I’m back from some Rn’R in Saratoga Springs, a nice place to visit even with the lack of Tugboats.

This week’s blog was photographed at my usual location at the end of Bard Ave Staten Island, 1½ hours of nonstop activity, with great light.

Little Toot, ex Wilmington DE Fireboat 7. Photo: ©John Skelson

Within minutes of my arrival at the location, I was greeted by “Little Toot”, Wilmington Delaware’s former Fireboat 7, now privately owned. Little Toot made an appearance at the 2012 Tugboat Races, and I haven’t seen her since.

FDNY Fireboat Governor Alfred E Smith. Photo: ©John Skelson

Dredge R.S. Weeks. Photo: ©John Skelson

A huge Dredge, “R.S. Weeks” on its way to Caddell’s Dry Dock, was the next surprise. Dan Marine “High-rise” Tugs Chesapeake and Discovery Coast, FDNY Fireboat “Governor Alfred E Smith”, and a new sighting, Tug “Patricia”.

Weeks Tug Candice assisting the dredge to drydock at Caddell’s. Photo: ©John Skelson

Caldwell Marine pusher Austin. Photo: ©John Skelson

Tug Patricia. Photo: ©John Skelson

One of the twins – Discovery Coast. Photo: ©John Skelson

…and the other twin – Chesapeake Coast. Photo: ©John Skelson


Come be a part of a global photography event!

On October 5, I will be leading a Photowalk along the KVK and Richmond Terrace, as part of Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk day. We will be walking from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal to the Snug Harbor area.

The walk is free, but you must sign up. Be seeing you on the Kill, John Skelson.

by John Skelson for the Working Harbor Committee