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Stacks 8

Sorry, folks.  I hit the “post” rather than the “save” button once again.  Well, enjoy the photos.  I’m going to take some time off. x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x All photos, WVD, who has thousands more.

Stacks 7

Identity and ownership or affiliation can be read from vessel stacks.  Seeing the photo below with the gray, blue, and gold rings over a white stack . . .  you might know that could be only one of two vessels, USNS Comfort, which it is, or USNC Mercy.  Other USNS or Military Sealift Command vessels […]

Stacks 6

Here are the previous five in this series. Triple engine/screw/stack Andrea’ might be the “newest” tugboat in the sixth boro.  All those triples is not something you see every day.  Of course, in the inland waters quadruples show up some time.   My question is . . . why is there that apostrophe after the […]

Stacks 5

Wow!  It’s been a long time since I used this title, and again, a FB thread brings this one up. No need for much text here, let’s take photos of stacks, like the guy at the rail here. Most of these I took in the month of March 2014. The name plate here betrays a […]

Stacks 4

Flinterborg update:  Confirmed departure time Oct 7 at 7 a.m. from Port of Albany, bound for sea.  That sounds like late morning  past the Rondout, mid-dayish through Poughkeepsie, and late afternoon (dusk?) through the sixth boro.  Advice:  Don’t trust me to calculate “boat/ship time.”   In spite of the rainy forecast, I’ll be at one […]

Stacks 3

Unrelated to stacks:  as of this moment–8 am local time sixth boro–Flinterborg is off Sandy Hook inbound for Albany to load the Dutch barges for return.  Through Narrows by 9 at this rate? Stack logo on an independent boat like  Shenandoah reminds me of nose art on WW2-era airplanes.  I’m surprised nose art– way forward […]

Stacks 2

Unrelated first:  trimaran Zamna . ..  was identified by Soundbounder‘s Matt Housekeeper, foto’d by Bowsprite’s magic lens in September, and posted on asleep-at-switch tugster twice… most recently two days ago here (scroll to the end).    Here’s Zamna’s own site.  Is anyone who took fotos of it close-up at Chelsea Piers willing to share them […]

Stacks 1

This could be called “How to identify a tug:  start by recognizing fleets.”  Long neck and short stack . .  or vice versa.  Bound for  the North River are McAllister Responder with tall ringed stack and Norwegian Sea with tall orange-tipped house and mustard stack. The height of wheelhouse matters not:  tall orange-and-black house here–along […]

Local Exotics

I realize the oxymoronic twist of this title . . . local v. exotic . . . but these are boats that are seldom seen.  When this stack and upper superstructure first cameinto view, i suspected it might be one of those ghost AIS signals like Hunter D or No. 11 Asomaru I’ve been noticing […]

Random Tugs 280

Want to check out Random Tugs 001?  The  001 got added more recently than 2007 because back then,  I had no idea I’d go on.  In the 2007 photo, might that be Mary Turecamo along with the Reinauer tugs, which are also still at work operating out of the sixth boro.  The other morning Mary […]