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East River Catch Up 1

Tugster is on an extended trip, so the robots have scheduled these posts.  Later in May, I will get back to Barge Canal-era photos from the Canal Society.  I’ve taken a break from that series to “catch up.”  Next I’ll alternate in posts using photos thanks to Pete Ludlow, whose aerie high above the East […]

Kurt J. Crosby!

She’s not young, but if this info is to be believed, she’s 147′ x 50′ x 16′ max draft and powered by three engines totaling 16,500 hp and can carry $829,321.70 of fuel at current NJ prices!! !@#$ !@!!, she’s a big vessel,  as an understatement. she has much more than 16,500 hp attitude!  And […]

Retro Sixth Boro 57

All these photos were taken in the second half of January 2013.  This 1973 livestock carrier Falconia was in the Brooklyn Navy Yard getting some work done.  I’d love to see a cargo layout for the vessel.  Also, just back from the foremast, those are large bales of either hay or straw for the livestock.  […]

Random Ships 82

What’s visible for now is Pegasus and Maersk Seletar, but behind the container ship and soon to emerge is Mukaddes Kalkavan.  A few hours later, I saw Seletar doing 22 kts heading south along the Jersey coast.  Seletar is an area in Singapore. Ava escorts Mukaddes Kalkavan into the port from the starboard bow. Scot […]

Nautic Narrows News 2

OK, I know today is blue skies and clear air, but yesterday I stood in the rain at the Narrows waiting for an exotic vessel that I knew wouldn’t arrive for a while.  But around virtual sunrise . . . virtual because the sun never rose or set all day . . . this was […]

Other Peoples Photos 72

Many thanks to Robert Simko and Lee Gruzen for sending me some photos and lots of questions yesterday morning. This large gray vessel–SS Cape Avinoff (AK-5013)–arrived under tow from, I believe, National Defense Reserve Fleet on the James River, where it has been used for training. As SS Cape Avinoff is moved stern first closer […]

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 […]

Thanks to Steve Munoz 18

This batch of photos is from 1958 from Steve, who has shared photos for at least 17 posts, and maybe more. I’m grateful Steve provides the captioning, because I was in second grade at the time.  Steve explains:  “I was just over 10 years old, and although being brought up on the water on my […]

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 […]

Dead Ship 2

Jake Van Reenen captured this procession yesterday on the upstream end of the Thousand Islands.  The photos are not bright, but that’s appropriate for a trip of this sort. The you see a ship with towlines fore and aft and new paint splotches that appear to be covering something . . . it means only […]