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Here was 28.
Click here for a photo of this tug showing its deep belly. How long has the canal owned her? Answer follows.
Click here for info on Arkansas-built Gelberman, here photographed yesterday pulling a tree out of the way of navigation.
Driftmaster I believe dates from 1947, making her older than me. Scroll through here for photos of Driftmaster helping with clean-up post Sandy.
Jersey City fire vessel Joseph Lovero is named for their dispatcher who died in that attack twelve and a half years ago.
343 arrived in the harbor nearly four years ago. Click here for the welcome ceremony in the harbor when she arrived in April 2010.
T-AKR 316 Pomeroy, named for a Medal of Honor winner who died on a Korean mountain at age 22, has been dry-docked in Bayonne for about a month now for maintenance.
Click here for more info on the Watson-class.
So we’re back to the beginning. Governor Roosevelt came to the canal as a steam-powered icebreaker in 1927! I’d love to see pics of canal traffic from back then.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
But yesterday, along with a partner in crime to be identified later, we discovered not just one,
not just two,
but THREE tenders, hauled out like seals.
Wanna see that again?
How about a third count, just to make sure.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, whose fingers lasted in the cold long enough to take more, too, soon.
Here was the first in what could be a series. And this foto I’m happy again to credit to Bob Stopper, some of whose photos can be seen here. I’m not sure what the naming system is for Canal Corporation, but some of their vessels are named for towns with locks–like Pittsford– along the Canal.
In push gear and looking great at 85 years old, it’s Governor Cleveland.
If I still lived up that way, I’d get one of these, a buoy boat.
I don’t know how many of these there once were, but they are disappearing!
Click here for a foto of this deep looking Governor Roosevelt with her belly exposed.
There’s Grand Erie, and then there’s just plain Erie.
Then there are the self-propelled scows, but notice the difference in
engine exposure between this one shot by my sister and
SPS-54 shot by me
in August in Lyons.
Thanks to Bob and Lucy for these fotos. The last two are mine.
Here was RRT15.
All the fotos in this post come from my sister, who is currently making her way south along the Jersey shore heading into retirement aka Bahamas for Christmas. In mid-August, they departed Muskegon, near where they took this foto of Samuel de Champlain in June 2011. SDC was built in 1976 and is loa 142.’
She took the next three fotos on August 28, 2013. Mike Donlon is 53′ and christened in Philly in 1999.
J-Krab, 25′ built in 2010.
The next day in the vicinity of Detroit, she ran into this huge unit. ITB Presque Isle, launched 1972, loa 148′ with a 31′ draft . . . uses 14,840 hp to move a 978′ barge by the same name.
That’s the Detroit skyline in the distance.
On September 6, she passed Invincible, 94′ loa and 1979-built in Fort George, FL.
She also passed this unidentified unit. Anyone help?
Last one for now, on September 16, already in the western end of the Erie Canal, she ran into this vessel. Guess her age?
Dahlke was built in Ferrysburg, MI in 1903!! That puts her only two years younger than Urger, built there as well. Here’s quite the Ferrysburg historic vessel page.
Ah . . . the Great Lakes . . . Anyone interested in a summer project to cruise from the sixth boro to Duluth and back and forth to catch more of these eclectic vessels?
And if you’re interested in following my sister, click here.
Welcome to the Inner Harbor of Syracuse. It used to be said that from the Inner Harbor, you could go anywhere in the world. Or anyone from “anywhere in the world” could get here. That’s a bit of an exaggeration; for example, you couldn’t get here, the Bonneville Salt Flats. But then again, someone making that claim about the Inner Harbor wouldn’t need to get to this mineral-rich Utah deposit. Explanation follows.
I ended up in the Inner Harbor in August because I wanted to see the shops
where the Erie Canal tenders had been built. And I’m still working on that. But in the process I stumbled upon
Erie Canal here is today Erie Boulevard. And the sign above relates the upstate NY location to the Utah western surface deposit.
Stop by the visitors center if you are nearby.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
While the Roundup was happening 200 or so miles to the east in Waterford, a sailboat sank near Lyons, NY. Yesterday, the boat was raised. Text and fotos are compliments of Bob Stopper of Lyons, and published exclusively here.
“Saturday morning, the gentleman [at the wheel] did veer to try not hitting the bridge support. He skinned the support, but a railroad rail (iron) apparently used years ago for support around the concrete was sticking out about four feet and that is what caused the damage and sudden sinking.
Sunday 1:33 p. m. ”The blue in the above pic is the covered propane grill and just a bit of flag is showing.”
“[ Wednesday] salvage crew from Syracuse floated and towed the vessel to our dock this evening. The salvage crew said it is a miracle that over the years no one else ever caught it with a sailboat…. Ironically, this same support was hit two weeks ago by another sailboat.”
3:57 p. m. Thursday
6:01 p. m.
7:06 p. m.
This is sad. Thanks much, Bob.
Here’s a collage of images as my last roundup 2013 post:
a half dozen working tugboats and a covered barge as seen looking east from the Second Street Bridge,
a swimmer in the water either doing a northern style Richard Halliburton re-enactment or setting out to do an underwater survey mission as the lock is –unbeknownst to her–about to open,
(For more complete info on what’s going on here with the swimmer, check this post by bubbling-blowing bowsprite.)
my possible future employer shoehorning an Eriemax passenger vessel into the first lock in the flight,
waterdogs go fishing,
a Dutch barge,
Urger dried out for some emergency surgery along
with Tappan Zee II,
Eighth Sea and Bill’s exercise machine,
the pilot’s understanding of the pushoff contest,
and in Troy, some public art designed to assist memory . . . the Soldier’s and Sailor’s Monument with goddess Columbia blowing her horn high above Troy, as seen from Tug44.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp. See you in Waterford in 2014, I hope.
These fotos come from Jason LaDue, who knew her while he was growing up in the vicinity of the Soo. Foto below by Troy Wilke. Jason writes, “That rare (and large) Kahlenberg smoked like no other but always delivered the power. I was onboard her several times when moving saltwater vessels to and from the Algoma Steel facility in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario.”
Next year 2012, Grouper has a one CENTURY anniversary, 100 years of life, the last decade and a half of which she seems in a coma. Here was my original Grouper post, followed by 67 comments!
Many thanks, Jason. I plan to use more of your fotos soon.
Transitioning from the “farm tugs” post, enjoy Governor Roosevelt, sister of Governor Cleveland, both came to the canal to break ice and do other tasks in 1927 as steam tugs. If you add the ages of Governor Roosevelt, Governor Cleveland, and Urger . . . you have almost three hundred years of boat work. I found Roosevelt hauled out last weekend along the Erie Canal in Lyons.
Edna (1997) was hauled out for some work recently along
Blount in 1958. Here’s George (a 2009 vessel with a simple name) taken recently in Lake Charles, LA.
And (once again . . . might she be languishing?) Grouper, a year away from a century old. This is how she looked last weekend, and I’d love to hear an update on efforts to bring her back to life, lest she become HMS (heavy melt steel).
I first used this title a bit over two years ago in relation to two museum vessels whose status is currently challenged. Click here for a new blog dedicated to saving the fleet languishing at South Street Seaport; May Day’s not been transmitted there yet.
High and dry,
Urger gets floated this year with a new captain. Type Urger in the search window to see the dozen or so stories I’ve done on her, of which my favorite is probably this.
All fotos were taken last weekend . . . Fotos of Le Papillon by Capt. Justin Zizes, Jr. and Urger by Will Van Dorp . . up in Lyons, NY.
Unrelated: Another fantastic video of Rotterdam harbor by Fred Vloo.