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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.

Road Fotos 2021 D

I had to leave the Missouri way too early, and will return as soon as possible.  For my last set from the roads of eastern Nebraska, let’s start with friendly boaters zipping downstream.  Barges loaded with Iowa and Nebraska grain head south for the lower Mississippi and export. Note the red floats on either side, […]

Retro Sixth Boro 41

These photos I took back in September 2011. This boat became Bouchard Boys and is now in Red Hook waiting to be repainted as Stasinos Boys.  She’s 100′ x 31′ and 3900 hp. North Sea has had many owners;  currently she’s Sause Brothers North Sea out of Portland OR.   She’s 120′ x 34′ vessel with […]

Other Peoples Photos 92

Since we’ve had some extreme weather, how about a different type of extreme . . .  with NYC DEP sludge tanker Red Hook approaching the unique Riverbank State Park, one of three state parks within Manhattan, the one with a wastewater treatment plant beneath it.  I’ve just read that it’s now renamed the Denny Farrell […]

From the Line Locker 33

Remember Solar Sal from yesterday’s post?  A sharp-eyed reader recalled having seen in in a boatyard this past June.  Question:  Where is that boatyard?  Answer follows. Geoquip Saentis is a “regular exotic” in the sixth boro, although at a certain time that becomes an oxymoron.   But what is that irregular shape along her starboard side? […]

Newest Hull in the Sixth Boro 10

Here are previous iterations, newest hulls that have become less new hulls.  Look closely just forward of the ferry and you’ll see a ready-made caption that this ferry is NEW. I’m also pretty sure this is the first post featuring Dann Ocean’s Colonel. The ferry departed the shipyard in panhandle Florida only eight days before.  […]