Well after this interview below, Captain Tom Teague published a book "Tales from a Tugboat Captain" and became a social media rock star with Facebook posts with photos and videos and explanations of the job and tuglife. See the following links:
Since he's a captain for Reinauer, a towing company with a homeport in Red Hook's Erie Basin, Tom's book and Facebook feed have a lot of Red Hook WaterStories!
Several short clips cover how tugs move things (pull, push, alongside). Tom speaks about his pride and joy, the bow pudding on his tug. On segment explains old-time mariner superstitions. One segment talks about picking on the new guy. Another segment has Tom's detailed laments about the increase in paperwork "too much" so "it's now more like a job job and less like a boat job."
These interviews of Captain Tom Teague and Mate Mike Dunn were done on the tugboat JANICE ANN REINAUER in Erie Basin Bargeport. The JANICE which is no longer in NY harbor. It was sold to a company in Nigeria and exported.
This is what she looked like http://tugboatinformation.com/pictures/01182.jpg
Unedited interview by Carolina Salguero c. 2000