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- photo by Mitch Waxman

Witness, if you dare, the estimable Anthony L. Miller workboat conducting the employees and contractors of the Federal Environmental Protection Agency across the languid waters of the Newtown Creek. The workboat designation is apt, as this small vessel maintained and operated by the always busy Millers Launch company on Staten Island is purpose driven.

- photo by Mitch Waxman

Workboat is a fairly broad class of commercial vessel designation. Omnivorous, these boats will sometimes be utilized to ferry a relief crew or supplies to a waiting vessel. Other times, it will be engaged as a platform from which to conduct and facilitate the designs of a contract charter. Too small for anything but rudimentary towing, these workboats can be seen all over the harbor.

- photo by Mitch Waxman

Technically, Anthony L. Miller is a 32 foot “Utility Boom Boat” possessed of a 420 HP engine. It is equipped with a tow bit, is water jet-propelled, has shallow water capabilities, has a davit with electric winch, and an enclosed heated cabin. It has a top speed of 25 knots, and an aluminum hull. A hearty Maritime Sunday shout out is sent to its cast and crew.

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