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Pelham 2

Evening twilight rarely finds me at the KVK.  I should go there more often. That’s the 1960 Pelham, originally launched as Esso Pelham. For a 60 year old machine, she still looks good. Back before the Esso name was phased out in 1972, she must have been a formidable tugboat.   All photos, WVD.

Pelham

It takes the right light to see things you don’t otherwise see, like raised lettering. Pelham goes back quite a long time. It’s good to see her at work.   All photos by Will Van Dorp.  

Random Tugs 319

It still says Eastern Star Dawn, but now it’s Toula! She’s going to look great all buff and green. Barry Silverton finally has a lion on its stack!  All those birds?  It’s water teeming with the bunker, the bunker that recently drew a humpback into the Upper Bay. Pelham, launched in 1960, is always a pleasant […]

Random Tugs 305

I’m always on the lookout for “first-timers” in the harbor, but I’m equally thrilled to see the “seldom-seen.”  I realize that some people might see these boats everyday. The “seldom-seen” relates to me. This is true of Pelham.  The 1960 built is on her sixth name, if I count right.  She started out as Esso […]

Pirated Post

Since tugster announced he’d be out of Tugster Tower on Christmas day, I broke in to post this puzzler.  Who am I, you might wonder.  I’m not telling, but I know the boss’d like to know the story of these pics. . . taken from a southbound Amtrak from Boston and looking toward the Pelham […]

Random Tugs 229

Let’s do the numbers again.  No, Pelham is NOT becoming a tugantine in the tradition of Norfolk Rebel.  Seeing Pelham out of the water really reveals a beauty I hadn’t noticed before. OK, numbers, built in 1960 and rated at 3000 hp. Atlantic Coast, 2007 and 3000hp.   Genesis Vision, 1981 and 3000hp. Margaret Moran, […]

Thanks to JG 2

Recognize the tugboat below?  Answer follows. David McAllister, photo from 2013, has recently changed hands and is currently undergoing “re-power and life extension” as Tradewinds Towing Hannah. Draco, photo below taken in 2007, shows the vessel that began life in 1951 as Esso Tug No. 12.  I caught her in the sixth boro as Co […]

Random Tugs 159

If you have a lot of free time, you can trace this back to the first installment. These photos are all from the past week, starting out with Bouchard Boys, 1975. Pelham, 1960.  Behind her is USNS Red Cloud. Barney Turecamo (1995) and   Scott Turecamo (1998). Eric R. Thornton (1960) Jill Reinauer (1967) and Dace […]

Really Random Tugs 31

Yesterday’s post led with Jared S aka Cheyenne II, and so I’m grateful to Jason LaDue for sending along a photo he took before she sank into the Genesee River, where she still lies. This next photo was taken by Renee Lutz Stanley, recently, as Pelham assisted the dead but lively Frying Pan to Caddell for some […]

Frances

Like Pelham, Frances has been around the block quite a long time, since 1957, in fact.  Type Frances Turecamo –or just Frances– into the search window on the blog and you’ll see more of her.   I’m happy to see the shine on her and even happier to see her in the water and at […]