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Views of Syracuse

Quick post today, almost on time.  I’m resting up after travels, reunions, summits, setbacks, ravines, tech glitches that turned out to be excessive cookie of the electromagnetic sort, and  . . .  more. I took all these Lyons, NY photos in the past few weeks, although I missed all the excitement of the sixth boro, […]

Virtual Erie Canal 7W: Seneca River to Syracuse

How we got here from Montezuma can be seen here on a map from the DEC.  Sorry, but I have no pics of Cross Lake, boyhood home area of Hiawatha, but not H. W. Longfellow’s version. Lock E-24, the only lock we transit in this last leg of the trip, is the pride and joy […]

Happy 85th to Tug Syracuse

According to the archives, tug Syracuse was splashed in late 1933 and completed in spring 1934 in Syracuse Inner Harbor.  The tug was certainly the oldest entity in the Lyons area of the Canal organization. The clipping below connects the splash to early December 1933.  Some numbers on the boat:  77′ x 20.8′ x 9 […]

Tug Syracuse, continued

The stern reads “Syracuse of Syracuse.”  She’s built in Syracuse.  Two boats passing during the day, albeit a rainy one, is still a beautiful thing. Photos were taken by Will Van Dorp between Palmyra and Newark.

Tug Syracuse

First, thanks to Andrea of I love upstate New York for use of this photo of the Oswego Harborfest fireworks. The tug visible though is NOT Syracuse.  It’s Nash, which I’ve previously written about here.  Syracuse is somewhere in the darkness beyond Nash. The fireworks barges would not have been in position without Syracuse, here […]

For the Birds 15

Birds and water tend to go together, but farther inland sometimes you see captivating sights, birds exotic to me. Rivers and lakes have these elongated birds. For the best photos of herons . . . a blog devoted entirely to these birds, check out babsje heron blog.  I’ve been reading it for years.  The graceful […]

Montezuma to Lyons

Here I get to prove once again that you can never step into the same river twice, or you can never see the same stretch of canal the same way twice.  Click here to see what I did with previous set of photos. The photo below was taken from the NE corner of the triangular […]

Canal Countdown T-6

In six days, the gates along the NYS Canal system will be staffed and lifting/lowering vessels across the state.  This is the third in a series of posts about the vessels that have worked to keep the canals functioning.  Not all these vessels, like Wards Island below, remain;  it’s now over 50′ under surface of […]

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 […]

Empire Line @#$!!

Empire Line . . . is that a rail service?  A fashion design? You’ve seen Erie Canal posts on this blog many, many times.  Erie Canal.  I grew up near that canal and have played and worked on it in different capacities.  Last fall, I biked along the canal from Tonawanda to Waterford, and because […]