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"I remember well the day I sketched the green I.O.T. tugboat.  I had a bright June day, (June 10, 1976), and warm sunny weather. At my back was the Marine Police Station, (located then on the lower end of the Broadway Pier). An 'old salt' working upon the deck of this tugboat called out, "Why don't you draw 'the stiff'?..."


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Sea Duke

Miriam M. DeFelice

Moran Fells Point Tug

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click the tug to visit the Dutch tugboat website



Skipjacks Racing

A Choptank Morning

Skipjacks Racing 2


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Lady Maryland

     Elsworth & Kathryn


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Emma Giles

Steamship President Warfield

City of Norfolk - detail

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To see some of Melvin Miller's other tugboat paintings, visit: tugboat.nl

Tugboat.nl is a Dutch web site that specializes in tugboats. You'll find everything from tugboat parts to tugboat art.





Hyde Street Pier

James McAllister

I.O.T. Tug


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Artist Notes





AT&T Cable Ship Global Link

AT&T Cable Ship Global Sentinel

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The Sea Duke and Miriam M. DeFelice are Crowley tugboats, with a cream and white color and red smokestacks. They are a major west coast tugboat firm – usually called the Crowley ‘Red Stacks’. I did some work in San Francisco where I found them. I liked the colors. Top
The Moran Fells Point Tug - Before the 1980's, the Fells Point wore the colors of the Curtis Bay tugs, (white with a blue diamond upon the smokestack). The Curtis Bay towing tugboats were owned by the Moran Towing Co. out of New York.  In the early 1980's, the Fells Point was repainted in the regular maroon color of the Moran tugs, with a black smokestack and a white "M." I found this tug at the City Pier in Fells Point. The ship in the background was an AT&T cable ship named "Long Lines" and is frequently docked at Port Covington.  Top
James McAllister - An old New York steam tug.  Top  
Ellsworth & Kathryn -As I remember this subject, there was a bit of a comparison between these 2 skipjacks. The Elsworth is one of the newer skipjacks. I saw the 'Living Classroom' doing some work on this tight little ship at their pier at the foot of Central Avenue in Baltimore City. She was tight as a drum, no bilge water, no leaking, etc. The Elsworth was one of the smaller skipjacks, probably less than 40 feet long and about 15 foot of beam. To compare this with the Kathryn, the Kathryn may have been around 60 feet in length. I hear it was leaking so much it needed 5 bilge pumps running full time to keep her afloat. The Kathryn was one of the oldest skipjacks. I do not know the present status of the Kathryn.
The 3 Skipjacks - Maryland has the last working sailing boats in America, the "Skipjacks." They are still found primarily around Tilghman Island and Deal Island. Get up at 4 am on a day where it is only about 20 degree F, there is a 10 or 20 mile wind and dawn is still a few hours away and sail out onto the Choptank River... you’ll find out what ‘cold’ really is!  At this date, only about 15 skipjacks remain.  They are occasionally repaired at the Central Avenue Dock here in Baltimore (once the early 'City Pier') on the West side of Fells Point.  Top
Emma Giles - A steamship, she lasted until around 1950, but it gradually was stripped down and ‘died’ in Curtis Bay.  Top
City of Norfolk - made overnight trips down the Chesapeake Bay for both freight and passenger services. I enjoyed the steamboat trips to Tolchester Beach on a warm summer day with my parents in the 1940's.  She eventually burned or sank around 1976.  Top
I.O.T Tug - I remember well the day I sketched this green I.O.T. tugboat.  I had a bright June day, (June 10, 1976), and warm sunny weather. At my back was the Marine Police Station located then on the lower end of the Broadway Pier. An 'old salt' working upon the deck of this tugboat called out, "Why don't you draw 'the stiff'." I thought I had some kind of 'wise guy' on my hands. But I did turn around. Behind me was the Marine Police Launch boat. A policeman was just setting there on a bench eating his lunch. Upon the deck of the launch boat, in a big long black plastic coroners bag, I noticed they had a dead man that was recently 'fished' out of the harbor (this happened often in Fells Point). So, now picture this one. The worker on the tugboat was quite amused as I was sketching this tugboat. I had a dead man in a big black coroners bag, with two shiny black shoes sticking out of the bag behind me. The policeman was  unconcerned, and he continued to just eat his lunch. With this going on, I joined the group, and continued to make this drawing The 'stiff' was totally "unconcerned," and the guy on the tugboat continued to laugh away!   Top
The Steamship President Warfield  - was one of the most famous steamships of all time. I don't recall the date it was built, but I seem to recall it was sometime in the early 1930's. The U.S. Government took over a lot of the passenger ships during the World War II era. The beautiful lines of the Steamship President Warfield were covered with armor plate. It became a troop carrying ship in WW 2. After WW II, it was acquired to move the displaced Jews out of Europe. And in the process some even tried to sink it. They 'sandwiched' the Warfield between two other ships to crush the sides, but it would not sink. It was renamed the EXODUS, and as the EXODUS It became one of the most famous ships of all time. After the war, (I believe it may have been 1948), it burned in the Haifa Harbor. Jewish people know this story well.     Top
CS Global Link - one of 4 paintings commissioned by AT&T (Trans Oceanic Cable in those days). I painted the CS Global Link in the NYC harbor, with the Trade Center buildings in the background.    Top
CS Global Sentinel - 26"x40", shown in the San Francisco Harbor. I think they had 6 Cable Ships, some kept in the West, some kept in the East. I don't know how many ships they have presently. Several are docked at Port Covington in South Baltimore.    Top