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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 […]

CB 2019 B

CB is obviously “Chicago bound.” Neither Thomas D. Witte nor Clearwater here off Mount Beacon is that, but we were. Meagan Ann headed south with used and abused cars on SMM 157 for the start of their last trip. James William pushed several loads of building materials southbound. Rebecca Ann turned around for her next trip. […]

Creek: Rondout 3

Today’s a good day to complete my Rondout Creek post, begun here. Three bridges up the Creek leads you to Feeney’s Shipyard, a quite busy place.  Last Saturday when I was there, two Vane Brothers boats and Johannsen Girls–the shipyard tug I believe–were docked.   Click here for a photo of the Girls nine years […]

Retro Sixth Boro 15

It’s that time again . . .  a glance back at exactly a decade ago.  Back in June 2009, the 400th anniversary of the Half Moon going up the Hudson kicked off with a 20th century version of the Half Moon going up the Hudson.  Note the banner hung to the old TZ Bridge along […]

Autumn Sail 11

Way in the distance where the waterway narrows, that’s lock E-11 and accompanying moveable dam, Amsterdam NY.  Click here for closer-ups of some of the Erie Canal locks and bank scenery. I saw no names anywhere as this catamaran cut dynamic grooves into a calm river, where I was waiting–in vain–for a vessel in the […]

Port of Albany 1

aka GHP&W 5 You saw the tug Cornell moving Clearwater to the Rondout in this post in late October.  But if you wondered how the Maine-built sloop was loaded, today’s your lucky day.  First, the truck comes to deliver the wood to support the keel on the barge before the Travelift moves Clearwater.  Along the left side […]

Random Tugs 152

The Cornell (1950) with Clearwater (1969) on Hughes 141 photos come with thanks to Glenn Raymo.  The Hudson Valley is particularly beautiful this time of year, especially if you catch it in the right light, which of course is true everywhere. The other tugboats and landscapes in this post are mine.  In the KVK, Sarah Ann (2003) passes […]

Whatzit 28

Here’s the index. Of course, it’s two boats, the sloop Clearwater tied up to the ex-NYC DEP skimmer Cormorant.  As I understand the situation, it’s on the market . . . again. I don’t know the date of this photo or the identity of the person showing scale. And here’s Clearwater pulling away.  But, before […]

A Slew of Sail

There’s winter sail, spring sail, and autumn sail.  And today I’m just staying inside culling photos.   Since moving by wind has been around for millennia, Pioneer is a relatively modern vessel. This vessel below can be “insanely fast.” I took this photos and ones that follow back on May 11, 2015 in Morris Canal. Here’s […]

Hudson Downbound ’13b

To start part 2, I’ll go back upriver a bit to Esopus Island.  Craig Eric Reinauer with RTC 103 is anchored to the south.  Much of the Hudson has  associated with some unusual characters, both in fiction and in real life.  Esopus Island is no exception:  about a century ago it was the magical hideaway […]