Friday, August 3, 2012

Working Brothers

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!

26 comments:

  1. Magnificent achievement, Birdman.

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  2. I love boats, small like these and harbor shots as well as trains, the older the better and rail yards, not big on terminals unless well done. Really nice work done here.

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  3. Nah, I knew why you wanted to hang out by the tugs.

    All I knew was that the longer I stood there, the frizzier my hair got.

    First things first!

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  4. It looks like a hard working and muscular.

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  5. The photo is wonderful! -- sad that you can't access this area freely anymore. -- barbara

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  6. Must be a tough job sometimes but they must love it. Nice shot.

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  7. A determined photographer is not to be denied. Nice shot.

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  8. boats are such attractive subjects for a photographer, especially when they're unusual, like those brothers! your patience paid..

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  9. Nice shot. Some of the security rules are so foolish, but your persistence was rewarded.

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  10. It's very satisfying when you reach a 'mission accomplished' situation Birdman! They are certainly a very handsome pair of 'workers'.

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  11. oh, they're wonderful! love the tough little red machines!

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  12. Saddens me to know that some of our freedoms have been curtailed, but you managed to work around this one. Tugs are real workhorses on the water. Very fine shot.

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  13. Great capture, beautiful boats! I didn't imagine that tugs were off limits...

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  14. I love your blog, your photos & writing...I saw your comment on Genie's Paris & Beyond...Funny that you think of Portland as rural Maine. I experience it as a big city, perhaps even as a suburb of Boston these days...

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  15. That's odd, I just saw another photo of a tug on another blog.

    Anyway, I love tugboats. They're still doing what they've been doing for a hundred years without changing too much at all. And how many things in this world can say that?

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  16. I didn't realize that it is so hard to get neat tugboats. I have been close to them. It must be something about the port of Portland.

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  17. Love these workhorses. Beautiful bright color!

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  18. Beautifully accomplished mission.

    Darryl and Ruth :)

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