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Whatzit 48

Yesterday I mentioned novelty.  This is mid November in this part of the sixth boro.  For outatowners, this photo looks eastward from Liberty Landing Marina (aka  the Morris Canal) toward lower Manhattan.   Mid november!  And there are sailboat lessons happening.  But the “whatzit” is SeatheCity, a boxy catamaran with scant rearview vision.  Note the attitude […]

USS Slater Hudson River History

As of this morning, USS Slater is back to Albany again, after its latest shipyard visit. Below, thanks to Tim Rizzuto, are some photos from exactly 27 years ago, showing two McAllister tugboats assisting the large Russian, now Ukrainian, tugboat Gepard, which successfully delivered Slater from the Mediterranean to the sixth boro. I know this […]

Canal Steamers Project 1

The first steamers began operating on the Erie Canal in the late 1850s, as documented by this fascinating article “History of Steam on the Erie Canal” published in 1873. In the early 1870s Baxter Steam Canal Boat Transportation Company had seven cargo steamers operating between Buffalo and New York City, but by 1877, Baxter declared […]

Virtual Tours

MAPS Here are three great interactive maps, one from NYS Canals, one from the National Park Service, and one from Parks & Trails NY, showing different info. Canal Tours The Westbound Run covers from Waterford NY on the Hudson to Oswego NY on Lake Ontario.   Links for each leg taking  you across can be found […]

Other Peoples Photos 67

Here are previous installments. Let’s start with a shot from Oswego.  To me, it captures the magic of the Canal in that city and the stately buildings that surround it.  The photo is by Jennifer Mays, who calls it “Old man Winter is on his way #headedsouth #oswegocanal.  It shows research vessel DelMor (ex-Kaho) upbound in […]

Retro Sixth Boro 6

. . . and beyond.  Let’s start with August 7, 2008 . . . up by the Iroquois lock of the Seaway.  And Canadian Provider . . .  well . . . in 2013 she was towed to Aliaga as OVI, and scrapped. Note that she’s a straight-decker . . . no self-unloading gear. August […]

More Sixth Boro Fifth Dimension a

Here is the index of posts from two years ago showing an older Jersey City and environs. All of the following photos/collages come compliments of Pam Hepburn, master of the 1907 tug Pegasus aka  “Peg” and the godmother of the Pegasus Preservation Project.  Many posts devoted to Peg can be found here. In the collage below […]

Yachts a Million

A Nordhavn 62 . . .  ??  exiting the Erie Canal last weekend.  Professional delivery crew? It was interesting that something they saw on the bulkhead in Waterford prompted them to do a 180 and try to squeeze onto the bulkhead.  Was it thoughts of dining on sausage and onions washed down with a Keegan Ale?  Port of registry here–Port […]

More Sixth Boro Fifth Dimension c

Up, up, and in.  All new builds follow the same arc, even though the details differ.  Check out the splash of Onrust here over a half decade back.  Here’s how the water came up to meet Pegasus back five years ago. To finish the dory, there’s a trip through the Kills and across Raritan Bay […]

More Sixth Boro Fifth Dimension b

The last photo of yesterday’s post here showed a dory in the beginning stages of construction.  Its placement there conforms to Chekhov’s gun principle.  So here’s what follows.  Maybe I should call this post  . . .” in the shadow of an old building and protected by the body of a Chinese laundry truck,  Ibis […]