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Road Fotos 2021 D

I had to leave the Missouri way too early, and will return as soon as possible.  For my last set from the roads of eastern Nebraska, let’s start with friendly boaters zipping downstream.  Barges loaded with Iowa and Nebraska grain head south for the lower Mississippi and export. Note the red floats on either side, […]

Other Peoples Photos 85

The first three come thanks to Steve Munoz . . .  HMS Bounty heading up the North River in May 1998. Taken November 2001, it’s Adventure of the Seas heading upriver with an diverse escort.  Given the date, this would have been her maiden voyage into the sixth boro of NYC.  John D. McKean and […]

Something Different 53

Recently I got a request for something on single screw tugs.  Ask . .  and receive, from the archives. May 1, 2011  . .  the 1901 Urger was on the dry dock wall in Lyons looking all spiffy.  A month later, she’d be miles away and alive. On March 19, 2010, the 1907 Pegasus had […]

Freshwater Tugs 11: New Beginnings

Here’s what GL tugs have looked like for a century, and many of them are still working, despite their age, as you can see here by clicking on the state names.  The tug below is Nebraska, launched in 1929.  Grouper–frequently mentioned on this blog–has the same basic design. A new beginning took place yesterday in […]

Really Random Tugs 39

Here’s a new look in ship-assist boats.  Can you tell what else is unconventional? More on the design later in the post. This is a classic design in freshwater tugs.  And this particular boat you’ve seen in a number of posts on this blog in 2016, if you’re a faithful reader.  It’s in these. I’ve […]

Old Year 2016

This is my Janus post . . . which I’ll start with a photo I took in January 2007 of an intriguing set of sculptures, since licensed to Trinity Church in Manhattan. Since I’ve tons to do today, comment will be minimal.  The photo below I took near the KVK salt pile on January 14, […]

A Pilot’s Life

Here’s an article published by the USCG on this profession. And here’s my article/photos from the October 2016 issue of Professional Mariner on Lakes Pilots Association, District 2.  The photos in this post are outtakes from that article. Below the captain of Huron Belle maneuvers into position to switch a District 2 pilot for a District 3 pilot on an […]

Random Tugs 173

Let’s pick it up in Toledo, OH and the century-old GL tug Mississippi. “Dieselized” 41 years after its launch, it still steers with a brass tiller in the wheelhouse, as demonstrated here by Captain Stabler. Keep good paint and in repair, and a 1929 tug like  Nebraska still has lots of life left.  Compare that boat […]

Freshwater Tugs 3

Click here for previous posts in this series.  I add these now in response to a reader who says  . . .”but we have ship assist and harbor tugs in the Great Lakes as well.”  And the most iconic of those are the GL tugs, an old fleet that has been not only maintained but […]

SS Columbia Crosses Lake Erie

SS Columbia and her resurrection . . . back in November 2011, when I took this photo in Detroit, I was not a believer. But a year ago, she was towed from Detroit to a Toledo graving dock for inspection and most urgent hull repairs.  The photo below and some of those that follow are used […]