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James E. Brown

Happy winter! The photo below is from July 2015, and it’s how and where I expect to see James E. Brown. So you can imagine how surprised I was to see James E. yesterday where I did, so join me in the experience.  I had to squint to understand this, squint and wait.  At first I […]

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Thomas J. Brown and Sons Inc. has been a marine towing enterprise in the sixth boro since 1927.  Their boats are busy and always very attractive. More than a decade ago I first used this title. Thomas J. Brown, the oldest current boat, is a classic. Joyce D. Brown, the most powerful current boat, is […]

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We’re past the big 300 and on our way to the 400, maybe.   Nine tugboats appear in this post.  Can you arrange them greatest to least in horsepower?  Longest to shortest?  To make it easier, you can rank them in top group of three to bottom group. Ruby M eastbound one early morning,   […]

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Radar helps when you can’t see in the fog, but even on a clear day, you can’t see the crew operating this 2013 2000 hp tugboat, or its history . . . how it got to become a fixture in the sixth boro. Ditto this 1994 tug, operating with 3000 hp.  Here Kimberly Poling is […]

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Here’s a calendar’s worth of harbor tugboat shots, starting with Sarah D., looking brand new although built in 1975, her colors matching the shades of Manhattan building materials in the background. Brian Nicholas (1966) moves into the Upper Bay, her blue repeated in the sky and water and more. Buchanan 12 (1972) heads down bound […]

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Frances heads out to earn some money on a rainy yesterday morning.  I’ve no idea what that red glow behind the Statue is. Lincoln Sea has worked on both coasts since I’ve been doing this blog, and like Frances, has kept the same name.  Click here to see her in my second ever blog post […]

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Resolute rotates into the sixth boro now and again;  her truly best and bushiest fendering make her a welcome sight whenever.  I believe this is the last time I saw her here almost two years ago. Janet D first appeared on this blog here, three years ago.  And here’s something I never realized (or if […]

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I love the morning, and I’ve never gotten a better photo of Tasman Sea.  She’s a product of Main Iron Works, class of 1976. Kirby Moran heads out on a job.   There’s no angle from which these Washburn & Doughty 6000s look anything but stunning. Ernest Campbell, from Southern Shipbuilding’s class of 1969, comes […]

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Seeing a tugboat on a mooring in the sixth boro is unusual, in my experience, and I took many shots.  This is my favorite. Neptune the other morning headed for sea along the sylvan banks of Staten Island. James E. Brown moves a scow, likely to be filled with scrap metals. Brian Nicholas travels to […]

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By the numbers today, Daisy Mae,  launched in late 2017 and generating 3200 hp. Joyce D. Brown, built 2002 and 2600 hp. Matthew Tibbetts, 1969 and 2000. James E. Brown, 2015 and 1000. Dean Reinauer, 2013 and 4260. Andrea, 1999 and 3000. Elizabeth McAllister, 1967 and 4000. Ellen McAllister, also 1967 and 4000. Kimberley Turecamo, […]