Author: Story and photos by Brian Gauvin


While the sun rose, the trailing suction hopper dredger Magdalen, like a caterpillar working a leaf, was feeding off the seafloor six and a half miles from Surf City on New Jersey’s Long Beach Island.

Seastreak Commodore

The fast ferry Seastreak Commodore, resplendent in early morning light, appeared on the East River like the intro to a Hollywood movie.

MetalCraft patroller for Bangladesh a model of simplicity

Slicing through the drizzle and mist on the Cataraqui River at Kingston, Ontario, on a trial run before delivery to the Bangladeshi army, Bob Clark, contracts manager for MetalCraft Marine, was suited up against the chill and had the patrol boat’s throttles full forward.

Classic Lake Erie tug a colorful sum of its parts

It is impossible not to notice the handsome cherry-red fish tugs of Mike Scruton’s fleet lining the bank of Lynn River at Port Dover, Ontario, on Lake Erie’s north shore, especially the 45-foot Lef-Dover.


Named for a small constellation, Hydrus became the brightest star in San Francisco’s Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) fleet in April.

Liam J. McCall

“Fast, faster, fastest” is a buzz phrase that aptly describes the evolution of SEACOR Marine’s fleet of fast supply vessels (FSVs).