The Travels of Tug 44

Tug Margot

Tug Margot was once known as the Margot Moran, but this 90 foot tug is now owned and operated by NYS Marine Highway Transportation Co, based in Troy, NY. She now serves on the New York Canal System and the Hudson River, as well as much of the east coast. The Margot is seen here in June 2007, entering Waterford Harbor to pick up a pair of US Navy landing craft, for towing to Virginia. She has a hydraulic pilothouse which can be lowered for transiting the Canals.

September 2008, the Margot sits at the Waterford pier where she is participating in the Tugboat Roundup. She was built in 1958 by the Jakobsen Shipyards on Long Island.

Tug Margot's main engine is a Fairbanks Morse diesel with opposed pistons. That means she has 8 cylinders with 2 pistons in each and a crankshaft running along the top of the engine and another on the bottom. The engine produces about 1280 horsepower.

Behind the engine sits the transmission which connects power to the prop shaft.

The wheelhouse (where's the wheel?) is cluttered with electronics and navigation equipment. The hydraulic steering is controlled by the small handle on the far right on the dashboard next to the side window.

The Margot is seen at the Waterford Tugboat Roundup 2014.

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