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Portions of NYS Canals run in the rivers, like here . . . where not a trace of human control of nature can be found except
here and there a navigational aid, and it would surprise no one if
a sasquatch would appear on the bank.
But railways and highways paralleling the canal are there, even though in places trees mask their presence.
Interstate to the south, and railway AND two-lane to the north.
Sometimes rail and
often highways switch banks.
All photos along the Erie Canal/Mohawk river by Will Van Dorp.
For link to many more links about the construction of the NY Thruway through this same area, click here.
For info on the latest mode of transport through the corridor, recreational cycling, clck here.
If you’re up here, today’s another chance to walk through Urger and see Graves of Arthur Kill at 1230 on Pennsy 399 barge.
Here was the first post in this series. The photo below I took last week after the newly painted engine room deck had dried. At that point, I could have eaten off that “floor,” you know . . . a sandwich, a slice of pizza, although I would have used a plate so that the slice wouldn’t get the floor dirty. At this point, we are forward of the engine, looking down the port side.
Here’s a photo I took five years ago, same side of the engine. Chris . . . the 6′ engineer shows scale . . .
The next several photos show the starboard side of the engine. The camera was nearly on the deck. Upper left side of the photo shows the red grates of the engineer’s station and the chain attaching the controls to the engine.
This is almost the same shot taken with camera about three feet from the deck.
Here’s starboard side of the engine looking forward, and
ditto . .. taken at level with the catwalk the engineer walks on to manually lubricate the moving engine while under way.
This is looking forward from “behind” the flywheel.
The photo below shows the engine room controls to the engine. Click on the photo to hear and see the Atlas Imperial running. The sound here differs from the clip embedded in the following photo because here the generator is off.
The shot below shows the upper engine controls, just forward of the seat where the engineer sits. Click on the photo for a video of the engineer executing engine commands as the captain communicates them via bell and jingle. In the video–yes, I invert the camera after a few seconds–the constant roar in the Kohler engine/generator/compressor. The video starts with an air-start. At the 10-second mark, the bell commands the engineer to stop the engine. At the 18-second mark, the bell commands him to restart the engine in the opposite direction. The captain was doing a three-point turn in a narrow portion of the canal during this time.
Even though the post is called “internal” Urger, here’s a show from outside the wheelhouse. Click on it to see and hear the Atlas Imperial running; again, in this clip the generator is off. The video was done fairly early in the morning and shooting into the sun.
All photos and video by Will Van Dorp, who hopes to get better video of the AI once back on the boat.
The top photo comes thanks to firegirl; all other are by Will Van Dorp, who wishes he could say at least half of the boats on the Canal ARE like Cheyenne . . . commercial.
Boston Navy Yard, February 1932 and launch day. Click here to see the context.
82 years later, the same vessel as the top one and now known as Seneca, pushes Tender #10 eastbound just east of Oneida Lake.
107 years later than the second photo above, H. J. Dornbos, now known as Urger awaits dry-docking between Locks 2 and 3 in Waterford last week. For a sense of how Urger looks high and defy, click here.
Enjoy these additional shots from Seneca‘s wheelhouse.
Here’s the story, and
here’s what the 1960ish waterways of New York State looked like.
Thanks to William Lafferty for the 1907 Dornbos image.
Notwithstanding all that . .. sometimes the thought that a day is the first day in the rest of one’s life is superlatively vivid. Enjoy my pics and maybe you’ll get this sense also.
Sunday afternoon, Zhen Hua 10 enters the Kills. Does anyone know if “Zhen Hua” means anything? Note Manhattan and the tip of Bayonne to the left, and tug Brooklyn, Robbins Reef Light, and the boro of Brooklyn to the right.
The new cranes arriving and the bridge their squeezing underneath are integrally related parts of the same story, as . . .
… are the cranes and the dredging equipment in the background. Note tug Specialist in the background
Margaret Moran tends the port bow.
Gramma Lee T Moran supplies the brakes and rudder.
The ship completes its journey of thousands of miles. Is it true that Zhen Hua 10 arrived here via Cape of Good Hope?
On the same theme . . here’s a handsome team of tugs, good paint all around. Working on a tandem assignment?
My thought when I read the name on the nearer tug was . . . this is historic . . . Crow‘s last ride; the Bushey tug might also be in the last mile of its thousands and thousands in a half century of work.
She’s being escorted in by Emily Ann . . .
Crow and her sister Cheyenne DO have classic lines!
Machines on shore were already staged . . . .
while not far away a last spring seal lollygags on some warm rusty metal, once also a brand new machine.
And on the other side of Staten Island rubble of a light indispensable a century ago adapts to a new life as a rookery.
Many thanks to NYMedia Boat.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who will be transiting himself soon. Thursday I leave on a grand gallivant, and in early June–if all goes well– I start a new chapter working on Urger, that handsome young centenarian tug you see upper left at the top of the page.
So it’s appropriate to lead these NYC Municipal Archives photos off with tugboat Brooklyn.
Next in an icy North River (?) . . . . . . Richmond.
Launches Bronx and
Passenger steamer Little Silver, which ran between the Battery and Long Branch, NJ in the first decade of the 20th century.
And finally . . . John Scully, a very classy Dialogue (Use the “find” feature to search) built built tug
And the connection . . . here’s what boats of this vintage look like today in “disintegration experiments” in waters everywhere. I took these in August 2011 while Gary and I filmed Graves of Arthur Kill.
Some boats of this time, of course, still operate like Pegasus (1907) and Urger (1901)
while others try to stave off time so that they might once again like New York Central No. 13 (1887).
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.