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Remind me some day to tell the story of Schuyler Meyer, who is credited with starting Urger’s educational program back in 1991.  As of today, the season is over.  Over 4500 NYS fourth graders have experienced the “Urger program” this season.  That number and more have visited the 113-year-old vessel in festivals and other contexts  along the  Canal, now recognized as a very large location on the National Register of Historical Places.

Thanks to Chris Kenyon of Wayne County Tourism for the first and last photo here.  All other photos were taken by Will Van Dorp.

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All I know about these photos is that they were in frames in the Baldwinsville Lockmaster’s office.  He didn’t know who took them or what year they were taken.  Can anyone answer those questions or identify any of the people shown in the photos of Sheila Moran, Cheyenne, and the Great Lakes tugs (I think) called Pennsylvania and Maryland.

 

0aaaats60aaaats50aaaats30aaaats10aaaats2Ex-harbor tug 15 built in Boston by Electric Boat.  Later she was YTL-479, and since 1960 has worked on the Erie Canal as tug Seneca.

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Anyone know the story here?  It’s a state boat, though not in NYS Canal Corp colors.

 

0aaaauu60aaaauu50aaaauu40aaaauu30aaaauu20aaaauu1The 1823 culvert under the canal is a spectacle.  Hope you enjoyed it from below and above here.

All photos by Will Van Dorp, who didn’t need a drone camera for these.

 

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.

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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

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here and there a navigational aid, and it would surprise no one if

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a sasquatch would appear on the bank.

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But railways and highways paralleling the canal are there, even though in places trees mask their presence.

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Interstate to the south, and railway AND two-lane to the north.

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Sometimes rail and

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often highways switch banks.

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All photos along the Erie Canal/Mohawk river by Will Van Dorp.

For some appropriate links, check this on the history of the “Western Canal” and the arrival of competing rail.  For more Mohawk Valley rail history, click here.

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.

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I enjoyed meeting so many nice people at the Roundup this past weekend.

 

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