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Here’s the tugboat named for the politician who mustered the public will to build this fabulous infrastructure.  Her designs were completed by naval architect Theodore D. Wells at 11 Broadway NYC in November 1925.  And she’s the oldest tug on the Canals still working on canal maintenance.

 

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All grounded here . . . buoy boats 113, 110, and 115, respectively, and all within a quarter mile of the Lockport flight.  I love the design of these boats.  I’m told they were designed in the 1920s.

I need to research their genesis.

 

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Check out an ancient active duty fireboat in Buffalo . .  Edward M. Cotter, built in Elizabeth, NJ, in 1900.  After I got a few, the rain started and I had to retreat to Swannies for the best-ever buffalo wings, of course.

 

Here were the first and second in this series.   And I could renumber and make this #4, since I posted a screen grab of tug in  Carlito’s Way here . . . last shot there . . . which turned out to be Dorothy Elizabeth.   Anyhow, the “grab” is somewhat blurry, but any guesses about the name of the movie or info on the boat?

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The figure near the stern here is actually Robert DeNiro . . .

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And the movie is  . . .  here.

 

Know this superstructure?  Guess the date?

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Know other boats on this photo?  Actually I don’t although I see some Eklof colors.

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Here’s Mary Turecamo as she appears today, i think.  I took this photo in November 2009.

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And frequent contributor Ashley Hutto send this along.  Can you identify the location?

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And finally, from Walter, a frequent commenter here, a novel view of Alice discharging aggregates.

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These photos come thanks to bowsprite, Russell, Ashley, and Walter.   Thanks very much.

Answers to the questions are:  Mary Turecamo photos were taken during the 1986 centennial of the Statue of Liberty.  And Ashley took the his photo over near the Goethals Bridge.

 

When I noticed someone standing on a bridge in this rural area, I suspected it might be Bob, a person I’d never met but  . . . click here to see how many posts he’s already contributed to.

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Anyhow, I was not surprised when later I received the following photos…

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… all taken between Clyde and Lyons by Robert Stopper.

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Thank, Bob, and great to meet you.

Johnston Brothers of Ferrysburg, MI,  built Urger in 1901.  The boat below–Ronald J. Dahlke, was built two years later as Bonita.  A few days ago, the two boats passed each other in Lyons . . . or to be more accurate, we passed the ex-Bonita.

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I posted pics of this blue tug last year here . . . scroll through.   Unconfirmed report is that the boat is about to enter a new chapter in its life, after being the tool of someone with truth issues, as explained in the story here.

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What I find even more remarkable is that an even older Johnston Brothers boat–Sea Bird–is still active.    Anyone know others?

Some areas along the NYS Canals evoke tropical forests . . .

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Some bridges are so low even today that we approach dead slow, jackstaff–our measure of minimum clearance–ready to signal full astern.

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Many places along the canal offer a parallel path for the railroad like

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this automobile train pulled by Union Pacific locomotives.

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If it seems I have paid more attention to these canal banks than others, it’s true, because these are in the county where I grew up and first caught a fish.  Click here for close-ups of this former Agway and beet refining complex.

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These abandoned scows lie within 250 feet of Rte. 31, but I’d never seen them until I took the canal.

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Click here to see the large number of posts I’ve done on this 1912 tug I call Grouper.

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When this creature stands at the end of a dock like this, I’m happy to comply.

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So far, west of Palmyra, I’ve seen the most fabulous bike trails.

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More trains and

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And finally, just east of Fairport, I love this garden with repurposed metal “sculpture” that includes two harps.

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All photos taken by Will Van Dorp.

 

Here’s a view from the oldest of the fleet–Urger–heading through the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge.

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Grand Erie and Tender 4 (?) heading west almost three weeks ago.

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SPS 54 (?) tied up above lock 1 of the Cayuga-Seneca Canal.   By the way . . . SPS expands to “self-propelled scow.”

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Earlier this week, Urger meets Grand Erie near Clyde.

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Seneca in Lyons.   It was built by Electric Boat in 1932, and in 1960, was sold from the USN to Canal Corp.

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Another SPS,

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a derrick boat and a tender.

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Syracuse, a heavily loaded scow, and a derrick boat.

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And finally . . . can you tell by the foliage color?  Urger and buoy boat 109 with external fuel tanks in late August.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, who recently with one erroneous click, lost about 200 photos.  Ouch and we move on.

 

Click here and then scroll to the last three pics;  you’ll see a sixth boro version of the photo below, taken just east of Lyons.

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Near the Montezuma, these passed twice, and they were certainly not the mute type.

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Lots of herons hunt for fish from the locks, but they fly away as a boat appears.  This one, however, may have thought himself fleet

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footed enough to play ostrich.

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The parrot that share an apartment with me stretches each morning before flying; ospreys  . . . it appears . . . do the same, especially

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if they transport meals like this.

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Final shot for today . . . the four-point buck here just about to  find footing and camouflage on the north bank.

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All photos here taken by Will Van Dorp, who has access to wifi AND a more contemporary computer tonight.

 

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