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NYC Tugboat Race 2008 C

What I enjoy about the race:  meeting friends enough old and new to convince me that NYC is really an enormous set of superimposed villages.  One water village converged on Pier 84 yesterday.   And elders like Pegasus got the respect deserved, as did those of all generations who got the 101-year-old out there to […]

NYC Tugboat Race 2008 B

So through the magic of blogging, let’s turn time back and shift camera position, kind of like the movie Groundhog Day.  Or “TR 2008  . . . Take 2.”  The crew of W. O. Decker–the only tug in the harbor taking paying passengers–coordinate to rope a bollard.  By the way, W. O. took first place […]

NYC Tugboat Race 2008 A

Apologies!! NYC saw bright sunlight, and all the cylinders fired, but I stood in the wrong location and my fotos are mostly backlit. Race officials gave the signal for the first heat–more powerful boats.  The race ran in two heats for the first time this year;  the second heat featured less powerful boats.  The race-start […]

ICW Tugs May 2017* A

I’ve traveled the ICW from Charleston SC to NYC, some parts several times.  This is a “revisit”  focusing solely on tugboats. I’ll start in Charleston with Elizabeth Turecamo in the fog. Recycling comments on the boats below from Georgetown SC, by George Schneider:  “The little one shows the name Laura , which has one of […]

Retro Sixth Boro NYC Tugboat Races 5

Call this “thanks to Steve Munoz 20:  the 9th Annual North River Tugboat Race September 2, 2001.”   As Steve writes,  “The tug race on 9/2/2001 was  nine days before 9/11/2001. I was on board the tug Janet M McAllister for the race. My son was on board a Seabulk oil tanker docked in Bayonne […]

Retro Sixth Boro NYC Tugboat Races 4

2015 is the last year I saw the race;  in the following years I was working and away.  But 2015 Labor Day Sunday had beautiful weather. Again, I’m not going to name each;  you can read the names either on the boats or in the tags . . .  and then match up. And in […]

Random Tugs 306

Alongside Pilot No. 1 New York, the current one, it’s the newest-in-name vessel in the sixth boro . . . Meaghan Marie, ex–Kathleen Turecamo, has become part of the same green & buff fleet as Joseph John. Here’s a photo I took of her in port of Albany, September 2013. A different use of green […]

Retro Sixth Boro NYC Tugboat Races 1

Like lots of things, the Great North River Tugboat Race is, as ws said in a comment yesterday, “alas  . . .  cancelled this year.”  So here’s some consolation, ws. . .  If you need a dose of racing, you can click here and get all the way back to tugster post 2006, or for […]

Random Tugs 300 Extension

I found it hard to move on from the #300 mile marker, so let me offer up another set, with some of your generous contributions. Thanks to John “Jed” Jedrlinic, two tugboats from Tahiti, Aito Nui and Aito Nui II.   My machine translator tells me the name means “champions of the universe.” Aito Nui, […]

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 […]