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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 […]

Government Boats 48

I’ve posted photos of USS Little Rock on this blog last winter, when it was frozen rock hard into the Montreal winter.  Its lines helped me identify these vessels some weeks back as I was driving along the eastern shore of Wisconsin, where I had stopped to see what was in the Marinette Marine yard; […]

Random Tugs 228

By the numbers today, Daisy Mae,  launched in late 2017 and generating 3200 hp. Joyce D. Brown, built 2002 and 2600 hp. Matthew Tibbetts, 1969 and 2000. James E. Brown, 2015 and 1000. Dean Reinauer, 2013 and 4260. Andrea, 1999 and 3000. Elizabeth McAllister, 1967 and 4000. Ellen McAllister, also 1967 and 4000. Kimberley Turecamo, […]

Boxes on Ships

This is the time of year when boxes are moving every which way on land.  Delivery drivers for companies like FedEx and UPS work even longer hours on dark streets, especially here in the north.  Click here for a graph of global container ship capacity in seaborne trade since 1980.  How many containers exist worldwide? […]

Random Tugs 205

And random perspectives, like this of James E. Brown approaching the W’burg Bridge, whose namesake was an engineer you’d never guess.   Yes, that’s Manhattan. Marty C is a Weeks tug I’ve never heard of, here assisting Weeks 500 modify shoreline. If you’re wondering, you’re looking into the Bronx.   And finally, with queens in […]

Really Random Tugs 39

Here’s a new look in ship-assist boats.  Can you tell what else is unconventional? More on the design later in the post. This is a classic design in freshwater tugs.  And this particular boat you’ve seen in a number of posts on this blog in 2016, if you’re a faithful reader.  It’s in these. I’ve […]

Random Ships 56

The top photo here comes from Brian Thigpen.  Last Monday, the first 13000 teu container ship–OOCL Berlin— entered port, and I missed it.  Bravo to Brian for photographing it.  I suspect soon the 14000 teu and then subsequent records will be set. Escort visible here is Eric McAllister, I think. With larger ships, escort procedures […]

Western Superior Tugboats

Let’s start with the grande dame . . . Edna G, on the land side of the loading dock in Two Harbors MN.  Guess her year of build? Two Harbors is about 30 miles NE of Duluth. Click here for more info. Nancy J, at the same ore dock, dates from 1964, but I know […]