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Buffalo to Port Weller

BFD’s fireboat Cotter is always a high point of a Buffalo visit, a Crescent Shipyard 1900 (!!) Elizabethport NJ product, aka the world’s oldest active fireboat.  Headed west for Port Colborne, we’re treated to beauty over SteelWinds.  As darkness looms, JW Cooper arrives to drop off a pilot. Imagine my dismay passing MRC after dark, […]

1923 Buffalo Auction Followup

More than half a year ago, Buffalo was auctioned off, and in my circles, no one knew what had become of her.  Some were speculating she had gone for scrap.  She lay against the wall in the dry dock all winter, but when spring came, she disappeared and some thought she had been scrapped. It […]

More 1923 Buffalo Auction

When I woke up this morning, I realized I had more Buffalo photos, and my boss (??) could be convinced to post them ASAP.  All photos of this boat to be auctioned off I took in September 2012. Here she’s approaching the Troy lock, and   this is above it.  Buffalo leads the pack . […]

1923 Buffalo Auction

I took this photo of Buffalo on September 12, 2010 in Waterford NY. It will be auctioned off, with bidding ending on December 4, 2017 at 7:40 pm ET.  Current bid is $220.00 If you are interested, click here for more info.   If you think you know someone else interested, please pass this link […]

Tagster 8

How about murals from Buffalo to Cape Charles  . . .  and from December to April.     And many places in between, physical locales and   head spaces.         Venus of the Chesapeake? All photos along the road hither and yon by WVD.  A big birthday post is coming tomorrow . […]

Down and Up the Black Rock Canal

This is the same story as yesterday’s, but the perspective is different, thanks to a Great Lakes mariner.  New York slides the 509A into Black Rock Lock, a USACE facility.  By the way, Black Rock was a town that once rivaled Buffalo. The photo above looks downbound, but the one below looks back toward Buffalo […]

Tug New York and Double Skin 509A

I hope you read my latest article, about Vane Brothers expanding to the Great Lakes.  Here tugboat New York pushes Double Skin 509A (A for asphalt) into the Black Rock Canal (or channel) near Buffalo.  Great history and aerial photos of the area can be seen here.  In the photo above, the Vane unit came […]

Bikester 3 Newark to Camillus

The trail was in utter darkness, but headlamp riding had agreed with me the previous leg, so I thought to do it again.  Since Newark was the site of the new Urger mural by the mural mania folks, I wanted a photo by the mural, a photo I was too tired to take the afternoon […]

Retro 2015 Waterford Tugboat Roundup

This is the last Roundup I’ve attended.  Here’s another shot from the swim platform, where I’m flat on my belly. That’s Mike Byrnes, last year’s “old man of the sea” at the portside of the wheelhouse. Downbound in the Federal lock, it’s Waterford, Governor Cleveland, and Tender #3.   On the northbound trip, the two […]

2020 Calendar September

If you ordered a calendar last year, you might recall that I promised that I’d “extend” the photo set each month.  Well, here’s September, following all the other months.  Call this . . . “how Cleveland turned a toxic industrial sewer into a recreation area, while maintaining industrial activity.”  Recall while looking at these photos […]