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Italy?  the Levant?  Upstate New York?

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It is indeed.  Once this aqueduct was state-of-the-art infrastructure that carried the Erie Canal and its traffic over the Seneca River.

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It remains extraordinarily beautiful, as captured in these photos by Bob Stopper.

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Half of the arches were removed during construction of the Barge Canal, which sought to expand the size and utility of the system by incorporating lakes and rivers like the Seneca.

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These horizontal piers once held boards that made up the “canal” bed;  sides of the canal were also planked, creating a trough through which canal waters flowed.

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Beside the “trough,” this grassy path was trod by mules’ feet.

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The Richmond or Motezuma aqueduct–shown above–was hardly the only aqueduct of that waterway of a century and a half ago.  Here’s one in Rexford and

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another at Schoharie Creek.

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The last two photos are mine;  all the Richmond aqueduct photos comes thanks to Bob Stopper.

 

Thanks to Allen Baker for these two golden hour photos of possibly the newest vessel to cleave sixth boro waters.  Quantum of the Seas  . . . as names goes, just another name.  As a floating stately pleasure dome . . . it has the all the latest gadgetry, like a Makr Shakr bar, as demonstrated in a delightful video:  turn the volume way up.

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For more photos and lots of numbers, check out NY Mediaboat’s post here.

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Again, many thanks to Allen for these photos.  By next spring, it seems the vessel will be operating out of Asian waters.

While we’re talking about delights afloat, does anyone reading this blog know the whereabouts of Amara Zee, shown here in Hudson NY back in August?

If you’ve seen Graves of Arthur Kill, you know my fascination with ruins.  There are so many canal ruins in central NYS stretching from Buffalo to Albany that I’m actually dividing this post into two.  When you see the batch of photos following this one, you’ll see why I split the two on this zone.

Below is the aqueduct at Schoharie Crossing, not far from where Schoharie Creek flows into the Mohawk River aka Erie Canal.   And besides ruins in this zones, there’s copious

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signage, which I greatly appreciate.

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Less than a quarter mile away, here’s walls of the original Canal.  Note the recesses where the lock doors would retract to when the chamber was open.

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And here’s signage.

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No more than three miles–by water–away, here’s an old lock with

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satisfying signage.

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“Putnam’s Grocery” is just out of the frame . . . to the left, and

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signage.

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This sign with a map puts the whole area together.

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More than 150 miles to the west, here’s more ruins of a double-chamber lock near Lyons.

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More Canal Zones 5 ruins in tomorrow’s post.

All of these photos were taken by Will Van Dorp.

 

There’s fog of war, and then there’s warships in fog.  Click here for another.

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Note the Hoboken tower off the bow in the photo above and off the stern . . . below.

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Click here for a link to the vessel L-810 Johan De Witt, and here for its namesake, a Dutch politician who was murdered by his opponents.

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That’s Ellen McAllister at the stern and Elizabeth alongside midships.

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I’m guessing there is a photographer in this vessel.

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See it there off the stern?

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All photo taken this morning by Will Van dorp, who has been back in the sixth boro for over a week now but is still mostly “unpacking” the canal experiences, which will be shared shortly.

 

Enjoy more blue and gold boats today, and these are called SPS’s . . . as in self-propelled scows.  Generally they have a house at stern and lifting capability forward, as you can see on SPS 52.  The inclusion of these details is where the similarity among these vessels ends . . . as you will notice in the variety of houses below.

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SPS 59.

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SPS 60 in summer of 2014 and

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in late spring of 2009.  For details on this photo, click here and here for photos of the launch on Onrust, assisted by an SPS.

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And then–as with the tenders and buoy boats–there are SPS’s with registry numbers but no “numeric name,”  if you catch my drift, like the one below with registry ending in …305 seen here and

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here, as well as

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. . . 327.

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Let’s look closer at SPS 60’s propulsion.

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For more info on Thrustmaster propulsion, click here.  For thrusters like these on a huge crane, click here.

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I have no idea how many SPS’s operate on the canal or how old these are or when such vessels first served the canal.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

Besides larger tugboats like Urger, the Canal has a fleet of nearly identical smaller ones called dredge tenders, or usually just “tenders” like the unidentified one to the left in the photo below.

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Here’s a set:  Tender #1

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Tender 3 stern and

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bow and

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at work moving Urger out of dry dock.

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Tender #4 in February 2014, and

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tender #4 after being electrified, and

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at work in Utica this summer.

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Tender #6.

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Tender #7 summer and

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bow in winter, with an unidentified tender (registry at MB 5900??) and tender 4 in the distance.

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Tender #9 profile and

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three fourths.

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Tender #10 on the hard and

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assisting a dredge.

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Tender with identifier ending in 0209,

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. ..  0308

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. . . 0313 aka Dana?

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Dana again.

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Again, I need to dig into the history of this class of Canal vessel.  What number was this?

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and why is it here?  How many others are there?

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

 

Ooops!  I skipped two from my archives . .  BB 152 and

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BB x … 0349

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Anyone know how many of these boats my archives lack?

 

This post is devoted to buoy boats (BB) only.  These vessels were “used to maintain and refuel kerosene lighted buoys on the state’s canal system. This series consists of plans, drawings, and specifications used in building the state’s buoy boat fleet at the Syracuse Canal Shops in the 1920s and 1930s,”  per NYS Division of Canals and Waters archives, Syracuse office.  Click here for an article from a 1982 issue of the Baldwinsville Messenger on a person who used BB 130 for “river sweeping.”

I’d love to learn how many of these vessels were built.  Meanwhile, here are the ones I have photos of.  Some are easily identified . . . like 153 and

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109.

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Others like 115 have numbers elsewhere.

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Others might have all numbers removed.

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Others have no BB number but do have a five-digit identifier beginning with “90 . . .”  here 90246.  Urger’s five-digit, e.g., is 90303.

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121,

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138,

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139

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142 . . .

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151,

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and finally, a summer shot of 153.

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Click here for three more, BB 110, 113, and 115.  I’ve also seen others that I don’t have photos of.

All photos by Will Van Dorp, who hopes to talk to the archivists soon about these very 1920s looking workboats.

Anyone know how many total were built and deployed?  Anyone know of any that have been sold and converted into “BB yachtlettes”?

 

You can find my previous “golden” posts here.   From the first photo below until the seventh and last one, only twelve minutes pass.  The setting is lock 17 in Little Falls, NY, where the lift/descent is 40.5 feet.  .

Click here and here for some interesting historical pics.

Let’s start with 0703 hr on October 27 last.

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Six minutes later . . . the chamber has drained and the sun has emerged from the clouds.

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The door starts to raise as the counterweight descends . . . and against the south wall, it’s Urger .  . . behind a wall of drips . . .

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At 0715 . . . the captain has rung the forward bell and

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now squints, looking into the sun for navigational aids on the way east to Amsterdam, about six hours away.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, who has postponed dealing with more unfinished business until tomorrow.

 

Quick post . . . where and what TF is this?

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Part of the answer might be that this is an LCM-6.

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Of course, this makes some of the answers a little easier to decipher.  All three pics were taken within a mile of one another . . . and several hours apart.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, who will have answers soon.

 

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