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Tugster Post 1000

It’s official:  999 posts have preceded this one.  I have had a blast.  More important, I have met such a rich array of subjects, readers and commenters that I feel blessed.  Some of you I already knew before tugster . . .  I have gotten to know you better and differently:  I feel enriched in […]

Tugster Post 4000

Here were previous milestones at post 1000, the four-year mark, and the one decade anniversary.  A few weeks ago when I noticed on my dashboard that I was approaching my 4000th post a week or so after the actual beginning of the 13th year mark, I knew this post was necessary. 4000!!  It can be […]

Tugster Post 3287

Fire off the free foton fireworks! For 3286 times before today I’ve posted since November 26, 2006.  My very first post was here.  In the big scheme of things, 10 years is a short time, yet I have seen a fair amount of change in my beat–the sixth boro–in that time, particularly shore features, bridges, […]

Tugster Post 1280

The last milestone was the 1000, but this one, post 1280, goes up exactly four years (well, I’m three days late, actually)  after my first ever post.  Since then, I’ve spent countless hours of free time educating and entertaining myself,   touring other folk through the sixth boro, interacting with passersby in ports wherever they […]

Random Tugs 239

I love the morning, and I’ve never gotten a better photo of Tasman Sea.  She’s a product of Main Iron Works, class of 1976. Kirby Moran heads out on a job.   There’s no angle from which these Washburn & Doughty 6000s look anything but stunning. Ernest Campbell, from Southern Shipbuilding’s class of 1969, comes […]

Retro Sixth Boro 8

One satisfying thing to me about these retro posts is noticing how much the local fleet has changed.  All these photos I took in November 2008.  Coral Queen was scrapped at least eight or nine years ago.  Maersk Donegal has had two name changes since 2008, now know as Santa Priscila, and no longer calls […]

Retro Sixth Boro 7

Here are the previous installments.  Today’s photos all were taken in August–October2008. Let’s start with part of the line-up for the 2008 tugboat race. If I’m not mistaken, the only boat left standing, as is, in this photo is St. Andrews, fourth from the left. Escort, a Jakobson boat, is currently laid up. Sea Raven, […]

Random Tugs 235

I take a lot of photos.  A few are extraordinary, IMHO.  The photo below ranks among that select set. Above and below, it’s Jonathan C Moran.  Sharon Sea heads for sea above. Atlantic Salvor takes yet another scow filled with dredge spoils out to the dumping grounds. Atlantic Dawn heads out. Emily Ann tows Chesapeake […]

First of a New Class: Big Lizzie

Her first steel was laid down almost a decade ago, and here she is pirouetting for New Yorkers.  Carriers tend to have these offset superstructures.  I wonder how it feels to be far-to-starboard in rough seas.  To see the commander in his seat of power, click here. This ship was christened with a bottle of […]

St. Clair River Steel Traffic

Pride . . . I wish I’d seen more of her. Harbour Feature would look right at home in the sixth boro . . . .  Now that’s a place I’ve not been in a while. James R. Barker . . .heading at us here like a dreadnought . . .     At this […]