The holidays are a great time to learn about family odds and ends that you had never managed to pick up. I learned the other day that my great-grandfather ran the American Dredging Company for many years. I guess this outfit was a major marine contractor of its day. In 1932 the company purchased some new tugs,and one was named for my great-grandfather:Nathan Hayward.
A cousin recently commissioned the painting above (from artist Scott Cameron) based on some photos and additional research. I was pleased to see that she was a nice-looking tug (she was broken up for scrap in 2002,10 years after investors did the same to American Dredging). I have no knowledge at this point of her construction,designer,builder,and so on. Regardless,I am happy to have this boat in my lineage.
Incidentally,in Googling the painter to find the link above,the best I could get was his bio from a gallery. But take a look at the unbelievably gorgeous painting pictured there: