The Portsmouth Tugboats Up Close

Everyone’s favorite tugboats are featured today, with more of an intimate view than I typically feature.  The closer shot of the working vessels highlights their intense buffers on the bow, which looks to be some seriously industrial rubber.  I love how rugged they look the closer you get, with some nice coloration on the green hulls, in contrast against the more attractive maroon portion we all so easily recognize.

Tugboats at Night | Eugenia Moran

It was so warm out after work on Monday evening that I decided to watch a freighter come up the river and enjoy the sights of the waterfront for a while (and I wasn’t even wearing any gloves).  Quite a beautiful night.  I was particularly digging the reflection of the Eugenia Moran in the Piscataqua.  This 3-exposure composition had a nice long exposure for the third shot so I was able to get some nice tones in the reflective water.  The Decks were looking pretty sharp in preparation for their opening next month! More to follow on that later in the week.

Eugenia Moran at Sunset

Like James Brown was the hardest working man in showbusiness, this boat might be the hardestworking Tug in Portsmouth Harbor.  These things have unbelievable engines, and travel in pairs to guide the gigantic freighters through the windy and narrow Piscataqua River and through Portsmouth Harbor.  Stop in to visit the folks at Tugboat Alley on Bow Street to hear more history and about the innerworkings of the boats.  Lots of folks come down to the decks to enjoy a beverage (or two), or eat their ice cream on the city’s deck next to Poco’s and admire the tugboats.

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