Posted by: towmasters | May 19, 2009

Photo Of The Week – 5/18/09


Old School Tugboating

Old-School Tugboating

Abeam of the Beavertail, the wind drops off in Rhode Island Sound. Off-season and minus the blow boats, we’re inbound approaching Castle Hill at the mouth of Narragansett Bay’s East Passage. The tug is slowed, the wire is shortened, and the barge creeps up on us with the flooding current just prior to breaking loose and getting into push gear for the trip up to Providence. No doghouse, no fancy bullshit and no drama. Just real, conventional tugboating on a beautiful late afternoon in March. Capt. Bob Miller quietly shows how it’s done, Old Schoolstylee.


  1. I have to say, your combination of towing industry highlights, refreshing perspective and urban slang is incredibly fun, informative and enlightening to read. Keep on pushing ahead.

  2. Why is that boat looking thingy, in front of that nice man and his lovely clean coat, so very dirty? And, who is driving it?

  3. great photo and (agreeing with ethan above) even better prose and perspective. cheers

  4. […] …..or one of those shown above? You’re not starring in a fashion show. Don’t worry about dirt and grime, or the cost. Get something that is likely to be seen. And if you demand proof that these coats aren’t for sissies, that real tugboaters actually wear them, click here. […]

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