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Helen Laraway 2

When Helen Laraway first appeared on this blog three years ago, I stated, accurately, that she was likely the only tug based in Coeymans NY.  How that has changed!!  Now there are more than half a dozen, and they stay busy with some high profile jobs like beer tanks and steam generators. Enjoy some photos […]

Helen Laraway

My sidekick and I caught glimpses of Helen Laraway over a period of about 30 hours starting in Coeymans. At the first sighting, Helen seemed to be moving astern with a load of scrap, whose origin I wondered about.  SS Binghamton perhaps?   My sidekick? Oh, I borrowed this beauty from Diana, who had been […]

Random Tugs 344

There’s lots of lifting capacity here, but no towing or pushing capacity. Philadelphia passes the Manhattan skyline solo. From the west, Justine and Jonathan head for a job.   Magothy passes Helen Laraway, Cape Lookout, and Lois Ann L. Moran.  There’s a progression here . . .  more tugboats in this photo than in the […]

Random Tugs 333

Mackenzie Rose and Paul Andrew are eastbound, and Mary Turecamo, westbound.   A light Haggerty Girls westbound, passing Laurie Ann Reinauer. Kimberly Poling moves a barge out of the Kills.   A bulker in the anchorage gets bunkered by Kings Point.  Katya Atk needs to repaint the name on the starboard bow. And Helen Laraway […]

Spring Morning Hour 1

The light could not have been more beautiful as I swooped into the boro, metaphorically speaking:  Peace Victoria in the foreground, Coral Queen (not the other Coral Queen) loading scrap mid-distance, and that ridge the Watchung Mountains defining a horizon.  Note the Tsereteli monolith mid left margin of the photo. Closer than Peace Victoria, Zola […]

Random Tugs 327

I recall my first time seeing the KVK, astonished by the density of commercial traffic.  Of course, I’d just come from northern New England’s freshwater meandering rivers, surfable sandy coastlines, and marsh creeks.  Patrice steamed westbound, light, Kimberly eastbound, Josephine, Daisy Mae, moving a half acre of scows… Helen Laraway, Daisy Mae again a few […]

Random Tugs 314

 . . .and barges, of course.  Someone or something has to pay the bills.  This unique bow is the leading edge of RTC 135, 460′ x 72.5′ here building up a lot  of water, getting moved along by Nicole Leigh Reinauer.  They both date from 1999. Crystal Cutler, always a joy to see, moves a […]

Random Tugs 313

Long Island, eastbound, gets overtaken by a small fishing boat. B. Franklin, light, heads to the Reinauer yard. Doris Moran, light, heads east. Ellen McAllister assists a Maersk ship through the channels to her berth. Helen Laraway heads east to pick up a scow. HMS Justice pushes HMS 2605 through the KVK. Charles A. and […]

Random Tugs 312

It’s the season. I wonder if the Kimberly crew has marked other holidays and I missed it.  I did catch the red-clad guy almost a year ago. Mary H and her barge Patriot is likely headed for Newtown Creek.  The 1981 build, such a clean looking tug, has been working in the sixth boro for […]

Random Tugs 307

Larry J. Hebert has been in the boro a few months, following a GLDD dredging project. She’s from 1981 and rated at 3600 hp. She headed eastbound in the KVK here with a fair amount of wire out, it seems to me. Helen Laraway, light, heads west.  She’s the oldster here, 1957, and 2000 hp. […]