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Ports of Oneida Lake Followup

Here’s the series that this follows, a series that shows how busy this craneship still is at certain times of the year.  Of course, this could also be called what do you do with an obsolete New York City ferry, a vessel delivered by Electric Boat on October 14, 1929 and replaced by a bridge […]

Ports on Oneida Lake 3

By 3:00 pm, the deck of Wards Island was at capacity with buoys.  It was time to head back west to a scow on the wall in Brewerton, an accidental destination for Champlain almost exactly 400 years ago.  Champlain was a gallivanter extraordinaire, crossing the Atlantic about 25 times in those days, and  a guy even […]

Ports on Oneida Lake 2

These photos were taken November 16, 2015, with temperatures in the 50s and no wind.  Obviously, mid-November is not always so ideal for this operation.  In fact, photos on the boat showed this work being done in 1992, with buoys heavily ice and snow covered. Here one crewman–let’s call him the signaler– radios the tug […]

Ports on Oneida Lake 1

At the end of the Oneida Lake series, you’ll see why this could also be called “second lives 15 part b.” Technically, this post starts out early morning in Clay, NY, with tug Syracuse and crane ship Wards Island tied to the east end of Lock 23. Wards Island–and her sister ship Tenkenas–were built in […]

Virtual Erie Canal 10: Three Locks to Lake Ontario

The Oswego River is the second largest river flowing into Lake Ontario, but it feels in places like a stream.  I don’t have to tell you what the largest river into Ontario is, I hope. If you study the east bank, lots of traces of the original 1828 Oswego Canal, a verdant mudbank and even […]

GWA4: descending into Lake Ontario

The photo below is not Lake Ontario; it’s Oneida Lake in the early morning as we outrun a storm.  If my numbers are right, Oneida is about 80′ lower than Rome NY.  Hence, the descent into Lake Ontario, which is another 125′ lower than Oneida. If you thought we were descending–as a diver–into Ontario . […]

November 17, 2015

On this date six years ago I had the good fortune of spending the whole day on Oneida Lake on Ward’s Island, a repurposed Electric Boat-built 1929 ferry but then idled by a bridge between Manhattan and Ward’s Island.  The self-propelled ship, once a double ended ferry,  was acquired by NYS for the Barge Canal […]

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 […]

Canal Countdown T – 23

T minus 23 days,  that is, for all of us who remember the early days of NASA  . .  . 23 days until the NYS Canals open soon after sunrise on May 21.  If you have the opportunity, get yourself to one of the portals and see the excitement. At several intervals before then, I […]

Random Tugs 300

The year 2007 spawned this series here.  Since you’ve stayed with this blog, I’m celebrating a milestone . . . the 300th post in this series.  Thanks for continued visits to tugster.  To honor this event, I solicited photos from you, particularly photos that’d never previously appeared on this blog.  I threw some of my […]