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Fleetest Responders

The little-used adjective fleet is appropriate here.   And when something goes amiss in the diverse workplaces of the sixth boro, it’s great to have the fleetest responders there are. The amusement park on the beach in the background identifies the location as Coney Island.  In fact, the responders towed the vessel out to deeper water […]

Sweetest and Fleetest

When I wrote about Dorothy Elizabeth in July, I raved about her rebirth. If you didn’t read this article by Don Sutherland then, read it now for the fantastic story of ex-Gotham, ex-Christine Gellatly, and ex-Mobil 11. Last week I learned of the special equipment pictured below with white neckerchief, as photographed by Rich Johnsen. […]

Random Tugs 267

Frances heads out to earn some money on a rainy yesterday morning.  I’ve no idea what that red glow behind the Statue is. Lincoln Sea has worked on both coasts since I’ve been doing this blog, and like Frances, has kept the same name.  Click here to see her in my second ever blog post […]

NYC Tugboat Race 2015 . . . from the starting line

Since 2011, the Hymans have sent along photos of the race from the starting line.  Again this year, I have the pleasure to share them.    Here’s an orderly shuffle toward the starting blocks. Then the boats spin around and await the countdown. 3– 2– 1   Hit the horn and push the throttle! Happy Labor […]

NYC Tugboat Race 2014 b

Happy Labor Day.  And for most of these photos, I’m grateful to William Hyman, whose perspective was Pier I at 69-70th Street. The event starts with a parade . . . including a range of serious muscle.  That’s the gray Willard operating as New York Media Boat in the distance to the right. Even The Bronx […]

NYC Tugboat Race 2011 A

Here’s 2010, 2009, and 2008.  And here’s 2007, when I got the best race start foto but with a less good camera.  September 2006 predated the blog although I posted 2006 race fotos here, my third EVER post. Many thanks to Working Harbor Committee and all their volunteers and sponsors as well as to the […]

Tug Race Countdown 2

So if you’re not tied up with your labor on Labor Day Sunday, see you at the tug race.  It’s a festive waterfront event, where vessels that come to compete are the ones not engaged at that hour.  It’s part Labor Day picnic.  Here are the details. Will Sarah Ann be there? Or Laura K. […]

Tug Race 2009 Countdown

Click here to see posts for the week before the race in 2008. Below, and occupying the notch, Lincoln Sea, participant with all 8000 horses in the 2006 race here.  I don’t know if Lincoln Sea (ex-S/R Everett from 2000)will be free to compete next week. I don’t recall either Joan Moran (1975) or Gramma […]

Random Cargoes

Like Alice, the vessel below is a self-unloading bulker. Barkald‘s cargo varies: anything so long as it goes bulk. If you look at the top three fotos in this shipspotting link, you’ll see it could be salt, coal, ore, gypsum, cement, I’m not sure what cargo Barkald was transferring just south of Outerbridge on the […]

Steering

First you decide on a course. Or someone commands you to steer a course. Then, if you’re at the helm of 80-year-old tug Governor Cleveland, here’s what you act on, a conventional wheel.   If you’ve at the helm in the upper wheelhouse of Janice Ann Reinauer (see bottom foto at that link), you’ll steer […]