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Tug of the Year: NYS Marine Highway's Frances. A "Super-canaller," this boat has been with the NYSMH fleet since 2013. It's often seen along the canal system, the Great Lakes, Hudson River and east coast.
Line Throwing: NY Marine Highway's Chuck Lehner. Chuck had a successful toss of a heavy 8 strand line (2 1/4") from 25'.
Nose to Nose: (Small Tugs) For the second year in a row, TooT TooT, Captain Mike Magnant
Li'l Toot Award: Bathtug, Captain Joe Lanaan of Wyndham, NH
Jolly Roger Award: Captain Ben Grudinskas, of Atlantic Hunter.
Best Vintage Tug: Governor Cleveland. A NYS Canal Corporation boat, this was the canal's first ambassador tug, showcasing the history and use of the waterway in 1985. Today, that role belongs to the Urger and the Cleveland continues to be a workhorse along the system.
Long Haul Award: Ko-Hog, Captain Obie from Centerville, MA (out on the cape.
Best in Show: New York State Marine Highway. Having started as a marina operator and small salvage company in Troy, this is now a major player in inland transportation along the Hudson River, NY Canals and Great Lakes. Also see all along the eastern coast, NYSMH has a fleet of 8 boats from small pushers to two twin engine coastal tugs. The company stands for everything we find ideal including, of course, being great advocates for inland waterways!
People's Choice: Sarah D swept the ballot box. The largest tug on the wall at 28 meters long, she is coastal model bow, twin engine boat and new (3 months) to the NYSMH fleet. Peoples Choice is sponsored by Lucas Vineyards, vintners of the Tugboat Wines.
Bart Brake Award for Lifetime Achievement: Russ VanderVoortof Waterford. Russ has been an advocate and historian of the entire NYS canal system for as long as anyone can remember. He has a personal collection of all kinds of photos, memorabilia and writings and is often found doing presentations of all kinds on the history, use and building of this incredible waterway, now beginning a series of bicentennial celebrations.