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Infrastructure 2

This view looks south at what for a short term will be two TZ Bridges. Lurking around the supports is the Tappan Zee II, bridge-dedicated tugboat, profiled a year and a half ago here.   At some point soon, the bridge to the right will be gone. I’ve read the new TZ Bridge has a […]

Scrapper 3

I’ve posted photos like this one of Thomas D. Witte moving recycling, but I’ve never been inside Pratt Industries plant on the Arthur Kill.  Recently, William Hyman has though, and he’s shared his photos here.  It looks –and probably smells–like any waste handling facility, but giant claws move the scrap around and caldrons do their […]

NYC Tugboat Race 2015 . . . from the starting line

Since 2011, the Hymans have sent along photos of the race from the starting line.  Again this year, I have the pleasure to share them.    Here’s an orderly shuffle toward the starting blocks. Then the boats spin around and await the countdown. 3– 2– 1   Hit the horn and push the throttle! Happy Labor […]

NYC Tugboat Race 2014 b

Happy Labor Day.  And for most of these photos, I’m grateful to William Hyman, whose perspective was Pier I at 69-70th Street. The event starts with a parade . . . including a range of serious muscle.  That’s the gray Willard operating as New York Media Boat in the distance to the right. Even The Bronx […]

Random Tugs 112

Random . . .  all fotos taken in the past week, and  . . .  let’s start with a tugboat that’s NOT mostly painted white, the 1958 Thornton Bros.  This foto, courtesy of William Hyman, also shows the color of foliage on the New Jersey bluff across from upper midtown. 2000 Brooklyn, which also has […]

NYC Tugboat Race 2013 b

The race may last for less than 10 minutes for (most) boats, but each participant spends hours before and after.  Here, using the power of thousands of conceptual horses and one very real donkey, all four vessels in Miller contingent make their way upriver. At Pier 66, crew on deck and crew below start them […]

NYC Tugboat Race 2013 a

Uh . . . what’s this? It’s Buddy, living breathing braying hoof-beglittered mascot of Debora Miller.  If you’ve never been to the New York’s race, there’s a best mascot category.  In the past there’ve been  . . . dogs, hermit crabs, even a chicken . . . but Buddy redefines the contest. With the threat […]

NYC Tugboat Race 2012 b

The prizes await the results;  that’s executive director of WHC John Doswell on the far left. Here’s the official table.  We’ll come back to the trophies and raffle items in part c or d of this series of posts. The next eight fotos come compliments of William Hyman, who positioned himself at the 70th Street […]

Tug Work

As I post this, Hurricane Isaac approaches New Orleans, and the work  of every mariner on the river is to ride out the storm. Even if it appears that almost nothing is moving on the river, movement is there and intense.  Click here (now) for live views on the street and on the river in […]

Random Tugs 95

First foto comes thanks to William Hyman, who took it eight days ago.  Resolute waits along the dock in MOTBY for its next assist.  In the background is a lesser-known 9/11 monument, a Tsereteli statue given to the US as an official gift of the Russian government only six years ago. Putin himself came here for the […]