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AND ONCE AGAIN

 
 
Each Labour Day in New York Harbour there is a gathering of tugs with various competitive events taking place.  It is of course a great day out on the water and the tugs have guests on board.  NAUTICAL LOG is a bit puzzled how that can happen but it appears the United States Coast Guard (USCG) has some unknown regulation which covers that or just turns "Nelson's Eye" for this event.

Along with turning a blind eye to crowded tugboats it seems that lifejackets are also not required and once again NAUTICAL LOG is concerned about that.  Also it appears from my mail that one is not alone with this concern as the remark "don't they have to wear lifejackets?" was a theme in e-mails.  One particularly noted the young boy on the second deck and a young girl on the maindeck of the Catherine C. Miller  (see photo above from tugster: a waterblog also see that Blog for other photos) whose families would perhaps have been wiser to have had them wearing lifejackets. 

It was a day of macho behavior and pursuits so things can go wrong at those times more easily than on a regular workday.  In the Blog mentioned there are other photos of tugs pushing against each other with guests crowding both the bows and decks.  Happily all went well and it really was another great day on the water. 

As we approach the anniversary of 9/11 one is reminded how quickly things can change the day.  NAUTICAL LOG observed the second plane hitting the WTC tower live and thus one is further reminded how an act can change life and families forever.  It can be a massive tragedy or small tragedy the pain of the loss to a family is not diminished by its size.

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