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Vermont Sail Freight . . . south bound. Click here for their ports of call and dates. More fotos courtesy of Fred Wehner.
I’m eager to see them with masts stepped and sails billowing.
If anyone wishes to contribute fotos of the vessel making her way south and calling at ports headed south, please get in touch.
Whatzit?!! in the background with the classy leeboards. In the foreground, of course, it’s the world-infamous tug44, and in its own lair near the hideaway of Fred, in the north country approximately 200 miles north of the sixth boro.
It’s the sailing freighter Ceres, a moving cornucopia of all things edible, sixth boro bound
with auxiliary power for the Canals, where sailing is not an option.
Here Ceres exits Lock C-7.
At the tiller, it looks like Steve Schwartz, whose inimitable idea of a figurehead appears in foto 8 here affixed to sloop Woody Guthrie.
Much appreciation to Fred Wehner for all fotos here. Fair winds to Ceres.
Late October 2011, Day Peckinpaugh and Frances Turecamo float above Lock 3, post-Irene, seen here through the eyes of the master of Tug44.
Here’s Day Peckinpaugh last weekend, nose to nose with Urger, the latter here for shaft work.
Blount’s two decade old Grande Caribe applies the same design to contemporary passenger cruising. Notice the popped-down house; in this post from three years ago, the house is up. I’d love to hear from someone who’s sailed on one of these “small ship adventures.” Shipboard romance? What are the stopping off places for adventuring off the mother ship?
And compare the tug Frances Turecamo (1957) in the top foto to her incarnation now. It’s great to see her back at work.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Unrelated: Thanks to Jonathan Boulware , interim president of South Street Seaport Museum, for passing along this article and video of salvage of Astrid.
Today . . . as time constricts . . . just vessels, mostly under way, like Frances, at the confluence.
Govr. Cleveland and Eighth Sea, locking and swaying.
Eighth Sea, stopping at Rusty Anchor to lubricate a wobbly shaft . . . it was rumored.
I’m out of my depth here.
Kathleen Turecamo and Dean Reinauer, about to move RTC 106 downstream to the sixth boro.
Govr. Cleveland passing the scrap dock.
Herbert P. Brake pushing HR-Bass downstream. Crosby colors?
Benjamin Elliot at the Troy wall.
Gowanus Bay approaching the Troy lock.
Margot making a grand entrance.
Tender #3 near the Roundup.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who feels quite the time crunch right now.
First, and I quote, the roundup “began in 1999 as a way to preserve and promote the maritime industrial heritage of the State Canal System….” Many thanks to the sponsors and the volunteers. Thanks to the town for their “hawsepitality” (That’s Jed’s newly minted term.) which brings about 25,000 people to a Saratoga County town of fewer than 10,000.
What light is this illuminating the Second Avenue Bridge between the town and Peebles Island? And what is the kayaker . . .
and all these others looking at . . .
while bathed in varying light?
Waterford’s pyrotechnics are unusual because the geography makes you feel them. There’s light, sound, and some serious concussion, and that’s all one thing, singular. And the only thing I like more than watching the explosive colors is to see what they illuminate. . . like Mame Faye and the glassy water–after an almost shower–at the confluence of the Erie Canal and the Hudson River.
Scroll through here for my video of the show four years ago.
I’m awed by the power and flash reflected in this fresh water. Click here for my fotos from the first roundup I attended seven years ago.
And then it’s morning and time to clean up, check
the condition on the barge, move
the tow to a place where the ebris can be offloaded, and
send in the underwater inspection expert.
For that underwater inspection of prop and flanking rudders . . . that’s tomorrow’s post.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who needs to get to his paying job.
Here’s a fireworks post I did a little over a year ago.
It’s the weekend after Labor Day in Waterford, time to call a muster.
And stuff starts happening. Atlantic Hunter arrives via the highway.
Tug-of-the-Year Gowanus Bay travels from the south.
Buffalo parades from Waterford back to Waterford.
Grand Erie travels as the dais.
As the parade approaches the Waterford Visitors Center, a water salute awaits Eighth Sea,
Frances, Margot, and Benjamin Elliott . . .
as well as Cornell and Iron Chief.
