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From George Conk . . . it’s Ahoskie, taken in Rockland, Maine.



from Jonathan Steinman, it’s Franklin Reinauer at sunrise on the East River, passing under–I guess-the Manhattan Bridge.



From Allen Baker, earlier this week, it’s Eagle, once again in the sixth boro.


From Bjoern Kils . . . it’s Kalmar Nyckle . . . taken by his mom in Lewes, DE.


From Zwaan Casasnuevas, it’s Half Moon in her current berth in Hoorn, NL, one stormy day last week.


From eBay and identified only by date, a view from 1946 featuring Chancellor and an unknown tug, probably NYC.  Anyone help with identification?


And finally from the same ethereal realms, it’s an unidentified Dalzell tug,


Thanks to George, Jonathan, Allen, Zwaan, Bjoern, and the webworldlings .. .

Short and sweet, here’s a response to GB 36.  Enjoy this bit of one up-manship from Les Sonnenmark, frequent contributor here.  Les writes, “Maybe this should be several-upmanship.  It’s a government-owned research vessel which I photographed in 2010 at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.  It sports seven 350 hp Yamahas for a total of 2450 hp.  I’m guessing they don’t fill ‘er up at the local marina gas dock.”



Click here for a photo of a bigger tin boat with even more outboards.

Thanks much, Les.

Many thanks to Paul for this aerial photo, said to show tugboats idled by the strike that lasted the first half of the February 1946.


Here’s the verso of the photo, in the case you read Spanish.


For more context of 1946 NYC, click here for a set of Todd Webb  photos.  If you have time for the 13-minute video at the end of that link, it’s well-worth it also, especially for the quote attributed to O. Henry . . . calling NYC “Baghdad on the subway,” which has a whole different set of connotations in 2015 as in O. Henry’s day.

Click here for more 1946 sixth boro photos by Andreas Feininger.

And since we’re stuck in 1946 for now, check out this Life article with drawings about a 1946 proposal to build a “first-world” airport (my quotes) along Manhattan’s west side covering 9th Avenue to the water and between 24th and 71st!


“From the Albert R. Stone Negative Collection, Rochester Museum & Science Center Rochester, N.Y.”

See the added image below the photo of Victor below.

For this photo printed in the Rochester Herald, November 10, 1911, I’ll use text from the collection:  “The “Victor” is a two masted boat with decking in the bow and canvas covering a sheltered space in the stern. She is pictured, with her crew, just off-shore from the roller coaster at Ontario Beach Park. The boat is moving toward the bank of the river. According to the newspaper article, “The Victor is 37 feet over all, has a displacement of about nine tons and is equipped with a six-cylinder Holmes engine. Built in [Bayonne] New Jersey, she is…the latest model lifesaving boat…of the self-righting and self-bailing variety and will make twelve miles an hour under favorable conditions.”


I generally do not modify published posts, except with self-deprecating cross-outs.  But here I’m adding the “plans” sent along by William Lafferty that clearly show the “mis-read” of the 1911 caption writer.  Here was a link I had intended to put with this post as well.  A further contradiction of the “misread” of the orientation of the boat is provided by the rake of the masts.  Thanks all for your corrections;  contemporary captions on any archival photos can be wrong.

McLellan E side elev

So this one is a mystery, and it deepens when you find there is Inspector I and Inspector II, and I don’t know which this is.  This photo is identified as taken in 1919 or 1920, but since the only person identified is Governor Miller, I’m thinking the photo was taken in 1921 or 1922.



My questions:  Is this the yacht built by Consolidated in 1909, 80′ loa?  Are there photos of Governor FD Roosevelt using it?  Did it once belong to a Rochester NY radio station?  Does anyone have facts about it being used in the Mariel Boatlift and ultimately sinking in the Caribbean?

Today there are still annual canal inspections, but one of the vessels used is Grand Erie, a very different creature.


September 2013

The photo above was taken by Will Van Dorp, who’s eager to learn the rest of the story of motor yacht Inspector.


Here are previous posts in this series.

And this set comes from Mike Abegg, whose photos have been used here previously.   Check this out.  All I know about the yellow vessel is that it looks like a Griffon 1000TD.






Anyone know the whences and whose . . . inquiring minds wish to know.

Thanks to Mike for sharing these photos.

Somewhat related . . . does anyone you know refer to the East River or any portion of it as the Sound River?


Here were parts a,  b and c.   These photos taken over three decades ago capture a simpler sixth boro.



Here the magical dory is tied to Philip T. Feeney, which now languishes in a tug purgatory.   The shore of lower Manhattan also looked quite different then.  That low-slung but stately building on the other side of the river is the Custom House aka Museum of the American Indian.



Reef points and baggy wrinkle . . . this is a classy sailing dory not timid


when navigating past a tanker of yore.



All photos by Pamela Hepburn of Pegasus Preservation Project.

Here was the first in the series.  That one ended on a “back-to-work” note.

This one . . . probably will not have a happy ending, unless of course you’re a fish looking for structure or a diver wanting to explore.  Here’s a view of the vessel pre-sixth boro days. And here’s the last time I saw her run.   Call Barents Sea high . . . and potentially wetter and wetter.


Have a look while you can.


When she gets reefed, I’d love photos.


Thanks to Birk, here’s her history.


Click here for a guide to fishing and diving on New Jersey reefs.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

How do you spell REFUEL?

Actually, many different ways, but on this trip, it was HMS . . .


Justice, and –I think–Bryant Sea.



Many thanks for these photos to a tar named Sue Doenum.

Here was the first of this sad series.

The photo below–taken by Bjoern Kils of New York Media Boat–shows what a half year under the water does.



Again, thanks to Bjoern for sharing this photo.

This post represents no more the definitive port of Tampa than a sampling of an hour’s worth of  traffic on the KVK, at the Brooklyn Bridge, or past the Holland Tunnel vents would be a definitive capture of the sixth boro of NYC.  I’m grateful to a nameless Nemo for these shots . . . like the coal-pushing Jason E. Duttinger and the barge Winna Wilson.


Here’s the 6000 hp Duttinger out of the notch.


As is OSG Endurance, 8000 hp.


From l to r, Sea Hawk . . . 8000 hp, Valiant . . .also 8000,    and Linda Moran . . . 5100. I’m not sure what the small tug in the distance is.   Also, click here and scroll to see the last time Sea Hawk has appeared in tugster, painted green.



And finally, what’s not visible in the photo below is Paul’s nose.  Click here to see a light bow-forward photo of Paul T. Moran.


Again, many thanks to nN for these photos.

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