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so… I’m on the East River last Thursday…

– photo by Mitch Waxman

A “travlin man,” your humble narrator had some business to attend to in Greenpoint last Thursday which was meant to be followed by helping out on a Working Harbor Committee excursion in the evening. The WHC trip was leaving from Lower Manhattan’s Pier 11, so the logical path was to catch the East River Ferry from Brooklyn to the City. While onboard, I spotted something fairly curious.

Is that the nose of a submarine being towed on a barge?

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The tug doing the towing was the GT Lyman. As is usually the case, has everything you’d want to know about the Lyman on display at their site. To sum up – she was built in 1968, is owned and operated by Delaware’s Gateway Towing, and can normally be found in the waters around Philadelphia.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

What Lyman was towing looks very much – to me at least – to be the front section of a submarine. Maybe I’m being crazy here, but there’s a conning tower and… that’s a submarine.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Now, I’ve taken lots of shots around NY Harbor but I’ve never taken a photo of a submarine before.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Actually, I probably have, but pictured above is what you’d normally get in a shot of a submarine.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

One was kind of hoping that the Lyman was going to execute a turn into the Brooklyn Navy Yard, but it continued heading north along the East River.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

File this post under “You don’t see that every day.”

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Written by Mitch Waxman

August 22, 2016 at 11:00 am

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  1. Probably Headed to New London via the Long Island Sound. Just happened to be driving through yesterday and noticed there is a submarine base there.


    August 22, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    • Right next to Electric Boat, which is who builds all of the subs 🙂


      August 22, 2016 at 2:09 pm

  2. What’s with all this “business” you’ve got going on in Greenpoint? Always one kind of meeting or another.

    georgetheatheist . . . curious cat

    August 22, 2016 at 1:35 pm

  3. 2016-08-16 15:03 EDT Departed Newport News 36°59’19.0″N 76°26’44.0″W (
    2016-08-18 Stop in Groton/New London:
    2016-08-19 11:57 EDT Moored New Haven 41° 17′ 38″ N ; 72° 54′ 15″ W (


    August 22, 2016 at 2:35 pm

  4. Reblogged this on Working Harbor Committee and commented:
    Reblogging Mitch Waxman’s recent Newtown Pentacle post about an astonishing sight on the East River. Thanks Mitch for the fascinating piece!

    Working Harbor Committee

    August 24, 2016 at 9:43 am

  5. My guess is bound for General Dynamics in Groton, CT?

    Capt. Christopher Costa

    September 3, 2016 at 12:07 pm

  6. The sub looked like another boat


    October 19, 2016 at 3:21 pm

  7. […] has seen a lot of things over the years on NY Harbor: the nose of a submarine being barged under the Williamsburg Bridge, an experimental military attack boat at Hells Gate, a […]

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