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: