Tugboat Tycoon

Most everyone knows one fact about tugboats: a good tugboat man can hurl a torrid phrase across the water hard enough to make it bounce. But few know another important fact: that the Dutch had a virtual monopoly before the war on deep-sea towing.

Last week, Edmond Joseph Moran, a small (5 ft. 6 in.) man who looks more like a drapery salesman than the boss of the world's biggest tugboat company, prepared to poke the snubbed noses of two 194-ft. tugs into the Dutchmen's private pond.

His Moran Towing & Transportation Co., Inc. chartered the powerful, war-built tugs from the...

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