You may recall my wondering about a Canal Corp boat I saw last year while I was working on the canal. Alan Nelson sent the photo below showing the type of vessel while it performed ATON (aids to navigation) service.
Here’s what Alan wrote: “It’s a 45’ buoy boat. Designation was “45 BU”. They were built 1957-’62 and in service through the 1980s. Used extensively on inland waters, they were powered by a GM 6-71 main engine and small Onan generator. Max speed approx. 8.5 knots. Although they had a small galley and berthing area, they weren’t often used for overnight operations, and didn’t have a permanent crew assigned. They were usually assigned to an ATON team to service small inland buoys and day markers. I ran one on the Delaware River around Philadelphia in the mid-1970s, until we took it up to New York for assignment to Lake Champlain. A slow and long trip, towed by the Coast Guard 65’ Tug Catenary. The one in the attached photo is numbered 45301-D, the first one built. The one I ran was the 45306-D.”
Below is a further edited photo of the boat I saw.
And here are some photos by Bob Stopper last month in the dry dock in Lyons.
Alan and Bob . . thanks much for your photos and information.
Now if you look closely at the subtitle of this blog, you’ll see a longer phrase there. It now ends in “gallivants by any and all the crew.” We are the blog crew . . . you and me. I’ve long stated in the “About Tugster” page drop-down just below the header of the Bayonne Bridge that “I like the idea of collaboration and am easy to get along with.” I am thrilled by the amount of collaboration you all have offered. So thank and let’s keep group-sourcing this blog together.