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Gentlemen, start your tugboats

From the cliffs of Weehawken, on New Jersey side of the Hudson, the tugboats do not appear so fast

Elisha Cooper | NYT 

As annual New York competitions go, the Great North River Tugboat Race is, not surprisingly, a bit of a plodder. Organised by the Working Harbor Committee, the 25-year-old race is contested over the same mile of Hudson River, often by many of the same entrants, year after year, generally to little fanfare. Last Sunday’s edition was just like many of the ones that came before it: not so much a race, complete with a bit of starting-line gamesmanship, but a showcase of hard-working, river-churning power and tradition. To those who hold the race dear, this is what matters, maybe ...

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First Published: Fri, September 08 2017. 22:58 IST