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This week Gramma Lee T Moran sailed out of NY Harbor for the last time heading for her new assignment in the Port of Miami.

She was built in 2002, by Washburn and Doughty of East Boothbay, Maine, and has served NY until now. She is named in honor of Lee Tregurtha, wife of Moran’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, Paul Tregurtha. She is rated at 5,100 hp powered by 2 diesels driving “Z” drives.

Gramma has been replaced with a new 6,000 hp tug, Kirby Moran, and will be appearing here as soon as I get some photos of her.

Gramma Lee T Moran. Photo by John Skelson

Pink “M” for Breast Cancer Awareness. Photo by John Skelson

Hard at Work. Photo by John Skelson

At Moran’s Yard. Photo by John Skelson

Homeport bound. Photo by John Skelson

Leaving a Ship. Photo by John Skelson

Dropping off a Pilot. Photo by John Skelson

Assisting Pago. Photo by John Skelson

Picking up a pilot. Photo by John Skelson

Headed up the KVK. Photo by John Skelson

At Port Elizabeth. Photo by John Skelson

Fireboat salute…Fireboat Fire Fighter no longer in service. Photo by John Skelson


Thanks to for information about her.
– John Skelson


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


Archival map image courtesy of Noble Maritime Collection


The forgotten borough of Staten Island is not so forgotten these days, with new developments rising along the shore. But how much do you know about Staten Island’s fascinating history?

Miriam Moran passes Sailors Snug Harbor on the KVK. Photo by Mitch Waxman


This Sunday July 26 from 3:30pm – 5:30pm, join us on WHC’s Hidden Harbor® History Tour of the Staten Island Waterfront.

Staten Island’s North Shore. Photo by Mitch Waxman


Come learn about the history of Staten Island’s working waterfront, from Algonquin tribal life, to the discoveries of Verrazano and Hudson. Find out how Dutch trade was established in the area and how Staten Island got its name.

Wavertree at Caddell ship yard. Photo by John Skelson


We’ll pass 130-year old sailing ship Wavertree as she undergoes a multi-million dollar restoration at Caddell Dry Dock.

Hear from expert narrators how George Washington used Shooter’s Island during the Revolutionary War, about the fascinating history of Robbins Reef Light and its most famous keeper, Kate Walker, and more!

Robbins Reef Light. Photo by Mitch Waxman


The 2-hour, fully narrated boat tour departs at 3:30pm sharp. Look for sign-holding WHC volunteers at Pier 11 Wall Street in Manhattan, located on South St. between Wall St. & Gouveneur Lane.

Tickets: $30; $25 Senior/WHC member. Snack bar on board. For group sale rates, email

For more information about tickets & additional tours,visit

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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