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2020 Calendar October

This post (number 4650+) may stay front and center for a few days because I’ve left my desk, seated myself, precariously, on an unmotorized bike, and am (I hope) making some speed from the western end of the Erie Canal to the eastern one.  I started pedaling Sunday morning from Tonawanda, not Saturday as I’d […]

Along the Canal E14

Grande Mariner is on its way to Chicago from NYC via the Erie Canal.  Since I’m not onboard, I have the opportunity to watch it lock through. The lock is on the Palatine Bridge side of the Canal, across the bridge from Canajoharie, five times larger with its population of 3500. Note the captain (see […]

Virtual Erie Canal 9: Three Rivers to Minetto

Last post ended with an aerial photo.  Here’s a higher one of the same area, taken in 1981, for a state agency.  The Oneida River flows from the bottom of the photo.  Notice the tanks below, or east of,  the bridge.  As we pass, notice vestiges of docks and pipes to those tanks, although the […]

Virtual Erie Canal 10: Three Locks to Lake Ontario

The Oswego River is the second largest river flowing into Lake Ontario, but it feels in places like a stream.  I don’t have to tell you what the largest river into Ontario is, I hope. If you study the east bank, lots of traces of the original 1828 Oswego Canal, a verdant mudbank and even […]

First Monthly Photos 2019

Believe it or not, I’m way inland and without a camera, and a preference for novelty prompts  a different almost-year-end post together.  Rules I made for myself follow:  go to my archives and select the first photo of something water-related each month of 2019. So if the first photo in my archives for each month […]

Montreal Bound 2019 A

This begins a new series, and I’ll post only when I can get on WIFI.  “Montreal bound” will soon devolve to MB.  Logistics causes me to post with a few days lag, so I’m posting from Buffalo. To start, this is the closest I’ve been to Roger Blough so far.  One of these years, I’ll […]

Transiting the Oswego Canal

Bright and early, Kithy P passes Grande Mariner and enters lock O8. We followed Kithy P later, and departing lock O5, we met Rebecca Ann, who would enter the lock we had just vacated. (Note:  as of today, Rebecca Ann is transiting the Welland Canal on the return trip to the sixth boro.) On our way […]

Canal Countdown T-13

Here was T-23 days.  Now, in less than two weeks, the canal will be open.  Some of the vessels operated by NYS Canals to perform maintenance were featured in the T-23 post;  more are in today’s post. Let’s start with Tender 2, T2, in Utica, nose to nose with tug Erie. Tender #3 is tied up […]

Fog 20

Too bad this intriguingly named RORO was so far away when I saw it.  Actually Drive Green is the project;  the actual vessel name is Drive Green Highway.  The project seeks to reduce NOx and CO2; it’s more streamlined, uses slippery hull coating, incorporates solar-powered LED lighting throughout the ship, and more.  Click here for […]

22 to 2 Small Craft

And that’s not some sports scores.  This is a set of photos from a two-day run from Sylvan Beach to Waterford, locks E22 to E2. A chart identifies locations along the Canal that are just ghosts, absences now like “USAF oil docks” rather than presences. Eyes outside though show presences, lots of small boats, very […]