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Retro 2014 Waterford Tugboat Roundup

2014 was the year I was working on Urger.  Here she’s tied up above lock E-2 while Bejamin Elliot steams by, downbound. Some time later we’d all steamed down to Albany, here (l to r), it’s a Lord Nelson Victory tug yacht, a tender, and C. L. Churchill, a 1964 boat built in Cohasset MA.  […]

Sarah Dann and 38

Excuse the duplication here, but since this was a long voyage, I’ll repeat some of the early shots and add new ones farther down the page.  A Great Lakes mariner took this is Manitowoc on May 29.  Jeremy Whitman got these as the tow left Manitowoc on May 30.   Jake Van Reenen got this […]

Bonnie Frogma Will Be Missed

She always smiled, even while she explored  . . . and she explored a lot, and invited others in. Here‘s the first post of Bonnie’s I ever read, in which she recognizes a “Hudson River gentleman.” Here‘s Bonnie’s post from September 11, 2006, in which she reflects on getting a second chance just five years […]

Retro Sixth Boro 40 B

Today the sixth boro and environs face Henri, whose story is yet to be told.  August 26, 2011 . . . I was at the Staten Island Ferry terminal, and these Hurricane Irene signs were up.  When Irene’s story was told, it had done unusual damage upstate far from salt water;  here’s more.  Some repairs […]

Last 24 Hours to Bid

I’ll return to the Erie Canal tomorrow, but for now . . . the clock is ticking louder. In exactly 24 hours, Grouper will thaw out;  a new owner, the person with the highest bid, will be acclaimed.  I’ve been following the fate of this boat in Wayne County for so many years that I […]

Sixth Boro Mystery

With apologies to folks who aren’t familiar with the sixth boro, here’s a puzzler.  If you have been around here for decades, there’s an enormous clue in the second photo.  The question . . . where it this? The two photos come from Jim Murray, retired FDNY and a tremendous asset when Gary Kane and […]

Port Colborne Pics 3

Let’s call this Fednav’s B-class . . . Federal Biscay is one of six in that class, all built in 2015 by Oshima.   She’s upbound to load, possibly grain for export.  To get a sense of her recent itineraries, click here and scroll. As a non-US/Canadian vessel, she needs to carry a pilot the […]

Port Colborne Pics 6

What I noticed first about Johanna G is the cranes. Never have I seen cranes that stripped of recent paint.  Maybe rust-busting is happening as we speak, but   new coating of paint –IMHO– should be applied soon.  See a photo of her possibly new and with blue/gray cranes here. As of this posting, she’s […]

Seaway Maid and Fort Plain

Here’s an expanded view of a photo from yesterday’s post here.   What you see in the distance is bridge inspection unit, 2018. The small tug is Seaway Maid, and it’s hard to believe I’m posting a photo of it today for only the first time.  Last year this bridge inspection unit was moved through […]

Port Colborne Pics 4

At this point in my life, I have a solid list of projects yet to undertake.  One of those is scratch-building a ship or boat model.  Nothing screams “build me” more than this classic laker style.  Enjoy a lot of photos here, curvaceous details to render in a model. Like the dead ship Paul H. […]