"This sturdy, if little lauded, workhorse of the city's waterways has found a champion in Matteson, himself a veteran tug operator. His marvelous, handsomely designed Tugboats of New York is both an evocative photo album of tugs at work and a detailed essay on nearly two hundred years of tugboat history." BOOKFORUM "The story of the development of the tugboat industry in one of the busiest seaports in the world is a remarkable one, and Matteson delivers it in rich and lively detail.... The photographs alone, with extensive captioning, make this book worth buying. These photos are gems." WORKBOAT "Matteson's fascinating account of the evolutionary era begins with the geographical formation of New York Harbor, but quickly moves to the era of the vessels themselves.... Anyone fond of books about the way things work will enjoy Matteson's detailed explanations; others will relish his metaphors." NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW "Matteson narrates two hundred years of city history from the decks of its tugboats." NEW YORKER"
GEORGE MATTESON has operated tugboats since 1971 and has also worked as the waterfront manager of the South Street Seaport Museum. He is the author of Draggermen as well as several articles in Boating Magazine. He lives in New York City.