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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.
The Canal runs less than 400 miles across the state, but possibly because my journey has lasted over a hundred days now, it sometimes seems that I’ve crossed a continent since June, and an unfamiliar continent at that. The countless unexpected details–in spite of some familar ones–prompt the suggestion that these details are remnants of a lost civilization, vestiges of a culture that once valued them before those inhabitants vanished. All photos here by Will Van Dorp, taken between Brockport and Pittsford.
The 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.
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.
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.
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 . . .
Some bridges are so low even today that we approach dead slow, jackstaff–our measure of minimum clearance–ready to signal full astern.
Many places along the canal offer a parallel path for the railroad like
this automobile train pulled by Union Pacific locomotives.
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.
These abandoned scows lie within 250 feet of Rte. 31, but I’d never seen them until I took the canal.
Click here to see the large number of posts I’ve done on this 1912 tug I call Grouper.
When this creature stands at the end of a dock like this, I’m happy to comply.
So far, west of Palmyra, I’ve seen the most fabulous bike trails.
More trains and
And finally, just east of Fairport, I love this garden with repurposed metal “sculpture” that includes two harps.
All photos taken by Will Van Dorp.
Here’s a view from the oldest of the fleet–Urger–heading through the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge.
Grand Erie and Tender 4 (?) heading west almost three weeks ago.
SPS 54 (?) tied up above lock 1 of the Cayuga-Seneca Canal. By the way . . . SPS expands to “self-propelled scow.”
Earlier this week, Urger meets Grand Erie near Clyde.
a derrick boat and a tender.
Syracuse, a heavily loaded scow, and a derrick boat.
And finally . . . can you tell by the foliage color? Urger and buoy boat 109 with external fuel tanks in late August.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who recently with one erroneous click, lost about 200 photos. Ouch and we move on.
Lots of herons hunt for fish from the locks, but they fly away as a boat appears. This one, however, may have thought himself fleet
footed enough to play ostrich.
The parrot that share an apartment with me stretches each morning before flying; ospreys . . . it appears . . . do the same, especially
if they transport meals like this.
Final shot for today . . . the four-point buck here just about to find footing and camouflage on the north bank.
All photos here taken by Will Van Dorp, who has access to wifi AND a more contemporary computer tonight.