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Urger Update

Urger got some love yesterday, and tugster was there to document it. Wait . . . is that Urger? No . . . that’s tug Seneca and there is the Capt. Wunder getting some visitation in and  telling stories about the days he was her captain, but “there’s more,” he said.  The older step-sister is here […]

Edna A and the Nameless Tugboat

When this tow came off Oneida Lake headed west,  I wondered how many folks would interpret this incorrectly, that this was a tow and not a push. Ditto . . . heading into lock E-23.   Of course, regular readers of this blog know precisely what is going on. After a long hiatus at the […]

Canal Steamers Project 3

This is a Carlotta in 1921.  I’m curious about the large structure on the after deck.  Is that cargo being carried? Here’s a Carlotta 13 months later, looking the same except that large stern structure is missing.  The 1913 MVUS shows a steam tug Carlotta 56′ x 13′ x 5′ built in Boston in 1879, […]

From the Line Locker 32

I just happened to look at the August 2014 section of the archive, and this was the engine room at that time of the living, breathing tugboat Urger. The top photo shows the Atlas-Imperial fore-to-aft along the portside, and below, it’s the opposite . . .  starboard side aft-to-fore. Below is that same view as […]

Government Tugs Barge Canal 2

It appears this tug and derrick barge are working over by the power house at the Vischer Ferry 2000′ twice-bent Dam opposite lock E-7.  This is the dam where Margot and Watermaster have broken up ice jams the past few winters. Here’s a closer up and  an even closer up, confirming that it’s Canal tug Amsterdam […]

Road Fotos 2021 C

My goal was familiarization, not veni vidi vici, or exploration of the 2300+ miles of river crossing parts of seven states, beginning in SW Montana. Barge traffic is possible there now because of the work of the USACE.  More on that in a later post. Here was my top-priority destination:  the current northernmost aka upriver […]

Canal Countdown T – 23

T minus 23 days,  that is, for all of us who remember the early days of NASA  . .  . 23 days until the NYS Canals open soon after sunrise on May 21.  If you have the opportunity, get yourself to one of the portals and see the excitement. At several intervals before then, I […]

Canal Countdown T-6

In six days, the gates along the NYS Canal system will be staffed and lifting/lowering vessels across the state.  This is the third in a series of posts about the vessels that have worked to keep the canals functioning.  Not all these vessels, like Wards Island below, remain;  it’s now over 50′ under surface of […]

Urger Efforts Updates

If you’re new to the blog, I’ve done lots of blog posts on a NYS Canals tug called Urger. For the past 5+ years, I’ve freelanced for a great publication called ProfessionalMariner, and this month have my first cover story.  I didn’t know my photo was on the cover until it came out!!  You can […]

Government Tugs Barge Canal 3

Here’s a history-packed and very detailed photo.  In the foreground you see James K. Averill and Amsterdam.  In the next row back, that’s Urger behind Averill and a boat I can’t identify [name board just to the right of Averill’s stack shows a name that ends in –le No 1 ] behind Amsterdam. Also, in […]