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The idea for this series is that while watching a movie, I see tugboats in it unexpectedly.  This happened last night as  I watched Kill the Irishman, a 2011 movie based on events in Cleveland OH during the mid-1970s, when a mob war led to 37 bombings in Cuyahoga County.  I was outside the US during that time period and had no recollection of it, nor do I recall this movie from a decade ago. 

The protagonist is Danny Greene, who first worked as a longshoreman on the Cleveland docks. While taking a break from discharging grain, he points out this container ship being escorted and tells his fellow dockworkers that containerization will take away all their jobs. 

Is this a model?  I don’t recognize the livery on either tugboat or containership.  Haven’t all escort tugs in Cleveland always been GL tugs?Were there ever containerships of this type in Cleveland in the 1950s or 1960s?  Danny was born in 1933, dropped out of high school, did a few years in the military, and came back to Cleveland in the 1950s, I’d calculate.

At one point in the early 1970s, Greene gets a loan from Shondor Birns, a racketeer who gets this money from the Gambino family, leading to this gratuitous shot of an eastbound tug in the East River.  Now that could be a canaler like  Crow or Cheyenne . . . .  These photos are both screen grabs and the tugboat below plays no role in the movie except to establish the location, already done by the buildings.

Can anyone shed any further light on these two tugboats, the ship, and containerization on the Great Lakes in that time period? 

Screen grabs by WVD, whose previous film tugs can be found here.

Here are the earlier posts in this series.

And for today, see this screen grab from Coen brothers Ladykillers, a fun movie I thought for an otherwise uninspired evening.  That’s a tug towing a garbage barge under a bridge supposedly in a southern state.  A good half dozen bodies get tossed onto the garbage as that tow reappears a half dozen times in the movie.  So here’s the question . . . what tug is that?



And I’ll get you the answer–my best guess, at least, tomorrow.

Here were the first and second in this series.   And I could renumber and make this #4, since I posted a screen grab of tug in  Carlito’s Way here . . . last shot there . . . which turned out to be Dorothy Elizabeth.   Anyhow, the “grab” is somewhat blurry, but any guesses about the name of the movie or info on the boat?


The figure near the stern here is actually Robert DeNiro . . .


And the movie is  . . .  here.


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