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People Movers 5

She’s here–to the right–it’s Manhattan II, Classic Harbor Line’s latest tour boat in the sixth boro.  The Manhattans operate parts of three seasons. And along the same stretch of dock, earlier this year was Lady May, a 150′ Feadship.  Last year in Netherlands, I kayaked with a Feadship employee who loved building these vessels but loved kayaking the canals […]

Bowsprite’s People Movers 3 and MUCH More

Click here for the index to this series.  The elusive Bowsprite’s work is not elusive here. MV Alice Austen‘s namesake was a pioneer photographer from Staten Island. The other ferry of the Austen class was named for another famous Staten Island artist here. Rich Taylor, who has sent along other photos including this one, which I […]

People Movers 4 and More

Spirit of America . . . operates as an icon among icons. I need to force myself to look hard to see the obvious differences between Spirit and S. I. Newhouse, and others. Recently, though, Spirit has intruded into my photos more than any other one of the ferries. Molinari . . . John F. Kennedy […]

Bowsprite’s People Movers and More 2

I never thought there’d be a series starting here . ..  but she did take most of the photos below, so here goes . . . Quantum of the Seas  (hereinafter just Q) heading from Bayonne for sea but NOT before doing a doughnut in front of  . . . Lower Manhattan. Seeing Q turn in […]

People on the Boro 19

For context, let’s look back here. And last year among some of the great photos shared by Harry Thompson, here (scroll) was a crowded harbor photo I really liked. Last Saturday saw threatening weather; even so, lots of small boats and crowds braved the possibility of rain to see the races. Vigilance prevailed and I heard […]

Something Different 67 A

How did I get interested in tugboats?   Here is an autobiographical and long response, even though it’s only part 1 of 3, or in this case, A of A B C.   Bear with the scintillating prose, but I possess nary a single photo from this period. To answer the frequently asked question above,  I’ve […]

First Hours 2016 b

As was true yesterday, all photos today were taken in the first 12 hours of 2016.  For Chatham, the last tug I saw in 2015, the year end/start distinction was likely irrelevant.  No doubt the same holiday treats were out in the galley in the wee hours of 2016 as were a few hours before in 2015. From […]

Thanks to Barrel 2

Alpha is the caption on the photo, but there’s no 1928 boat by that name on this list.  Might it also have been called Captain Eric Bergland? Convoy is one of the four sisters delivered by Leathem Smith in Wisconsin in the spring of 1941. I love the coil on the hawser rack.   I posted […]

People Movers 3

Behold ex-LST-510, USS Buncombe County, preparing for a routine landing over in Connecticut. Bowsprite drew it, so it drew me . . . I had to go see again, even though some years ago I’d ridden her.  If you look at her peers launched at JeffBoat in  late 1943 and early 1944, you’ll agree she’s […]

Bowsprite’s People Movers and More

Care for a shot of Melville?  ““Take almost any path you please, and ten to one it carries you down in a dale, and leaves you there by a pool in the stream. There is magic in it. Let the most absent-minded of men be plunged in his deepest reveries–stand that man on his legs, […]