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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

We had dinner at Blue, the old RH Tugs, Tuesday evening during the rain storms. Traffic was quite active and I was able to capture a few shots through the window of the restaurant. Blue’s menu is quite different from RH Tugs but the great view of the Kill van Kull is still there.

Vane Bros. tugs were on the move with 2 tugs I have not seen before. Also a RoRo Don Jon and Kirby tugs passed.

New in the KVK Vane’s Fells Point. Photo by John Skelson.

Tangier Island. Photo by John Skelson.

RoRo Cygnus Leader headed for Port Newark. Photo by John Skelson.

Marie J Turecamo in a squall. Photo by John Skelson.

Kirby’s McKinley Sea. Photo by John Skelson.

Caitlin Ann in the driving rain. Photo by John Skelson.

This Saturday: August 16th there is a Hidden Harbor Tour leaving from Circle Line’s Pier 84 on the Hudson River at 42nd St. in Manhattan at 11AM. I will be there, hope you also will. Weather-wise, Saturday’s going to be a perfect photo day.

Don’t forget: the Tugboat Race is coming up. Sunday August 31 at 10AM on the Hudson River at W44th Street. Be a part of the high-powered action on the Spectator Boat and stick around for the fun competitions after the big race!

Update: the Historic Lighthouse Tender Lilac is closed this weekend Aug.16-17, due to a malfunction on Pier 25. Luckily, my photo exhibit “Tugboats, Workhorses of NY Harbor”, is on view through August 31.

See you onboard! John Skelson.

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


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