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Arthur Tickle Engineering Works

Arthur Tickle Engineering Works (ATEW) is now gone, but other marine service businesses (MSBs) remain.  I’ve long thought to do a series of posts about the MSBs like Caddells, GMD, Bayonne Drydock, Hughes Marine . . . and many others.  A while back, Steve Munoz sent these along, and it’s taken me a bit to […]

Retro Sixth Boro 27 a

If you’re new on this blog, for the past 27 months I’ve been posting photos from exactly 10 years before.  These then are photos I took in June 2010.  What’s been interesting about this for me is that this shows how much harbor activities have changed in 10 years. Tarpon, the 1974 tug that once […]

Lois M and Tobias 2

Guess the vessel cut off to the right? The tug is Lois M, on hold in Brooklyn for about a month already. It turns out she came to GMD with barge Tobias for a haircut and a shave, and maybe some new paint. After the shipyard work, Lois M and Tobias might be headed across […]

Sixth Boro Solstice Surveyors

Let’s start with one at Brooklyn GMD, thanks to Mike Abegg, whose previous photos can be seen here.  I’d seen NOAAS Hassler before, but I’d never realized she was a catamaran.  Might she be NOAA’s only large multi-hull?  And the horizontal inboard-pointing fins, I’d not expected those, although they may be standard stabilizers on a […]

East River Tow

Tech astounds me . . . yesterday morning I got an email from a New Yorker in the UK telling about this event;  tugs are already under way, he said. I missed the first tug but arrived in time for Liz Vinik, shown here in classic NY context as well as state-of-the-art architecture. Following Liz […]

More on the Capes

First there was one, and Mike got a close up look of the “boss,” the curvaceous raised metal plate on the bow.  I love the seahorses on either side of that plate, a throwback to an era when mythological creatures decorated ocean charts.     Then beginning a week ago, there were two, stern to […]

Nautic Narrows News 2

OK, I know today is blue skies and clear air, but yesterday I stood in the rain at the Narrows waiting for an exotic vessel that I knew wouldn’t arrive for a while.  But around virtual sunrise . . . virtual because the sun never rose or set all day . . . this was […]

Other Peoples Photos 72

Many thanks to Robert Simko and Lee Gruzen for sending me some photos and lots of questions yesterday morning. This large gray vessel–SS Cape Avinoff (AK-5013)–arrived under tow from, I believe, National Defense Reserve Fleet on the James River, where it has been used for training. As SS Cape Avinoff is moved stern first closer […]

Other Peoples Photos 67

Here are previous installments. Let’s start with a shot from Oswego.  To me, it captures the magic of the Canal in that city and the stately buildings that surround it.  The photo is by Jennifer Mays, who calls it “Old man Winter is on his way #headedsouth #oswegocanal.  It shows research vessel DelMor (ex-Kaho) upbound in […]

KVK Surprises 2

Surprises can be ranked in degrees.  Here was a surprise . . . people walking way up on the Bayonne Bridge back in 2011.  Ditto here I was looking into a hot tub on the stern of a scrap-carrying bunker (photo#7). The surprises in this post emerge slowly. This PCTC has been on this blog […]