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Atlantic Basin 1

(Back in New York)  You’ve seen this before here.  No, it’s not named for a boat competition, as someone suggested to me yesterday.  The paint is spiffied up, but imagine my surprise and delight when Cape Race glided into Atlantic Basin yesterday under her own power, accompanied by music from her own Cat 3512. Ah […]

Morris Canal Tugs 2

For info on where the canal is, see this post from last year.  The distant red tug you see in that link is the 1907 Pegasus recently in drydock but now getting springtime service.  I visited this area of Jersey City and posted fotos a year ago here. So yesterday seemed ripe for a revisit–as […]

Morris Canal Tugs

La doyenne of tugs on the Canal is Pegasus, of course, vintage 1907.  I substitute this foto–taken over in Atlantic Basin, Brooklyn by Mike Lesser–because I couldn’t get a good shot in the Morris Canal.  Also, in this foto Mike captures two world-famous bloggers, frogma at the stem bitt and [ahem] tugster in his Jacques […]

Morris Canal Mysteries 3

For “outatowners,” the Morris Canal was an energy artery in the age of coal.  A remnant of its eastern end is the inlet just south of the Colgate Clock in Jersey City (cropped out to the right below) and right across the North River aka Hudson from Battery Park City.  I’ve posted fotos from the […]

Morris Canal Mysteries

Morris Canal . . . never heard of it? Wikipedia calls it anthracite-driven, and in pre-oil days, that said it all. Morris Canal connected the Hudson with the Delaware, which served as waterway for Pennsylvania coal. For out-of-towners, a half-mile vestige of the canal runs roughly west from the Hudson just north of Ellis Island. […]

Texas A&M Kennedy

I knew TS Kennedy was in the Upper Bay, but I thought I’d just catch her at anchor.  Then I saw a puff of smoke and she came around and met us on a parallel course. I know this is a digression, but don’t these lifeboats look a bit like well-rounded automobile bodies? I got […]

Random Tugs 348

Colonel came into town a week ago with the new ferry. Caitlin Ann has been here as long as I’ve been paying attention . . . although she had several names since then. James D and Ellen McAllister pin YM Width to the dock.  Jill Reinauer . . .  she’s been here from before tugster […]

ICW Tugs May 2017* A

I’ve traveled the ICW from Charleston SC to NYC, some parts several times.  This is a “revisit”  focusing solely on tugboats. I’ll start in Charleston with Elizabeth Turecamo in the fog. Recycling comments on the boats below from Georgetown SC, by George Schneider:  “The little one shows the name Laura , which has one of […]

Old Years 2020

I don’t celebrate holidays much, but “old year’s day” I take seriously, to look back and assess.  Today’s post features photos you may remember from 2020.  I chose these from the several thousand photos I put into public domain this year.  It’s a personal and subjective exercise;  on a different day I might choose another […]

Arthur Tickle Engineering Works

Arthur Tickle Engineering Works (ATEW) is now gone, but other marine service businesses (MSBs) remain.  I’ve long thought to do a series of posts about the MSBs like Caddells, GMD, Bayonne Drydock, Hughes Marine . . . and many others.  A while back, Steve Munoz sent these along, and it’s taken me a bit to […]