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Bouchard 2

This post follows on one I did seven and a half years ago, here. The first photo–Donna J. with B. No. 272— comes thanks to Jed, whose Caribbean tugs you may recently have seen here.   Donna J. is moved by two EMD R20-710G7C-T3 generating 10,000 hp.  Also notable is her fuel capacity of 301,504 gallons […]

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 351

The red upper wheelhouse is no more, although I’m not certain what new paint scheme will evolve, or when Evening Star will become Jordan Rose, as Evening Breeze became Susan Rose.  Follow this transformation we will. Ellen transformed from Navy gray to McAllister colors 20 years ago. Atlantic Salvor has worn Donjon blue–almost the same […]

Something Different 64

If I knew then (pick a date in the past) what I know now, I’d do things differently.  This is a universal story involving 20/20 hindsight.  In this specific case, I’d have used the tag “Great Loop” whenever it would have applied.  In less than a short nine minutes, you can meet an unforgettable guy, […]

Retro Sixth Boro 41

These photos I took back in September 2011. This boat became Bouchard Boys and is now in Red Hook waiting to be repainted as Stasinos Boys.  She’s 100′ x 31′ and 3900 hp. North Sea has had many owners;  currently she’s Sause Brothers North Sea out of Portland OR.   She’s 120′ x 34′ vessel with […]

From the Line Locker 35

Ideas get thrown into the “line locker” aka “catch-all space in my brain” when I read and sort.  We all read different items in varying ways:  skim the news, scan for a reference number, word by word for meticulous directions . . . .  A friend describes himself as bouncing through life repeatedly attracted by […]

Retro Sixth Boro NYC Tugboat Races 6

It’s hard to believe, but I’ve not been to the Great North River Tugboat Race since 2014, but in normal times, September 5 would see the next race.  But we’ve dispensed with the “normal times” concept for the time being. In selecting the batch for this post, I wanted splash, froth, bubbles, and the effervescence […]

Random Tugs 348

Colonel came into town a week ago with the new ferry. Caitlin Ann has been here as long as I’ve been paying attention . . . although she had several names since then. James D and Ellen McAllister pin YM Width to the dock.  Jill Reinauer . . .  she’s been here from before tugster […]