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Urger’s Lives

I admire versatility. In some settings it’s called being a chameleon. Check out this vessel below. How old is it? What use did it first have? The color scheme you may have seen before: of course, it’s the New York blue and yellow you see on state trucks and police cars. Why are these colors […]

Redux More Fishing Tugs 4

In Mackinaw City four and a half years ago, I took and posted photos of the very rusty 1938 fish tug Kari A, one of which you see directly below.  But a lot can happen in that period of time, further decrepitude or thorough rehabilitation. Above, that’s before, and what follows, is now. Many thanks […]

Retro Sixth Boro 43

I hope you enjoy looking back 10 years as much as I do, although some might say I live in the past a little too much.  Here’s some dense traffic, l to r, Twisted Sisters, Lucinda Smith, Maurania III, and Petrozavosk.  Up in Lyons NY at the drydock, Governor Roosevelt shows her deep 8′ 6″ […]

Small Craft 32

The juxtaposition of small craft with the larger vessels in the sixth boro can be dramatic, like when the small fishing boat barely rises above the boot stripe on the ship. Here’s another, where the small craft is about 1.5 teu or less. The guy on this Sea-Doo would be minced if his Sea-Doo engine […]

Fred “Tug44” Wehner Will Be Missed

Fred left us yesterday, and he will be missed.  Click on the photo below to see the source of this photo and read the context. Fred was a hilarious and complicated guy:  born in Germany, raised in Canada and in the north country of New York State.  I first met him on the Hackensack River […]

Edna A and the Nameless Tugboat

When this tow came off Oneida Lake headed west,  I wondered how many folks would interpret this incorrectly, that this was a tow and not a push. Ditto . . . heading into lock E-23.   Of course, regular readers of this blog know precisely what is going on. After a long hiatus at the […]

Road Fotos 2021 C

My goal was familiarization, not veni vidi vici, or exploration of the 2300+ miles of river crossing parts of seven states, beginning in SW Montana. Barge traffic is possible there now because of the work of the USACE.  More on that in a later post. Here was my top-priority destination:  the current northernmost aka upriver […]

Retro Sixth Boro NYC Tugboat Races 6

It’s hard to believe, but I’ve not been to the Great North River Tugboat Race since 2014, but in normal times, September 5 would see the next race.  But we’ve dispensed with the “normal times” concept for the time being. In selecting the batch for this post, I wanted splash, froth, bubbles, and the effervescence […]

From the Line Locker 32

I just happened to look at the August 2014 section of the archive, and this was the engine room at that time of the living, breathing tugboat Urger. The top photo shows the Atlas-Imperial fore-to-aft along the portside, and below, it’s the opposite . . .  starboard side aft-to-fore. Below is that same view as […]

From the Line Locker 31

See the note at the end of this post. Traffic in the harbor of NYC, aka the sixth boro, has a lot of unpredictability.  I tend to do a fair amount of categorizing in this blog.  For example, this was a surprise.  Usually this vessel–Admiral Richard E. Bennis–shuttles the river between Haverstraw and Ossining, but […]