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Here was the first post in this series. The photo below I took last week after the newly painted engine room deck had dried. At that point, I could have eaten off that “floor,” you know . . . a sandwich, a slice of pizza, although I would have used a plate so that the slice wouldn’t get the floor dirty. At this point, we are forward of the engine, looking down the port side.
Here’s a photo I took five years ago, same side of the engine. Chris . . . the 6′ engineer shows scale . . .
The next several photos show the starboard side of the engine. The camera was nearly on the deck. Upper left side of the photo shows the red grates of the engineer’s station and the chain attaching the controls to the engine.
This is almost the same shot taken with camera about three feet from the deck.
Here’s starboard side of the engine looking forward, and
ditto . .. taken at level with the catwalk the engineer walks on to manually lubricate the moving engine while under way.
This is looking forward from “behind” the flywheel.
The photo below shows the engine room controls to the engine. Click on the photo to hear and see the Atlas Imperial running. The sound here differs from the clip embedded in the following photo because here the generator is off.
The shot below shows the upper engine controls, just forward of the seat where the engineer sits. Click on the photo for a video of the engineer executing engine commands as the captain communicates them via bell and jingle. In the video–yes, I invert the camera after a few seconds–the constant roar in the Kohler engine/generator/compressor. The video starts with an air-start. At the 10-second mark, the bell commands the engineer to stop the engine. At the 18-second mark, the bell commands him to restart the engine in the opposite direction. The captain was doing a three-point turn in a narrow portion of the canal during this time.
Even though the post is called “internal” Urger, here’s a show from outside the wheelhouse. Click on it to see and hear the Atlas Imperial running; again, in this clip the generator is off. The video was done fairly early in the morning and shooting into the sun.
All photos and video by Will Van Dorp, who hopes to get better video of the AI once back on the boat.
The top photo comes thanks to firegirl; all other are by Will Van Dorp, who wishes he could say at least half of the boats on the Canal ARE like Cheyenne . . . commercial.
I‘m happy to report that I’ll have wifi for the next few nights. And although I could put these photos together in twos and threes, I’m sharing the better part of a dozen here, all taken in the past 10 days on the canals. Notable vessels pictured are Urger, Syracuse, Grand Erie, and a whole bunch of dredge tenders, along with a dredge and a self-propelled scow . . . or SPS. Enjoy.
Boston Navy Yard, February 1932 and launch day. Click here to see the context.
82 years later, the same vessel as the top one and now known as Seneca, pushes Tender #10 eastbound just east of Oneida Lake.
107 years later than the second photo above, H. J. Dornbos, now known as Urger awaits dry-docking between Locks 2 and 3 in Waterford last week. For a sense of how Urger looks high and defy, click here.
Enjoy these additional shots from Seneca‘s wheelhouse.
Here’s the story, and
here’s what the 1960ish waterways of New York State looked like.
Thanks to William Lafferty for the 1907 Dornbos image.
In order . . . . Governor Roosevelt with Tender#4, Tender #4 with electric motor and unique stack, Urger, Seneca and Tender Dana on the nose, Tender Dana, “newish” antiques on Lake Oneida east end, dredge and Tender #10, Tender T-7, Governor Cleveland, Dragon dredge, derrick boat. As to the tenders, think . . a vessel for tending dredges and other vessels. For Dragon dredge, I’ve no idea about the story there.
Find the clue to the location of Governor Roosevelt, canal champion, in this photo? For info on the ex-president’s role in saving the canal, read here. For tugster post on Roosevelt’s last tug ride ride , click here. Click here for a photo of this vessel taken on a VERY cold day earlier this year.
Erie in Marcy.
One of many dredging operations ongoing . . .
A vestige of industry still extant but moved on.
Vestige of junction of current canal with old canal leading to Syracuse.
One of many self-propelled scows on the canal.
Here I need some crowd-sourcing help . . . this is former Coast Guard equipment, probably an inland buoy boat . . . but what was its official original designation?
Bow view . . .
Night time configuration.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
I will continue to post when I have wifi. And when I’m back home, like this morning, I even have time to comment on the photos I post. These photos were taken between Waterford and Fulton this past week. Notice the family coloration resemblance?
I could comment if I knew more about what I’m seeing, but Tappan Zee V is one I’ve heard about but can find no further info on the internet to corroborate. Notice it presents a different interpretation of NY state colors.
Reliable . . . again, I know she has a twin and has been on the hard for an unspecified period of time . . .
Syracuse is the twin of Reliable, and what I learned about her–other than that she still works–is
here. She’s in her 81st year and was built in the Canal shops in Syracuse. Maybe Reliable was built there too?
And the final photo for now is self-propelled derrick barge Ward’s Island, which–I’m told–began life as a sixth boro harbor ferry serving–you guessed it–Ward’s Island.
I really hope some of you help out with more info about these boats.
So it’s appropriate to lead these NYC Municipal Archives photos off with tugboat Brooklyn.
Next in an icy North River (?) . . . . . . Richmond.
Launches Bronx and
Passenger steamer Little Silver, which ran between the Battery and Long Branch, NJ in the first decade of the 20th century.
And finally . . . John Scully, a very classy Dialogue (Use the “find” feature to search) built built tug
And the connection . . . here’s what boats of this vintage look like today in “disintegration experiments” in waters everywhere. I took these in August 2011 while Gary and I filmed Graves of Arthur Kill.
Some boats of this time, of course, still operate like Pegasus (1907) and Urger (1901)
while others try to stave off time so that they might once again like New York Central No. 13 (1887).