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First the specifics . . . 70 Henry Street Brooklyn Heights Cinema tonight at 7 for reception with showing starting at 8.    After the show, stop by at Park Plaza Bar about .1 mile nearby.

So it’s appropriate to lead these NYC Municipal Archives photos off with tugboat Brooklyn.

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Next  in an icy North River  (?) . . . . . . Richmond.

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Launches  Bronx and

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Queens.

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Passenger steamer Little Silver, which ran between the Battery and Long Branch, NJ in the first decade of the 20th century.

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And finally . . . John Scully, a very classy Dialogue (Use the “find” feature to search) built built tug

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And the connection . . . here’s what boats of this vintage look like today in “disintegration experiments” in waters everywhere.  I took these in August 2011 while Gary and I filmed Graves of Arthur Kill.

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Some boats of this time, of course, still operate like Pegasus (1907) and Urger (1901)

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while others try to stave off time so that they might once again like New York Central No. 13 (1887).

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It’s Margot, last included on this blog here.  Guess the location?

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And a former fleet mate of Frances, it’s  Catherine Turecamo . ..  with Gage Paul Thornton way in the background.

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Here’s a closer-up of Gage Paul with Robbins Light in the background.

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New York Central No. 13 . . . changing at a glacial pace and probably regressing, not progressing.   My last photo of this boat might be here.

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Here’s Robert leaving the sixth boro this morning with a tow that

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includes dredge McCaskill, which I previously featured here high and dry  and here from the inside.

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East Coast meets west coast this morning alongside Corossol.

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The newer Dean headed eastbound on the KVK and

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and finally . .  another configuration of Marjorie B. McAllister.

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All photos taken this week by Will Van Dorp.

Oh . . . Margot‘s location in the first photo is Tottenville NY, with Outerbridge Crossing in the background.

The Yahoo tugboat groups has recently hosted an interesting discussion on “oldest” tugs in the United States, North America, or US-built.  Here’s a batch I’ve seen in the past year.

Baltimore . . . 1906, afloat in Baltimore.

Rose . . . 1906,  afloat in Camden, NJ.

Jupiter . . . 1901, afloat in Philadelphia.

Pegasus . . . 1907,  afloat in Jersey City.

Urger . . . 1901, working near Albany.   I took this foto in Lyons in February.

New York Central No. 13 . . . 1887,  ashore on Staten Island.

I’d love to see recent fotos of the following:  Fanny J, 1874, probably in Haiti;  Tramp, 1874; Rustler, 1886; Jill Marie, 1889; and Spanky Paine, 1892.  Many boats much younger than all those mentioned here have been scrapped or left to linger in graveyards.

All fotos in this post by Will Van Dorp, taken in 2010.  Last time I had a batch adding up to 550 years.

Unrelated but a “must-see” is the current exhibit at Atlantic Gallery called “Water”  which features work by 75 artists including Pamela Talese and the peripatetic bowsprite.

The last time I used this title , which starts with this foto of the elegant New York Central No. 13, was a half year ago.  How can this be?  And No. 13, how will these elegant  nineteenth century curves glide as she cleaves the Kills?

Amber Waves . . . evocative name, but wouldn’t frothy ones be more descriptive for winter fishing?  Notice the storage space of a trawler hull compared with the tug hulls in this post.   Seeing those spanking new “zinc fish” affixed to the hull recalls Bowsprite’s recent –shall we say . . . “biological” . ..  studies.

Shelby . . . all engine room and fluids tank …  is quite unlike this

offshore clam dredge (?) that needs to store the catch until it’s offloaded at the dock.

Is there a special name for the vertical stempost sported by Specialist II?

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

I’ve previously compared hull types here.

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