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Tug Pegasus Preservation Project


Finding the Tug Pegasus

Pegasus underway with Pamela Hepburn and Rex
Pegasus underway with Pamela Hepburn and Rex

Tug Cattawissa

The first tug we considered saving was the Cattawissa. She has a unique history and is very old and had most of her steam machinery in her. The engine room still contained the connecting rods, for example.

Cattawissa's engine room

Cattawissa's connecting rods

Gerry Weinstein in the Cattawissa engine room.
The connecting rods of the steam engine.
David Sharps is visible to the right.

Next to that is David--his head visible to the right of the connecting rods of the CATTAWISSA’S steam engine. In the middle picture is again Gerry and, waving, Capt. Dick Forster.

Gerry and Capt. Dick Forster waving from the Cattawissa deck
Gerry and Captain Dick Forster, waving, from the Cattawissa deck.
Pam and Alice Hepburn visiting the Cattawissa, around 1992.
Cattawissa and a cruise liner Cattawissa and a cruise liner.
Cattawissa cleaning tanks Cattawissa in later years using her steam machinery to clean tanks--here, in Northville.

However, we decided that the Cattawissa was too far gone, even for us. Another group did acquire her and Gerry joined that group. She is currently in Roundout Creek in Kingston, NY, in the Steve Truman Collection.

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Tug Elise Ann Conners

Pamela had an option on a beautiful canal tug, the Elise Ann Conners (1882 Dialogue built) but had to turn it down, as she was way too busy with steering, getting licensed, and other things that heathy young women do. Years later, Pamela assisted in the salvage of the Elise Ann Conners, orchestrated by Gary Matthews and Ann Loeding (see newspaper article) who continue an exquisite restoration. The Elise Ann is also in Kingston.

Elise Ann Conners in Albany
The Elise Ann Conners in Albany.

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Tug New York Central #13

The Hayde is another lovely Dialogue tug, built in 1887, that was little used in her later life. The Kosnac Family, who owned her, had a floating Derrick business and chopped off her house to accommodate a crane. Her fate changed remarkably when she was acquired by Eric Fischer, who is ring-welding every rivet and replacing all questionable plate work on her gorgeous hull. Eric has given her back her original name, the New York Central #13.

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Tug Hayde, originally and once again New York Central #13, in Kosnac colors, 1980.
Photo courtesy of Don Sutherland.

Tug Hayde, now New York Central #13

The New York Central #13 undergoing intensive rebuilding of her hull by Eric Fischer at the same shipyard where the tug Pegasus was being worked on.

Photo courtesy of Don Van Holt.

New York Central 13

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