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The imp in my head wants to mess with the title and permutate this to “tugmotives and locoboats,” and I’m guessing way back when power began to be applied to hulls, there were those who thought they were seeing “loco boats” but I digress.  First, a historical photo to set the context.

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Just east of local 19, here’s Margot pushing a barge underneath the main line.  I don’t know the exact number, but these rails cross over the canal at least a half dozen times between Waterford and Tonawanda.

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As you’ll see in most of the next photos, it’s hard to get a photo of a complete tug and a complete locomotive if you happen to be moving on one of the other.  Difficulty notwithstanding, I kept on trying.

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With a drone I could have gotten the locomotive . . .

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or the rest of the tugboat.

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I know there’s no locomotive in sight, but the boxcars were colorful.

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Here’s an ALCO-built Genesee Valley locomotive, which may have been built at the Schenectady plant, itself once right on the south bank on the Canal.

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We had to wait at the top of lock 19 and my camera was ready, but no trains came.  As soon as we descended and started heading eastward . . . one passed.

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When one passed right near us, of course it was backlit.

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I took this shot from the upper wheelhouse.

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So at the end of the season, I had to conclude this was my loco-tug moneyshot, which had to be taken from neither.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, whose focus will soon be leaving the canal.  Having said that, part of me wants to get back up there when the water levels are drawn down and the snow covers the ground.   Click here for some history of the relations rail/canal in the first quarter century after the opening of the waterway.  Click here for a basic introduction to the canal levels monitoring from the state hydrologist.

 

The transformation from Erie Canal to Barge Canal involved incorporating more rivers and lakes into the canal system.   Enjoy these river and lake photos, like the one below . . . Oswego river, northbound, June 2014.  All photos were taken in 2014.

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Mohawk River eastbound also in June.

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Oneida Lake crossing eastbound, August.

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Mohawk River eastbound in August.

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Oneida Lake eastbound in late October.  Now contrast these photos with

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land cut near Waterford in October and

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near Rochester about a week earlier.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

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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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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATwo times that have a lot to recommend them . . . before and way after hours.  

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

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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?

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Step back a hundred and some feet . . . and clearly it’s USAV MGen Anthony Wayne LT-803, 5100 hp, and delivered from what is now  VT Halter Marine in June 1993.  Off her port side is Eric R. Thornton.

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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.  

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Here’s a view of Robert E.’s business end under way.

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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?

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And they were off.  Fells Point, the nearest vessel, is likely the newest boat in the race.

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More photos later.

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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.

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Denizens today, include all manner of critters, plus folks like these McQuaid rowers who come to help others.

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Or like Ra to prove something.

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Notice the salad growing on the outriggers and elsewhere.

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Or to heal, while kayaking 6000 miles.

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Folks come to the canal to tootle around on interesting boats like this 1973 Albin 25.  Here’s a similar boat.

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Or this antique.  Sorry I don’t know the manufacturer of Lazy Bones.

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Or this Island Packet with an unusual tender.

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A Lagoon 43 power cat.

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A Mark V design.

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Boats from distant ends of the US . . .

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and beyond.

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In case you don’t recognize the flag there from World Cup play, Zwerver is Dutch.

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All manner of denizens travel along the banks whether for shelter or

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an interest in technological history like this and

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lots like this.

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Cheap living space with unique roommates can be had too.

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The canal is a place of work too. …

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and commerce past . . . like 127′ Alanson Sumner, built by the Goble yard in 1872; and

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present . . . like the half century young Margot.

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Come on up, stick your neck out like Chelydra s. here,  and enjoy  . . .

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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.

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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.

 

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.”

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James Turecamo makes a splash as she heads towards the Kill.”

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Lincoln Sea sits patiently in the notch of the DBL 140.”

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“Two displays of heritage in the form of New York State Marine Highway tug Margot and Ellis Island.”

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Herbert P. Brake pushes a scrap barge (possible future additions to her hull?) through the harbor.”

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Crystal Cutler pushes the Patricia Poling as Andrew Barbieri bears down upon her.”

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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.

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Stephen Reinauer steams lite through the harbor towards her next assignment.”

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“Ever ready, ever vigilant.”  

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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!

 

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