The Hickory Nutters

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Along about the end of November Grandpa would hitch up our old mare and off we would go, looking for hick'ry nuts.

As we poked along a deserted country lane, he would suddenly exclaim: 'Look! A whole grove of hick'ry trees. Boy! Are we in luck today!!'

Later on it occurred to me that he knew exactly where to look and had been coming here for years!

Quite a manmy Grandpa!!

New Delaware Steam Tugboat First in Over Five Decades

Wakefield, Rhode island Beckmann, Limited, local builder of antique and classic launches and tugboats, recently delivered a thirty foot steam tugboat to Peter Van de Veld of Malvern, Pennsylvania. Moored on the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, this new steam tugboat is the first in Delaware waters in over fifty years.

The Bridget 30 tugboat is one of several steam and diesel tugboats, ranging in length from 22 to 45 feet, built by the Rhode Island firm. She is powered by an oil-fired steam boiler made by Hobby Steam Boilers, Limited of Slocum, Rhode Island, driving a Sample Model 354 compound steam engine.

Designed as a pleasure vessel, the tug sleeps two forward, has an enclosed head, complete galley, and living area with settees for four aft. The steam boiler, engine and machinery is located amidships in a well-ventilated engine room. Her thirty foot length, eight foot beam and draft of two feet allow her to move easily through the water, achieving speeds up to ten knots. Cruising range is about 500 miles, which permits her to fully explore her home waters of the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays.

Further details may be had by contacting Walter Beckmann, president of Beckmann, Limited at (401) 7831859.