National Geographic : 1954 Dec
" 0O you want to see what makes New York Harbor tick," said the admiral. "Well, you've come to the right place. Let's see-" A ship whistle's long, abrasive blast drowned out his words. We watched a sleek new liner gliding down the Hudson through a rag, tag, and bobtail of lesser shipping-tugs, ferries, railroad car floats. "There goes the Andrea Doria," said the admiral. "Italian Line. A fine ship. She'll be in Genoa soon." My host was Rear Adm. Edmond J. Moran, USNR, yachtsman and president of the com pany whose tugboats perform about a third of all New York Harbor towing jobs.* We sat in his big-windowed office 25 floors above Battery Place, where Manhattan sticks a bold toe into salt water (map, page 781). Our observation post was part of the match- less sky line that never fails to overwhelm travelers arriving by sea (page 776). Far below, men, ships, and machines were busy with the affairs of the world's greatest port. Down at the piers, swinging booms and der ricks were handling cargoes ranging from in bound crates of rhesus monkeys to outbound locomotives. "17" Directs Tugboat Movements The admiral returned to his desk. "Now, let's see," he said, thumbing through the New York Times to the shipping news page. "Ah, good! The Queen Mary is due tomorrow. I'll see that you get aboard one of the tugs assigned to her docking." National Geographic staff photographer * See "Stop-and-Go Sail Around South Norway," by Rear Adm. Edmond J. Moran, USNR, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, August, 1954.