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Cable Queen

Many thanks to Brad Ickes, who recently contacted me with some info about this vessel shown above, a one-0ff launched at Luders Shipyard in Stamford in 1952, their first ever steel vessel.    Like me, you may have seen her–seemingly always docked just west of the Moran building on the KVK.   Note the large […]

Cable Regents

Soon I hope the sixth boro will see more of Cable Queen, a vintage vessel with staying power, workability beyond the half century mark.  We saw Giulio Verne, an updated version of the Cable Queen here three and a half years ago.    So what’s this? Nexus‘ mission is to lay cable/pipe, especially in wind farms applications, an enterprise […]

Other Peoples Photos 84

Timo Pajunen took this photo back in 2010.  Here are my questions for you:  whose livery?  what mission?  what was McArthur‘s original mission?  I’ll answer at the end of the post. Charles Ritchie took this.  Hawk YTL-153 has fine pedigree:   in 1941, she was built and launched in Pearl Harbor and was present during the […]

Other Peoples Photos 83

This series I use to feature others’ photos that are different from what I typically shoot, different in either location or perspective or subject.  I am very grateful to you, readers,  when you send these photos in. David Silver sent this in just yesterday, taken in Norfolk. Down in Norfolk, Mike Vinik and Rhino had […]

Thomas J. Brown 2

Thomas J. Brown came off the ways in 1962 as Thomas J. Brown.  Here‘s part 1 of this post, from almost a decade ago, and here are many photos since . . . 1962 is the same vintage as this truck, then newly arrived as a grounds truck for a Queens cemetery.  John Glenn went […]

Retro Sixth Boro 21

I have represented these “retro” posts as a slice of the sixth boro exactly a decade ago, but it more like  . . . what in the boro caught my attention.  So welcome back to December 2009, as seen from today, December 2019, taking advantage of 20/20 hindsight.  And, to digress, I’ll bet the term […]

Port Richmond

November, port month on tugster, ends here, making this GHP&W 30.  Here’s how the month began.  One thing I learned putting together this post is that Port Richmond and Mariner’s Harbor appear not to share a border, at least according to the wikipedia map.  Between the western edge of Port Richmond and the eastern edge of […]

Views of Outerbridge

Answer to yesterday’s TugsterTeaser:  that BIG tall ship is NOT Peking, which didn’t arrive in the sixth boro until late 1975. Answer is Moshulu, mentioned in the wikipedia site, although if you look at the Moshulu site, it appears she went directly from Finland to Philadelphia.  Does anyone remember how long she stayed at South […]

Postively Posterior

Lord Byron’s poem “She walks in Beauty” might eventually be parodied  rather updated in this post.  If you’ll click on this link, you’ll get the entire poem AND a Botticelli Venus.  I admit I had a long discussion with Botticelli about this work while he was creating it:  have her turn around, I pleaded.  Oh […]

From the Line Locker 9

I last used this title a half year ago.  I claim no relationship between the fotos other than they were all taken on the sixth boro within the past week or so. First, a poor quality but intriguing foto of MSC Aniello, a container ship, bound for sea with nary a container above the deck.  […]