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Frances 2

Here was the first in the series from late in August this year.  Of course this tug with its earlier, longer name has been here many times before. The point of this post is to profile the mobility of the world afloat . . . people, cargoes, movers . . .  Here was Frances in […]

Frances

Like Pelham, Frances has been around the block quite a long time, since 1957, in fact.  Type Frances Turecamo –or just Frances– into the search window on the blog and you’ll see more of her.   I’m happy to see the shine on her and even happier to see her in the water and at […]

Retro 2013 Waterford Tugboat Roundup

An omen of the future . . . in 2013, Urger was laid up, sans her problematic prop shaft.  Here she’s nez-a-nez with Day Peckinpaugh. Gowanus Bay was looking good. NYS Marine Highway was well represented, as always.  And following two of the four NYS Marine Highway boats there was Cornell, Frances and Margot‘s senior […]

A Lost Jakobson

For the source of these two photos, click on the second photo, the frontal view of Lumberman.  For a thorough history of the vessel, click here. Arthur Hamilton sent me this article from yesterday’s Juneau Empire about this September 1941 Jakobson of Oyster Bay tugboat built as Dauntless No. 15. What’s clear is that plans […]

Something Different 53 b

This happens to be the 1953 Hobo, but any boat single, twin, triple, or quadruple looks like this when first hauled out. And here . . . after a shave and haircut,and some good pomade.  She’s 38′ 12′. The unicorn here is W. O. Decker, 1930, wooden-hulled. She’d been power washed but was waiting for […]

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, […]

Virtual Erie Canal 7: The Summit Level

Let’s catch up on numbers using the distance table from tug Seneca.  At lock E-20, we are 95 miles west of Waterford.  Also, we have risen from 15′ to 420′ above sea level. For the next 18 miles, we’ll be navigating at the summit level in a laser-straight narrow channel, with a bike trail along […]

Virtual Erie Canal 2: the Waterford Flight

You won’t see the 80′ Cohoes Falls from the boat heading into the lock E-2, but this is the reason for the flight of five locks you climb right after leaving Waterford bulkhead to starboard.  The falls, shown here in September, is only about a mile, as the crow flies, from the Waterford visitor center. […]

Got Lube? 2

The answer to yesterday’s question is Barra de Navidad, in the Mexican state of Jalisco, halfway between Puerto Vallarta and Lázaro Cárdenas.  From a post from just over a year ago, see a map here. Yes, Roger, the baker’s boat with an English language sign was a “red herring,” or a donut among croissants.  It […]

Unusual Tow

You’ll excuse this poor quality lede photo once you realize who/what took it:  the Statue of Liberty has functioning eyes and watches everything that passes through this sector of the sixth boro.  Think about that:  she’s big and she witnesses!  And yesterday it was raining here, so those are water droplets on the lens. But […]