The Working Tugboats of New York Harbor

October 02, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Set against the backdrop of one of the world’s busiest harbors, “Tugs” is an ode to the hardest working boats on the waterways and the people who pilot them. Once filled with scallywags and salty dogs—rugged seafarers who virtually lived on the water—the marine towing industry in New York City has matured, but the traditions of family, community and hard work persevere. “Tugs” admires the legacy and longevity of these boats and the strength of their position in the country’s history and future.

Employees of the tugboat company Miller’s Launch and others talk about working the New York City Harbor. Video by Jessica Edwards and courtesy of

Jessica Edwards’ films have screened at festivals around the world including Sundance, SXSW, Hot Docs and on PBS’s documentary series POV.

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