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Wheeler Shipbuilding

See the name on this black-hulled yacht?  Note the simple upper helm? Check again as we pass.  I took these two photos back in July 2016, making that the Mt. Hope Bridge and beyond that, the Brayton Point cooling towers, now gone.  Pilar?  Maybe you’ve heard of it in relation to Hemingway and currently in […]

Random Tugs 318

Name that tug?  She’s 91.5′ x 26.8′ and used to be called Traveller.  Answer follows. Part of a defacto ghost fleet around the sixth boro, it’s J. George Betz, and mostly invisible beyond, Rhea I. Bouchard. J. George is longer, stronger, and newer. Also in the dry dock a week or so back, it’s Emily […]

Retro Salish Sea 1

Garth Foss, launched in 1993, is huge: 138′ x 46′ with 8000 hp and 80 tonnes of bollard pull.  Robert Allan says of Garth and sister Lindsey, ““They were really the first true purpose-designed tanker escort tugs in the world.” Pacific Pride, launched in 1976 and measuring 84′ x 28′ and 2500 hp, is now […]

Retro Piscataqua Mouth

Yes . . . I’ve been off wifi and away from the sixth boro, sometimes admiring images like the one below.  I’m back now and have more photos from July 2010 to revisit the Piscataqua, and a watershed where I canoed, kayaked, and just generally roamed from 1986 until 2000, along with some hiatuses out […]

Random Tugs 289

But first, can you guess the date?  Answer follows. Mackenzie Rose is the newest name for this 2000-built boat, after Vernon C and then Mary Gellatly. Ellen, ex-YTB-793 Piqua, here assists a box boat with a boat on top.   Ex-YTBs can be found in some unusual places. Capt. Brian A. approaches the pilot’s door […]

Random Tugs 249

The blog is called tugster, and not tatter, taster, tagster or truckster, as much fun as those digressions may be, being able to be a bit obsessively focused, this is the 249th installment!   If you add in the non-random tug posts, it’s even more than 249. W. O. Decker, the only wooden-hulled tug in […]

Random Tugs 240

Navigator looks great in the yellow trim.  For some quantifiable info, she dates from 1981 and reports 1200 hp. Ellen always strikes me as a brawler, more so than identical YTBs.  Maybe it’s the ships’ hull paint she’s rubbed off with the bow rendering. For numbers and facts, she dates from 1967, built in Marinette […]

Government Boats 48

I’ve posted photos of USS Little Rock on this blog last winter, when it was frozen rock hard into the Montreal winter.  Its lines helped me identify these vessels some weeks back as I was driving along the eastern shore of Wisconsin, where I had stopped to see what was in the Marinette Marine yard; […]

Government Boats 47

I missed the sixth boro fleet week this year, so here’s my compensatory post. A French FREMM visited the port a few years ago, and here’s the first Italian one I’ve seen, built by Fincantieri.  FREMM . . . well for the French frigate it would expand to Frégate européenne multi-mission.  The Italians would call […]

Really Random Tugs 39

Here’s a new look in ship-assist boats.  Can you tell what else is unconventional? More on the design later in the post. This is a classic design in freshwater tugs.  And this particular boat you’ve seen in a number of posts on this blog in 2016, if you’re a faithful reader.  It’s in these. I’ve […]