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Review: Tugboats Illustrated

Actually, the full title of this book is Tugboats Illustrated: History-Technology-Seamanship with Drawings by the author Paul Farrell I first heard of the book and Paul Farrell last February;  I got an email from an editor at W. W. Norton expressing interest in licensing one of my photos for the cover of the forthcoming book. […]

Review: Preserving South Street Seaport

First, if you’re free today and within travel distance of Lower Manhattan, do yourself a favor and attend this event, 4 p. m., a book signing by Dr. James M. Lindgren.  His new book is a much needed complement to Peter Stanford’s A Dream of Tall Ships, reviewed here a few months ago.   Details […]

Review: A Dream of Tall Ships

Between spring 2004 and summer 2007, I volunteered about 1000 hours at South Street Seaport Museum, or SSSM, mostly on Pioneer but also on W. O. Decker and Lettie G. Howard.  The experience was exhilarating—learning the lingo of schooner sailing and the lines and procedures, rustbusting and painting,  all good for maintaining youthfulness and  toning up […]

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year. This blog was viewed about 300,000 times in 2012. If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about 5 years for that many people to see it. Your blog had more visits than […]

Review: The Heart of a Ship

This book makes very clear what the heart of a ship is.  And it’s not the electrical or mechanical systems.  It’s not even the galley, although I can attest to the revival I felt after consuming the goods from this vessel’s galley at sea.  By the language on the engine order telegraph, can you tell […]

Review: Hell Around the Horn

I have to disclose that I know Rick Spilman and consider him a friend.  His status as a waterblogger he has already established.   He has been–as evidenced by second foto second from right)–an active participant in Ear Inn waterblogger gatherings.  When I learned Rick had published a novel, I wanted to find some uninterrupted time […]

Review: Forgotten Voyage of HMS Baci

Tugster has never devoted an entire post to a book, until now.  But not every book is this much fun.  I chose to do this review not because I was asked or because I plan to start reviewing books as a routine feature  (although I might).  I read a book that was a great, light, […]

1964 Sixth Boro c

This next batch were all taken from the deck of tug Dalzellaird. Steve writes:  “Captain Bob Munoz helped us aboard the tug Dalzellaird at 0800 hours. His tug was normally the Dalzellera, but it was out of service for many months because of damage to the variable pitch propeller and awaiting replacement parts from Holland. […]

1964 Sixth Boro b

In continuing reportage from Steve Munoz:  “On Sunday, July 12th, 1964, my family sailed out of Paerdegat Basin in Jamaica Bay on the Evelyn Mae (below) and arrived at the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, still under construction and not to be opened until late November [1964]. Throughout that afternoon we drifted and steadily rolled in a southeast […]

Newest Hull in the Sixth Boro 5 Christening

Eleven years ago I missed a christening because of work.  Then last year I missed one again for the same reason.  But last night, neither work nor weather could have  kept me away. Ava (rhymes with “java”) M. McAllister has already been working in the harbor about a month, but time needed to be carved […]