Parts B and more soon. All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who met great people, missed many others, and heard fabulous stories to be followed up on soon.
Actually the key is making it possible for the helicopter to find you. In some cases, assisting the task of arriving at your location makes the difference between life and death; things don’t always go so well. On a windy unsettled afternoon last week I happened to be there when
an obsessively circling C-130 over Oswego’s lighthouse demanded attention. I wish I’d stumbled onto this scene the day they trained search & rescue with a Reaper drone. Here’s another link about that drill.
As it was, the helicopter here working with the USCG puzzled me, and
having no VHF or binoculars, I couldn’t tell whether the debris on the jetty was just drifted remains of a Lake Ontario shoreline tree, but
someone had certainly swum to proximity of rescuer.
In the half hour that followed at least a half dozen “winchings up” and “down” before
it returned to USCG Station Oswego. Click here for their flickr page. Click here for info on the blue-yellow structure to the lower left, NYS Derrick Boat 8, the last steam-powered barge (with dredge capabilities at one time) on the Erie Canal . . . maybe even in New York . DB8 is also known as Lance Knapp, named for a salvage diver.
A half year ago I watched a helicopter rescue drill here.
All fotos taken within an hour by Will Van Dorp. Here was my previous swimming post.
PS: Enjoy the additional fotos below from the Port of Oswego, showing schooner OMF Ontario, LT-5, and fishtug Eleanor D, and Oswego West Pierhead Light.
What’s this? Where? Answer follows. It’s not really sepia per se, just an approximation.
I took this foto a week ago, then stripped out the color. It’s Yemitzis, the former
PRR Philadelphia, launched 1954. Major modifications have happened between the two incarnations.
Here’s another foto I took last week, Resolute. With its ample pudding, it’s a perfect candidate to be sepia-fied.
The top foto was taken by Fred Wehner a few days ago; that’s not Rosie the riveter but Capt. Wendy Marble, working to prep her vessel Urger, for the 2013 season. Here, here, and here are some full color fotos previously featuring Urger, who initially looked like this over a century ago.
Thanks to Paul Strubeck for the foto of PRR Philadelphia.
soon to be determined . . . less than 48 hours from now. Here’s a schedule from the race organizers.
Will the winner be blue . . . like Atlantic Salvor or
Maybe it’ll be blue and miraculously restored . . . like Crow?
Or will it be red, like this Pegasus or
. . . the not-to-be underestimated Augie?
Or maybe a blue and gold government boat?
Or it might be some shade of white like Susan Miller or Gabby L Miller?
On the other hand, it may be a stealth competitor, like the one these gents have been refurbishing since late spring?
Cosmetic work has been visible on the outside, but
Glen had this grin straight off the cheshire cat when he told me they’d installed huge power down below and
as they’ve worked on the surface, above decks, rendering a beautfully restored New York Central No. 31 house. Who
knows whether Glen was kidding or not about that power plant and about the hull they cleverly built below the dock which be free with a few minor cuts of the Saw-zall.
New York Central No 31 might turn its competitors green with envy once they steam out onto the course. And if she were flying a Canadian flag, she’d be an international entry. And
with all that jabber about competitors red and blue at the beginning of the post, you might have wondered if I was talking about something else. Maybe a spokesperson for red or blue might be interviewing a stealth version of a leading member of the competition?
Check page four of this 1952 issue of Towline for an action foto of one of the winners of the race exactly 60 years ago. And on page 5, you’ll see that the 1952 race was in fact a revival of a pre-WW2 International Lifeboat Race. Click on the image below to watch a two-minute video of the rowing race, some time between 1930 and 1939.
In my personal life, the beginning of a calendar year seems the best time for maintenance, new starts, re-evaluations. Today I cleared out and organized a tool closet, tossing out with gusto and energy what I hadn’t been able to . . . in “cleaning” attempts for the past few years.
Lou Rosenberg sent this foto; even QM2 needs touch-ups. Here are some fotos I took of QM2 arriving in the sixth boro for the first time in April 2004.
Finally, Captain Thalassic sent some fotos from up on the Erie Canal, Lock 28A, where Erie Canal boats Emita II (1953) and Colonial Belle dry out their hulls over the winter, as does