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People on the Boro 29

Thirty years ago the pose below did not exist.  From a long way off, I recognized what he was doing, and given the location, he made sure WTC and other points of the skyline made the background. Here too, the deckhand on Ava M. conveys clearly that he’s waiting for the messenger line to come […]

Random Tugs 330

Here’s an extraordinarily busy photo;  Nicole Leigh is about to ease right around Shooters.  Beyond that tug, a half dozen or so more tugboats, an antenna, a bridge, a refinery, steam . . . Gulf Coast waits in front of a 12-pack of IMTT silos. Navigator continues shuttling around, moving fuel. Buchanan 5 is not […]

Random Tugs 329

Sea Fox as a cold front moves across the Upper Bay. Mary Turecamo off to the next job. Dorothy J returns from an assist.  I’ve lots more photos of the assist to post soon. Joyce and James eastbound in the KVK to start the work day. Dean Reinauer heads over to fuel up. Kings Point […]

Dorothy J* and Oil Barge No. 6

This is a long-overdue post:  Dorothy J Robert IV has frequently appeared on this blog, but never had a post devoted to her.  And then there’s the generic-sounding Oil Barge No. 6;  I’ve often noticed that by the St George Ferry Terminal, yet I’ve not even taken a photo of it in too many years for […]

Pilot Boat No. 1 May 2020 Update

See the exciting announcement at the end of this post. Sunday I got word thanks to Shipshooter–Jonathan Atkin–that the pilot boat-to-be would be moving from Caddell’s back to the Sandy Hook Pilots (SHP) base on Monday morning right around sunrise.  Pilot boat-to-be?  There’s still much work to do before she enters service.  And at 0626, […]

Sixth Boro Sampler 2

Some harbors are more varied than others.  I’m happy to call the sixth boro home for now.  I’d never expect to see Emma Miller come in from “sea” or even in through the Narrows. The weather is quite variable as well.  In a singularly unpleasant day, MSC Alicante,  Ziyou ( a Tayana 37??), and a […]

From the Line Locker 27

Here’s a photo from a friend who works for a naval architecture firm.  Guess the function of the completed vessel below. Here’s a rendering. To the gentleman from New Zealand from the William C. Daldy Preservation Society who recently inquired about functioning steam tugboats in the US, I can’t think of any.  Can any reader […]

Random Tugs 265

A few weeks ago I posted photos erroneously identified as Dorothy J, even though plain as day Robert IV was on the bow.   That’s called distraction.  But the photo below, plain as day, is Dorothy J.  Here was Dorothy J on a foggy morning upriver almost two years ago. Plain as day again . . […]

Random Tugs 300 Extension

I found it hard to move on from the #300 mile marker, so let me offer up another set, with some of your generous contributions. Thanks to John “Jed” Jedrlinic, two tugboats from Tahiti, Aito Nui and Aito Nui II.   My machine translator tells me the name means “champions of the universe.” Aito Nui, […]

Random Tugs 231

Let’s start out at Little Falls NY, above Lock E-17, where Jay Bee V had just departed and was now delivering the Glass Barge to the wall there.  Notice C. L. Churchill along the left edge of the photo. Here above Lock C-7, it’s Margot. On the Hudson River, tis is my first closeup view […]