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I’m traveling and was thinking not to post, but these are just too good to pass up.

It’s a very familiar looking livery for folks familiar with the sixth boro and many other places . . .  the lion boats.

What’s not familiar though is the background . . .

given that this is late May, but it’s Ann T Cheramie departing Kodiak!

Many thanks to Clay W for passing these photos along.

On this date in May 2013, I was near Portland OR scanning slides, images Seth Tane had taken decades earlier.  

The images have value in a macro sense, not the small details but rather the extent of change in the past almost 50 years. 

Tomorrow (2023) the fleet comes in.  But what year did LCC-20 come in . . . maybe 1985 or 1986?  It seems she’s still active. I now believe that lightship is the former LV-84.

But there are details here too, like these.  Might these two tugs be what’s more commonly known to me as Christine M. McAllister and H. J. Reinauer?   And look at the crowds!!

Is this the former lightship St. Clair?

Will this former tanker, former crane ship be fodder for underwater archeologists of the 22nd century?

I’d love to see this tugboat today.

What a different skyline!!  The Esso tanker’s been scrapped two decades already. 

Kehoe tugs have appeared here on this blog a few years ago.  Here in this fog, they look every bit to be a fading past.

All photos, thanks to Seth Tane.  Any errors, WVD.

If you’ve got time and inclination and an interest in the comments of a decade ago, click in the links below for that journey back in time to 6 b 5  d   aka sixth boro fifth dimension posts . . . .

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Many thanks to Tony for keeping me current on vessels in the boro.  Most of these are transients, like Capt Richard of Norfolk Dredging.  Other equipment of the dredging

company was towed through in recent months as well, likely returning from a dredging project somewhere.

Stadt Amsterdam was in town, in fact at Pier 17, about a month ago.  From the sixth boro she headed east, with her itinerary listed here.  Pier 17 is also where I caught Capitán Miranda–after being tipped off by Tony.  Danmark was there too as well as the vessels of the beer run. Has any beer been delivered there by boat since?

With LCS Cleveland just launched with a splash and a douse over in Marinette, USS Cooperstown was recently commissioned in a location relatively close to  . . . Cooperstown.. I believe she overwintered in Escanaba, where we we welcomed recently as the first passenger vessel to call since the Americans.

Hidden away, Tony caught Rachel Marie and more.  Here’s a blast from the way past featuring her exploits tugging on whole islands!

Shelby Rose may be a fleet mate.

Jimmy, recently spoiled by spa treatment, stands forward of a whole line of boats and countless stories.

Mr Connor was ashore getting spiffy.


I’ve often seen Manhasset Bay on AIS, but thanks to Tony, here’s

my first time to see her in the boro.

And rounding things out, behold Joanne Marie, following her makeover after I got these photos over her coming into town the other month . . .  wow!! that was February.  Time does pass quickly!

Much appreciation to Tony A for keeping an eye on sixth boro traffic while I get lost elsewhere.

Here was “government boats 44” from almost six years ago.  Before you click on the link in the previous sentence, do you recognize the vessel fighting the fire below?

It’s none other than the oldest active fireboat in the world, unless someone can prove that it’s not.  

And if you’re not familiar with the boat yet, it’s Edward M. Cotter, built as W. S. Grattan in Elizabethport NJ in 1900 !!!, and –as seen above–still active doing what it was built for as part of the  Buffalo Fire Department.  For info on its current namesake, click here.  More photos here

Other photos I’ve taken of Cotter over the years can be seen here. Other fireboats posts… here.

Thanks much to Brian R. Wroblewski for use of these photos.  More photos of Cotter and BFD on scene can be seen on FB at Buffalo Fire & Rescue On Scene for April 15, 2023.  Previous photos from Brian on this blog can be seen here

Big announcement on tugster tomorrow. 

Quick . . . name that unit?


The Patsy Paulie?

Name the unit yet?

The Patsy Paulie is the old B. No. 280, pushed here by the old Rhea I. Bouchard, now The Beatrice.  I’m sure there’s a story, and I know that I don’t know it.

And thanks to Birk Thomas, behold the new livery, paint and name on the old Guilford Courthouse, last seen on tugster here about six long weeks ago.

Thanks to Birk for use of the photo;  all others and any errors, WVD.

Click here for previous installments in this series.



I’m back in the sixth boro.  And it’s always exciting to see what’s new.  The 2021 UHL Faith, an F900 Eco-Lifter fits that bill.

UHL Faith first stopped at the Howland Hook docks, and Gerard Thornton got the first three photos in this post.

The red tubular structures on deck are components of a crane.

Right after arriving in the boro, Wednesday I hurried over to see Howland Hook from the NJ side to get these photos. 

Gerard reports the crane components were Paceco.  I’m not sure what model crane these parts will become.

Friday morning finds UHL Faith at the head of the Elizabeth Channel of NYNJ port.

Have other UHL vessels visited the sixth boro?

Many thanks to Gerard for the first three photos;  the others, WVD.


One enjoyable thing about this tugster “business” is that you all send me photos, some of which I’ve shared 108 times before this post.

First, from a Mississippi River vantage point that I only recently left, some photos from Lew, who previously contributed these photos.  

I’ll consult for the low down on this vessel.



