DB here expands to “derrick boat, not a term that had been in my vocabulary before this season.  Why DB #4 has been dubbed “the chief” I don’t know.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The next two photos show DB #4 eastbound near Schenectady a few days ago, pushed by Grand Erie and

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

boom resting on a scow.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Here’s the same derrick boat working on reinforcing a canal wall east of Herkimer back in August.  The white tour vessel is Lil Diamond III operated by Erie Canal Cruises Herkimer.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

In late September, here was DB 2A working near Newark.  Note the elbow boom.   Tug Syracuse is standing by with the scows.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Here’s another shot of those units.  I’m not sure how the nomenclature makes this DB 2A.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Here’s DB 13 at the Genesee Crossing, i. e., the point where the Erie Canal and the Genesee make an X.  Standing by here is Tender #9.   I’m planning an encyclopedia of canal tenders soon.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I don’t know how many other functioning derrick boats work the Canal.  One non-functioning one is here in Oswego.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Here’s what the sign out front says.  I’m wondering if the other derrick boats above date from the same era.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Two shore mounted derricks are this one in Fonda and

0aaaajd6

this one at the junction lock in New London NY . .  between Rome and Syracuse.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Advertisements