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LIRR tug "Patchogue" with car float barge - view is starboard side crossing East River bound
with produce for NY City  Archive: Chuck Blardone

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"Night Trick" watercolor by Steven Cyran - LIRR Tug "Long Island II"  Built in Wilmington, DL the second  Diesel-Electric acquired by the LIRR


Meitowax with barges "on the hip", or alongside at East River Bridge 08/1960

When you push a barge backwards (usually because of the skegs it handles better in the harbor/river (can't do this outside) it is called heads to tails. This picture is not heads to tails, The stern of a carfloat is the end with the bumpers. Never seen a carfloat (or any piece of railroad owned marine equipment) with skegs either. Since carfloats don't have skegs, and both ends are raked, it does not make a difference which way they go, until they get to the bridge, in which case they obviously need to go bow out.   Paul Strubeck

Any time I got full of myself, I just have to remember the tug operation at LIC. The tugs handled the barges as you see them in the picture. They split the 2 at the float bridges, tied one off and bridged one. This is all done while the tides are running, up or down. Being a RR engineer was a great and rewarding job, but if you can imagine handling the trains, without tracks. That is REAL judgement. Ed Schleyer  

 

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Modeling LIRR Tug boats LIST "Semaphore" 
Feb 2000 Author: Mike Boland
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Modeling LIRR Tug boats LIST "Semaphore" 
Feb 2000 continued. Author: Mike Boland

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LIRR Tug "Garden City" Collection: R. Mcenery

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LIRR Tug "Meitowax"


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LIRR Tug "G
arden City" port side view Photo/Archive: Steve Long

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LIRR Tug  "Patchogue" LI City  October 1944
Fred Weber photo, Archive: Dave Keller 

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LI City float docks c.1955

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LI City float docks zoom on LIRR  "Meitowax" pilot house c.1955

Tug Stuff
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The 2 NYNY&H tugs, Cordelia and Bumblebee (in the ad) were powered with Clevelands. They both made quite a few runs to 65th Street  back in the day as they were NYNH&H  main tugs.
Info: Paul Strubeck
TUG    TUG NAME:        Registry #         Build Date
Gladiator               86020                 1888
Wrestler                30869                 1889
Montauk                                            1895
Syosset                116895                 1899
Patchogue           204384                 1907
Cutchogue          271845                 1918
Quogue                219419                 1919
Talisman               22000                 1920
Meitowax            226219                 1926
Long Island         229322                 1930
Garden City         240341                 1941
Info: "Steel Rails to the Sunrise" Ron Ziel

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"The Late Great GARDEN CITY"  watercolor by Steven Cryan

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"The MEITOWAX Off the Battery" watercolor by Steven Cryan
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LIRR tugs operated at LI City 1958 - PRR KEYSTONE VOL 26 N0 2, by Nick Kalis
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LIRR Steel Car Floats 1/01/1954 -  PRR KEYSTONE VOL 26 N0 2, by Nick Kalis