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. . . with some digressions . . .  .  The photo below of the procession leading to the Roundup comes from Jeff Anzevino.

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Digress to the left . . . on the Troy (Lansingburgh) side through the trees is Melville Park and this sign and

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this house.  If you’re looking for a good read about Melville’s later life on the waters off Lower Manhattan, check out this Frederick Busch historical novel.

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Here’s another shot by Jeff, taken from the 112th Street Bridge.  You might recognize the crewman standing beside the wheelhouse port side.  There are many other posts with photos from Jeff, such as this one.

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From Bob Stopper, exiting lock 27, it’s Roosevelt-late 1920s built-and Syracuse-early 1930s built.   Click here for some photos Bob –and others–sent along earlier this year.

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From Jason LaDue . .  a photo of tender (?) Oneida taken in 2001.   Anyone know the disposition of Oneida?  Click here for some previous photos from Jason.

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And finally, from Fred tug44 . . .  locking through E2  . . . right behind us.  I feel grateful to have an occasional view of self to post here.   Some of you have seen some of these on Facebook.

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Thanks to Jeff, Jason, Bob, and Fred for photos here.

 

Portions of NYS Canals run in the rivers, like here . . . where not a trace of human control of nature can be found except

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here and there a navigational aid, and it would surprise no one if

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a sasquatch would appear on the bank.

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But railways and highways paralleling the canal are there, even though in places trees mask their presence.

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Interstate to the south, and railway AND two-lane to the north.

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Sometimes rail and

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often highways switch banks.

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All photos along the Erie Canal/Mohawk river by Will Van Dorp.

For some appropriate links, check this on the history of the “Western Canal” and the arrival of competing rail.  For more Mohawk Valley rail history, click here.

For  link to many more links about the construction of the NY Thruway through this same area, click here.

For info on the latest mode of transport through the corridor, recreational cycling, clck here.

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It enjoyed meeting so many nice people at the Roundup this past weekend.

 

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

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Whether you carry passengers like Grande Caribe or bulk like Day Peckinpaugh, restrictions of size are the same.

Photos today by Will Van Dorp.

If you’re reading this, I’m back on the canal, wondering when my next dose of wi-fi will appear.  A little self-disclosure . . . I grew up in Wayne County between Syracuse and Rochester about four miles from the canal in a town of about 2000 that was then mostly Dutch Protestant immigrants.  My most vivid recollection of the canal was having to cross an open-grate bridge over a “spillway” on the way to school, and seeing the water below terrified me the first day.  After day one, I was fine.  My little town has doubled in size, and many places where I used to load hay or harvest pickles, cherries, and beets are now either subdivisions or woods.

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Here is an older canal, called the Enlarged Canal.  The Barge Canal bypassed this older waterway, which had a towpath.

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Here’s what today’s canal looks like in “the noses” of Montgomery County.  Note to the left in the distance is the

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New York State Thruway, and to the right

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it’s the Mohawk Subdivision of CSX.  I don’t know much about rail, but if anyone wants to see a lot of trains .  . about four per hour, here’s the place.  Containers, oil tankers, scheduled passenger cars, and even private passenger cars pass. Trucks and trains were two of the facts that undid commercial canal traffic of the scale it once saw.

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Many boats on the canal today are private . . . and of all designs as long as they conform to height and draft limitations.

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Some places along the banks seem timeless, like these amusement park rides that could be modeled after automobiles of more than half century ago.

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This narrow gauge locomotive does tours at Erie Canal Village, a private history park right on the older canal.

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Erie Canal Village has great exhibits, like this photo of a canal side store east of  Canajoharie.  Click here for another photo of the store and more.

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Here in Clay is a fuel barge dock that long ago gave way to oil transport by pipeline.

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The current canal is about a mile from where I took the next three photos.  Keep in mind that of course I could have taken thousands of photos.  I did take what surprised me.  As evidence of change in Utica, read the banner.

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Stanley Theater was to my right and

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this formerly United Methodist Church was just around the corner.  Read the article here for some startling facts.

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Quite a ways farther east in Niskayuna is Knolls Atomic Power Lab.

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Here’s the Herkimer Home, and here

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is one that recently sold for a mere $1.9 million.  Read the article to understand why I said . . . mere.

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And finally . . . from a poster in front of the old Matton Shipyard, which Mary Turecamo was this?

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All photos–even those of photos–by Will Van Dorp, now back along the canal.

 

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In order . . . autism awareness kayak marathon, Schenectady aqueduct remnants, scullers, Waterkeeper vessel, lobsterboat as yacht, self-described “redneck pickup”, amusement park  rocket, pirates’ parade, Hackercraft, 1942 Richardson,  boat and wooden barge remnants and rowing dory, Corps of Engineers survey vessel, and Capt. Henry Jackman discharging aggregates in Oswego.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

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So let’s start with June 2014 at the north end of the Oswego Canal . . . that’s Kathy Lynn way in the distance to the left.

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Port of Oswego also sees its share of international tugs . . . Wilf Seymour (ex-M. Moran) here with the multifunctional barge Alouette Spirit is Canadian.

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That diagonally mounted grate on the bow of the barge is a ramp to allow RORO use.

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Wm. Donnelly is . . .

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a D. A. Collins tug, and  . . .

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also working on the Amsterdam dam (!) is an Arundel Marine tug called Sarah Leanne.

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Collamore . . . I can find nothing about.

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Here northbound on the Hudson while I was behind a dirty window . . . that may be HR Bass (scroll through) passing Peebles Island.

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And for the last photo today, enjoy another of Margot, here housedown as she leaves Lock 19 eastbound.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, who’s thrilled to be back where his upstate roots are.

 

Here was Highway the first and second.

The photo below I took on June 22. Cheyenne was headed for Erie PA and Margot was St. Lawrence bound.

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June 23 . . . Margot pushes her load out into Lake Ontario past Kathy Lynn and the dredge working the mouth of Oswego harbor,

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Massena bound.

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This photo I took on June 30, as Margot and light barge eastbound arrive at top of Lock 19. . .

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and eases into the chamber.

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June 28 Margot, house lowered  heads towards the top of  Lock 11 in Amsterdam.

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And here, credit goes to the photographer on the Tugboat Roundup FB page, Margot, accompanied by Frances, is northbound on the Hudson moving a beautifully bedazzled Slater.

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Many thanks to Paul Strubeck, the photographer of the photo above.  All others are by Will Van Dorp.

Just a note . . . some of my posts are “text light” this summer because those are assembled as I travel with an aging laptop that is increasing out of touch with the WordPress software.  I’m investigating an iPad upgrade and welcome input on dealing with what I understand as an inability to download camera photos of iPad.

Also, if anyone along the Oswego or Erie Canals reads this and got photos this week of Cheyenne with two scows, please share them with me?

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