Saturday, June 15, 2019

Gone Cruising

(L-R Ed McChain, Conner, Piper, and Mary Ann McChain)

After hosting the very successful Urbanna LNVT Rendezvous, the McChain's decided to go cruising on the Chesapeake.  They were last seen heading up the Wicomico River to Salisbury, MD.

East meets West

(L to R Janis Bialko, Tom Blackwood, Jeanne Ewing-Koenig and Bob Ewing)

In Anacortes, WA, Tom and Janis, Thistle Dew 37VT46, hosted visiting Maine Tuggers Jeanne and Bob, Salty Paws 37VT66.  A good time was had by all.

Friday, June 14, 2019

A Little about Victory's Captain

Kenny & I got to spend last weekend with a great group of fellow Lord Nelson tug owners [at the Urbanna, VA, LNVT Rendezvous]. One of them was Bob [Allnutt, Victory 37VT02], who has been a gracious host whenever Highland Mary has passed by his dock. That reminded me - I meant to share some of his tales from his days running the National Geographic photo lab. During the Apollo moon missions, he took over the entire top floor of a Cape Canaveral motel for a makeshift lab. Nat Geo had loaned a number of full-time photographers and staff to NASA, and shared the space with Time, Life, and other publications in a pool situation. Bob remembered working 36 hours straight during and after a launch: "They would open the door and just throw bananas at us to keep us going." 😆 Helicopters would drop fresh film and other supplies. Because of the extreme heat, ice was an absolute necessity to keep the darkroom chemicals cool and usable. As an aside, Bob also mentioned: "Life magazine was notorious for burning up cameras during launches." Many thanks to Bob for his contributions documenting this amazing time in American history.

Kristen Bishop [from her Facebook page]
Highland Mary 37VT18

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Rain-X Aboard Titan 37VT31

Made it back to Manteo okay [from the East Coast Rendezvous in Urbanna].  I'm including a picture of the windscreen in a rain shower.  I treated the center and starboard window with Rain-X the port window was just cleaned with glass cleaner.   It was a noticeable difference. I hope the picture bears that out.

Jerald Jones
Titan 37VT31

Urbanna Rendezvous makes the Sentinel

(Photo by Larry Chowning)

A trawler (tugboat) parade on Urbanna Creek and the Rappahannock River was held last Saturday as part of the East Coast Lord Nelson Victory Tug Rendezvous that brought residents out with their cell phone cameras. Seven of these recreational trawlers spent the weekend in Urbanna as part of the annual rendezvous. The Lord Nelson Victory Tug is a brand of recreational trawler produced by Lord Nelson Yachts in Seattle, Washington. A total of 86 Victory Tugs were produced from 1983 until discontinued in 1997. The boats above are making the circle in the creek as spectators looked on from Urbanna bridge and the town waterfront.

Posted 06.12.2019

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Jack Robert 37VT17 Pays Homage

What's in a tug's name?  Lee and Dee Anderson named their tug Jack Robert in honor of their fathers.  The photo above was taken in Jack Robert's wheelhouse.