Here are a couple of hard working brothers of the Portland waterfront, the Rowan M. McAllister and his tug brother Roderick McAllister docked at the Maine State Pier. I've always wanted to get at these, but have been denied by homeland security. Since 9/11 access to this pier is difficult to achieve. The only real way to get in here is if you are traveling via a cruise ship in September or October on your way to Bar Harbor and the Maritimes, or when there is a special ship docked and tours are being given. Up until they opened the Ocean Gateway, this is where all the very large cruise ships docked, near the tugboats. This past weekend the US Coast Guard's Tall Ship, The Eagle, paid a visit to our city. Bingo! I had my chance. When I took Bob C. on a brief tour of the city Sunday morning, I got a glimpse of the pier and the tugboats awaiting my camera. That afternoon, in a steady shower, Elenka and I headed to the pier and a tour aboard the magnificent Eagle. Standing under her umbrella, she probably was wondering why I was spending so much time around these two water workhorses. For me it was 'mission accomplished'. Finally!