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Today . . . as time constricts . . . just vessels, mostly under way, like Frances, at the confluence.

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Govr. Cleveland and Eighth Sea, locking and swaying.

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Eighth Sea, stopping at Rusty Anchor to lubricate a wobbly shaft . . . it was rumored.

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I’m out of my depth here.

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Kathleen Turecamo and Dean Reinauer, about to move RTC 106 downstream to the sixth boro.

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Govr. Cleveland passing the scrap dock.

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Herbert P. Brake pushing HR-Bass downstream.  Crosby colors?

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Benjamin Elliot at the Troy wall.

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Gowanus Bay approaching the Troy lock.

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Margot making a grand entrance.

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Tender #3 near the Roundup.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who feels quite the time crunch right now.

First, and I quote, the roundup “began in 1999 as a way to preserve and promote the maritime industrial heritage of the State Canal System….”  Many thanks to the sponsors and the volunteers.   Thanks to the town for their “hawsepitality”  (That’s Jed’s newly minted term.) which brings about 25,000 people to a Saratoga County town of fewer than 10,000.

What light is this illuminating the Second Avenue Bridge between the town and Peebles Island?  And what is the kayaker . . .

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and all these others looking at . . .

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while bathed in varying light?

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If you do Facebook, catch about a minute of the grand finale of  Fireworks by Alonzo‘s artistry in Waterford the other night here.

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Waterford’s pyrotechnics are unusual because the geography makes you feel them.  There’s light, sound, and some serious concussion, and that’s all one thing, singular.  And the only thing I like more than watching the explosive colors is to see what they illuminate. . .  like Mame Faye and the glassy water–after an almost shower–at the confluence of the Erie Canal and the Hudson River.

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Scroll through here for my video of the show four years ago.

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I’m awed by the power and flash reflected in this fresh water.   Click here for my fotos from the first roundup I attended seven years ago.

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And then it’s morning and time to clean up, check

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the condition on the barge, move

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the tow to a place where the ebris can be offloaded, and

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send in the underwater inspection expert.

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??

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For that underwater inspection of prop and flanking rudders . . . that’s tomorrow’s post.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who needs to get to his paying job.

Here’s a fireworks post I did a little over a year ago.

It’s the weekend after Labor Day in Waterford, time to call a muster.

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And stuff starts happening.  Atlantic Hunter arrives via the highway.

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Tug-of-the-Year Gowanus Bay travels from the south.

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Buffalo parades from Waterford back to Waterford.

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Grand Erie travels as the dais.

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As the parade approaches the Waterford Visitors Center, a water salute awaits Eighth Sea,

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Frances, Margot, and Benjamin Elliott . . .

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as well as Cornell and Iron Chief.

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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 are parts A   B   and C from 2012.    More links to past roundups tomorrow also.

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Does “shiny” help you beat away the blues?  My first thought upon seeing this boat was that it might be made by the same folks who designed the stern of a Citroen DS.  Any guesses on the price you’d pay to buy this 44′ runabout?

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Some folks cruise slowly,

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and other go so fast I couldn’t make out the name.

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Here’s a Texas-flagged Refuge on the Hudson.

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I could see getting this for some professional development.

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Back to our shiny 44-footer.  It’s a Zeelander that’ll set you back a staggering $1.34 million!  That’s a Zeelander, as in Zeeland, Michigan.  Here’s a short video about the builder, Leon Slikkers.  For more on the boats, click here.

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And many thanks to Mage, very frequent commenter on this blog.  Mage beats the hot weather blues by going down to see the ships, as she did here on the pier to see USS Midway.  Click here to see more boat pics Mage took recently.

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All fotos–except the one of Mage and cousin–by Will Van Dorp.

Resolute and her crew set a new speed record for the course.  Thanks to David Silver and a recording he made  in the wheelhouse during the race, you too can experience those five exhilarating minutes.  Double click on the foto below to hear it all.

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David, thanks much.

And the winner of the speed race . . .

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in a record setting 0 days, 0 hours, and precisely five minutes and 0 seconds . . ..

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. . . sorry . . .  this is part of the day too; click on the foto for bowsprite’s rare foto coverage.

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The winner   of the speed event will be revealed, uncovered, somewhat shorn  . . . at the end of this post.  But first, besides the tattoo contest, other contests include line toss.

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Jamie of Susan Miller shows how it’s done.

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Then . .  there’s sanctioned, precision pushing.

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Can you spot the difference between the white-and-green tug to the right above and the one below?

