Some useful links or how I got to talk like an old salt.
In the days before radios, tugboats in New York City received their orders via megaphone from an office window and communicated to each other by whistle but now the pilothouse of a tug often resembles a Silicon Valley office. Modern tugboats rely on the electronic world including the internet Below is a highly arbitrary list of sources of information from the internet which we find useful. Most are local or northeastern entities.
BGNN4 (24664) - Bergen Point BATN6 (22866) - The Battery
The world beyond West Marine (or chandlers and supply houses with choices).
Publications, Blogs and Sites for tugboaters (and boaters too)
Big Brother is watching
Coast Guard VTS NY - 718 354 4088 Channel 11 (check in) , 12 and 14