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Historic tugboat returns home at Oyster Bay fest

Owner Mike DiNapoli's antique tugboat the Deborah Quinn

Owner Mike DiNapoli's antique tugboat the Deborah Quinn sits in the water at Glenwood Landing. The boat was built in Oyster Bay and will return for the Oyster Festival on Oct. 16-17. (October 08, 2010) Photo Credit: Jason Andrew

When Michael DiNapoli, owner of an Oyster Bay marine towing firm, decided to go shopping for a used tugboat last year, he wasn't expecting to end up with an artifact linked to his community's history.

But he did. And this weekend, he will bring the well-preserved relic back to Oyster Bay for display at the annual Oyster Festival - the boat's first return since it was built in the community in 1957.

DiNapoli, the owner of Breakwater Marine Construction, already had several smaller tugs berthed in Glenwood Landing when he decided he needed a larger, more powerful vessel to tow a big barge. He heard Boston Towing and Transportation had five boats for sale, so he went to Boston to take a look and chose a 105-foot tug.

>> Read Bill Bleyer's full story


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