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Retro Sixth Boro NYC Tugboat Races 5

Call this “thanks to Steve Munoz 20:  the 9th Annual North River Tugboat Race September 2, 2001.”   As Steve writes,  “The tug race on 9/2/2001 was  nine days before 9/11/2001. I was on board the tug Janet M McAllister for the race. My son was on board a Seabulk oil tanker docked in Bayonne […]

Retro Sixth Boro NYC Tugboat Races 4

2015 is the last year I saw the race;  in the following years I was working and away.  But 2015 Labor Day Sunday had beautiful weather. Again, I’m not going to name each;  you can read the names either on the boats or in the tags . . .  and then match up. And in […]

Retro Sixth Boro NYC Tugboat Races 3

Let’s do 2013 and 2014, or redo them, same conditions as I stated yesterday. But first let’s look at the 2013 crowd, packing in like you wouldn’t with covid.  Here was the crowd at 1010 and by 1035 they had grown significantly. The compulsory muster takes place, irrigated by fireboat John J. Harvey. Once the […]

Retro Sixth Boro NYC Tugboat Races 2

I’ll devote a whole post once again to the 2012 races, since I have a  lot of photos.  What I did was look for the most dramatic or interesting photos and, in some cases, re-edited them.  What I didn’t do is go back through the 2012 posts, but you can here if you want. Again, […]

Retro Sixth Boro NYC Tugboat Races 1

Like lots of things, the Great North River Tugboat Race is, as ws said in a comment yesterday, “alas  . . .  cancelled this year.”  So here’s some consolation, ws. . .  If you need a dose of racing, you can click here and get all the way back to tugster post 2006, or for […]

NYC Tugboat Race 2015 . . . from the starting line

Since 2011, the Hymans have sent along photos of the race from the starting line.  Again this year, I have the pleasure to share them.    Here’s an orderly shuffle toward the starting blocks. Then the boats spin around and await the countdown. 3– 2– 1   Hit the horn and push the throttle! Happy Labor […]

NYC Tugboat Race 2015

Bravo to the organizers and participants of the 2015 NYC race.  It starts with a muster… which looks  different as you shift perspective.     It’s great to see race newcomers like Sea Scout Ship 243 out of Rahway NJ, and Patricia. By this point, some boats like Robert E. McAllister start to get impatient. Muster […]

NYC Tugboat Race 2014 c

True, the Great North River Tugboat Race and Competition does involve a race, and trophies are given for the best finishes, but my favorite part is just the pushing around.                         Photos of the RIB pushing LT803 by Jeff Anzevino. All photos by Will […]

NYC Tugboat Race 2014 b

Happy Labor Day.  And for most of these photos, I’m grateful to William Hyman, whose perspective was Pier I at 69-70th Street. The event starts with a parade . . . including a range of serious muscle.  That’s the gray Willard operating as New York Media Boat in the distance to the right. Even The Bronx […]

NYC Tugboat Race 2014 a

But first . . . it’s a race, and there are trophies for such categories as best-looking, best mascot, best tattooed crew person . . .  .  And there is pushing and jostling, for which there are no trophies.  But what would you call this? Step back a hundred and some feet . . . and […]