Author: Brian Gauvin | Gulf Coast Correspondent and Photographer

New pilot boat navigates the mouth of the Mississippi

Top, apprentice pilot and boat operator Jason Motts headed for the sea buoy to meet a ship. Above, the pilots' station on Southwest Pass near the mouth of the Mississippi River. (Photos by Brian Gauvin) Bar Pilot is the new…

God of thunder packs a punch

Top, the double-ended tug Thor is powerful yet maneuverabie. Above, Capt. Blake Morgan assists an outbound ship in Galveston, Texas. (Photos by Brian Gauvin) Recently I joined the crew aboard Thor, Suderman & Young's new tug, and for now, the…

Alma S.: Getting Traction

Last spring the z-drive Alma S. joined the Bisso Towboat fleet. The boat also joined its sister vessel, Cecilia B. Slatten. Now 6 years old, Cecilia B. Slatten was the first tractor tug in what has become a growing fraternity…

Back and forth across the St. Johns River

For the past 50 years, and more than 580,000 crossings, the St. Johns River Ferry has become a part of the cultural history of the St. Johns River near the river's mouth at Mayport, Fla., east of Jacksonville. The St.…

When a cylinder fails, engineers still keep ship on schedule

Patrick McCormack's routine as the first engineer aboard the 750-foot containership Horizon Anchorage cracked at 0800 hours. "When I came into the engine room, I could smell engine-cooling water," said McCormack. Horizon Anchorage on its way north from Tacoma, Wash.…

Police boat returns to duty

The storied history of Launch No. 5 floats in a circle of life, death and rebirth, the players so intertwined in family and work that there would seem to be one degree of separation, not six. Launch No. 5 approaches…