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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. […]

Retro Sixth Boro (and beyond) 33

2011 began in Charleston, a great place to welcome a new year.  Strolling around, I encounter the 1962 75′ buoy tender Anvil, 75301, here made up to CGB68013.  In the background, that’s cutter Cormorant or Chinook. Heading farther north a day or two later, it’s Hoss, sister of Patricia, and now habitat for fish and […]

M is for Merry 2

Those look like icicles, and beyond the icicled railing, that’s certainly a wreath decorated with CFR § 83.33 signalling device . . . aka bell.  And are those partial candy canes way in the distance? And a Christmas . .  as well as all-year round star! Seen from a different perspective, I think this is […]

Random Ships 86

This is “restricted visibility,” and as you can imagine, lots of fog horn blasts were sounded.  An alternative explanation is that APL Dublin just folds herself into another dimension.  The ship was launched in 2012. Believe it or not, the vessel below is also APL Dublin, photo taken about 10 minutes earlier in a less […]

Retro 2013 Waterford Tugboat Roundup

An omen of the future . . . in 2013, Urger was laid up, sans her problematic prop shaft.  Here she’s nez-a-nez with Day Peckinpaugh. Gowanus Bay was looking good. NYS Marine Highway was well represented, as always.  And following two of the four NYS Marine Highway boats there was Cornell, Frances and Margot‘s senior […]

Retro 2012 Waterford Tugboat Roundup

The 2010 post had a photo from 2009, so let me start this one with one from 2010.  This photo made the cover of a NYS Restoration publication devoted to boats, but I lent my copy to someone and it’s never returned.  If you know the publication, please let me know. OK, let’s see one […]

A Lost Jakobson

For the source of these two photos, click on the second photo, the frontal view of Lumberman.  For a thorough history of the vessel, click here. Arthur Hamilton sent me this article from yesterday’s Juneau Empire about this September 1941 Jakobson of Oyster Bay tugboat built as Dauntless No. 15. What’s clear is that plans […]

Review: Tales from a Tugboat Captain

Take all the photos you like, but if you just sit on a dock by the bay watching the ships roll in and out, you’ll only know so much and nothing more.  If you suspected I was hinting at something in yesterday’s post, it was this review. If you want to know more about working […]

East River Tow

Tech astounds me . . . yesterday morning I got an email from a New Yorker in the UK telling about this event;  tugs are already under way, he said. I missed the first tug but arrived in time for Liz Vinik, shown here in classic NY context as well as state-of-the-art architecture. Following Liz […]