On this eleventyhundredth snow day this winter, here’s a look back to the warm summer days out on the harbor tug-watching with the WHC.

From the Vane Brothers website: The Vane Brothers Company has served the maritime industry in the Port of Baltimore and the U.S. Eastern Seaboard for more than 100 years. Today, they have five divisions operating out of the ports of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Norfolk, and Charleston.

Vane Bros. Magothy by the Bayonne Bridge. Photo by Mitch Waxman


The Magothy and Pocomoke are Patapsco-class tugs. 100’ long, with a 34’ beam, and a depth of 15’ with a gross tonnage of 99 tons.

Pokomoke on the KVK. Photo by Mitch Waxman


Powered by two CAT3516, 2100 horse-power engines with Kort nozzles with model bows and square sterns, the Magothy and Pokomoke are dedicated to 55,000 barrel tank barges on the coastwide trade.

Quantico Creek, barge on-the-hip. Photo by Mitch Waxman


Quantico Creek is a 3,000 horsepower towing vessel measuring 90’ long, 32’ wide, with a 13’ hull depth. Her gross tonnage is 97 tons and powered by two Caterpillar diesel engines, she is dedicated to 30,000-barrel tank barges.

Hunting Creek. Photo by Mitch Waxman


Hunting Creek joined Vane’s fleet in 2012. She is a 3,000 horsepower vessel, measuring 90′ long, 32′ wide, with a 13′ hull depthand has been a bunkering workhorse in New York Harbor. Designed by Frank Basile of Entech and Associates of Houma, Louisiana, she was named after the Hunting Creek cove in Maryland.

Red Hook. Photo by Mitch Waxman


Built in 2013, Red Hook is the seventh Sassafras class tug built for Vane Brothers. Powered by two Caterpillar 3512 diesel engines rated at 1,500 horsepower each turning two Rolls Royce Troost design 87″ four-bladed propellers for a rated 3,000 horsepower. She’s named for Red Hook, Vane Brother’s own homeport neighborhood in Brooklyn.

by Mai Armstrong, photos by Mitch Waxman generously shared with the Working Harbor Committee

CubaKat, a Florida catamaran company has its sights set on being one of the first high-speed catamaran ferry services between the Florida Keys and Havana, Cuba. [Caribbean Journal]

Old Havana by night. Photo by Gabriel Rodríguez via wikipedia


The company has been working with U.S. and Cuban officials on the proposed service since 2011, and if all goes as planned, they hope to launch in December of this year.

One of the designs being considered. Image via CubaKat


Caribbean Journal: “While we are not currently operating ferry service from Florida to Cuba, we are working very closely with both US and Cuban authorities and other partners to gain full governmental approval for our service,” the company said in a release.

From the collection of Bjorn Larsson


If realized, the service would be the resumption of what was, before the embargo, a frequent means of transit between America and its Caribbean neighbour.

Read more from the Caribbean Journal here…

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