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But first . . . it’s a race, and there are trophies for such categories as best-looking, best mascot, best tattooed crew person . . . . And there is pushing and jostling, for which there are no trophies. But what would you call this?
From l to r, lining up are Meagan Ann, Houma, Bering Sea, a little of Robert E. McAllister, Buchanan 1, Mister T, and Emily Ann.
Here’s a view of Robert E.’s business end under way.
Mako III seemed to carry a different name last year. It began life as an Army ST, although I don’t know what number she carried. 66, perhaps?
And they were off. Fells Point, the nearest vessel, is likely the newest boat in the race.
More photos later.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who is grateful to NYMedia Boat and Bjoern Kils for getting the best positions for photography during the sixth boro’s premiere Labor Day event, the 22nd annual Great North River Race organized by the Working Harbor Committee, who also deserve a big round of applause.
Two questions you might have are . . why does the Army have boats, and who was MGen Anthony Wayne? Here are links A and B to answer the first part–please add detail if you know it–and here’s the info on General Wayne, sometimes called “mad General Wayne.”
Lots of photos today . . . about just that, DeWitt being a former 1810 NYC mayor (after becoming disgruntled as US Senator from NY state . . . and before going on to other offices) greatly responsible for up-commercializing the waters around the city so that the other five boros would come into being.
Denizens today, include all manner of critters, plus folks like these McQuaid rowers who come to help others.
Or like Ra to prove something.
Notice the salad growing on the outriggers and elsewhere.
Or to heal, while kayaking 6000 miles.
Folks come to the canal to tootle around on interesting boats like this 1973 Albin 25. Here’s a similar boat.
Or this antique. Sorry I don’t know the manufacturer of Lazy Bones.
Or this Island Packet with an unusual tender.
A Lagoon 43 power cat.
A Mark V design.
Boats from distant ends of the US . . .
In case you don’t recognize the flag there from World Cup play, Zwerver is Dutch.
All manner of denizens travel along the banks whether for shelter or
an interest in technological history like this and
lots like this.
Cheap living space with unique roommates can be had too.
The canal is a place of work too. …
and commerce past . . . like 127′ Alanson Sumner, built by the Goble yard in 1872; and
present . . . like the half century young Margot.
Come on up, stick your neck out like Chelydra s. here, and enjoy . . .
All photos taken in June by Will Van Dorp.
Happy Independence Day . . .
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.
That diagonally mounted grate on the bow of the barge is a ramp to allow RORO use.
Wm. Donnelly is . . .
a D. A. Collins tug, and . . .
also working on the Amsterdam dam (!) is an Arundel Marine tug called Sarah Leanne.
Collamore . . . I can find nothing about.
Here northbound on the Hudson while I was behind a dirty window . . . that may be HR Bass (scroll through) passing Peebles Island.
And for the last photo today, enjoy another of Margot, here housedown as she leaves Lock 19 eastbound.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who’s thrilled to be back where his upstate roots are.
The photo below I took on June 22. Cheyenne was headed for Erie PA and Margot was St. Lawrence bound.
June 23 . . . Margot pushes her load out into Lake Ontario past Kathy Lynn and the dredge working the mouth of Oswego harbor,
This photo I took on June 30, as Margot and light barge eastbound arrive at top of Lock 19. . .
and eases into the chamber.
June 28 Margot, house lowered heads towards the top of Lock 11 in Amsterdam.
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?
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.
Here’s the first in this series. David sent me some photos earlier this week and offered to write the commentary as well. Hence the quotation marks.
“Marie J. Turecamo steam harmlessly through the harbor.”
“James Turecamo makes a splash as she heads towards the Kill.”
Lincoln Sea sits patiently in the notch of the DBL 140.”
“Two displays of heritage in the form of New York State Marine Highway tug Margot and Ellis Island.”
“Herbert P. Brake pushes a scrap barge (possible future additions to her hull?) through the harbor.”
“Crystal Cutler pushes the Patricia Poling as Andrew Barbieri bears down upon her.”
My take: if a waterborne Rip van Winkle had fallen asleep 80 years ago and awakened today, the bridge and the light might be among the very few structures he would recognize.
“Stephen Reinauer steams lite through the harbor towards her next assignment.”
“Ever ready, ever vigilant.”
Thanks, David. The sixth boor’s the star here, IMHO. To post some corny doggerel in Poetry Month “collaboration is the game and “sixth boro” the star’s name!
As Harvey (1931) made its way northward from a dry dock visit, Slater (1944) was a hundred miles upriver, making its way south. The next two photos come from Birk Thomas, taken north of Newburgh NY as sun was lowering onto the hills in the west.
Benjamin Elliot (1960) is the assist tug. Margot (1958) has Slater alongside . . the other side.
John Dunn caught this photo of the tow south of Newburgh, after sunset.
Since Margot cannot be seen in the photos above, here’s her profile as I shot it back in September 2013.
Many thanks to Birk and John for the photos.
It’s Margot, last included on this blog here. Guess the location?
Here’s a closer-up of Gage Paul with Robbins Light in the background.
Here’s Robert leaving the sixth boro this morning with a tow that
East Coast meets west coast this morning alongside Corossol.
The newer Dean headed eastbound on the KVK and
and finally . . another configuration of Marjorie B. McAllister.
All photos taken this week by Will Van Dorp.
Oh . . . Margot‘s location in the first photo is Tottenville NY, with Outerbridge Crossing in the background.
Darell T. Gilbert took this foto . . . a hot air balloon over the water in Red Hook around the 5th of January. WTF?!@#@!! Anyone know the story?
Thanks to Sam Zapadinsky . . . can you identify this creature walking on the icy upper Hudson? Coyote? Here’s a post from a few years ago of eagles on the mostly frozen river.
Sam also took this foto from the tug Frances, which
is the forwardmost tug in this foto by Bob Dahringer. Frances and Kathleen Turecamo move crude oil tanker Afrodite into the dock in Albany, one of many water tasks that happens whether the temperatures are 0 or 100.
And finally, Mike Abegg took this foto of Alice Oldendorff in the Brooklyn Navy yard, taking on
fuel. Quantico Creek and a Dann Marine boat (either Chesapeake or Discovery Coast) assist with this operation in the ice-choked area around the docks.
Thanks much to Darell, Sam, Bob, and Mike for these fotos.
Click here for Bob Dahringer’s YouTube videos, recently with a lot of ice.
Now here from Harbin, China is a completely other reaction to cold weather.
Not Afrodite although Apollon is otherwise a twin.
This IS Afrodite. All the rest of these fotos are compliments of Paul Strubeck.
In this set of Paul’s fotos, you may conclude that his conveyance is overtaking Afrodite, but I’m reversing the order as the vessel Afrodite–leaves the upper Hudson running towards sea and St. John.
Click here for the rest of the TCM (I’m not sure why the T-E- N) fleet.
This looks like Kathleen Turecamo and Frances assisting Afrodite out of the berth.
I took the first foto, but all the others I am grateful to Paul Strubeck for.