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Sunday morning I arrived at the “Office” at about 0900 hrs. It was a quiet low-key morning, the usual tugs were passing and 3 inbound ships also… I am leaving after the third ship passed… 1130hrs;

I start to leave, and then, off in the distance, something is coming. Looks like a Moran “Tractor Tug”, but both of the NY T Tugs are visible to me??? Guess I will be here a little longer!

As the tug gets closer I can read the name, “James D Moran”. That’s a new, out of the box new tug arriving at Moran Port Richmond. Sometimes you are just in the right spot at the right time and get the photos.

James D Moran passing Kings Point. Photo by John Skelson

Brand-new build – James D Moran. Photo by John Skelson

James D Moran cruising the KVK. Photo by John Skelson

James D Moran headed to home port. Photo by John Skelson

James Turecamo, another Moran “James”…Moran also has “James A. and James R” Moran. Photo by John Skelson

Small containership Spirit of Colomao. Photo by John Skelson

Another small containership Shippan Island headed inbound. Photo by John Skelson

Emerald Coast. Photo by John Skelson

Curtis Reinauer. Photo by John Skelson

Eric McAllister… will she be at the Tugboat Races? Photo by John Skelson

Bulk Carrier “Global Oriole” headed to Port Newark for a load of scrap metal. Photo by John Skelson


Hope to see everyone Sunday at the Great North River Tug Boat Race and Competitions!

-John Skelson


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


Last minute preparations are in full swing over at WHC HQ for this Sunday’s 23rd Annual Great North River Tugboat Race & Competitions!


For a glimpse of last years race, check out this video by Phyllis Featherstone:


The action starts-up around 9:30 am as the tugs start arriving for the big Parade of Tugs! If you want to be right in the middle of the action, racing alongside the tugs, get tickets to ride on our Spectator Boat. Or you can watch from Pier 84 (w44th St/12 Ave) for free!

Full-speed ahead!! Photo by John Skelson


Weather is forecast to be perfect, sunny and clear, so it should be a banner day for the big event. Yay!

Only 4 more days!



by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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