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Vane Brothers 8

What follows is photos of eleven Vane Brothers tugboats.  Can you identify the four that are 3000 hp;  the others are all 4200 hp.  The difference lies with the height of theupper wheelhouse. You choices are Susquehanna, Magothy and Fort McHenry,   Cape Fear, Fells Point, Choptank, Fort McHenry again, Pokomoke, Hunting Creek, and again […]

Vane Brothers 7

Quick . . . name those units? Type Vane Brothers into the search window, presuming you know these are Vane Brothers boats, and you’d get all the previous instances of this title, going back to 2009. Now you can see the names . . . Potomac above and Fort McHenry below. Philadelphia is legible here, […]

Vane Brothers 6

Here are posts one through five in this series.           Just a photo essay, Vane tugs and barges in the KVK through all the daylight hours today. All photos by Will Van Dorp.  

Vane Brothers 5

Here are the previous posts in this series, and I’m finding that in the four years since the last installment, things have changed . . . and not.  Most of these boats haven’t appeared in the previous four.    The livery and logo remain the same, but there are some new boats.  Can you figure […]

Vane Brothers 4

The almost-identical Vane tugs come in two sizes . . . externally  distinguishable by the height of the  upper wheelhouse. Contrast the tower of  Bohemia above with that of Sassafras below.  Some I hear call the Bohemia etc. as the 4200 series and Sassafras the 3000 . .. as in horsepower. Elk River and Oyster Creek […]

Vane Brothers 3

I don’t know when the first Vane Brothers tug came through the sixth boro, but I posted fotos of the first ones on this blog in September 2007, when Patapsco participated in the Hudson river tug race, here and here.  Now some days, it seems that half the tugs in the sixth boro have the […]

Vane Brothers 2

According to the family history here, they started with schooners and currently, besides oil, they push water and do more.  Monday I caught Susquehanna standing by along the KVK as container vessel Zim Shenzhen hurried for its assignation in Port Elizabeth. The following four pics come from Jim Demske, who’s worked for Vane for over twenty […]

Vane Brothers 1

Nanticoke Choptank . . . Nanticoke again . . . Wye River . . . though it looks the same as Nanticoke and Choptank. Christiana . . . is in a different class, for Vane, although she looks a lot like a certain Reinauer. Chesapeake . . . thought it could be –at least to […]

Random Tugs 345

If you’ve never hung out at any of the public places on the KVK and you’re interested in tugboats or shipping in general, you are missing something. The Upper Bay is a busy place also. M Faber Park is a great place when it’s open. You get views of the Bayonne Bridge and the east […]

Tug New York and Double Skin 509A

I hope you read my latest article, about Vane Brothers expanding to the Great Lakes.  Here tugboat New York pushes Double Skin 509A (A for asphalt) into the Black Rock Canal (or channel) near Buffalo.  Great history and aerial photos of the area can be seen here.  In the photo above, the Vane unit came […]