In Fitzcarraldo, they pull a steamboat up a mountain;  in Rotterdam Junction today, they lowered one from the sky . . . or so it seemed from my spot on the bank of the Mohawk.

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The morning started like this, then

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trucks came as did the 250-ton capacity crane and caravan of counterweights, red tape got dealt with, and

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crowds cheered as Onrust left its cocoon for the first time.

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All the beautiful curves seemed ready to glide and then swim.

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All 20 tons of Onrust lifted upward on slings and

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then down she came

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keel touched the wet and

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the captain was first to come aboard.

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Canal Corp’s tug Waterford and self-propelled crane barge assisted in moving  the lead ballast on board.

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More Onrust fotos soon.  Lots of work fitting out remains for the vessel to arrive in the sixth boro on June 6.

All fotos, Will Van Dorp.

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