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Retro Salish Sea 2

In July 2010, the 1968 Black Hawk was one of two sister tugs operated by Sound Freight Lines.  Since then, the sister Seminole has been sold foreign, and Black Hawk has been sold to Sause Brothers Ocean Towing.  Sause refurbished her and for an account of Black Hawk towing a barge from San Francisco to […]

Retro Salish Sea 1

Garth Foss, launched in 1993, is huge: 138′ x 46′ with 8000 hp and 80 tonnes of bollard pull.  Robert Allan says of Garth and sister Lindsey, ““They were really the first true purpose-designed tanker escort tugs in the world.” Pacific Pride, launched in 1976 and measuring 84′ x 28′ and 2500 hp, is now […]

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 […]

Retro Sixth Boro 29

August can be hazy, and it appears that some August days in 2010 were, as below when Colleen McAllister towed dredge spoils scow GL 501 out and Brendan Turecamo (?) moved Bouchard barge B.No. 260 westbound in the Kills.  Colleen has now traveled from sun to ice out to the Great Lakes, where the 1967 […]

Old Years 2020

I don’t celebrate holidays much, but “old year’s day” I take seriously, to look back and assess.  Today’s post features photos you may remember from 2020.  I chose these from the several thousand photos I put into public domain this year.  It’s a personal and subjective exercise;  on a different day I might choose another […]

Random Tugs 193

Let me start here . . . the boat below can be yours.  Click on the photo for full information.  It’s currently in the Seattle area, and I’m posting this for a friend. Turecamo Girls –this one was launched in 1965 and is rated at 1950 hp.  Here was a previous version, which may or may […]

From the Line Locker 20

I took the photo below–near my neighborhood in Queens– March 21, 2015, exactly a year ago. I took this photo this past weekend.  Question:  Where on Long Island is this light located?  Answer follows.  Be careful . ..  it’s a trick question. Actually, here’s a clue.  And I don’t mean to be ornery . . . […]

Government Boats 30

First some background . . .from  Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, Chapter 24 . ..  last two paragraphs: “If I shall ever deserve any real repute in that small but high hushed world which I might not be unreasonably ambitious of; if hereafter I shall do anything upon the whole, a man might rather have done than […]

Other People’s Fotos 19

Here was 18. The following two fotos come thanks to Joseph Graham, a New Yorker who pilots a Kirby boat among various ports in the Gulf and on the Mississippi.   Study the six tugs below  . . . yes six.  Recognize the one on the left? Sure!  It’s Odin, featured here and here and […]

Random Ships 21

Chain link fence topped by accordion razor wire coils stand exposed only after a solid steel door is raised and an even heavier drawbridge lowered . . .   what is this? And what lurks toothily below in the moat that’s most certainly there? Salish Sea water, of course.  Many thanks to John Van Staalduinen […]