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Superlative 1

…you know. . . superlative like newest, biggest, fastest, most powerful,  most teu. . . it’s a series I should have started long ago, but tugster is a public work-in-progress.  And I’m skeptical of superlatives… since they change regularly. A quick post today, but this is a story I need to find more out about. […]

Random Sixth Boro 12

It’s hard to beat morning light for drama, as is the case here with QM2 getting assisted by James D. and Doris Moran into her berth in Red Hook, as I shoot into that light. Taken only a few minutes later, this photo of FV Eastern Welder dragging the bottom in front of the Weeks […]

Random Tugs 344

There’s lots of lifting capacity here, but no towing or pushing capacity. Philadelphia passes the Manhattan skyline solo. From the west, Justine and Jonathan head for a job.   Magothy passes Helen Laraway, Cape Lookout, and Lois Ann L. Moran.  There’s a progression here . . .  more tugboats in this photo than in the […]

Exotics 16

Here the previous posts on exotics, vessels not typically seen in the sixth boro.  I take the label from birders, as they use it to classify birds. Regulus is a 2014 product of Thoma-Sea in conjunction with TAI. She left to go offshore yesterday, but she’d been at the Bayonne dry dock at least a […]

Union Dry Dock Disunion

Click on the photo below and you’ll see where this photo of part of the hoboken riverfront looked like in 1955. Union Dry Dock and Repair was the setting for a 1979 Blondie music video that you can watch by clicking on the photo.  Actually, a lot of 1979 Hoboken marine industry is visible on […]

Sarah D

Sarah D passes the Con Hook range markers while leaving the Kills the other day. Subjective only, I find Sarah D, ex-Helen D. Coppedge–a very attractive boat. I was pleased to get these photos with Newark NJ and the occupants of Bayonne Dry dock in the background. All photos by Will Van Dorp. Unrelated to […]

Government Boats 43

It’s been a few months since I last used this title here . . . USNS Gilliland has been alongside the Bayonne dry dock for a few weeks now, and the other day I had the chance to see her alongside a bit closer. This Danish hull has been in the water most of the […]

Random Tugs 360

Over in Stapleton only one Bouchard tugboat remains. That was true when last I looked, which was last week.  Jane A. is no longer where I saw it, outside the dry dock in Bayonne.   Evelyn Cutler was hauled out on the MOTBY peninsula.    Barry Silverton was headed south past the CNJRR Terminal.  Atlantic […]

MOTBY, or Terminal MOBY

aka GHP&W 8, subset of port of Bayonne.  Actually, MOTBY expands to Military Ocean Terminal Bayonne and you saw an aerial of it here. T-AKR 313 USNS Red Cloud is named not for the place but for this person, Mitchell Red Cloud. I took these photos in November 2015, but as of mid-January, Red Cloud was still […]

Wavertree at Caddell Dry Dock 6

Here were the previous posts, the last one being in April.  On June 11, I took the photo below, and since then had not been back until yesterday. Note how far along the Bayonne Bridge was on that date, as well x Here’s a closer up of the rigging on June 11. Now let’s jump forward […]