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Vane had twins in the race, and one near-clone.

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I’m not sure what this event would be called . . . mustering maybe.

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There’s sizing up and

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retreat.

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On the pier, winners wear not laurels but spinach . . . .  Someone inspired by the anthropological study of the Nacirema people might write this up as a study of a late summer ritual called Ecar Toabgut.

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There are raffles that landed some this bowsprite print of a boat that represents–I believe–the first Vane participation in this race on

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September 2, 2007.

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And after the race–if it hadn’t happened before–boats might pose with the great Lady.

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Here are some of the crew of the fastest boat . . .

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Resolute.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Congratulations to the crew of Working Harbor Committee for their work;  many thanks to all the companies and crews for participating.

And let’s make this Tubing Tuesday, with a video of the race in NYC, the one in Gloucester and this tour in port of Antwerpen . . al  this same weekend.

The race may last for less than 10 minutes for (most) boats, but each participant spends hours before and after.  Here, using the power of thousands of conceptual horses and one very real donkey, all four vessels in Miller contingent make their way upriver.

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At Pier 66, crew on deck and crew below start them up.

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Lady B (read her interesting history here and here, the latter explaining that the “B” stands for either “Benazir” or Bhutto.”

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For boats that arrive on the scene early, Red Hook may have come straight from a job delivering bunker to Norwegian Breakaway, there’s time for what might look like lollygagging, and

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(in these next two shots from William Hyman) saluting the spectators or just

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being seen.  Does Seagus have another name?

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But it’s also getting acquainted time.

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Some regulars didn’t show, and other vessels arrived that I’d never seen before.

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I had to look up South River Rescue Squad attending the Great North River race . . .

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Somewhere in the attractively dressed race day crew on Jake-boat Resolute are two of the principals of tugboatinformation.com . . .  hi Birk and Craig, as well as the force majeure aka Rod behind Narragansett Bay Shipping.

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This kayaker stays well out of the stream.

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The white bowstriped vessel–Lt. Michael P. Murphy– in the distance won the prize for persistence, finishing the course in a historic half an hour . . . spending most of that time doing a mid-race-course onboard repair.

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Despite forecasts of storms–and rain north of the GW Bridge–the only lightning I saw was here and

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thunder from the crowds on the piers.  That’s the intrepid bowsprite showing us her drawing/painting arm.

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Spectators took advantage of any platform.

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More soon.   Thanks to William Hyman for his fotos, especially the one of an exuberant W. O. Decker, which I featured hard at work using Seth Tane fotos from over 30 years ago here.  Click here for John Huntington’s superb fotos from a wet place in the race . . ..

Again, my hat’s off to all who must work on Labor Day, including my son, who always works holidays for the higher hourly rate.  And if you’re inclined, read what Paul Krugman has to say about Labor Day.

Uh . . . what’s this?

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It’s Buddy, living breathing braying hoof-beglittered mascot of Debora Miller.  If you’ve never been to the New York’s race, there’s a best mascot category.  In the past there’ve been  . . . dogs, hermit crabs, even a chicken . . . but Buddy redefines the contest.

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With the threat of rain, someone made a wise decision and advanced the start of the race.  Here Resolute, Catherine Miller, Tasman Sea, and Red Hook move toward the starting line . . . feted by now-retired 1931 fireboat John J. Harvey.

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Foto thanks to William Hyman . . . the line up.

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And at 10:29:30 . . . they’re off . . . with 1930 wooden tug W. O. Decker taking an early and easy lead!!

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45 seconds later . . . W. O. Decker has dropped back.

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Here’s they are 15 seconds later.

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John J. Harvey is not a tug, but to see the speed out of this octogenarian . . . was humbling.   An engineer toiling away in the engine room later told me all four engines were driving propulsion.

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The red tug–Resolute–went on to win, although I don’t yet have the official times.  I could have written them down, but I was far too busy applauding and taking fotos.

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And here’s the crowd at the finish line.

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Part B tomorrow.  Thanks to William Hyman for foto 4.  All others by Will Van Dorp.

Many thanks to Glen Miller of Miller’s Launch for my ride this year.

Unrelated and almost forgot:  Here’s a query from Jeff S, a frequent commenter on this blog:  he saw a “very weather beaten wooden sailing vessel (hull) at the Jersey end of the Goethels Bridge, about 65-70 foot long , two deck cabins and a bowsprit.”  It was parked in the oversize lot waiting to cross the Bridge when traffic gets light.  Anyone have an idea what this may be?

 

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