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Really Random Tugs 40

Remember the December 2016 saga involving Colleen McAllister and Katie G. McAllister?  Note the blackout painting where the stack rings once were?  Thanks to Krystal Kauffman, here’s an update from Muskegon. The photo below comes from Jake Van Reenen as they were departing Frink Park in Clayton near the 1000 Islands.  It’s a moody photo. […]

Merry Christmas 2017

Well, the season is wrong and the implement over the right shoulder belies merriment, but the hat and beard are almost right . . . The colors here are festive, but  . . . it’s not right. Floating here in a TowBoatU.S. water sled “pushed” by 150 horses past Boldt Castle . . . or […]

Dead Ship 2

Jake Van Reenen captured this procession yesterday on the upstream end of the Thousand Islands.  The photos are not bright, but that’s appropriate for a trip of this sort. The you see a ship with towlines fore and aft and new paint splotches that appear to be covering something . . . it means only […]


Enterprise seems a great title for a post on National Maritime Day, but here’s a question answered at the end of this post:  Why–other than the 1933 proclamation by Congress–is May 22 chosen for this day?  Answer at the end of this post. Jake van Reenen took these photos yesterday in Clayton, NY.  The title […]

Summer on an LCM

Here was “springtime.”  All the following photos taken by Jake Van Reenen this past summer show the variety of cargoes moved.                         Many thanks to Jake for use of these photos.  

Springtime on an LCM

If you haven’t read it yet, here’s my Professional Mariner article on “barging” in the area of the St. Lawrence River called the Thousand Islands. Since there’s plenty of reading there, I’ll just make this mostly a photo post.  LCM owner Jake Van Reenen took all but the last three photos in this post. In February, […]

American Narrows

American Narrows is not a political statement;  it’s a geographical location in the St. Lawrence River between mainland Jefferson county and Wellesley Island, which is divided between the US and Canada. The River is narrow but deep, with fast currents and hard rock.   The Thousand Islands Bridge,  in most of these shots, spans the […]