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Oswego Postcript

Here‘s the post that prompts this one.  The Ships of the Sea model exhibit in the William Scarborough House by far exceeded my expectations.  Reaction to one of my Virtual Tour of the Erie Canal posts suggests I do this post.  Someone could likely confirm the date of this unattributed photo.  I can tell you […]

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 […]

Bikester 7 The End

I started out from Schenectady, eager to reach the end of the trip.  Improvised art exhibits covered fences in several areas of this stretch of the trail. I applaud the effort, but it seems an attempt to gild the lily or paint the abalone.  I’m not disparaging the art, just the location. The text here […]

Bikester 1 Tonawanda to Albion

In that case, en avant, I should fuel and lubricate the tires. Sunday 0735. This is the look of focus!  I soon stopped and put on my gloves. I encountered three types of surface . . .  the cinders path increased effort for the “hybrid” tires I used.  Just roughly speaking, I’d say roughly 35% […]

Canal Motor Ship Project A

Let’s start with some of the tanker ships that worked the Barge Canal, and these are in chronological order by build date.  One that I found no images of in the archives was Buffalo Socony, built in 1920, which I saw when I first came to the sixth boro as Coral Queen. See also here. […]

Canal Motor Ships D1

I believe this is an eastbound ILI 102 near Brewerton, just a few minutes from venturing out onto Oneida Lake. I’m wondering what segregated cargo might be stored on deck in wooden and steel barrels. If that’s Brewerton, this looks a lot like Three Rivers, with the stream off to the right being the Oswego […]

Virtual Erie Canal 9: Three Rivers to Minetto

Last post ended with an aerial photo.  Here’s a higher one of the same area, taken in 1981, for a state agency.  The Oneida River flows from the bottom of the photo.  Notice the tanks below, or east of,  the bridge.  As we pass, notice vestiges of docks and pipes to those tanks, although the […]

Canal Tug Project D

Tugster gallivants now and then.  It turns out that Albert Gayer did the same thing, as evidenced by this very rich photo clearly taken from the Route 104 bridge crossing the Oswego River and Oswego Canal looking north toward Lake Ontario.  Remember that the image enlarges when you double click on it. The only constants–other […]

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 […]

Tugboat Roundup 2007-2010

I first went to the Roundup in 2007.  Here are some photos. National as for sale that year.  W. O. Decker is an almost-regular attendee.  Cheyenne, also a regular, was red then.  Since it’s currently working out of Wisconsin, I doubt she’ll ever be back. Here are some photos from 2007:  fleetmates Margot and Benjamin […]