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SUNY Sea Term 2017 Ends

Click here for previous SUNY sea term posts.  I’m grateful to SUNY for an invitation to ride along from the Upper Bay to the SUNY Maritime campus yesterday.  What a homecoming this must be for the cadets, and their friends and families. Families and friends were already there off Staten Island. For cadets–aka college students–the […]

SUNY Maritime Summer Sea Term Day 1 2016

Each year around this time, SUNY Maritime cadets go to sea.  Click here for photos from last year’s departure and here, for ports throughout the summer.  You can track the vessel here. Here was a clue that a ship was headed this way. The next three photos here come from Roger Munoz, high atop the 74th St […]

SUNY Maritime Summer Sea Term

Day 1. May 11, 2015. Later on Day 1 Day 37, refueling near Gibraltar. Day 48, Belfast Yesterday, day 92 . . . south of the 59th Street Bridge, and cadets showing their sea legs by climbing to novel places! Still later yesterday . . . passing alongside Roosevelt Island, and almost home. Credits . . .  Steve […]

SUNY Maritime Summer Sea Term Day 1

You saw it here back in October as well as here just almost exactly a year ago at the start Summer Sea Term 2014.  More info on the itinerary here.  The first five photos come thanks to Jonathan Steinman and Rand Miller. Hell Gate does not often see vessels of this size and style.  For a […]

LCM through Hell Gate

I had a notice, so when the LCM came around the bend, I was waiting.  This LCM I knew well from Jake Van Reenen operated it for barging in the Seaway areas of the 1000 Islands and Lake Ontario. The 1000 Islands is a very different environment than this, the East River headed into Hell […]

Sixth Boro Sampler

It’s the end of another month, and maybe because everything’s been so bleak of late, let’s just admire and enjoy the complexity of the sixth boro. Diverse people work here on diverse missions. Places like NY Harbor School and M.A. S. T. as well as SUNY Maritime College and King’s Point MMA are here. On […]

Virtual Erie Canal 7W: Seneca River to Syracuse

How we got here from Montezuma can be seen here on a map from the DEC.  Sorry, but I have no pics of Cross Lake, boyhood home area of Hiawatha, but not H. W. Longfellow’s version. Lock E-24, the only lock we transit in this last leg of the trip, is the pride and joy […]

Virtual Erie Canal 2W: Lockport to Brockport

Lock E-34 and E-35 are twins in several ways:  both have a lift/descent of 24.5′ and the top gate of E-34 is actually the bottom gate of E-35, as you can see here.  Tug DeWitt Clinton is about waiting to exit the bottom of E-34. About a quarter mile downstream, we look back at E-34, […]

Barge Canal Centennial Day

May 15, 2018 was the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Barge Canal.  That fact was mentioned at the ceremonies opening the Canal to recreational traffic yesterday, and quite a diverse and international flotilla of recreational boats waited, like racers on the starter’s blocks. But first, do you recognize this captain? Well, he waved […]

Something Different 32

Click on the photo below and you’ll see basic details of 1979-built LNG carrier LNG Virgo.   Click on the image below, and you’ll find a 9-minute video with details of a boatload of refugees rescued by LNG Virgo in the South China Sea and what happens 30+ years later. Lauren Vuong, one of those […]