Cruising Notes


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2008 SENTOA Rendezvous Follow-On Cruise

For the second year, the SENTOA Rendezvous committee has included a follow-on cruise. In our opinion, this is where you really get to know your fellow tuggers.

After the final goodbyes following the rendezvous, five Nordic Tugs left Fishermen’s Village, Punta Gorda, Florida about 10:00 AM on Friday, April 25. Minnie and George Osteyee on Muggins led the way to Burnt Store Marina, followed by Thomas Bush and Rosita on The Thomas B, Jack and Rick Nostrand aboard Tranquil Tug, Bob and Emily Wiggins on Tugaloo, and Chip and Louise Worster and their Jack Russell “Tugger” on Chip Ahoy. Read more . . .

St. John's River Cruise 2007

Following our 2007 SENTOA rendezvous in St. Augustine, eight tugs headed north to Jacksonville. Folks joined us and dropped off as we headed to our final destination of Hontoon State Park up the St. John River. . . . First night’s destination was anchorage behind Exchange Island in Jacksonville for Omega and Happy Clamz and the free floating docks at Jacksonville Landing for Chip Ahoy, Saren Clare and Tugaloo. . . . Next day we were joined by Bill and Diane Keltner aboard Tugnacious, whose home is on Black Water Creek off the St. John. Bill was designated our official guide for the cruise and came up with some spectacular sites and great overnight layovers. Read more . .

St. John's River Cruise


In 1765, William Bartman wrote of the St Johns River, “Blessed land where the gods have amassed into one heap all the flowering plants, birds, fish and other wildlife of two continents in order to turn the rushing streams, the silent lake shores and the awe abiding woodlands of this mysterious land into a true Garden of Eden. Regardless of its popularity, the river offers a sense of solitude that is not easily paralleled. The land is lined with towering palms, cypress trees, and large live oaks covered with Spanish moss. Behind the tree line bobcats, panthers, deer and black bears roam. The landscape goes on unspoiled for miles in every direction.” Read more . .

Almar and Resolute Cruise to Key West


Like most great stories this one started on the spur of the moment. It was July 6, 2003 and we were driving to New York on I 95. We had just passed the town of Dillon, SC, I turned to my wife Marlene and said, “we have not been to Key West in a while”. Marlene put down her New York Times magazine and with a dreamy look in her eyes commented: “we always have such a good time there, we should invite Bill and Donna Hjerpe and we can cruise the Florida Keys together on our tugs”. Read more . . .

The Nautical Adventures of Captain Kitty and Her Crew

In the grand nautical literary tradition, of fact and fable, spanning the ages from Homer’s Ulysses and Trafalgar’s Lord Nelson, and Horatio Hornblower and Jack Aubrey to the more contemporary exploits of Joshua Slocum and Ric Gordon, I shall endeavor to explicate, in the entirely too limited medium of the written word, the five month cruise of Captain Kitty and her crew, aboard the good ship Autumn Saga.

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Captain Kitty Cruises South


It had been about half a year since Captain Kitty and her crew had returned from their five month sojourn north to the Chesapeake Bay, during the summer of 2005. As the spring of 2006 arrived, she was contemplating another cruise to a new destination. At the same time, for a variety of reasons, neither she nor the crew was desirous of another near half year away from their home port. As it happened, a Nordic Tug rendezvous was scheduled for the first part of April, at the Hawks Cay Marina on Duck Key, in the Florida Keys. Read more . . .


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