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Random Sixth Boro (and Beyond) 31

I took this photo in Waterford eastern terminus of the Erie Canal on November 1, 2010, and the canal had not yet closed.  I had just returned from part of a transit, and we had met lots of boats.  Although we had been bound for the Great Lakes, most, like the intriguing Baidarka, was bound […]

April 2015 Retro

Eric McAllister assisted Cielo di Roma, now Baki Akar, Turkish-flagged out of her IMTT berth. Mako, in the dawnlight, which I see through an urban window these days, waits alongside her barge. Bow Riad meets Genesis Victory and sails west.  She was Huron Service until some point in 2013. I recall I got this photo […]

Random Tugs 263

This post, beginning with Miriam Moran juxtaposed with downtown Newark NJ, is intended to demonstrate just how diverse the sixth boro is, in terms of vessels and shorelines. Has Miriam been in the sixth boro all of its 40-year career? Ernest Campbell is 10 years older than Miriam, and did the better part of a […]

Retro Sixth Boro 11

My rules for this series:  all photos need to have come from the month in focus but exactly 10 years earlier.  It’s a good way to notice change. Take Capt. Log.  I used to love seeing that boat, now long scrapped.  I have photos of her as a heap of scrap pieces and have never […]

Something Different 37

The other night in a diner 300 miles from the sixth boro, Jim–holding the remote below and to the left–mentioned his boat models.  His favorite, he said, was Mister Darby.  My interest was piqued, but he went on, describing it as about five feet long and having an automobile battery as a power source.   […]

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 […]

Random Tugs 237

Kirby Moran and James D Moran wait, like a team of horses, actually a team of 12,000 horses. Here’s a different perspective on Kirby as she returns from a job. CMT Otter and a salt barge lies alongside Nord Summit while along the other side, the venerable Twin Tube reprovisions from stern starboard. Atlantic Salvor (or […]

Random Tugs 235

I take a lot of photos.  A few are extraordinary, IMHO.  The photo below ranks among that select set. Above and below, it’s Jonathan C Moran.  Sharon Sea heads for sea above. Atlantic Salvor takes yet another scow filled with dredge spoils out to the dumping grounds. Atlantic Dawn heads out. Emily Ann tows Chesapeake […]

Random Tugs 234

Seeing a tugboat on a mooring in the sixth boro is unusual, in my experience, and I took many shots.  This is my favorite. Neptune the other morning headed for sea along the sylvan banks of Staten Island. James E. Brown moves a scow, likely to be filled with scrap metals. Brian Nicholas travels to […]

Sixth Boro Spring Signs 2018

Call it a sea change.  The air warms up although the water is still very cold. Sea Lion does what it has all winter, but what’s different is the reappearance of non-workboats.  Sea Lion has some history on this blog. Evening Light moves north in anticipation of summer. Pleasure boats move into an environment that […]