Monday, October 29, 2007

IMAGES OF THE EXPEDITION – Tugboats in Kingston

On Day 2 we landed in front of the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston, New York.
I had expected to see some interesting vessels at the museum, but I had no idea there were so many neat boats along the shore as well. As we approached Kingston by water, we passed the famous light house and turned into a channel which is the mouth of Roundout Creek. Following that channel up about a mile to the museum, we saw many types of boats. The most noticeable, however, were the tugboats. There were at least 3 or 4 of them, and all big, work boats. It appeared that most of them were retired and either live-aboard boats or mothballed for some other reason.
As I researched the Hudson River in preparation for the 2007 expedition, I learned that the river has served as a shipping corridor for hundreds of years and, to this day, cargo is pushed and pulled up and down on this historic river. We were passed by numerous giant barges of cargo, fuel, or other commodities, all being moved by tugboats. So I suppose I should have expected to see some “old guard tugs” along the route.

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