You are currently browsing the tag archive for the ‘Cape Hatteras’ tag.

For some reason I thought Kirby had only three of these 105′ x 36′ and 5000 hp boats:  Cape Canaveral, Henry, and Lookout.  So when I saw this one yesterday at Bayonne Dry Dock, I wondered which it was.  From my first photos, I could not read the sign boards, and   I eliminated the three Capes I knew using AIS, so I was stumped.  Since this one has apparently been on the hard for a bit, its AIS transponder was turned off.

Note the crane truck raising its boom between the Christopher Edward lift and the tug.

I came back past a couple hours later, and noticed the boom was raised.  The light was better too, which led me to conclude the tugboat was Cape Hatteras.

So after nearly four years after she was launched, I have a photo of Cape Hatteras.  Now I need to catch up with Cape Ann, the last of five Kirby had built at Master Boat BuildersCape Ann, which I may have to travel to the west coast to see . . . , and Hatteras, where’ve you been?

All photos, WVD.

Kirby also has the Heath Wood 5000 hp boat (s?) and the Tina Pyne 10,000 hp boat (s?)  I’ve never seen Heath Wood in the sixth boro, I don’t believe. 

If you’ve never read this thumbnail history of Kirby on, it’s worth a read.  Is there a US company with more tugboats than Kirby?  The Great Lakes Towing Company claims to be the largest here, but is that true?

Googling “largest tugboat” brought me to the stories of Belcher-Port Everglades and Belcher-Tampa . . . and their short lives.  Find that story here.

Enough tangents, interesting though they be . . .  I’m off to my other projects. 



Quick, name that boat.

It’s appeared on this blog before. 

She appeared here before as Charles Burton, but now . . .  meet Helen!

Cape Hatteras (1967) and Eugenie Moran (1966) have recently appeared over by Prall’s Island, regular spot for tugboats being prepared for reefing.   I caught Eugenie in Portsmouth NH over a decade ago here

Now over to the coast 3000 miles away, it’s C-tractor 22.  Thanks to JED, I rode out to sea with a previous generation C-tractor here over a decade ago. 

Many thanks to Tony A for all but the last photo, which was sent along by George Schneider.  Thanks to you both. 

And I’ll keep the lights on in tugster tower to keep juicing up the robots.


Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 1,579 other subscribers
If looking for specific "word" in archives, search here.
Questions, comments, photos? Email Tugster

Documentary "Graves of Arthur Kill" is AVAILABLE again here.Click here to buy now!

Seth Tane American Painting

Read my Iraq Hostage memoir online.

My Babylonian Captivity

Reflections of an American hostage in Iraq, 20 years later.


June 2023