Ah . . . failure breeds persistence.
Everlast, she’s huge, and once again she outran me out of Oswego harbor. But since she’s headed no doubt to the Sarnia area, maybe my friends near Detroit will get some good pics.
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.
Here is an older canal, called the Enlarged Canal. The Barge Canal bypassed this older waterway, which had a towpath.
Here’s what today’s canal looks like in “the noses” of Montgomery County. Note to the left in the distance is the
New York State Thruway, and to the right
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.
Many boats on the canal today are private . . . and of all designs as long as they conform to height and draft limitations.
Some places along the banks seem timeless, like these amusement park rides that could be modeled after automobiles of more than half century ago.
This narrow gauge locomotive does tours at Erie Canal Village, a private history park right on the older canal.
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.
Here in Clay is a fuel barge dock that long ago gave way to oil transport by pipeline.
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.
Stanley Theater was to my right and
this formerly United Methodist Church was just around the corner. Read the article here for some startling facts.
Quite a ways farther east in Niskayuna is Knolls Atomic Power Lab.
Here’s the Herkimer Home, and here
is one that recently sold for a mere $1.9 million. Read the article to understand why I said . . . mere.
And finally . . . from a poster in front of the old Matton Shipyard, which Mary Turecamo was this?
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.
Behold a problem of having a dripping water hose too close to the fuel inlet.
The crew of Capt. Log topped off quite a few tanks that morning, and
printed out a ticket a the end of each job.
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
and first appeared here about four years ago.
Mediterranean Sea working and
being worked upon. There’s no significance to the blue bicycle in foreground lower left, but I like that it’s there.
Mrs W has some sort of shaft on board.
It’s a Hebert boat . . . Larry J?, and Bering Dawn dredging in the Arthur Kill.
Now known as Caitlin Ann, this 1961 tug first appeared here (scroll) in 2008 as Vivian L Roehrig.
And if that’s Oleander, it must be Thursday.
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.
Motor Lifeboat 47264 . . . was delivered from this Louisiana shipyard in late July 2000, and
looks brand new.
This Buffalo district survey vessel is barely half year old, and named for
a surveyor with a long career of service all over the watery parts of the globe.
This 45′ response boat medium was delivered to Oswego this year.
Sylvan Beach air boat.
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.
Here Oswego Marine One trains in the Oswego River.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Text . . . identifies, makes parts reorders easier.
even if those parts just aren’t made any more and their places of manufacture long ago obliterated.
Some become barely decipherable.
This would be a treasure for what the NYTimes article today called a “shard hunter.”
I like these . . . perennial ones or
advertising from long ago.
Other text–like this stone from Christ Church Burial Ground in Philly–is clearly intended to memorialize someone.
In contrast . . . this hardware gives no clues about its age even as it clearly outlives the deck to which it was attached.
This is where I’m headed with this post . . . a barge cleat I saw on a fireworks barge in Oswego, NY. The name Harry Cossey led me here with some great pictures from almost a hundred years ago. And here. And here . . . which I need to order.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Again . . . in my field guide to birds, an exotic is a species neither indigenous to nor common in a region. Transferring this definition to machines that float, I guess that makes almost all large vessels in the harbor exotics. Here were installments 1 and 2 for smaller boats.
This is not a vessel type commonly seen in the sixth boro, although it is common in other places.
Arrival of this vessel did stir some excitement among the herd of ‘scapegoats over at Fort Wadsworth, where I’d stopped by on this morning that I chose to visit my haunts around the harbor on my days off from Urger. That’s Australian Spirit over in the distance.
Identification via VHF transmission did sound like “makel lornce” headed for the “wakes” yard,
which translated through my ears was Michael Lawrence bound for Weeks. Well, welcome to NYC if this is the first trip in.
When I was finished with my other business and heading back home to Queens, there it was again, this time
headed to the job site off Rockaway.
All photos this morning by Will Van Dorp.
Here was the first in this series.
The first three photos below–Weeks 535 to the left and Weeks 529 to the right–I took on December 3, 2013.
The rest of the photos here–taken by Brian DeForest–show cranes including Weeks 535 taken in mid-July 2014. Note the orange-helmeted man at the lower left point in the crane barge hull.
Here are the cranes of Howland Hook where Grande Morocco
prepares for her run along the coast of West Africa.
Finally . . . a unique perspective for landlubbers . . . Weeks 573 working on the Goethals Bridge southeast side.
Many thanks to Brian for these photos.