Delphinidae . . .

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rattus . . .

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mammalian

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well . . . rendering of a mammalian 

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warm fuzzy . . .

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just . .  curdling!

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Delphinidae win . . . flippers down. 

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That’s today’s sporting event.  Water pics from a secret salt;  rat rod pics by Will Van Dorp, who strayed off the Canal a bit. 

Here was the first in this series, and this and this and this might also be the same series. 

 

Of course, there is Tilly, seen afloat here just  a few weeks before she was allowed to sink near Key West.

And then there are a set of ice yachts, built in the Bronx but not listed on this website, although I’m not sure why.

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And then there was sub chaser PC-1264–two dozen projects BEFORE Tilly, sold for scrap but never scrapped.

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Close up of 1264 starboard at low tide.

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A view of her port side . . . three years ago.   But if you go decades farther back in products of the Bronx, there is

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this!!  Here’s an article from a 1916 issue of Power Boating (scroll to p. 37) on the Speedway products of the Consolidated in the Bronx.  Besides Consolidated, the Bronx also had Kyle & Purdy and

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Here’s a Bronx product of Lyon-Tuttle shipyard, previously Kyle & Purdy.

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And here’s another . . .

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, who snapped the last three photos above at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton NY, a must-see for anyone interested in recreational boats.

And although this is a bit late, I’ll be at the midtown main branch of the New york Public Library this evening with Gary Kane to show and discuss our documentary . . . Graves of Arthur Kill.

 

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Ah . . . failure breeds persistence.

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If you’re reading this, I’m back on the canal, wondering when my next dose of wi-fi will appear.  A little self-disclosure . . . I grew up in Wayne County between Syracuse and Rochester about four miles from the canal in a town of about 2000 that was then mostly Dutch Protestant immigrants.  My most vivid recollection of the canal was having to cross an open-grate bridge over a “spillway” on the way to school, and seeing the water below terrified me the first day.  After day one, I was fine.  My little town has doubled in size, and many places where I used to load hay or harvest pickles, cherries, and beets are now either subdivisions or woods.

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Here is an older canal, called the Enlarged Canal.  The Barge Canal bypassed this older waterway, which had a towpath.

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Here’s what today’s canal looks like in “the noses” of Montgomery County.  Note to the left in the distance is the

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New York State Thruway, and to the right

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it’s the Mohawk Subdivision of CSX.  I don’t know much about rail, but if anyone wants to see a lot of trains .  . about four per hour, here’s the place.  Containers, oil tankers, scheduled passenger cars, and even private passenger cars pass. Trucks and trains were two of the facts that undid commercial canal traffic of the scale it once saw.

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Many boats on the canal today are private . . . and of all designs as long as they conform to height and draft limitations.

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Some places along the banks seem timeless, like these amusement park rides that could be modeled after automobiles of more than half century ago.

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This narrow gauge locomotive does tours at Erie Canal Village, a private history park right on the older canal.

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Erie Canal Village has great exhibits, like this photo of a canal side store east of  Canajoharie.  Click here for another photo of the store and more.

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Here in Clay is a fuel barge dock that long ago gave way to oil transport by pipeline.

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The current canal is about a mile from where I took the next three photos.  Keep in mind that of course I could have taken thousands of photos.  I did take what surprised me.  As evidence of change in Utica, read the banner.

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Stanley Theater was to my right and

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this formerly United Methodist Church was just around the corner.  Read the article here for some startling facts.

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Quite a ways farther east in Niskayuna is Knolls Atomic Power Lab.

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Here’s the Herkimer Home, and here

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is one that recently sold for a mere $1.9 million.  Read the article to understand why I said . . . mere.

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And finally . . . from a poster in front of the old Matton Shipyard, which Mary Turecamo was this?

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All photos–even those of photos–by Will Van Dorp, now back along the canal.

 

Here was 1.  Part of my inspiration here is Paul’s hawsepiper blog, sorted here by the topic of bunkering.  Here’s bowsprite’s POV on this.  Another part of the choice here–other than muggy August weather–is the appearance of this story in Professional Mariner, for which I took the photos.  This post uses some of the other photos I took that cold, dark morning a half year ago.

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Behold a problem of having a dripping water hose too close to the fuel inlet.

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The crew of Capt. Log topped off quite a few tanks that morning, and

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printed out a ticket a the end of each job.

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Here’s the first post I did on Capt. Log, whose days delivering fuel as a single-skin tanker are numbered.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Dorothy J was once known as Angela M

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and first appeared here about four years ago.

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Mediterranean Sea working and

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being worked upon.  There’s no significance to the blue bicycle in foreground lower left, but I like that it’s there.

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Peggy Winslow is a boat I’ve not seen in a long time, unidentified here but identified in the next one here, in town last week with Mrs W.

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Mrs W has some sort of shaft on board.

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It’s a Hebert boat . . . Larry J?, and Bering Dawn dredging in the Arthur Kill.

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Now known as Caitlin Ann, this 1961 tug first appeared here (scroll) in 2008 as Vivian L Roehrig.

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And if that’s Oleander, it must be Thursday.

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Most photos taken fairly recently by Will Van Dorp, who is amazed by changes in ownership in the sixth boro.

And unrelated, check out George Conk’s post here about a vessel with an unusual name and even more unusual purpose.

 

In the Lower Bay, NYS Environmental Conservation police confer with NYPD.

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Motor Lifeboat 47264 . . . was delivered from this Louisiana shipyard in late July 2000, and

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looks brand new.

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This Buffalo district survey vessel is barely half year old, and named for

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a surveyor with a long career of service all over the watery parts of the globe.

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This 45′ response boat medium was delivered to Oswego this year.

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Sylvan Beach air boat.

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Tappan Zee V . . . I know no more about this vessel–a retired US boat ??–than I did last time I had a photo of her.

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Here Oswego Marine One trains in the Oswego River.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

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