Working Harbor Committee's Great North River Tugboat Race

Today I got to watch the Working Harbor Committee's excellent Great North River Tugboat Race from the fireboat Harvey.  It was very cool being on the river with all these amazing boats; special thanks to Will of Tugster and Mitch of Newtown Pentacle.  Below are some highlight photos; I have hundreds more here.

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When the race started, the speedy ol' Harvey used all four of its engines to chase the tugs down, and the power of these boats was amazing... 

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The mighty Resolute (red boat in the distance in the picture below) was the eventual winner...

 

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But the Debora Miller had a special cargo, an entry in the best mascot contest, look carefully between the grates on the upper deck:

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After the race down river, there were contests between individual boats: 

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After the on-water races were competitions on land, like a spinach eating contest. 

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I have several hundred more photos here (including lots of close ups), and Will has more photos and info here and here.