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Go Roundabout West

Almost seven years ago, I posted Go West, the announcement of my employment as onboard lecturer for Blount Small Ships Adventures.  Dozens of posts followed between that date and fall 2019.  Here’s my Go West at start of 2017 post.  Then Covid-19 happened, and Blount decided to close their passenger vessel excursion business in spring […]

Go West Again

Here’s a quick post to alert you that several days may go by without word or photo from tugster.  I’m repeating a trip I made last year from Warren RI to Chicago IL via the Erie Canal and other great American and Canadian waterways. If you missed it, you might check out last year’s posts […]

Grouper “What If” Files

Grouper . . . that’s likely a quite familiar name to anyone who’s followed this blog a while, given all the posts dedicated to this 1912 vessel that’s spent two decades or so not far from where I grew up, 350 miles away from the sixth boro, which she intended to transit but was prevented […]

LL Cleveland to Mackinac

Onward we go, even if I’ve lagged a bit behind our actual wake.  I’ll reprise this account to fill in after I’m back on shore and enjoying fast  . . . everything.  It was after 2000 that we passed the water intake on Wednesday. Ten minutes later the sun touched the waters to the west. […]

Chicago Bound 1

 i.e., CB.  I’m writing this on the 8th . . .  my first encounter with serious wifi. After today, I might not have wifi again for a spell.   Last year I posted about this trip under the title GWA.  Two years ago it was Go West. Let me post some highlights from August 1 […]

Something Different 72

Twas the day before Thanksgiving, and the Port ‘Liz had ships aplenty,  but the very next day it was almost empty.   In a different part of the US, TS Empire State, which just two months ago was alive and lurking beneath Throgs Neck bridge, has delivered itself to the breakers in Brownsville.  Heading back to […]

Out of the Bayou 4

Before you read this post, you might enjoy studying a Google map satellite view of the area between Port of Iberia and Atchafalaya Bay, about 80 miles away.  Locate Lafayette and then zoom in and go to the SE.  Bays, islands, bayous, and lakes abound.  Soon after we made the eastbound turn onto the GICW, […]

Retro Sixth Boro 48B

Let’s go back a decade.  Then MSC Emma was on the west coast of Bayonne leaving town; now she’s on the west coast of Central America, leaving Lazaro Cardenas for Panama. Above she was assisted by Gramma Lee T [now in Norfolk] and Margaret and setting up for the turn from Newark Bay into the […]

J. Arnold Witte

I’d hoped to catch this boat in the NYS Canals, but . . .   Going by the adage of  . . “if the mountain fails to come to you, you go . . .”  here’s this. Sneak preview then of J. Arnold Witte, taken yesterday on my way west. The first boat by this […]

USS Nemo

As you read this, I’m west of the Mississippi following the muddy tributary of the muddy Mississip, but I thought I’d remotely set signals to go up.  Here’s a WW2 story that intersects the sixth boro in a way I’d never heard . .  .  the Chicago museum I and most of you know as […]