Back when the “Storm of the Century” (The Perfect Storm) hit the East Coast, we had tried to head out of Delaware Bay bound for NY and got our Asses handed to us so we turned and came back up the Delaware River and Anchored near the C+D Canal.
It blew so hard the a couple of rigs anchored the dragged anchor and made for an interesting couple of hours.
So, there we stayed. After a couple of days we witnessed the hierarchy of Towing Companies. Crowley came down the river towing one of their jumbo Ro/Ro Barge. Our Mate on watch called the Crowley Tug and asked if they were nuts. They answered that it was unwritten company policy that if they could get off the dock they sailed! A couple of days later Bouchard Tugs got underway. We (Maritrans) sailed a couple of days after the Bouchard Tug and a week after Crowley had sailed.
So back to Crowley, I had a couple of friends that sailed for them and they all agreed that that run was for Younger Guys that did not mind getting the shit beat out of them.