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Tug New York and Double Skin 509A

I hope you read my latest article, about Vane Brothers expanding to the Great Lakes.  Here tugboat New York pushes Double Skin 509A (A for asphalt) into the Black Rock Canal (or channel) near Buffalo.  Great history and aerial photos of the area can be seen here.  In the photo above, the Vane unit came […]

Winter Solstice 2020

Thanks to Skip Mildrum, here are some photos most appropriate for this day.  It’s dark and overcast, but lights in the port and on the boats brighten up the night.  Winter began, I’m told, at 0502 this morning. Early sunset or late sunrise, it doesn’t really matter . . . since the daylight will be […]

New York Media Boat 2

The NY Media Boat has a pick up point in Manhattan, but I chose to board the boat at Liberty Landing in Jersey City, where this view of lower Manhattan awaits. From here, our goal was almost 20 nm away, even though we’d not take the shortest route.  Some tasks call for efficient and direct […]

Virtual Erie Canal 8: E-21 to Three Rivers

But first, check out this canal notice for the 2020 season. Three centuries ago canoes and bateaux followed Wood Creek from the Oneida carry (i.e., involving a short portage) into the east end of Oneida Lake. The 1825 and 1862 canals bypassed the south side of the Lake and formed the heart of Syracuse.  For […]

Everlast 3

Everlast has been a focus several times here before, so this post will add photos in exotic American Narrows landscapes to the record. She has one of the more interesting service records among Great Lakes tugboats, IMHO.  See here. Then see how Russia and Greece play into her past here. In the background here, you […]

USV, Anyone?

Recognize the bridge and lighthouses?  A clue . . .  it’s on the freshwater coast of the US. Here’s a continuation of the bridge above.  More importantly, you see the escort vessel in the background, none other than the venerable Neeskay, originally a 1953 Higgins T-boat and now the primary research vessel for UW Milwaukee, where these […]

Truckster! 9

A change that’s happened to me in 2018 is that I became a truck owner.  When the truck gone through all the changes I’m making to it, I’ll post about it.  That’ll be this mid spring, if all goes well.  For now, let me truckster you with vehicles that’ve caught my attention along the highways […]

Bright Lights 7

Today’s post goes up at the theoretical sunrise on the shortest day of the year in the sixth boro;  the solstice is here, and I’m grateful the days can’t get any shorter this year.  It’s 58 degrees (!!) but blustery, rainy right now, so there won’t be an observable sunrise.  Now we start moving back […]

1934 Motor Lifeboat Odyssey 2

More of Glen and Naomi’s journey . . . . These photos are mostly on Lake Michigan, although St Ignace above and the east side of the Mackinac Bridge are in Lake Huron.   This bridge has the third longest span in the US, and the 20th in the world. Continuing to stop at USCG […]

Along the West Side

. . . of the mitten state.  It could have been called the “arrowhead” state, given maps from long ago . . . Passing on on the waterside is Stewart J. Cort, a laker I’ve never seen before  She’s truly unusual;  one of her unique features is that she’s the only 1000-footer built outside–at least […]