Oswego is one terminus in the NYS Canal system that sees regular calls from non-US ships, like Stephen B. Roman, named for this mining engineer.   I wish a shiptrafficwatcher would start an Oswego-focused blog.

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A joy of traveling the Canal system is seeing the craftsmanship  . . . of all sorts;  this building and its neighbor

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date to one of the first families of the Oswego area.

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Innovative solutions intrigue me.  Look closely at this dock . . .

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Here’s a whole new opportunity for recycling  . . . Gypsum Express style. For updates on the ways in which the Canal corridor is attempting to rediscover the spirit it once had–that’s a whole ‘nother subject–check this site.

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This boathouse near the west end of Oneida Lake conjures up a past age . . .

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Roman Holiday, a 1939 Elco built in Bayonne (ex-Unicorn and Nancy) is an example of the surprises that may pass you on the Canal.

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Nietverdient . . . in Dutch the name means “un earned”  . . . at this point has traveled from Minnesota.

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Here’s another classic . . . a 1969 Trumpy named Angelus, ex-Showtime, I think.

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A different form of craft . . . markers along the Canal to ease resetting of navigation buoys.

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A row of trawlers set out westward across Oneida . . . from near to far, it’s Don Mariner, Symmetry II, and Deju Vu.

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Here’s a totally homebuilt interpretation of a cruising barge . . . Eriecuse.

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And finally . . . since most of these photos were taken in the vicinity of Oneida Lake, there is the craftsmanship hidden and disintegrating beneath its waters . . . like Thomas H, whose existence I learned about from a passing stranger to whom I am grateful.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

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