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Cranes: Chesapeake 1000

Note about ongoing voting below.  Also, previous “cranes” posts can be found here. I’ve long included photos of Chesapeake 1000 but never devoted a post to it.  These posts here and here from seven years ago are my favorites, largely because my camera and I just happened onto the lift while prowling at night, not […]

Cranes: Weeks 533

Weeks 533 has credibility: she lifted the USAir Flight 1549 Airbus A320 out of the Hudson back almost 11 years ago and more.  So the other day when I was on my way to “yon” and saw her “hither” and she was working with Susan Miller, I decided to linger and inquire. That’s when I […]

Plethora of Cranes

I’d say a “dance of cranes,” but then you’d think of the plumed type.  So plethora will have to stand in.  If you look at any links in this post, check out this one from November 2007, where the gantry cranes appear to tango . . . or duel with booms as blades maybe . […]

A to P 11: Cranes

Our pilot identified Titan, located in Gamboa,  as “Herman the German.”  Any idea why? She’s a floating crane, docked along the Canal but still in service.  She was one of four built in Germany for the Kriegsmarine in 1941.  From 1946 until 1994, she worked in Long Beach as YD-171.  And in 1997 she was […]

Cranes: Columbia New York

On January 10 Emily Ann was moving crane barge eastbound in the Kills. Columbia New York has lift capacity of 400 tons. Any time I see Emily Ann, I think of a story shared here by a reader about her role in saving lives in the Florida Strait. A reliable source tells me that even […]

Cranes: Weeks 531

Traffic on the East River captivates, in part, because of the context, the vertical density shrinks even large vessels, or flotillas like this. Weeks 531, I’m thinking, must be fairly new, not only because I’ve seen her only in 2018, but more so because she doesn’t show up on the Weeks crane pages.  For a […]

Cranes 2

Here was the first in this series. The first three photos below–Weeks 535 to the left and Weeks 529 to the right–I took on December 3, 2013. The rest of the photos here–taken by Brian DeForest–show cranes including Weeks 535 taken in mid-July 2014.  Note the orange-helmeted man at the lower left point in the […]

Cranes

. . . raised arms.  When I notice something about them, maybe the angle, they seem everywhere.  On this blog you’ve seen them lift airplanes and containers and locomotives and even tugs.  Stephanie Dann moves this one west to or from a job while Mighty Helen Parker moves this crane to the east.   I say […]

Virtual Erie Canal 4: Lock E-9 to Lock E-13

Get used to traveling through places you’ve never heard of, like Crescent, Scotia, Glenville, and Cranesville;  this is one of the many charms of the Canal.  Clinton’s Ditch created cities, not true for the Barge Canal, which took advantage of lakes and rivers. Be sure to watch for these sunken barges in the water just […]

‘Ster Crazy 1

Social distancing  . . . we hope it’s playing a role in defeating the spread of infection, so it’s not really true that we’re going stir crazy; instead, we do good by limiting travel and seeing this time as a godsend, an opportunity to face long-postponed tasks.  So for the near future, we’ll be posting […]