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Retro Sixth Boro 50 A

June 2012 was pivotal for me.  A photo sent along by a friend alerted me to Canal commerce–Canadian corn– entering the US at Oswego, a place I knew something of from my youth.  If that was a spark, then the breeze that fanned it was an invitation to do my trial article for Professional Mariner […]

Retro 2012 Waterford Tugboat Roundup

The 2010 post had a photo from 2009, so let me start this one with one from 2010.  This photo made the cover of a NYS Restoration publication devoted to boats, but I lent my copy to someone and it’s never returned.  If you know the publication, please let me know. OK, let’s see one […]

Trugster 1

All photos here thanks to Tim Powell.  What I noticed is that these all have a tugboat and a truck; hence . . . trugster.  And the last photo here has yet another mode of land transport. Note the stepvan on the bank? A. E. Clifford dates from 1947.   Click here for previous tugster fish […]

Seats of Power 3

Just when I thought I had no more photos for another installment of “seats,” uh . .  more appear.  This arrangement of seating in this Erie Canal tug has to win a prize.  I can’t tell which lock it is, nor (I believe) can Bob Graham, who sent it in.  The captain on the Feeney […]

Road Fotos 36

Here are the previous ones. One of the joys of driving is the serendipity–even if guided . . . thanks, GT–of noticing the entirely unexpected, like the device below.  Any ideas?  If GT hadn’t mentioned this, I probably would not have thought twice about this weathered industrial object.  And it’s for sale.  For the right […]

NL1

I’m back at the helm and have switched the robots off.  I’ve been in Netherlands (Nederland, in the language), which translates as “low lands.”  Where it’s low, you find water, of course, and where you have water, you’ll find boats and bridges. You also find moats.  See the jagged blue rectangle in map below showing […]

Augie Grows Up

Here was Augie when I first saw her, June 2012. A few months later, here’s Augie alongside Cornell. Ditto . . . Augie that year at Waterford Tugboat Roundup.  Start counting the days until the 2014 event. Here are photos I took of Augie about six weeks ago in Kingston.  Notice some evolution? Augie‘s now […]

Waterford Tugboat Roundup 2012 c

Three vessels at the roundup this year appeared there for the first time .  . well sort of.   The red one, aka Augie, was in fact there for the first time.  The other . . . on the left, Frances, has been there before but with very different appearance. Here’s a closeup of Augie, […]

2012 Tug Race Winner is . . .

soon to be determined . . . less than 48 hours from now.  Here’s a schedule from the race organizers. Will the winner be blue . . . like Atlantic Salvor or formerly blue like Greenland Sea or Lincoln Sea? Maybe it’ll be blue and miraculously restored . . . like Crow? Or will it […]

Up the Hudson 2

The event is called Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival, so indeed, it’s a water festival, a river fest  started by a folksinger, now 93,  who cares deeply about the river that flowed past his birthplace.  A river festival means boats. Of course, Clearwater in the distance is the flagship of this festival, and the big sloop […]