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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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In reverse commentary on the photos above, photo #9 just above was the heron that checked me back into Waterford after seven days on the Canal.  Photo #1 way above is the heron that stood guard in Oswego.  In between . . . Margot and Cheyenne headed west and then east.  Enjoy these photos sent along on this inflexible old laptop.   As of this writing, I’m guessing Margot is approaching the sixth boro for the dazzled Slater move tomorrow.  I hope my sixth boro friends get good pics of the move from KVK to albany.

More photos soon.

 

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Just photos for now…  I’m day 5 on the Canal, having traveled from Little Falls to Phoenix.  If I had more time and better personal technology, I’d write more.  Enjoy.

Here was 28.

Click here for a photo of this tug showing its deep belly.  How long has the canal owned her?  Answer follows.

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Click here for info on Arkansas-built Gelberman, here photographed yesterday pulling a tree out of the way of navigation.

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Driftmaster I believe dates from 1947, making her older than me.   Scroll through here for photos of Driftmaster helping with clean-up post Sandy.

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Jersey City fire vessel Joseph Lovero is named for their dispatcher who died in that attack twelve and a half years ago.

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343 arrived in the harbor nearly four years ago.  Click here for the welcome ceremony in the harbor when she arrived in April 2010.

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T-AKR  316 Pomeroy, named for a Medal of Honor winner who died on a Korean mountain at age 22,  has been dry-docked in Bayonne for about a month now for maintenance.

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Click here for more info on the Watson-class.

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So we’re back to the beginning.  Governor Roosevelt came to the canal as a steam-powered icebreaker in 1927!  I’d love to see pics of canal traffic from back then.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Here in a milder season was the previous post by this name.  And here and here are earlier posts with tenders.

But yesterday, along with a partner in crime to be identified later, we discovered not just one,

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not just two,

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but THREE tenders, hauled out like seals.

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Wanna see that again?

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How about a third count, just to make sure.

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oh . . . partner in crime . . . is this a clue?  Here’s the other tug44.

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And motivation?  Well, it WAS presidents‘ day.  I hope this summer to find time to research the construction of these tenders, all of which I believe happened at Inner Harbor in Syracuse.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, whose fingers lasted in the cold long enough to take more, too, soon.

 

Here was the first in what could be a series.   And this foto I’m happy again to credit  to Bob Stopper, some of whose photos can be seen here.   I’m not sure what the naming system is for Canal Corporation, but some of their vessels are named for towns with locks–like Pittsford– along the Canal.

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Ditto–in this foto from my sisterWaterford.   By the way, the pre-eminent website for all things Erie Canal is fred’s at tug44.

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In push gear and looking great at 85 years old, it’s Governor Cleveland.

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If I still lived up that way, I’d get one of these, a buoy boat.

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I don’t know how many of these there once were, but they are disappearing!

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Click here for a foto of this deep looking Governor Roosevelt with her belly exposed.

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There’s Grand Erie, and then there’s just plain Erie.

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Then there are the self-propelled scows, but notice the difference in

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engine exposure between this one shot by my sister and

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SPS-54 shot by me

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in August in Lyons.

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Thanks to Bob and Lucy for these fotos.  The last two are mine.

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