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The transformation from Erie Canal to Barge Canal involved incorporating more rivers and lakes into the canal system. Enjoy these river and lake photos, like the one below . . . Oswego river, northbound, June 2014. All photos were taken in 2014.
Mohawk River eastbound also in June.
Oneida Lake crossing eastbound, August.
Mohawk River eastbound in August.
Oneida Lake eastbound in late October. Now contrast these photos with
land cut near Waterford in October and
near Rochester about a week earlier.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Lots of photos today . . . about just that, DeWitt being a former 1810 NYC mayor (after becoming disgruntled as US Senator from NY state . . . and before going on to other offices) greatly responsible for up-commercializing the waters around the city so that the other five boros would come into being.
Denizens today, include all manner of critters, plus folks like these McQuaid rowers who come to help others.
Or like Ra to prove something.
Notice the salad growing on the outriggers and elsewhere.
Or to heal, while kayaking 6000 miles.
Folks come to the canal to tootle around on interesting boats like this 1973 Albin 25. Here’s a similar boat.
Or this antique. Sorry I don’t know the manufacturer of Lazy Bones.
Or this Island Packet with an unusual tender.
A Lagoon 43 power cat.
A Mark V design.
Boats from distant ends of the US . . .
In case you don’t recognize the flag there from World Cup play, Zwerver is Dutch.
All manner of denizens travel along the banks whether for shelter or
an interest in technological history like this and
lots like this.
Cheap living space with unique roommates can be had too.
The canal is a place of work too. …
and commerce past . . . like 127′ Alanson Sumner, built by the Goble yard in 1872; and
present . . . like the half century young Margot.
Come on up, stick your neck out like Chelydra s. here, and enjoy . . .
All photos taken in June by Will Van Dorp.
Happy Independence Day . . .
So let’s start with June 2014 at the north end of the Oswego Canal . . . that’s Kathy Lynn way in the distance to the left.
That diagonally mounted grate on the bow of the barge is a ramp to allow RORO use.
Wm. Donnelly is . . .
a D. A. Collins tug, and . . .
also working on the Amsterdam dam (!) is an Arundel Marine tug called Sarah Leanne.
Collamore . . . I can find nothing about.
Here northbound on the Hudson while I was behind a dirty window . . . that may be HR Bass (scroll through) passing Peebles Island.
And for the last photo today, enjoy another of Margot, here housedown as she leaves Lock 19 eastbound.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who’s thrilled to be back where his upstate roots are.
In reverse commentary on the photos above, photo #9 just above was the heron that checked me back into Waterford after seven days on the Canal. Photo #1 way above is the heron that stood guard in Oswego. In between . . . Margot and Cheyenne headed west and then east. Enjoy these photos sent along on this inflexible old laptop. As of this writing, I’m guessing Margot is approaching the sixth boro for the dazzled Slater move tomorrow. I hope my sixth boro friends get good pics of the move from KVK to albany.
More photos soon.
Here’s the first in this series. David sent me some photos earlier this week and offered to write the commentary as well. Hence the quotation marks.
“Marie J. Turecamo steam harmlessly through the harbor.”
“James Turecamo makes a splash as she heads towards the Kill.”
Lincoln Sea sits patiently in the notch of the DBL 140.”
“Two displays of heritage in the form of New York State Marine Highway tug Margot and Ellis Island.”
“Herbert P. Brake pushes a scrap barge (possible future additions to her hull?) through the harbor.”
“Crystal Cutler pushes the Patricia Poling as Andrew Barbieri bears down upon her.”
My take: if a waterborne Rip van Winkle had fallen asleep 80 years ago and awakened today, the bridge and the light might be among the very few structures he would recognize.
“Stephen Reinauer steams lite through the harbor towards her next assignment.”
“Ever ready, ever vigilant.”
Thanks, David. The sixth boor’s the star here, IMHO. To post some corny doggerel in Poetry Month “collaboration is the game and “sixth boro” the star’s name!
As Harvey (1931) made its way northward from a dry dock visit, Slater (1944) was a hundred miles upriver, making its way south. The next two photos come from Birk Thomas, taken north of Newburgh NY as sun was lowering onto the hills in the west.
Benjamin Elliot (1960) is the assist tug. Margot (1958) has Slater alongside . . the other side.
John Dunn caught this photo of the tow south of Newburgh, after sunset.
Since Margot cannot be seen in the photos above, here’s her profile as I shot it back in September 2013.
Many thanks to Birk and John for the photos.
It’s Margot, last included on this blog here. Guess the location?
Here’s a closer-up of Gage Paul with Robbins Light in the background.
Here’s Robert leaving the sixth boro this morning with a tow that
East Coast meets west coast this morning alongside Corossol.
The newer Dean headed eastbound on the KVK and
and finally . . another configuration of Marjorie B. McAllister.
All photos taken this week by Will Van Dorp.
Oh . . . Margot‘s location in the first photo is Tottenville NY, with Outerbridge Crossing in the background.
It’s the weekend after Labor Day in Waterford, time to call a muster.
And stuff starts happening. Atlantic Hunter arrives via the highway.
Tug-of-the-Year Gowanus Bay travels from the south.
Buffalo parades from Waterford back to Waterford.
Grand Erie travels as the dais.
As the parade approaches the Waterford Visitors Center, a water salute awaits Eighth Sea,
Frances, Margot, and Benjamin Elliott . . .
as well as Cornell and Iron Chief.
Parts B and more soon. All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who met great people, missed many others, and heard fabulous stories to be followed up on soon.
Here was Highway, the first. As I approach the end of my sixth year doing this blog, I’m looking to recycle/update some titles.
Margot‘s payload is a Metso paper machine . . . although I’m not entirely sure what its function is.
Here between the leaves still on trees after a leaf-stripping hurricane and piled up snow . . . Margot passes the mouth of the Morris Canal, to the left of the clock. Note that red crewboat over closer to the mouth?
Here’s a closerup foto. I can guess ownership from the shade of red, but . . . anyone know the name?
All fotos but the last one thanks to L’amica.
This is the work and play post . . . the real connection is that although we all have to work, an important secret is to enjoy what you do. Imagine this enthusiasm in a co-worker or yourself on Monday morning, whether you’re struggling to finish a group report or
the folks at NYS Marine Highway, now shipping corn–yes–corn–out of Ontario and into the Erie Canal. How long has it been that agricultural commodities have been shipped on the Erie Canal . . . how long have people talked about shipping same on that waterway that revolutionized NYC . . . or international shipping entering the Erie Canal, but Margot (over a half century young) and its crew
doing it! Bravo to the folks at NYS Marine Highway. Click here for lots more fotos of Margot.
South African fotos come compliments of Colin Syndercombe; the Oswego/Erie Canal fotos, . . . Allan and Sally of Sally W, and all the others by Will Van Dorp.
Related: Here’s another ALE job.
Unrelated: The longest marathon swim starts tomorrow morning over 100 miles up the Hudson.