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I’ve lived most of my life on one side of the Atlantic or another, which leaves me unfamiliar with the Pacific.  Thanks to Mage, frequent commenter on this blog, here’s a classic Pacific vessel, one built at Manuel Goularte’s yard in San Diego in 1914.  According to information on her filed with the National Register of Historical Places, “her active life of 1914 to present, Pilot has enjoyed the longest continuous career of any working watercraft in the western hemisphere.”


These photos were taken by George Bailey, Mage’s husband.  Click here and scroll to see a photo of Pilot in 1916!  99 years ago.  Click here for a 5-minute documentary featuring Pilot.


My “reading around” turns up Manuel Goularte in connection with another West Coast classic, Butcher Boy.”

Unrelated:  Grace Quan is another classic although replica West Coast boat I’d love to see.   The idea of a west coast trip is an itch I’m going to have to scratch soon!


Today’s photos come compliments of Michael Torres, who previously shared this and this.  Michael . .  great to hear from you and get a glimpse of the west coast city of San Diego . . .

And who’s being feted here?


It’s Reuben Lasker, a Wisconsin product and brand new NOAA fisheries research vessel getting a prismatic welcome from San Diego Harbor police less than two weeks ago.  Here’s some info on the namesake and the shipyard.


Also in port is T-ATF-171, Sioux.  Here is one of the posts I did two years ago on a sister of Sioux, one in fact that was recently in my old haunts of Portsmouth, NH, to pick up  a sad tow.



For scale, see Sioux here passing Nimitz and a gaggle of C-Tractors.


Also in port around the same time, it’s USNS Montfort Point, aka T-MLP-1, mobile landing platform.  She can partially submerge to load/offload hovercraft and other heavy equipment.  In the distance you see John Glenn, a younger sibling, also built locally.  Michael suggests squinting to imagine seeing the tanker influences in their design.   Click here to see other NASSCO ships.


And finally . . . for a Jones Act RORO with the best paint job . . . it’s Jean Anne.


Many thanks to Michael for sending these photos from “somewhere different,” which will be an emerging theme here on tugster.

In fact, if you have great photos from your version of “somewhere different” or “something different,” please get in touch.


On this blog, you’ve seen spinning the king and turning Tabuk, get ready for turning 70, which never looked so good.

That 70 is CVN-70 aka USS Carl Vinson, recently

departing San Diego for points west.  These fotos come compliments of Michael Torres, who just a few weeks back sent spectacular fotos of the return to port of Splendor of the Seas.

The orange numbered tugs make up part of the Edison Chouest fleet.  I believe these tugs make up a small minority of American tugs with forward-mounted azimuthing drives, or ATDs, in this article by Gregory Walsh in Professional Mariner.   

For my mostly east coast eyes, these tugs are a distinctive as Michael’s fotos stunning.  I’ve written about them before here

The names are quite unusual also. 

SDMs 7, 8, 10, and 14 turning CVN 70 . . . that’s unfamiliar

nomenclature for my east coast ears.  I’ve got lots to learn about these, but

for now, I really appreciate getting these shots from Michael.

What’s this?

Many thanks to Michael Torres–Brooklynite transplanted to San Diego–for these fotos of Carnival Splendor returning safely to port yesterday.   The job is escorted into port here by WHEC-722 USCGC Morgenthau.

As it customary . . .  as news of the fire and disabling of the cruise vessel was disseminated, all mention of the rescuing tugs used the generic:  tug, tugs.

So here are some names:  far to near here Harley Marine’s Millennium Dawn and Crowley’s Spartan.

Here are the same, along with Saturn and  Ernest Campbell.

I’m guessing the ones portside are Chihuhua and  Saturn.

So here’s a slightly different version of that lead foto:  SMBC Monterrey, launched in Valencia, Spain a year and a half ago.   SMBC expands to “Servicios Maritimos de Baja California.”

Many thanks to Michael Torres and Mage Bailey.    And thankful for a safe return to port for all.

Related:  See this interview with captain of Millenium Dawn.

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