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Sarah Dann and her Tubular Load

Sarah Dann left the sixth boro the other day with this deckload on CBC Savannah. Some questions I had were  . . . what and where to? Inquiring ducks wanted to know, and yes, this is the opposite scenario of “little loquacious birdie.”   Modular structure for a refinery perhaps?  As of this posting, she’s […]

Sarah D 2

Here was the first post of this title. Yesterday was cold but also windy, and this allowed me to see Sarah D in a role I’ve not posted previously for this boat, although she’s no doubt specialized in the assist role earlier in her career. Above she approaches the dock on the port side.   […]

Sarah D

Sarah D passes the Con Hook range markers while leaving the Kills the other day. Subjective only, I find Sarah D, ex-Helen D. Coppedge–a very attractive boat. I was pleased to get these photos with Newark NJ and the occupants of Bayonne Dry dock in the background. All photos by Will Van Dorp. Unrelated to […]

More Tubular

But first . . . polling is still OPEN for photos for the 2020 calendar pages, but in the interest of completing tasks in a timely fashion, I’ve decided that if I received zero votes by Sunday, December 15, I’ll declare it closed.  Additional nominations for the December page can also still be offered until […]

Llama Donna and her Tubular Load

. . . Lama Don A . . . ?  well, of course it’s La Madonna, but when I heard the on the VHF, my first thought was what I put as title. She’s part of the LA International fleet and following in the wake of Sarah Dann, delivering more modules for the Shell ethane […]

Random Tugs 269

Here’s a calendar’s worth of harbor tugboat shots, starting with Sarah D., looking brand new although built in 1975, her colors matching the shades of Manhattan building materials in the background. Brian Nicholas (1966) moves into the Upper Bay, her blue repeated in the sky and water and more. Buchanan 12 (1972) heads down bound […]

Narrows Encounter 2

It’s been nearly a decade since I last used this title and alluded to that big encounter . . . leading to the settlement of the Hudson River. Looking at the photos I took yesterday morning, it did seem like an encounter as well, one of the type unique to summer.  QM2 had just come […]

Random Tugs 262

Sarah D makes for Global Terminal, Helen Laraway passes an inbound container vessel, Ava M. guides a ULCV in beside a cruise ship, Rebecca Ann moves a light scrap barge, Capt. Brian A. tails a box ship into her berth, Genesis Glory passes GM 11105, Eric McAllister assists a tanker into its berth, Rhea I. […]

Random Tugs 249

The blog is called tugster, and not tatter, taster, tagster or truckster, as much fun as those digressions may be, being able to be a bit obsessively focused, this is the 249th installment!   If you add in the non-random tug posts, it’s even more than 249. W. O. Decker, the only wooden-hulled tug in […]

Nathan G

Here’s a first timer in this livery and in an unusual location . . . on the wall at Battery Park, with the Colgate clock in the background. Nathan G (1977) no doubt has docked here before, back as part of the McAllister fleet from 1989 until about two years ago. With WTC1 background above […]