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Other Peoples Photos 89

Many thanks to Trucker Tim Powell for sending along these photos taken in Superior WI back in May 2008.  She was launched in 1944 as ST 7067, later transferred to the USACE.  Given the timing, Forney had already changed owners and would soon be painted in Heritage Marine’s gold livery, and renamed Edward H. She […]

Other Peoples Photos 87

First,  the numbers, as Kai Ryssdal would say on NPR’s Marketplace show.  The numbers I’m referring to are the bids on Grouper yesterday.  At 0600 yesterday, high bid was $150. That lasted until just after noon. By 1300, high bid was $420. More than 60 bids (out of a total of 104) were tendered in […]

Something Different 67 B

Part A was  here.  Here is the start of the actual trip on the Integrated Tug Barge (ITB) that led to this blog. Giant pusher tugs like the ITB Major Vangu were sometimes referred to as K-boats, because they ran between key river cities of Kinshasa and Kisangani. Waterfalls above Kisangani and below Kinshasa blocked […]

CB 2019 J

Gott passed just south of Detroit, so let’s pick up the journey there. On their way to Tall Ships Erie, Niagara above and Denis Sullivan below down bound under bare poles. At a steel plant, Herbert C. Jackson offloads coal. CSL Baie Comeau heads down bound. Bushey tug transplanted to fresh waters, it’s Cheyenne reinventing […]

Random Tugs 265

A few weeks ago I posted photos erroneously identified as Dorothy J, even though plain as day Robert IV was on the bow.   That’s called distraction.  But the photo below, plain as day, is Dorothy J.  Here was Dorothy J on a foggy morning upriver almost two years ago. Plain as day again . . […]

Ice 7

Twin Cities tug North Carolina (1952)  breaking ice.  Next two photo thanks to Paul Scinocca on FB.    As I said yesterday, fresh water reacts differenttly than salt water to extreme temperatures. American Mariner in Twin Cities Ports (Duluth MN and Superior WI)  harbor on what has to be the last run of the season.  Thanks […]

Cheyenne 2

Here was the first post with this title, from almost 9 years ago!  But for the first image of Cheyenne, I can go back to February 2007 here. Anyhow, less than a half hour after leaving the dock in Port Newark, she rounds the bend near Shooters Island, departs the modified Bayonne Bridge, exits the […]

Margot 2

If Margot were a fish, I guess you’d classify her as catadromous, sort of.  And no tug that I’ve followed has switched between salt (where she was launched) and fresh (where she frequents as a working niche) water as often as Margot does.   Last week she was sixth boro bound and exiting the low side of lock […]

Canal Myths

Some of you who write . . . yes, the fresh water canal might not be as exhilarating as posts about saltwater vessels and power assist tugs, but here is a good story:  hat’s off to Antonio Varracalli, a canal worker who died saving a life.  Then, Antonio’s name gets forgotten when–three decades later–someone writes […]

Stormy Aftermath 6

(Doubleclick enlarges these again!! I’ll go back when I can and correct the “display setting” for the past few days.) Thirty-six or so days after surging sixth boro waters tossed this “mothballed” tanker onto the shoreline at Clifton, Staten Island, efforts appear to be preparing to move it off. Crews have been assessing the condition […]