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Canal Reef Express 4a

Here are the previous posts in this series.  And here are the posts I’ve done earlier on the 1929 Ward’s Island, whose builder’s plate photo I took in October 2016.  I was told it was removed some time ago and is in a safe place.  Here was my first post on “Ward’s.” As a baseline photo […]

Thanks to Zee Bart 1

Many thanks to Zee Bart for sending along these photos he took in Ijmuiden, the port where the locks are at the west end of the North Sea Canal, the waterway linking Amsterdam with the North Sea.  Check out the dredge.   This dredge started life as a container ship, Gerd!  After 78 days in […]

Bonnie Frogma Will Be Missed

She always smiled, even while she explored  . . . and she explored a lot, and invited others in. Here‘s the first post of Bonnie’s I ever read, in which she recognizes a “Hudson River gentleman.” Here‘s Bonnie’s post from September 11, 2006, in which she reflects on getting a second chance just five years […]

Specialized 26

As the title indicates, this features #26 in a string of specialized posts. And what is specialized in what, you may think. A lift boat, aka an elevator!  I’ve had lift boats here, and here.  I’m led to believe they’ve been around at least since Jehu.  Really, Jehu is a vessel I’ve not found an image […]

Canal Tug Project J

Hugh O’Donnell appeared in installment “I.”  In fact, this photo might very well have been taken just seconds after the photo showing the string of barges following her.  As for location, clearly it’s a part of the Canal with riprap along the banks. Other than the name, Thos. R. Coyne, and the fact that the […]

Summer Yachts 7

Summertime and the living is easy, they say.  For some.  Enjoying an easy time on the water , that’s the life for some people.  . . .    Of course, rougher and tougher is better for people like Erik Aanderaa and adventures like this.      But on this enchanted late spring morning, a wave of […]

Something Different 67 B

Part A was  here.  Here is the start of the actual trip on the Integrated Tug Barge (ITB) that led to this blog. Giant pusher tugs like the ITB Major Vangu were sometimes referred to as K-boats, because they ran between key river cities of Kinshasa and Kisangani. Waterfalls above Kisangani and below Kinshasa blocked […]

Flags of Convenience 6

aka “that you can choose your registry is something I’ve never fully understood.”  I suppose some folks prefer the term “open registry.”  Check all these different registries, FoCs, all taken in the past 30 days!  Here are previous installments. Let’s start with Maersk, the largest overseas cargo transport company in the world, based in Copenhagen, […]

Up the Last Creek

Uh . .  any guesses which creek that might be?   It’s still the sleek lines of the GUP carrier once so familiar to folks paying attention to sixth boro traffic. Newtown Creek is now going up a waterway for the last time and what a waterway this is.  From here, she’ll be further dismantled […]

Random Tugs 300

The year 2007 spawned this series here.  Since you’ve stayed with this blog, I’m celebrating a milestone . . . the 300th post in this series.  Thanks for continued visits to tugster.  To honor this event, I solicited photos from you, particularly photos that’d never previously appeared on this blog.  I threw some of my […]