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Random Tugs 385

or maybe I could call these “roaring 20s” tugs in the sixth boro . . . let’s start with likely the newest of these, maybe the newest in the boro, Charles Hughes, 3000 hp and 90′ x 34′ . She’s a Salisbury-class, the fourth of that class from Chesapeake Shipbuilding.   Another product of the […]

New Names, New Hulls 2

Here was the the first in this series. You can’t see the signage, but I have it on good authority that the 1982 Ellen S. Bouchard is now Jeffrey S.  And heading for the sixth boro is the 1982 ex-Rhea I. Bouchard, newly named, The Beatrice. Also new to the sixth boro and only recently launched […]

Northstar Integrity

I could not make out what this barge was, although I knew the tug was one I first knew as Petrel, and first posted on this blog in 2008 and reprised here. Back then she had Sugar Express in tow.  Here was one answer;  Northstar Integrity was moving Hughes 181 barge, chock full of equipment.  […]

Sixth Boro Pilot Beer Run

Yesterday morning some pallets got lifted from a terminal in Hunt’s Point in The Bronx by a Hudson River-based liftboat to a Brooklyn-based ex-BUSL.   Meanwhile, a Brooklyn-based crane ship on the hull of a repurposed lube tanker took    position on the East Side of Pier 17.   The lift boat Legs III is […]

Canal Motor Ships D1

I believe this is an eastbound ILI 102 near Brewerton, just a few minutes from venturing out onto Oneida Lake. I’m wondering what segregated cargo might be stored on deck in wooden and steel barrels. If that’s Brewerton, this looks a lot like Three Rivers, with the stream off to the right being the Oswego […]

Thanks to Tony Acabono 31

To follow up on my “inconsistent post-entitling” comment from yesterday, this could be Tony A 31, at least, given all his previous contributions here under a variety of noms de keyboard. For starters, here’s another closeup of Highland Eagle. Last summer the boat was contracted to survey an area near the Straits of Mackinac for […]

Retro Sixth Boro 23

Coastline Girls and many other names including Gage Paul Thornton and  ST-497, the 1944-build now sleeps deep in Davy Jones locker,  and was not an intentional reefing. It’s been a while since I last saw Mcallister Sisters, shown here passing the Esopus Meadows light.  If I’m not mistaken, she’s currently based in Baltimore. Ten years […]

Ferry Fuel

Indulge me a little misdirection first..  So you suppose the Hughes 130 is loaded with ferry fuel? I thought the tug here is Little C, but this one is too small.  Anyone identify? Eastern Dawn is a regular in the sixth boro, and [oh, go back to the top photo and you’ll see Eastern Dawn […]

Arthur Tickle Engineering Works

Arthur Tickle Engineering Works (ATEW) is now gone, but other marine service businesses (MSBs) remain.  I’ve long thought to do a series of posts about the MSBs like Caddells, GMD, Bayonne Drydock, Hughes Marine . . . and many others.  A while back, Steve Munoz sent these along, and it’s taken me a bit to […]

Union Dry Dock Disunion

Click on the photo below and you’ll see where this photo of part of the hoboken riverfront looked like in 1955. Union Dry Dock and Repair was the setting for a 1979 Blondie music video that you can watch by clicking on the photo.  Actually, a lot of 1979 Hoboken marine industry is visible on […]