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The morning started off looking very threatening, but the weather held up until late afternoon. As to the Tugboat Races, well, you just have to be there to really have the experience.

Here is our first set of photos, a lot more to follow… and a video or two. Thanks to Capt John Doswell and everyone at the Working Harbor Committee for making this all possible. And, a special thanks to Huntley Gil and the Fireboat John J. Harvey for having Phyllis and me on board to photograph the event.

The Parade of Tugboats. Photo by John Skelson

The BIG Winner, and a tug I have shown many times before in my posts, Robert E McAllister. Photo by John Skelson

The US Army Invaded with this Huge Tug “MG Anthony Wayne”. Photo by John Skelson

A Water Salute on the John J Harvey. Photo by John Skelson

Pegasus Meets the US Army. Photo by Phyllis Featherstone

The Smallest Tug “The Bronx”. Photo by John Skelson

Susan Miller Displaying the Colors. Photo by John Skelson

The Starting Line. Photo by Phyllis Featherstone

Lining Up Mako III, Pegasus and Bering Sea. Photo by John Skelson

Pushing Competition Robert Burton and Catherine C Miller. Photo by John Skelson

The Race. Photo by John Skelson

The Finish Line. Photo by Phyllis Featherstone

Line Toss from the John J Harvey. Photo by John Skelson

Some Hard Racing. Photo by John Skelson

Eric Thornton Receives Best Looking Tug Award from Capt John Doswell. Photo by John Skelson

1st Place Class A the Crew of Robert E McAllister. Photo by John Skelson

Best Mascot “Arlie from Miller’s Launch. Photo by John Skelson

The Tattoo Competition. Photo by Phyllis Featherstone

That’s all for now. Phyllis and I have a lot more to come.

-John Skelson

All photos by John Skelson and Phyllis Featherstone, generously shared with the Working Harbor Committee

I spent a few hours shooting this week and wondering who will win the Tugboat Races this year. There are quite a few large new boats in NY Harbor this year; will it be one of them?

I finally got a good photo of Sabine, a tug chartered to McAllister. I kept missing her or capturing in bad light. Also, photographed Pelham, Henry Marine’s tug, headed for the Tappan Zee project; and got Vane’s Red Hook.

Sabine. Photo by John Skelson

Henry Marine’s Pelham. Photo by John Skelson

Passing, Robert E and Patrice McAllister. Photo by John Skelson

Chesapeake Coast maneuvering a barge at Bayonne. Photo by John Skelson

Brooklyn. Photo by John Skelson

Laura K Moran. Photo by John Skelson

Shawn Miller pushing a work barge. Photo by John Skelson

Small Tanker Sunny Williams (sister ship Emma Miller was shown last week). Photo by John Skelson

Taurus. Photo by John Skelson

St. Andrew. Photo by John Skelson

Red Hook, raced last year. Photo by John Skelson

Marjorie B McAllister. Photo by John Skelson

US Army Corp of Engineers work boat. Photo by John Skelson

This weekend will be a busy one with a Hidden Harbor Tour Saturday on Circle Line. The 22nd Annual North River Tugboat Race & Competition will be held on Sunday. Spectators can watch the race close-up on the Circle Line Spectator Boat. Activities start at 9:30. Competitions will also be held on Pier 84 (right next to Circle Line).

Hope to see everyone there!

All photos by John Skelson, generously shared with the Working Harbor Committee

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