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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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Being responsible for our wake, we slow down when we see folks fishing or just small boating.  But when you can’t see folks . . .

All photos by Will Van Dorp . . . along the Canal in central NYS.

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Everyone has a white whale, something to obsess about.  On the canal, that might be a bridge, famous enough for its low bridges since 1825 that songs have been spawned.  One person’s white whale might be the abandoned rail bridge  known as E-93 . . about 16 feet.   We made it although the radio antenna sprang twice.  I wonder why it’s not removed and recycled.

 

0aaaa10aaaa20aaaa30aaaa40aaaa50aaaa6The stern reads “Syracuse of Syracuse.”  She’s built in Syracuse.  Two boats passing during the day, albeit a rainy one, is still a beautiful thing.

Photos were taken by Will Van Dorp between Palmyra and Newark.

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Will Van Dorp took the above photos between Pittsford and Medina.

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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.

 

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They say Lockport’s upsidedown railroad bridge is unusual.  In fact, so is the traffic above and below it. What’s above here is Vineyard Express train, and what’s below is DeWitt Clinton.  More DeWitt soon.

Johnston Brothers of Ferrysburg, MI,  built Urger in 1901.  The boat below–Ronald J. Dahlke, was built two years later as Bonita.  A few days ago, the two boats passed each other in Lyons . . . or to be more accurate, we passed the ex-Bonita.

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I posted pics of this blue tug last year here . . . scroll through.   Unconfirmed report is that the boat is about to enter a new chapter in its life, after being the tool of someone with truth issues, as explained in the story here.

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What I find even more remarkable is that an even older Johnston Brothers boat–Sea Bird–is still active.    Anyone know others?

Some areas along the NYS Canals evoke tropical forests . . .

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Some bridges are so low even today that we approach dead slow, jackstaff–our measure of minimum clearance–ready to signal full astern.

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Many places along the canal offer a parallel path for the railroad like

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this automobile train pulled by Union Pacific locomotives.

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If it seems I have paid more attention to these canal banks than others, it’s true, because these are in the county where I grew up and first caught a fish.  Click here for close-ups of this former Agway and beet refining complex.

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These abandoned scows lie within 250 feet of Rte. 31, but I’d never seen them until I took the canal.

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Click here to see the large number of posts I’ve done on this 1912 tug I call Grouper.

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When this creature stands at the end of a dock like this, I’m happy to comply.

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So far, west of Palmyra, I’ve seen the most fabulous bike trails.

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More trains and

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And finally, just east of Fairport, I love this garden with repurposed metal “sculpture” that includes two harps.

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All photos taken by Will Van Dorp.

 

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