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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 […]

Labor Days Past

Yesterday, Labor Day, I took no photos, except one of a wood sign carving project in progress. It turns out . . .  Labor Day 2020 I took no photos either;  these were sent to me though by Josh Watts, and embarrassingly, I’ve not posted them until now.  Sometimes I get into a groove and […]

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 […]

Retro Sixth Boro 40 A

Happy August 2021.  And “Wow!”  That is almost always my reaction when I jump back a decade into the archives.  This riveted tug  was 83 years old when I took this photo, and I looked at that deep rounded icebreaker hull and imagined it would go on working forever.  Now it’s 93 years old, and […]

CS Canal Leg 1: Waterloo to Seneca Falls

Since I’m again on a gallivant-away from home, outside, and looking for scenes and boats and trucks to photograph-the next four days will be posts of this one-day trip.  Below is my ride that day.   It was an 8-hour ride the length of the Cayuga/Seneca Canal and then about 25 miles of the Erie […]

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 […]