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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 […]

Random Tugs 343

Marjorie B. McAllister is one of those tugs that confused me when I first started paying attention.  Below the house is down, and and here the hydraulics have raised it up to look over Bulkmaster. Ava M. McAllister‘s elegant lines are shown off as she assists a tanker to the Arthur Kill. Cohoes on the […]

Random Tankers 7

Elli, built in 2010 and with 113k capacity, gets an assist out of the berth from Ellen McAllister. Kimberly and Brendan assist STI Finchley,  2014 and 38k, out of a dock, and  and Ginga Cougar, 2005 and 26k, heads into that same dock. See the blurry name above, and somewhat blurry below? I’d seen it […]

ICW Tugs May 2017* B

Norfolk and its estuary constitute a major US seaport, so let’s linger here for this post.  I’ve been there three times, and only once was it clear. Besides military docks, it has a number of terminals.  for this latter, here‘s a schedule;  Notice it shows CMA CGM Marco Polo arriving here at 1300 on May […]

Retro Sixth Boro 36

April 1, 2011 … and this was not a joke.  More on this distressed vessel at the end of this post. McCormack Boys and Turecamo Girls with Barney Turecamo.  All three are still working in the same liveries, I believe. Long Island-built Escort was phased out as a certain coal-fired power plant shut down.  She’s […]

Really Random Tugs 47

Location 1?  Do you know this tug? Location 2.  Tug Rachel is with this unusual looking cargo ship, Lihue. Viking pushes southbound past Castle Rock and Comet northbound along the Hudson River. Near the west end of the East River, it’s C. Angelo and near the east end, it’s Navigator with GT Bulkmaster heading west […]

Random Tugs 323

Enjoy more late afternoon photos here . . .  like Alexandra, passing in front of a number of cranes, both on the water, near the water, and atop buildings. Ava transits the Con Hook Range, with three East River bridges in the background. Miriam heads in the direction of the Bayonne Bridge, with two Arthur […]

Random Tugs 318

Name that tug?  She’s 91.5′ x 26.8′ and used to be called Traveller.  Answer follows. Part of a defacto ghost fleet around the sixth boro, it’s J. George Betz, and mostly invisible beyond, Rhea I. Bouchard. J. George is longer, stronger, and newer. Also in the dry dock a week or so back, it’s Emily […]