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Mystery Wreck

I recently received this image and note.  Maybe someone can identify this moment [many years ago] in an evolutionary process. “I was born on Staten Island and have had this untitled, undated, and uncredited photo for years. I believe it’s taken from the water on the Arthur Kill of an unconverted Moran steam tug. wondering […]

Random Tugs 355

Happy 31st, aka Halloween, World Savings Day, Day of Seven Billion, National Candy Apple Day, Annual visit a cemetery or graveyard day . . . and more.  If you need suggestions for a graveyard, consider this one.  And just yesterday, I learned of this one and this one.  Who knew?!!?  Want to revisit a tugster […]

Sixth Boro Fifth Dimension IS3

Here’s another photo shared by Ingrid Staats.  If you’ve been to this blog before, you recognize the bridge, but what are Vega and Altair you might wonder.  The ferries are aptly named, since they are two characters in a Chinese love story, Vega the weaver girl and Altair the cowherd. Here they operated within the […]

Meanwhile in the Sixth Boro 5

Here are previous posts in this series. See the guy paddling along on the recreational board  . . . ? Now you barely can on a blown-up portion of the same photo. Here I zoom in . . . but to the naked eye, he is invisible. I’m not opposed to the concept of enjoying […]

Thanks to William Lafferty

Many thanks to William Lafferty, who has things to teach me about research.  He sent along this Agfa black&white photo version of this photo below that I put up a few days ago . . .  Here’s what he writes:  ” the mystery vessel at Milwaukee is the Leona B., built by and for the […]

Other Peoples Photos 57

Thanks to all of you who send me photos.  M & M McMorrow sent this photo taken at Atlantic Highlands just before Christmas.  And yes, Delta is the best Christmas red. I can’t seem to find a tugboat in the NMFS.NOAA registry called just “Delta.”   Someone help out? Richie Ryden took these photos just […]

Not Jetster 2

Yesterday’s post left you in the air–quite literally–circling above Duluth with Beaver Air Tours, the busiest port on the Great Lakes, and passing over a set of Heritage Marine tugs.  Thanks to Lee Rust’s comment on yesterday’s post, I learned a fascinating story about one of the tugs, the 1908 Mount McKay.  Check it out […]

Publications

Here are some of my articles, and in no particular order.  One or two may be article for which I supplied only the photos. Vinik answers call, clears hurdles with seasoned offshore fleet Damen newcomer at Ontario port has line on versatility Safety questioned, Erie Canal’s teaching tug faces final chapter Tugboat captains adapt to […]

GHP&W 27

Know this water, more of a waterway than a harbor?  The distant buildings are a clue.  See the one just left of the center of bridge center, needle thin? Here’s another clue . . . the structure near the right side of the photo, like an old time gas station pump? Or this one left […]

Graves of Arthur Kill: the World Premiere

Here just over a year ago was the release information about the documentary. And here’s the BIG announcement:  the world premiere of the documentary will happen Wednesday, May 7 at 7 pm at the Brooklyn Heights Cinema and tickets for that evening’s fare . . . including ours are now on sale.  Click here for directions to […]