It’s that time of year again

Well I came home to second half of fall and despite todays temperature being in the 60’s fall is most certainly on its way out. It won’t be long until Old Man Winter shows up to kick New England’s collective ass. Of course he already fired an opening blow on Maine with snow, ice and power outages galore. Things weren’t 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 haven’t 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 Towboat’s Justice escorting. As luck would have it I knew the Master onboard, and as always it was fun to give a friend a wave!

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Today I was waiting for a few boats and only caught a pair. Dann Marine Towing’s Atlantic Coast with McAllister’s 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 you’ve have noticed the constant stream of tugs in and out of Boston, Portland, and points north.

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So for the next two weeks I’ll keep shooting media as the oil pushing boats come and go, the Therapist Fiancé and I will also keep the Thermostat up a few notches and do our part in the process.

About newenglandwaterman

1600 Master Near Coastal, Master of Towing Vessels, and a whole binder full of other pieces of paper. You can find me at the controls, hooked up and hard over, when I'm not at home playing with the dogs
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