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Ellen McAllister 3 and More

Ellen McAllister first appeared on this blog almost 10 years ago here.  At the time I knew nothing about an entire category of navy tugs repurposed for civilian life.  Here were the two previous posts in this series. For a vessel that turns a half century this spring, to my outsider eyes, she’s as good as […]

Ellen McAllister 2

Here was Ellen 1, and (scroll through) here’s how I first saw her in our fair harbor, the sixth boro.   I’ve not tired of watching this boat work. Click here for fotos from earlier lives.  Speaking of earlier and then second lives, here and here are the two most recent “second lives” posts I’ve […]

Ellen McAllister

is a 45-year-old hottie.  Just look at the heat shimmer enveloping her. She first appeared here in 2007.   I’ve also referred to her “bucket fenders” aka training wheels here. This may be repetitive, but Ellen was built in 1966 and rebuilt in 2007. When watching assist tugs like Ellen, it’s hard for me to […]

Retro 27 Gallivant

Nothing says the Delaware River up around Philadelphia and Camden more distinctly than a group of Hays tugs, here Big Daddy, High Roller, and Purple Hays.  That’s the stern of Grape Ape to the left. No company, I gather, has had more fun naming their boats than the Hays Tug and Launch folks.   I hope […]

Random Tugs 287

It’s hard to believe that this title has come up 286 times before today, but here they all are.  And yet, I’m starting out with a photo of Ellen McAllister, who herself has appeared here hundreds of times, but never quite like this, heading into the  dawn and about to pass an unidentifiable Vane tugboat. […]

Random Tugs 285

Going through a backlog from “before” in late winter 2020  . . . a boat approached I didn’t recognize the profile of . . . William Brewster . . . 65′ x 22′ and built by Blount in 1983.  And in spite of the livery, it seems she’s a fleetmate of Helen Parker and Ava […]

Retro Sixth Boro 24 A

March 2020 has arrived, and when I brushed the cobwebs away from the March 2010 archives, I discovered I took a lot of interesting photos that month, enough to do two posts from the 2010 March set. Let’s start with the quirky Capt. Log, captained by the friendliest person I know in the sixth boro.  […]

Dense Traffic 2

Count the tugboats in this one shot . . .  six! And a seventh is obscured right behind the nearest.  And no, it was not part of the annual tugboat race.  From (l) to (r), it’s JRT Moran, Amy Moran, Stephen B, (and Ellen McAllister is obscured) then Genesis Eagle, Magothy with Double Skin 57, […]

Random Ships 77

Kodiak Island came in with salt and went out with scrap, which she’s taking to Turkey. St Paul came in escorted by Ellen McAllister.   SM Line is less than five years old, having risen from the ashes of Hanjin.  I’d not noticed them here before, but then again, some change is inconspicuous. Seatrade White […]

Random Tugs 279

Radar helps when you can’t see in the fog, but even on a clear day, you can’t see the crew operating this 2013 2000 hp tugboat, or its history . . . how it got to become a fixture in the sixth boro. Ditto this 1994 tug, operating with 3000 hp.  Here Kimberly Poling is […]