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Tugboat moving flats of railroad freight cars, about 1915

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Tugboat moving flats of railroad freight cars, about 1915
Levick Collection, the Mariners' Museum, Newport News, Va., Photo by Edwin Levick

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This object appears in the following sections:


The Connected City: New York, New York, 1920s
The Connected City: New York, New York, 1920s — Port Traffic

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Currently on display
Not a part of the official Smithsonian Collection
This photograph shows a tugboat moving flats of rail cars in the East River about 1915.
Physical Description
Photograph
Details
Date Made:
about 1915
Dates Used:
about 1915 - about 1915
Locations:
New Jersey, New York
History
The standard American harbor tug was developed around the end of the Civil War and is characterized by a narrow hull that is also round-bilged and deep. Its pilot house sits forward of a single stack and high above the deck to permit the operator to see around large loads. Tugs have been called "housings for engines" because their work, whether it's maneuvering ships around berths or towing heavily laden barges upriver, requires large, powerful engines.
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Photographer
Edwin Levick


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