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Shooter’s Island: Then and Now

Maersk Kentucky turns at least 90 degrees to starboard after passing under the Bayonne Bridge.  Beyond Shooters Island lies the city of Elizabeth, NJ.  More close-ups of Maersk Kentucky–eleven years running and a fifth of a mile long— tomorrow, but for now, she draws more than 30 feet max . . . and notice the […]

Shooter’s Island: Obstacle

The foto I posted yesterday dazzled my image of Shooter’s.  Sure  . . . I knew it once saw shipbuilding operations beginning with David Decker’s yard, but I never imagined the scale.  And when that industry collapsed, the island was reduced to a speed bump.  Obliterate it was the solution proposed by a politician half […]

Random Tugs 260

Thanks to Joseph Chomicz, it’s Capt. Latham in Port Elizabeth .  .  . standing by the barge Atlanta Bridge . . .  So here’s my question . . . and answer will be located at the end of this post . . .  in quo vadis? I’ve not seen this boat in a while . […]

Names 37

Quick  . ..  name the ship name the ONE vessel  . . . The first three photos were taken Sunday by Bjoern of the New York Media Boat. And if you know the tugs in the sixth boro you have a 75% chance of naming all tugs here too . . .   three of […]

Old Year 2018

I’ve mentioned before about my people the Dutch celebrating “old years day” on December 31.   As the child of immigrants, I’m blessed by this one of many ways they see the world differently, a perspective I’m happy to share.  So here is a retrospective of the year, the result of a process of scanning […]

Browns 2

Thomas J. Brown and Sons Inc. has been a marine towing enterprise in the sixth boro since 1927.  Their boats are busy and always very attractive. More than a decade ago I first used this title. Thomas J. Brown, the oldest current boat, is a classic. Joyce D. Brown, the most powerful current boat, is […]

Random Tugs 237

Kirby Moran and James D Moran wait, like a team of horses, actually a team of 12,000 horses. Here’s a different perspective on Kirby as she returns from a job. CMT Otter and a salt barge lies alongside Nord Summit while along the other side, the venerable Twin Tube reprovisions from stern starboard. Atlantic Salvor (or […]

Retro Sixth Boro 4

OK, if old songs make for “classic rock,” then old photos of tugboats could be called classic roll or pitch, yaw, or some such. Let’s start with one from March 2008 . . .  American Patriot over NW of Shooters Island as seen from the Port Elizabeth shoreline.  I’ve no idea why she was here […]

Random Tugs 227

Joyce D. Brown with a resplendent paint job on a bright spring morning. A new boat entering the Narrows in springtime.  Know it? Sea Oak, which I last saw in Southport, NC. Crystal Cutler, also looking great in the spring sunshine. The extraordinary Bosco, passing the boscage of Shooters Island. The vertically oriented Genesis Vision, […]

Random Tugs 223

Here’s a good view of the props on a z-drive boat.  The 8.5′ props are part of the Schottel SRP 1515 FP drive system.  Note the port-a-potty between the stacks, a dry-dock worker convenience? The scale of the cranes at Howland Hook belies the fact that Jay Michael and Bosco, passing Shooters Island, are still at […]