On a recent Staten Island Ferry ride in Upper New York Bay, I snapped this photo of the tug Lyman hauling an oil tank. The Lyman is one of the more venerable tugs in the NYC harbor area these days, having been dedicated in 1968 as the Crusader for the Esso Shipping Company Incorporated of Wilmington, Delaware. A couple of years later the Esso brand became known as Exxon in the USA. The Crusader served for a number of companies after acquisitions and reconfigurations.
In 1988 the Crusader was stuck by a barge it was towing off Sandy Hook, NJ, sunk, and was then raised and reconstructed, In 1995, it was acquired by the Gateway Towing Company Incorporated of New Haven, Connecticut, and was completely rebuilt at New London. At that time it was renamed the Lyman Smith, which was shortened to Lyman the following year.
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