There was a lot of activity on the KVK this morning including a couple of new tug sightings.

968 foot container ship Kaethe P headed for Port Elizabeth. Photo by John Skelson

James E Brown in push gear with 2 Weeks Crane Barges. Photo by John Skelson

New sighting, Tappan Zee Constructors tug Mr Russell. Photo by John Skelson

MSC Rachele, 1,096 foot container ship headed for Port Newark, Kirby Moran assisting. Photo by John Skelson

Oyster Creek passing Oleander. Photo by John Skelson

Oleander, it must be Thursday when Oleander shows up. Photo by John Skelson

New sighting, Tug Pinuccia. Photo by John Skelson

US Coast Guard Cutter Sturgeon Bay. Photo by John Skelson

Kendall J Herbert. Photo by John Skelson

Petroleum Tanker Emerald Summit. Photo by John Skelson

Captain Willie Landers. Photo by John Skelson

Baltic Dawn. Photo by John Skelson

Evening Mist posing for the camera. Photo by John Skelson


Sunday, September 6th is the 23rd Annual Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition, hope to see you there!
-John Skelson


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


Sorry for the late posting today all, had some unexpected dealings to handle this morning. That being said, I wanted to let you all know about a really cool exhibit that is going on at the museum ship Lilac at Hudson River Park’s Pier 25. It’s called: Spirits of the Passage: Stories of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.


via the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum


The exhibit, which will be on display through the end of September, speaks to “aspects of the maritime trade in African slaves combined with profiles of slaves, former slaves, abolitionists and others whose lives were touched by this global traffic. ”

via the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum

Lilac News Release: The exhibit was created by the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West, Florida and designed to travel. The Museum exists to provide educational services to the public on maritime and colonial activity in the New World and to preserve maritime culture resources.  It was established by diver Mel Fisher, a treasure hunter who found the sunken wrecks of the Spanish galleons Nuestra Senora de Atocha and Santa Margarita.

via Lilac Preservation Project

Lilac received key funding from the Sandy Hook Pilots’ Association to bring this exhibit to New York.  The Association represents licensed pilots who guide ocean-going vessels through the Port of New York and New Jersey, the Hudson River, the East River, and Long Island Sound.

The exhibit is on loan until the end of September.  The last date to view the exhibit at Lilac is Sunday, September 27.  The ship is open from 4:00 to 7:00 pm Thursdays and 2:00 to 7:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. More information can be found at


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