Thanks, Lew, and I’d left New Orleans just the day before;  sorry to have missed you.  I did, however, serendipitously cross paths with Bjoern of New York Media Boat while I was there.  That’s another story.

Tony A sent along these photos of George Holland, ex-Sassafras!


How about this photo from May 1946, sent along by William Lafferty.

William writes:  “St. Louis Shipbuilding & Steel Company was very proud of its post-war towboats, and with good reason.  Merlin Banta was christened Havana Zephyr at St. Louis on 15 May 1946 by Mrs. Kenneth Baker, wife of a co-owner of Streett Towing Company of St. Louis.  Streett had it built to tow petroleum barges from Baton Rouge to Bettendorf, Iowa, where Socony Vacuum Oil Company had a large refinery.  Originally with twin Superior turbo-charged 80-MX-6 Diesels, 1980-bhp total, replaced in 1973 by twin EMD 12-567Es, 2800-bhp when it ran as H. F. Leonard for Huffman Towing Company, St. Louis.  It now has 3200-bhp EMDs since 2010.  Streett had SLSB&SCo build a couple more, but nothing that looked like this.  “C C” on it today stands for Chemical Carriers, Inc., of Plaquemine.”  Gone are the days of “streamlined” tugboats, which in 1936 led to a streamlined tugboat called David here, which is still around although with a changed appearance.

And finally, how about this from Sea Bart . . .  Loke Viking

a huge 279′ x 75′.

Sea Bart writes that he saw the actual vessel off Scotland, and in the local pilot’s station, there’s a model


made with Legos.  The the size of the model!

Many thanks to Lew, Tony A, William Lafferty, and Sea Bart for passing along these photos. 

Here are photos of my encounter with Merlin Banta back in 2014.


Since I’m currently riding the long rails, including this one, I’ve queued up a few posts.  More on the rails soon.

But let’s go back a decade and a month in this case, and see some happenings in the sixth boro in 2013.  Diane B was already around, and here she was taking advantage of the high tide to make her way with a light John Blanche downstream from the head of navigation on the Hutchinson River to the East River tidal strait.

Americas Spirit came in with assistance from Barbara McAllister and McAllister Sisters.  Barbara is now Patsy K, and sisters is still Sisters.  Spirit is still Spirit.

Marquette’s Miss Emily made a run through the KVK, likely in connection with some dredge work.

Vernon G was already Mary Gellatly then.  Now she’s a very busy Mackenzie Rose.

Catherine Turecamo retrieves a docking pilot.  Catherine is now on the Lakes as John Marshall.

Harry McNeal moves Clyde along by the hip.  Work was just months away from the old version of the Bayonne bridge.  Both boats I believe are still in the boro.

Lincoln Sea was the biggest regular in the boro, and still occasionally comes through.

Gramma Lee T. Moran still worked here, and I’d not yet met her namesake. 

You know it, of course, this photo is about the Mini Cooper, not the RORO that delivered it here.

Mixed traffic worked here, as it still true.

A very rusty Horizon Trader-  a 1973 cargo ship now long scrapped-passed through the port with its 2325 teu capacity.

Back then an occasional tanker with this type of Cyrillic writing could be seen. 

And around this time I started to use the tag “collaboration.”  This photo comes from Capt. Fred Kosnac on an “excessively windy” day.

All photos here, as attributed.  Thanks to Fred for the photo above. 

This title goes back to 2006!!  here. Since that time, I’ve been inside one, although not as it free fell into the sea.

It’s standard equipment on vessels of all sorts.  For what’s inside, click here.

Sometimes they make their way inland and form encampments.  Just kidding, but this is an intriguing sight in these photos send along by Sean McQuilken.

If this were an Air B & B, I might consider staying.  Likely these are for sale or are used for training, or both.  Actually, people have turned these into yachts, as in this video.

But the other day when USNS Pomeroy was still in town, I noticed that one of the enclosed lifeboats was beside the hull, floating in the water.  It was no doubt a drill before the T-AKR-316 left town after a thorough refurb. 

Drill complete, crew transferred from the lifeboat into a launch, the lifeboat got hauled back into its cradle, 

and the crew made their way up the long companionway back aboard ship.  

Thanks to Sean for sharing the photos.  Previous photos from Sean can be seen here.  The others, WVD. 

Here’s an article I did on lifeboat drills some years ago.

Here’s a photo I caught back in December in Boston harbor.   That’s Miss Yvette pushing a barge that’s just lifted a “briefly immersed” Massport vessel into the air.  It had taken me a while to put together that this is the most recent livery for the previously very red  Miss Yvette.

The plume rising from the small tug alongside was very impressive. 

From eastriver, here’s an update on MV Merlin Banta, a 1946 vintage Mississippi River line haul boat that has to be one of my all-time favorites.  Back in 2014, I did a post about her here.

This sentiment from eastriver:  “Hadn’t seen her for a long time. Was worried that some heathen had scrapped her. But here she was yesterday, in the River at Bringer Point – with a new paint job!”  

Also from eastriver, a quite chunky small tug pushing this crane barge.

It’ll remain nameless because we just don’t know.

And finally from Tony A, it’s Hercules, a Miami River tugboat in the dredging trade.

Previous P and L tugs like Rikki S have appeared here.

Many thanks to eastriver and Tony A for use of these photos.

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