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Drifters

Life on the waterways of New York City, where every day is unceasingly hectic and entirely sublime.

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The Curse of the Ship of Gold

How a brilliant scientist went from discovering a mother lode of treasure at the bottom of the sea to fleeing from authorities with suitcases full of cash.

An Accidental Sailor Vs. the Storm of the Century

I had zero experience when I signed up for a week at sea on an ancient wooden vessel. I got enough to last a lifetime.

Meet the Master River Pilot Who Conquers the Mississippi Every Day

When a 900-foot oil tanker needs to squeeze through one of the most perilous and crowded waterways in the world, Captain Jared Austin is the only thing standing between safe...

Just Another Day Dodging Storms and Raising Babies on a Wild Alaska Tugboat

Life as a commercial fisherman in the frozen rainforest came naturally to me. Things got a little different with a fifteen-month-old in tow and a second on the way.

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I Remember the Shoeshine Man

A Staten Island native revisits his childhood commute and discovers a foreign yet familiar ferry.

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The View Through the Porthole

Defending the Marsh

Seed by seed, a community bands together to save the lifeblood of New York's Jamaica Bay.

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The Little Tugboats That Can

Among the scallywags and salty dogs of New York, tug boat traditions endure.