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Splash!

That’s what I’m doing, preferably feeling the water but inside the ship today.  Below, W. O. Decker handles the whitewater created by boats in a recent race with at least 10 times Decker‘s horsepower. As seen from the Bayonne Bridge walkway, Quenames displaces a fair amount of water, surrounding itself with froth. Fireboat water in […]

Retro Sixth Boro 46 A

It’s time for a February installment of “retro sixth boro,” a glance back at some of the boats working in New York harbor exactly a decade ago.  Cheyenne was still here, pushing a scow out the east end of the KVK. I’m not sure the 61′ x 22′  1970 Salvage Master is still in the […]

Retro Sixth Boro 45 B

Let’s have another look at photos in the sixth boro during the first month of 2012.  It was a snowy day that I caught Cheyenne and Franklin Reinauer. Cheyenne is now in Wisconsin, for sale, and Franklin is still in this boro. Thomas Dann had a crane barge over alongside New Century.  Thomas Dann had […]

Retro Sixth Boro 49A

Let’s jump back to May 2012.  Over along the Manhattan side of the East River then, I caught this scene.  Since then, there’s been some movement:   Peking to Germany,  Marion M to the Chesapeake,  Helen McAllister to  . . . rebirth as new steel. Cheyenne has migrated to the Lake Michigan for now. Twin […]

Tugboat Roundup 2007-2010

I first went to the Roundup in 2007.  Here are some photos. National as for sale that year.  W. O. Decker is an almost-regular attendee.  Cheyenne, also a regular, was red then.  Since it’s currently working out of Wisconsin, I doubt she’ll ever be back. Here are some photos from 2007:  fleetmates Margot and Benjamin […]

Retro Sixth Boro NYC Tugboat Races 6

It’s hard to believe, but I’ve not been to the Great North River Tugboat Race since 2014, but in normal times, September 5 would see the next race.  But we’ve dispensed with the “normal times” concept for the time being. In selecting the batch for this post, I wanted splash, froth, bubbles, and the effervescence […]

Really Random Tugs 46

Happy 4th of July.  Here’s some sixth boro, some heartland, and some Pacific Northwest.  Here‘s the series. But let’s start with Robert IV, a workhorse who last appeared in this blog here. Hundreds of Cheyenne photos have appeared on this blog, showing her in a range of colors and trims; this photo was taken last week […]

Other Peoples Photos 82

After a number of “misfires” this past week, I’ve made some changes. To inaugurate these new protocols, I’m pleased to share photos you’ve sent in. First, from Great Lakes Mariner, a few photos of Cheyenne in her new Lake Michigan waters.  These photos were taken in Manitowoc, which some of you will recognize from the […]

Oceania Tugs 1

It’s freezing in the sixth boro, so let’s go somewhere warm.   With temperatures comfortable for summer, I’ll bet the engine room of the 1907 steamer Lyttleton would feel great.  Book your tickets here, but first book your air tickets wherever you get the best deal. Slightly newer, the 1960 Pacific Way continues to be […]

Virtual Erie Canal 10: Three Locks to Lake Ontario

The Oswego River is the second largest river flowing into Lake Ontario, but it feels in places like a stream.  I don’t have to tell you what the largest river into Ontario is, I hope. If you study the east bank, lots of traces of the original 1828 Oswego Canal, a verdant mudbank and even […]