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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.

 

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Tug Seneca (1932) has two Cummins engines, oriented  in opposite directions for ease of control from the center passageway.  As a diesel electric power plant, the engines connect to electric motors which turn a single prop.

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Everyone has a white whale, something to obsess about.  On the canal, that might be a bridge, famous enough for its low bridges since 1825 that songs have been spawned.  One person’s white whale might be the abandoned rail bridge  known as E-93 . . about 16 feet.   We made it although the radio antenna sprang twice.  I wonder why it’s not removed and recycled.

 

0aaaats60aaaats50aaaats30aaaats10aaaats2Ex-harbor tug 15 built in Boston by Electric Boat.  Later she was YTL-479, and since 1960 has worked on the Erie Canal as tug Seneca.

0aaaa10aaaa20aaaa30aaaa40aaaa50aaaa6The stern reads “Syracuse of Syracuse.”  She’s built in Syracuse.  Two boats passing during the day, albeit a rainy one, is still a beautiful thing.

Photos were taken by Will Van Dorp between Palmyra and Newark.

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Will Van Dorp took the above photos between Pittsford and Medina.

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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.

 

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Anyone know the story here?  It’s a state boat, though not in NYS Canal Corp colors.

 

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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