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Brendan Turecamo and Marjorie B McAllister

These two boats have a lot in common:  built a year apart in the same shipyard and more. Without being aboard, I’d say they were products of the same designed and may appear to be twins,  A surprising feature they share is the telescoping upper wheelhouse that allows visibility when needed.   I say they […]

Random Tugs 341

A quick post today, since I’ll spend most of the day without computer, signal, or free time.  The varied and unsettled weather of the recent weeks is evident here as well, the diverse days of summer. Here are some of the usual workhorses or work oxen of the port. Brendan Turecamo,  Normandy, and Evening Breeze […]

Thalassa Pistis

Is this a miniature replica of a tugboat posed beside a green wall? Not really.  But besides ULCVs like Thalassa Pistis (sea of faith?), even 100′ x 40′ tugboats seem to shrink.   Enlarge this photo and you’ll see the folks here heading out to fish implausibly turn their backs to the huge ship not […]

Random Tugs 338

To highlight the variety, this post will focus on size, horsepower, and age. Matthew Tibbetts, 1969, 92′ x 27′, 2000 hp.  All numbers rounded up if  .5 or more. Brendan Turecamo, 1975, 107′ x 32′, 3900. Crystal Cutler, 2010, 67′ x 26′, 1500. Bruce A. McAllister, 1974, 112′ x 30′, 4000. C.F. Campbell, 1975, 100′ […]

Retro Sixth Boro 38 A

It’s June, and I’m starting my 176th month doing tugster.  Wow!  how many hours might I have put into this now?  June 2011 saw some interesting sailboats and boats.  This post mentions only a few and covers the first half of the month. The Dyna-rigged Maltese Falcon was in town, sailing at 20 kts across […]

Random Tugs 337

Because the name and focus of this blog is tugster, you’d expect to see a lot of tugboats, both within the confines of New York harbor, aka the REAL sixth boro, and I hope you are satisfied that you find a plethora of tugboats in installments of this blog.  So here’s Random Tugs #337, post […]

KVK Concatenation 2

Where’s there’s a “1”, a “2” must follow, right?  Let’s start with Brendan Turecamo on the starboard side of APL Dublin. Enter a Maersk ship with Bruce tendering the port side. APL Dublin has Kirby on the stern. Gerda has Capt. Brian A. on her stern, and Patrice and Ava.  That makes a total of […]

KVK Dawn 6

Steve Munoz took the first three photos in October 1986 from Borenquin.  The tug identified as Kathryne E. McAllister appears to be the one from 1975, now known as Brendan Turecamo.  Borenquin lived many lives between launching in Vancouver WA in 1945 and scrapping in Beihei CH (near the northeastern border of Vietnam) in 1989. […]

Spring Morning Hour 4

FB won’t display a preview photo because I made them full size.  Oh well. Picking up from yesterday, Kimberly released her line on the lower recessed bitt of MSC Bilbao and spun around to head back home.  Jonathan C goes to retrieve the docking pilot. Victoria Highway comes in . . . . Life saving […]

Random Tankers 5

How about a random sample, as the title says.  Afrodite, launched 2005, and dwt of 53k.  I believe that was Normandy arriving.  Usma, not US Military Academy because that’s at West Point NY, but a 2007 tanker with a dwt of 53k. Seameridian, 2001 and right around 50k. Seaenvoy, same fleet as Meridian, but launched […]