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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 […]

Port Colborne Pics 5

I’d first assume this was a small tanker, but I was wrong.     Here’s the answer to cargo:  dry bulk cement.  In previous lifetimes, it had carried grain as well.   A hint of ghostwriting midships and to the right of “SPIRIT” shows another name or several names—Gagliarda and Ardita—were there earlier. Arriving soon […]

Port Colborne Pics 2

Port Colborne is the location of MRC, the clean-up business, and right now they’ve a few years–my guess–of projects. JW Cooper goes in and out several times a day. But what I wanted to watch was the traffic, up and down bound, like Algoma Buffalo.  The previous two times —here and here–I’d seen this vessel […]

From Round Island Passage

Round Island is an uninhabited island between the islands of Mackinac and Bois Blanc.  Big traffic passes through a relatively narrow passage between Lake Superior and Lake Michigan. Edwin H. Gott transited recently.  Gott, as I’ve read, has a self-unloader boom longer than standard. Even at 280′ the boom looks small compared with the 1000′ […]

CB7

Call this Buffalo to Cleveland.  Starting out with the other half of the Erie Canal inaugural trip of DeWitt Clinton, yes there was a Buffalo ceremony too, and it wasn’t a wedding.  Rather, maybe it was the reception when they offered appeasement to the Lake gods. up the Buffalo river, it’s NACC Argonaut offloading at […]

Random Tugs 232

Let’s start here as a quiz.  Name that tug?  Answer follows.  The blurriness is a clue to the vintage . . . of the photo.  More oldies at the end of this post. Here’s an unusual treatment of name boards.  Can anyone clarify why the 6140 hp J. George Betz is the only Bouchard boat wit […]

Something Different 36 a

Twenty years ago . . . 1998 . . .  I had a “weatherproof” film camera I used to create evidence of all the hiking I was doing, vistas I enjoyed, and camps I woke up in;  I lived in Haverhill MA, a three-hour shot up to the White Mountains Friday afternoon when I got […]