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Whitherward 6

Here’s an index for the previous in the series. I got this photo in July 2003 in Oswego, the 1943 Bushey tug  WYTM-71 Apalachee.  I haven’t seen it since, although it was at one time in Cleveland.  Anyone know if it’s still there? Here’s another Great Lakes tug, for now.  This photo of James A. Hannah was […]

Whitherward Pegasus 2015

Below is one of my all time favorite photos of Pegasus, taken July 4, 2012.   In fact, a print of this hangs over my dining room table.  The boat that night was in her 105th year.  Click here if you don’t remember life in 1907, when her keel was laid.   If you are […]

Whitherward 2010

Quick post:  the first ship I saw upon crossing the VZ from Staten Island into Brooklyn today was panamax tanker Stena Chronos.  I know it’s an uninteresting shot, but it marks that old cronos time has surged forward.  Remember, double clicking an image enlarges it. An interesting sight along the way today is this defunct restaurant […]

Whitherward 5

Loretta B Moran is not yet ready for a christening, but the shell leaves little to the imagination.  Stuart Pate took these a few weeks back at the Washburn Doughty & Associates yard up in East Boothbay, Maine. Looking at these newbuilds prompts some questions:  How many tugboats* are there in the world?  How many […]

Whitherward 4

Back last September, I wrote about a NYC christening, using bowsprite’s inimitable fotos.  Since I feel another christening approach, here’s a way to do it.  These fotos come compliments of uglyships’ usually irreverent ZeeBart and feature the ceremony for his command.  Smit Kamara, although it currently works the North Sea, was built in Singapore.  As […]

Whitherward 2009

Looking northwest from Stone Mountain toward Kennesaw Mountain (roughly from greater Atlanta toward northern Alabama) around the start of the new year and teaching my grandson the basics of using a compass, I’m wondering–like everybody–what the year will bring, which direction (s) it’ll turn.  As the original inhabitants depicted in this statue of a Cherokee […]

Whitherward 3

Coming out of the east, it’s time for new language . . . like … will it be a starboard tack or a port tack? We are the wind, so let’s blow.  Fotos above  thanks to bowsprite.  Meanwhile, we wait.  

Whitherward 2

The centenarian-PLUS-eight-years Helen returns with a shiny coat of paint, and  . . . off to her port the FDNY’s Emerald Society Pipes and Drums muster on the dock.  Why? Aha! Rosemary‘s already worked in the sixth boro since June.   Who’s the twin 500 feet astern? Welcome Andrew . . . Capt. McAllister comes ashore . […]


New year, new options, new potential commitments. A few days’ contemplation spawns countless questions, inklings about other directions. I’ve lost my klaboutermannikin for now and am led by a Janus image like this, which no sane shipwright would ever place on a ship. It’s January after all.   January would not be called January if […]

Something Different 53

Recently I got a request for something on single screw tugs.  Ask . .  and receive, from the archives. May 1, 2011  . .  the 1901 Urger was on the dry dock wall in Lyons looking all spiffy.  A month later, she’d be miles away and alive. On March 19, 2010, the 1907 Pegasus had […]