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Retro Sixth Boro 50 A

June 2012 was pivotal for me.  A photo sent along by a friend alerted me to Canal commerce–Canadian corn– entering the US at Oswego, a place I knew something of from my youth.  If that was a spark, then the breeze that fanned it was an invitation to do my trial article for Professional Mariner […]

Retro 2012 Waterford Tugboat Roundup

The 2010 post had a photo from 2009, so let me start this one with one from 2010.  This photo made the cover of a NYS Restoration publication devoted to boats, but I lent my copy to someone and it’s never returned.  If you know the publication, please let me know. OK, let’s see one […]

Retro 2013 Waterford Tugboat Roundup

An omen of the future . . . in 2013, Urger was laid up, sans her problematic prop shaft.  Here she’s nez-a-nez with Day Peckinpaugh. Gowanus Bay was looking good. NYS Marine Highway was well represented, as always.  And following two of the four NYS Marine Highway boats there was Cornell, Frances and Margot‘s senior […]

A Lost Jakobson

For the source of these two photos, click on the second photo, the frontal view of Lumberman.  For a thorough history of the vessel, click here. Arthur Hamilton sent me this article from yesterday’s Juneau Empire about this September 1941 Jakobson of Oyster Bay tugboat built as Dauntless No. 15. What’s clear is that plans […]

Really Random Tugs 44

First, from Kyle Stubbs, three Vane tugs  (Elizabeth Anne, Hudson, and Delaware alongside DoubleSkin 501) which would not be that unusual on this blog, except he took the photo in Seattle over by Terminal 5.  Click here for previous photos from Kyle. Leaping south to the Mexican port of Manzanillo–north of Lazaro Cardenas–it’s VB Yucatan, […]

Retro Sixth Boro (and beyond) 33

2011 began in Charleston, a great place to welcome a new year.  Strolling around, I encounter the 1962 75′ buoy tender Anvil, 75301, here made up to CGB68013.  In the background, that’s cutter Cormorant or Chinook. Heading farther north a day or two later, it’s Hoss, sister of Patricia, and now habitat for fish and […]

Random Tugs 230

It’s Cornell, westbound under the Bayonne Bridge.  Now that’s a sight not often seen.  Cornell (1949) occupies a niche likely quite unexpected, as documented here.  In this post (scroll), you see Cornell in 1978!  Hear her inimitable whistles (wait for it) here. Ivory Coast has truly an unusual name, but I’d never call her Côte d’Ivoire.  That’s […]

Thanks to Paul Strubeck 4

Here are previous posts in this series, and here’s probably the most dramatic set of photos ever from Paul, taken January seven years ago. Below, that’s the view of the mouth of the Rondout . . . . and the light at the end of the north breakwater, which looks so beautiful here. Here’s a view along […]

Random Tugs 224

What does a 70+ degree temperature day in February in the sixth boro look like?  Well . . . see for yourself.  Cornell light and likely back from a TOAR training, rafts up to Mary Whalen in Atlantic Basin. Along the Brooklyn shore, there was Genesis Glory with GM11105. Brooklyn–ex-Labrador Sea–light was headed for the […]

Review: Tales from a Tugboat Captain

Take all the photos you like, but if you just sit on a dock by the bay watching the ships roll in and out, you’ll only know so much and nothing more.  If you suspected I was hinting at something in yesterday’s post, it was this review. If you want to know more about working […]