Well I came home to second half of fall and despite todays temperature being in the 60s fall is most certainly on its way out. It wont be long until Old Man Winter shows up to kick New Englands collective ass. Of course he already fired an opening blow on Maine with snow, ice and power outages galore. Things werent so bad here on Cape Cod at Fiddlers Green, some branches, lots of leaves and one dead tree on the ground. No damage or loss of power though. We tragically did have to finally turn the heat on though, though only to 60, so I havent cried too too much.
The symbolic turning on of the heat for the year is actually what this post is about, and how it relates to the maritime world more than you know, especially here in the Northeast! For many of the tug and towing companies in america, their bread in butter is the transport of petroleum products. For the Northeastern United States during the fall and winter that means more tugs making more round trips carrying that heavy black oil we seem to love burning to heat our homes and create electricity. For me these means, aside from the wallet cringing when heat goes on, more tugboats to take photos of and more often!
The other day I caught the Lucy Reinauer east bound at the east end with a loaded barge, Boston Towboats Justice escorting. As luck would have it I knew the Master onboard, and as always it was fun to give a friend a wave!
Today I was waiting for a few boats and only caught a pair. Dann Marine Towings Atlantic Coast with McAllisters Buckley McAllister assisting them into Sandwich NRG. The second load of fuel oil for the power plant in as many weeks. Another sure sign that winter is coming and the thermostats are going up. Besides if you watch AIS at all youve have noticed the constant stream of tugs in and out of Boston, Portland, and points north.
So for the next two weeks Ill keep shooting media as the oil pushing boats come and go, the Therapist Fianc and I will also keep the Thermostat up a few notches and do our part in the process.