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Browns 2

Thomas J. Brown and Sons Inc. has been a marine towing enterprise in the sixth boro since 1927.  Their boats are busy and always very attractive. More than a decade ago I first used this title. Thomas J. Brown, the oldest current boat, is a classic. Joyce D. Brown, the most powerful current boat, is […]

James E. Brown

Happy winter! The photo below is from July 2015, and it’s how and where I expect to see James E. Brown. So you can imagine how surprised I was to see James E. yesterday where I did, so join me in the experience.  I had to squint to understand this, squint and wait.  At first I […]

Thomas J. Brown

Wondering what didn’t fit in this shot? Towing on short hawser made to starboard bitt of scow, a small tug with classy lines makes its way eastbound on the KVK with a sizeable tow. It’s Thomas J. Brown, something unusual in the sixth boro: a family-business that since its creation in the unpromising year of […]

Browns

A day in the life of a John P. Brown crew is nicely chronicled in this essay by John Soltes published last year in the Brooklyn Rail. Next to the John P. is the smaller Thomas J. Brown. Check out Fred’s Tug44 foto of Thomas J. here.

Weather 13

Melville explains Ishmael’s signing onto the whaling ship as related to that damp, drizzly November in [Ishmael’s] soul, but this series shows that a windy, dark October can trigger running away too.  I’m thrilled that today’s forecast calls for sunshine, and some reason for optimism.  Here are previous weather posts. A few days ago we […]

Other Peoples Photos 77

With momentum gaining for more offshore wind farms, a raft of seldom-seen type vessels make port calls in the sixth boro.  This photo from Tony Acabono is an excellent example:  Geosea is not new, but she’s surely exotic. Another from Tony, Berto L. Miller is new in town, joining two other Miller OSVs sometimes here, […]

Really Random Tugs 45

Here are all the previous installments of this series. Glenn Raymo caught this photo up the Hudson the other day, as Joker assisted a Weeks crane.  Hays tugs do come up here occasionally, but I’ve never seen them. Back almost exactly six years ago, the same boat headed upriver as a dead ship.  And eight […]

Pairs in Springtime 8

A confusing pic? This is more clearly Capt. Brian A. and Eric, the two newest McAllisters in the boro, bringing up the stern of Gerd Maersk. Much less similar, Ellen and Patrice here work the bow of an outbound tanker. That top photo may be confusing as the ninth photo here is.  So let me […]

Random Tugs 252

Resolute rotates into the sixth boro now and again;  her truly best and bushiest fendering make her a welcome sight whenever.  I believe this is the last time I saw her here almost two years ago. Janet D first appeared on this blog here, three years ago.  And here’s something I never realized (or if […]

NYNJ Rail LLC

The Browns tugs do a lot of different jobs, and who knows where James E. was headed this morning a few days ago, but one of their regular runs is with the car float moving rail cars for the operation now down as the NYNJRR, the last application of what used to be very common […]