Like Jimmy Buffett sang, I am a true “son of a son of a sailor”, my grandfather was an unlimited Chief Engineer, my father a tug master and then Panama Canal Pilot, my brother is also a tug master.
I have been licensed and steering since 1978, and have since acquired Master 1600 tons upon Oceans, Inland Master Any Gross Tons, First Class Pilot Any Gross Tons, Master of Towing Vessels upon Oceans, Unlimited Radar Observer, A.R.P.A., S.T.C.W. 95…..
I started in the industry as a deckhand for my father in 1973, 5 years later I made captain on the same tug.
Based in NY harbor for the last 42+ years, my area of operation has included all major east coast ports from Bucksport, Me. to Norfolk, Va. Including Chesapeake Bay and Delaware Bay with the last few years seeing us working in the Gulf of Mexico between Texas, Louisiana and Florida.
Presently serving as Master of the A.T.B. Nicole L. Reinauer for Reinauer Transportation Co. in NY.
I am not a writer by trade so I may ramble at times, I have been “around the block” so I can speak on many issues. I also have a deep concern for the future of this industry and I’m working toward making it better for the guys doing the job. I’m told I tend to use a lot of industry-speak when I write, so if I’ve confused you with a phrase, description, or reference feel free to ask for clarification. I’ll endeavor to clear up any confusion if asked.
This site is primarily focused on the needs and concerns of active professional mariners as well as providing a primer to the recreational boating community on what they are seeing when they look at a tug and tow….and what we’re thinking.
My favorite quote;
Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. In the first stage of life the mind is frivolous and easily distracted, it misses progress by failing in consecutiveness and persistence. This is the condition of children and barbarians, in which instinct has learned nothing from experience.