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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.

Spring Giddiness 4

They say the devil is in the details, but so are the delights.  I often take photos without knowing what delightful details I will uncover.  Like the photo below . . .  what caught my attention was that it was the first ketch I’d seen in the boro in 2022. When I looked closer, I […]

Random Tugs 363

We alternate back to Albert Gayer (1897-1976) tomorrow, but to maintain connection with the contemporary sixth boro, especially in the cold, crisp January light, enjoy these five varied boats from this past week.  Name the one below? Pelham, of course.  The mighty Pelham was launched in 1960, loa is 80.4′, and has 3000 hp. Who […]

Random Tugs 341

A quick post today, since I’ll spend most of the day without computer, signal, or free time.  The varied and unsettled weather of the recent weeks is evident here as well, the diverse days of summer. Here are some of the usual workhorses or work oxen of the port. Brendan Turecamo,  Normandy, and Evening Breeze […]

KVK Traffic Flow 1

I’ve mentioned before here that I used to freshwater fish, a lot.  Canoe fishing at daybreak was the best, although there were days when nothing seemed alive in places where other days the waters fizzed with life and I could have several meals of fish in the boat before most people were awake.  The same […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]