Change of Scenery

Well as it happens I’m currently on loan to the Philadelphia office while a couple of the boats I am normally on under go shipyard periods. As luck would have it they needed some extra help down here so last week I took a slightly longer drive than normal for a change in scenery.
Things in Philly are a bit different than New York or Boston. For one the Port encompasses all manners of docks and terminals spread up and down the Delaware river. So occasionally we are steaming a couple hours one way to dock or undock a ship or tug and barge only to have to turn around and come back. More often than not a tug will be kept farther down river to avoid that steaming time and fuel burn, however when we get swamped it happens.
Another change is that they don’t do nearly as much barge work here as New York, and thusly are really concentrated on ship docking and assist. Which brings me to the best difference; most of their tugs are tractors. For those that don’t know what a tractor tug is, or what they can do, check this video out. Thats from onboard some the tractors of G&H towing in Texas who employees more than few former class mates of mine. Its that kind of video that has made me always want to try my hand at ship work on a tractor tug. I got a small introduction to them during my last internship at Foss Boston, and have quite a bit of z-drive supply boat experience, but this is definitely a new ball game. The boat I am on is a compact powerhouse and very handy, really a blast to get acclimated at running a tractor on.
I could go on and on about it, but hopefully I’ll have some video at some point to show things from the wheelhouse. For now here are some photos from the past week and a half.

Reid McAllister at the McAllister Philly yard

Reid McAllister at the McAllister Philly yard

Capt Charlie O' Brian at work, getting ready to pull a ship out of dry dock.

Capt Charlie O’ Brian at work, getting ready to pull a ship out of dry dock.

Alex McAllister, formerly the Winslow Kelsey and one of the earliest tractors on the east coast

Alex McAllister, formerly the Winslow Kelsey and one of the earliest tractors on the east coast

The Alex

The Alex

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James R. Moran

James R. Moran

The Timothy

The Timothy

from the back deck

from the back deck

hovering all stop

hovering all stop

Timothy McAllister putting up their line.

Timothy McAllister putting up their line.

Leanin' into it

Leanin’ into it

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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One Response to Change of Scenery

  1. Judith says:

    143!!!!

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