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Erie Canal Mystery 2

See the caption on the photo from 1963.  Eugenia Moran is in the foreground.  Off its stern is a tugboat that looks a lot like Urger, but has the name Seneca on it.  Which Seneca was that? Eugenia herself is quite interesting.  She would be wearing Moran colors for only a year here.  She’s from […]

Exotic Erie Canal

The Canal has likely been called lots of things, but exotic might never have been used.  But I would argue that it is just exactly that. Thanks to Peggy Huckel for the top three photos here, six more or less anachronistic rowers of an 18th-century bateau (bah TOW) on a mission.  If you look closely […]

Erie Canal Early Summer 2020

Please, Lord, no . . . Day-Peckinpaugh has not been put out to pasture, I hope . . . “Out to pasture or not,” as Craig said, soon someone will have to start mowing the grass around her hull.  Maybe green goats can help?  This photo was taken between locks E-2 and E-3 a week […]

Virtual Erie Canal 8W: Closing the Circle

Three Rivers Junction, where the Seneca meets the Oneida, forming the Oswego, it’s got to be right around that bend. At Three Rivers we sail into our own wake;  we’ve performed the ouroboros.  There’s just this sign, which we saw on leg 9 of the earlier virtual tour.  No pier, no quay, no wharf, no […]

Virtual Erie Canal 7W: Seneca River to Syracuse

How we got here from Montezuma can be seen here on a map from the DEC.  Sorry, but I have no pics of Cross Lake, boyhood home area of Hiawatha, but not H. W. Longfellow’s version. Lock E-24, the only lock we transit in this last leg of the trip, is the pride and joy […]

Virtual Erie Canal 6W: Watkins Glen back to the Junction

Yesterday we ended at a junction in the canal near red number 4 on the map below,  Montezuma NY.  Today we start about 50 miles mostly south at the southern end of Seneca Lake, at the town of Watkins Glen, at the balloon and red number 1.  This map clearly shows the Finger Lakes area.  […]

Virtual Erie Canal 5W: Lyons to Montezuma

I grew up less than 10 miles from this very location, in Wayne County, and having seen the whole system, I’ll suggest that, from the water, Wayne seems the most rural county transited by the canal, and that’s just description, not criticism.  Interesting to me is the fact that familiarity makes it hard for me […]

Virtual Erie Canal Tour 4W: Henrietta to Newark

How many locks have you noticed since Lockport? Actually, there are none.  The entire 60-mile stretch with all the lift bridges is at a same level, 513′ above sea level.  And adjacent to lock 32, is a sign of contemporary water use, a kayak park. The Pittsford Canal Shop  lies west of the village. The […]

Virtual Erie Canal 3W: Rochester Stretch

Many activities across the state are being cancelled, but our virtual tour boat has been authorized by the USCG and the United Federation of Planets to carry an infinite number of passengers, so long as we have an infinite number of virtual PFDs and our transporter room has virtual  certification.  And your captains . . […]

Virtual Erie Canal 2W: Lockport to Brockport

Lock E-34 and E-35 are twins in several ways:  both have a lift/descent of 24.5′ and the top gate of E-34 is actually the bottom gate of E-35, as you can see here.  Tug DeWitt Clinton is about waiting to exit the bottom of E-34. About a quarter mile downstream, we look back at E-34, […]