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Retro 2015 Waterford Tugboat Roundup

This is the last Roundup I’ve attended.  Here’s another shot from the swim platform, where I’m flat on my belly. That’s Mike Byrnes, last year’s “old man of the sea” at the portside of the wheelhouse. Downbound in the Federal lock, it’s Waterford, Governor Cleveland, and Tender #3.   On the northbound trip, the two […]

Retro Sixth Boro 40 A

Happy August 2021.  And “Wow!”  That is almost always my reaction when I jump back a decade into the archives.  This riveted tug  was 83 years old when I took this photo, and I looked at that deep rounded icebreaker hull and imagined it would go on working forever.  Now it’s 93 years old, and […]

From the Line Locker 32

I just happened to look at the August 2014 section of the archive, and this was the engine room at that time of the living, breathing tugboat Urger. The top photo shows the Atlas-Imperial fore-to-aft along the portside, and below, it’s the opposite . . .  starboard side aft-to-fore. Below is that same view as […]

From the Line Locker 31

See the note at the end of this post. Traffic in the harbor of NYC, aka the sixth boro, has a lot of unpredictability.  I tend to do a fair amount of categorizing in this blog.  For example, this was a surprise.  Usually this vessel–Admiral Richard E. Bennis–shuttles the river between Haverstraw and Ossining, but […]

Retro Sixth Boro 18

Let’s go back to September 2009.  CMA CGM Marlin, launched 2007,  was the standard size back then . . .  The 5092-teu vessel has since been scrapped, after only nine years of service!! Over a dozen sailing barges came to NYC to sail in New York waters in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the […]

Unusual Tow 2

I’ve seen unusual tows before 2019, but it was only then that I started counting.  I’ll add links to previous unusual tows at the end of this post.  So where’s the tow? It’s (l to r) Mary Alice, Laura Maersk, and Emily Ann, all behind Atlantic Enterprise. The story is simple if unfortunate . . […]

Waterford Tugboat Roundup 2015 b

It’s been a few years since Lehigh Valley 79 was there, but David Sharps added a new feature to the parade–a brassy salute to each vessel that passed for review. And what a potpourri of vessels that was!       Folks who from Monday to Friday work on precision instruments indoors . . . […]

Frances 2

Here was the first in the series from late in August this year.  Of course this tug with its earlier, longer name has been here many times before. The point of this post is to profile the mobility of the world afloat . . . people, cargoes, movers . . .  Here was Frances in […]

Waterford Tugboat Roundup 2015 a

Click here for posts from lots of other years.  In today’s post, you’ll see almost all blue-and-gold before the parade, i.e., heading for the muster It was great to have two covered barges for events. Urger exits the low side of lock 2 and  . . .   enters the Hudson. The federal lock at Troy […]

1914–1941 Floating Theater

I’m thrilled to discover entirely new stories, like this one, which I found after following up some info I’d seen on a historical marker sign in Bath, NC, a month ago.  Click here and scroll to see the historical marker.  I saw it briefly in the headlights but took no photos. When I googled “floating theater bath […]