  Janice Ann […]

Fruits of Preservation 3

Here were the first two installments of this series.  And what prompts this post is the news yesterday about a $200 million structure in the assembly stages just four years ago.  Click on the image below to see the post I did just four years ago. It will be scrapped as announced yesterday here.  The […]

Retro Sixth Boro 34 b

This secret lake had great ice for these old boats like Ariel, Ice Queen, Whirlwind, Genevieve, and others.   I was asked not to tell then, and by now I’ve forgotten exactly where this Shangri-la was, but the ice boating was ideal.  Has anyone heard of Hudson River Valley ice boating happening this year?  The […]

For the Birds 13

The water and its edges are good places to see birds;  that’s the origin of this series. The next six photos were taken in August 1997, almost 25 years ago.  I post them now because I recently learned some new info, which pertains to the gentleman in brown (driving the boat and bearded and sunglasses) […]

Sea Power

I had something else for today, but  . . . Sea Power . . .changes everything.  No, this is NOT a post about assets of global military hegemony.  Instead, Sea Power is the name of a huge tug that pushed Sea-Chem 1 into the sixth boro yesterday, and Tony Acabono sent along these photos of […]