USCG Auxiliary Operations in NYC Tug Boat Race

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

New York – The USCG Auxiliary vessel Lady B. acts as the Patrol Commander and secures the area for the 21st Great North River Tugboat Race and Competition sponsored by the Working Harbor Committee. She had previously served the Coast Guard as USCGC Point Brown before becoming an Auxiliary facility. Photo by Auxiliarist James Chin.

New York City – A small fleet of United States Coast Guard Auxiliary vessels shielded the race path of lumbering tugboats in the 21st Annual Running of the Great North River Tugboat Race and Competition. With red and yellow amber lights flashing, Auxiliary vessels kept curious onlookers from getting too close and becoming a casualty.

Article and Photos by Auxiliarist James Chin

New York – Auxiliarists Linda Lore (left) and Gene Lindemann (right) watches a Tugboat bow to bow pushing match. The event was located on the Hudson River right by the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space museum. Photo by Auxiliarist James Chin

The strongest of the racing tugboats could generate thousands of horsepower to complete their normal jobs of pushing and towing barges filled with cargo. According to the Working Harbor Committee, the Lincoln Sea, a division winner of the 2012 race, generated 8,000 horsepower.

With support from the New York City police and fire departments, the Auxiliary patrol kept the fun filled competition tugging along without major incident. Unfortunately, there was one reported casualty during the event. An observer had dropped their shoe into the river, and it is not known if the shoe was successfully recovered.

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