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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).
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.
Late October 2011, Day Peckinpaugh and Frances Turecamo float above Lock 3, post-Irene, seen here through the eyes of the master of Tug44.
Here’s Day Peckinpaugh last weekend, nose to nose with Urger, the latter here for shaft work.
Blount’s two decade old Grande Caribe applies the same design to contemporary passenger cruising. Notice the popped-down house; in this post from three years ago, the house is up. I’d love to hear from someone who’s sailed on one of these “small ship adventures.” Shipboard romance? What are the stopping off places for adventuring off the mother ship?
And compare the tug Frances Turecamo (1957) in the top foto to her incarnation now. It’s great to see her back at work.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Unrelated: Thanks to Jonathan Boulware , interim president of South Street Seaport Museum, for passing along this article and video of salvage of Astrid.