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Canal Reef Express 4c

Hats off to Glenn Raymo for figuring out where to be to catch this tow at first light. I know it’s fruitless to wonder whether any archive has photos of any previous trip Ward’s Island made on the Hudson.  The only other trip it’s made may have been northbound in the late 1930s. Hats off […]

Canal Reef Express 4b

What is that? asked one gentleman standing at beside a lock.  The geese took no chances and scurried as it approached. From this angle, its ferry origins are quite evident.  Scroll to compare with SS Columbia and SS Astoria. This is the bow of Ward’s Island;  she’s departing the way she arrived around 1937 but stern […]

Canal Reef Express 4a

Here are the previous posts in this series.  And here are the posts I’ve done earlier on the 1929 Ward’s Island, whose builder’s plate photo I took in October 2016.  I was told it was removed some time ago and is in a safe place.  Here was my first post on “Ward’s.” As a baseline photo […]

Canal Reef Express 3

Following on the photos from April 29 and May 19, here is finale for Tender 6 and Reliable of Utica.  As of this posting, they are 2.5 nautical miles off Shinnecock and 80′ down, precisely placed and not sunk.  My guess is that soon this section of this chart will be updated. Here is the […]

Canal Reef Express 2

See a statement at the end of this post. The next vessel headed for the reef is Reliable of Utica, once a twin of Syracuse of Syracuse, which has been featured here in many previous posts. Fred of tug44 has also gotten some photos I have not. For years–I’d estimate about two decades–Reliable has languished […]

Canal Reef Express 1

By now, many of you have read about the governor’s April 17 decision to use “33 barges of Tappan Zee Bridge recycled materials and 30 vessels” to build reefs at six locations north and south of Long Island.    Well, an expeditious eight days later, the first two vessels were already on the Hudson headed […]

Twinkle Express

Click here to see what google delivers in response to the search term “twinkle express.”  Well, believe it or not, a serious crew works on board the product tanker by that name.  But can you imagine working on a vessel by that name?  Sorry, I just can’t.  But here’s its schedule and its fotos. Who […]

CB 2019 M

Anna May is not anime, not matter how much they sound alike.  She’s a cargo boat, sometimes carrying horses over to Mackinac Island. Here she is at the St Ignace dock. And the 906 Express . . . she’s AF’s landing craft mail boat, Mackinac Island’s version of the supply boat Ojibway or the mail […]

Along the Canal E28A

Rebecca Ann, shown here just above E28A,  has served as Donjon’s Erie Canal tug recently. Nearby is Witte 1407, which she delivered, and [Daniel] Joncaire, formerly of the Niagara River.   My question was . . . what will this “reef run” on the Canal pick up for the reef?  Here’s the background on this reef […]

Old Year 2018

I’ve mentioned before about my people the Dutch celebrating “old years day” on December 31.   As the child of immigrants, I’m blessed by this one of many ways they see the world differently, a perspective I’m happy to share.  So here is a retrospective of the year, the result of a process of scanning […]