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In case you think i’ve lost my way, I’m planning a 5d post on the ruins in the immediate vicinity of the Erie Canal, and then there’ll be one more zone I want to identify.  After that, I’ll be out of those zones . . .

I am truly stunned by these magnificent photos of gorgeous structures built with rudimentary technology and lasting over a century and a half.

Lock 56 Lyons double chamber built 1850


Lock 56 center island steps


Lock 60 Macedon looking eastward from the center island


Lock 59 Lockville Newark northwest chamber


Lock 58 Newark north chamber


Lock 53 Clyde northwest chamber entrance


All photos and captions come thanks to Bob Stopper, to whom I am indebted for being able to publish these.  For more photos on this area of the canal, click here.   For more historic photos but of the Barge Canal iteration of the waterway, click here.


Italy?  the Levant?  Upstate New York?



It is indeed.  Once this aqueduct was state-of-the-art infrastructure that carried the Erie Canal and its traffic over the Seneca River.


It remains extraordinarily beautiful, as captured in these photos by Bob Stopper.


Half of the arches were removed during construction of the Barge Canal, which sought to expand the size and utility of the system by incorporating lakes and rivers like the Seneca.


These horizontal piers once held boards that made up the “canal” bed;  sides of the canal were also planked, creating a trough through which canal waters flowed.


Beside the “trough,” this grassy path was trod by mules’ feet.


The Richmond or Motezuma aqueduct–shown above–was hardly the only aqueduct of that waterway of a century and a half ago.  Here’s one in Rexford and


another at Schoharie Creek.


The last two photos are mine;  all the Richmond aqueduct photos comes thanks to Bob Stopper.


Thanks to Allen Baker for these two golden hour photos of possibly the newest vessel to cleave sixth boro waters.  Quantum of the Seas  . . . as names goes, just another name.  As a floating stately pleasure dome . . . it has the all the latest gadgetry, like a Makr Shakr bar, as demonstrated in a delightful video:  turn the volume way up.


For more photos and lots of numbers, check out NY Mediaboat’s post here.


Again, many thanks to Allen for these photos.  By next spring, it seems the vessel will be operating out of Asian waters.

While we’re talking about delights afloat, does anyone reading this blog know the whereabouts of Amara Zee, shown here in Hudson NY back in August?


All I know about these photos is that they were in frames in the Baldwinsville Lockmaster’s office.  He didn’t know who took them or what year they were taken.  Can anyone answer those questions or identify any of the people shown in the photos of Sheila Moran, Cheyenne, and the Great Lakes tugs (I think) called Pennsylvania and Maryland.



Many thanks to bowsprite for these photos;  Pretty Lamb raises the bar for unusual names.  Click here for more “pretty” fleet.  Or here:


Photos from Italy, Florida, and Trinidad, resp. The first photo comes thanks to Rod Clingman . . .tug Lourdes C towing Costa (not Concordia)  Fasonosa.  The second photo, thaks to Ashley Hutto, shows Florida Institute of Oceanography’s Weatherbird II–said to be first research vessel to reach Deepwater Horizon post-blowout.  The photo and the rest from S/V Maraki and my sister in Port-of-Spain.



Thanks to Bob Stopper, these photos show NYS Marine Highway’s Benjamin Elliot moving French canal barge Sojourn into the Lyons drydock area. Sojourn has quite the history that I hope to be telling more about soon.



Many thanks to Jonathan Steinman for these remarkable photos.  McAllister Girls and Ellen (or Robert?) tow Empire State to the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Indeed, it is a sight to behold a tow like this on the East River!

tug Bayridge Service & barge in L3barge Houston with tug Eileen Mbarge Houston on delivery voyage with tug Eileen MTenacious light tug headed for L2tug Barbara Andrie dbnd abvoe L7 with barge A-390barge Innovation and tug Samuel de Champlain at guard gate upbnd (3)HHMisner light tug upbnd to L2tug Commodore StraitsTechno St

Many thanks for use of these photos, all taken about seven years ago, to Barry Petersen.  Vessels are:  Bayridge Service, Eileen Roehrig and barge Houston on delivery, Tenacious, Barbara Andrie, Samuel de Champlain, H. H. Misner, Commodore Straits, and Techno St. Laurent.


0aaaauu60aaaauu50aaaauu40aaaauu30aaaauu20aaaauu1The 1823 culvert under the canal is a spectacle.  Hope you enjoyed it from below and above here.

All photos by Will Van Dorp, who didn’t need a drone camera for these.


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