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Cornell at Dawn

Put Cornell into the search box and you’ll see how many posts I’ve done on this 1950 Long Island-built vessel.  I even wrote an article for Professional Mariner.  Click here for more info on Cornell. But this post just raises a question . . .if the sunrises over a calm East River and no one is […]

Happy Happy Birthday Cornell

In reference to the rescue Sunday, Captain Matt Perricone of Cornell says,  “I would hope that this would be something any good mariner would do.” Read the rest of Paul Kirby’s report from Daily Freeman here. It’s a very happy but pensive  birthday for Tugboat Cornell and crew, I’m sure.  See more media links below. […]

Really Random Tugs 44

First, from Kyle Stubbs, three Vane tugs  (Elizabeth Anne, Hudson, and Delaware alongside DoubleSkin 501) which would not be that unusual on this blog, except he took the photo in Seattle over by Terminal 5.  Click here for previous photos from Kyle. Leaping south to the Mexican port of Manzanillo–north of Lazaro Cardenas–it’s VB Yucatan, […]

Random Tugs 230

It’s Cornell, westbound under the Bayonne Bridge.  Now that’s a sight not often seen.  Cornell (1949) occupies a niche likely quite unexpected, as documented here.  In this post (scroll), you see Cornell in 1978!  Hear her inimitable whistles (wait for it) here. Ivory Coast has truly an unusual name, but I’d never call her Côte d’Ivoire.  That’s […]

Random Tugs 224

What does a 70+ degree temperature day in February in the sixth boro look like?  Well . . . see for yourself.  Cornell light and likely back from a TOAR training, rafts up to Mary Whalen in Atlantic Basin. Along the Brooklyn shore, there was Genesis Glory with GM11105. Brooklyn–ex-Labrador Sea–light was headed for the […]

Thanks to Marc Piché

Marc Piché has photos of St. Lawrence shipping in all seasons, and truth be told, I haven’t had time to look through all these 22,000 + shots, but I will. Ocean A. Simard recently assisted in getting the last ships out of the Seaway before the end of the season. Ocean Echo II has appeared […]

Thanks to Paul Strubeck 4

Here are previous posts in this series, and here’s probably the most dramatic set of photos ever from Paul, taken January seven years ago. Below, that’s the view of the mouth of the Rondout . . . . and the light at the end of the north breakwater, which looks so beautiful here. Here’s a view along […]

GWA1: Narragansett Bay to the Sixth Boro

GWA stands “go[ing] west again,”  the next set of posts all attempting to catch myself and maybe you up, if you’re following along, with random and I hope interesting photos from the past almost three weeks.  I realize that catching up is impossible, and in this case while I had vacated the sixth boro, big […]

Helen L. Tracy

A month or so ago, I talked with Don Lake, who wanted to tell me some family history, which I transcribe here:  “My family has been on tugs for many years, beginning with my grandfather, Captain James Lake, who began his career as a young boy on Rondout Creek, NY, in the late 1800s and […]

Sixth Boro Fifth Dimension Search

Sixth boro fifth dimension posts are about vintage NYC harbor shipping culture photos.  This very welcome photo I received from frequent commenter/researcher William Lafferty.  This should be an easy question for many of you:  where was this photo taken? Here’s what William says about the photo above:  “You don’t see classic New York harbor steam […]