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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 […]

J. Arnold Witte 2

Here was part 1, all taken in Lake Erie port of Erie PA. The next four photos were taken in the Lake Ontario port of Oswego, partway through the delivery of the newbuild to the sixth boro.  I share these photos now because my most recent article in ProfessionalMariner has just come out.  Enjoy it […]

Grouper “What If” Files

Grouper . . . that’s likely a quite familiar name to anyone who’s followed this blog a while, given all the posts dedicated to this 1912 vessel that’s spent two decades or so not far from where I grew up, 350 miles away from the sixth boro, which she intended to transit but was prevented […]

Montezuma to Lyons

Here I get to prove once again that you can never step into the same river twice, or you can never see the same stretch of canal the same way twice.  Click here to see what I did with previous set of photos. The photo below was taken from the NE corner of the triangular […]

Edna A and the Shrinkwrapped Mystery

Last spring, Edna A passed my location with a “nameless” tugboat. The day before the official opening of the Canal season, Edna A climbed the Flight westbound with a light barge 82 heading for Albion NY. Three days after passing Newark for Albion, Edna A and the 82 were back, heading east. If you’ve ever […]

Edna A and the Nameless Tugboat

When this tow came off Oneida Lake headed west,  I wondered how many folks would interpret this incorrectly, that this was a tow and not a push. Ditto . . . heading into lock E-23.   Of course, regular readers of this blog know precisely what is going on. After a long hiatus at the […]

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 […]

Dispatches from the Canal

But first, a reader “read” my mind and asked a question about the image below from this post a while back:  what are the square “hatches” directly below the wheelhouse glass?  Are they square porthole covers?  Another question while we’re back at this image, did that “upper wheelhouse” design work well?  How much additional visibility […]

Empire Line @#$!!

Empire Line . . . is that a rail service?  A fashion design? You’ve seen Erie Canal posts on this blog many, many times.  Erie Canal.  I grew up near that canal and have played and worked on it in different capacities.  Last fall, I biked along the canal from Tonawanda to Waterford, and because […]